Food for thought: A scenario for handling massive amounts of data – part 2

In my last article I described a scenario for handling massive amounts of data. The scenario intrigued me. How could I implement a scenario like this? On one side you find Dynamics CRM –  a massive online environment. On the other side you find Azure with an ever growing and maturing cloud platform. The challenge […]

Food for thought: A scenario for handling massive amounts of data

Today I overheard a very interesting discussion at the office. For one of our customers we’ve built a massive CRM implementation based on CRM 2015 online. An implementation in which a large number of invoices is going to be created; at least 500.000 invoices per year. In order to create those invoices, a massive amount […]

A case of inspiration: dealing with settings in an outsourced environment

Today I got inspired by a presentation given at our monthly developer meeting. Two of my colleagues were demonstrating a solution they designed for one of our customers. This customer outsourced a large part of its IT landscape to all kinds of suppliers. The customer considers everything to be a service (SaaS: Software as a […]

Document integration – part 4: The ribbon has been tamed

A short update, the development of the Document Integration solution is alive and kicking. Tonight has been a really productive evening. I established a break through in the dynamic ribbon provisioning part of the document integration solution I’m building As of now I’m capable of injecting commandbar buttons dynamically on the ribbon, with an action attached […]

Inspired by Course 80547AE – Extending Dynamics CRM 2015

Today I was training customers in extending CRM on CRM 2015 update 1. Using the brand new training materials from course 80547AE – Extending Dynamics CRM 2015. One of the topics I discussed in the introduction was integrating Dynamics CRM with the Azure Service Bus. The official training slide showed the following image. This image and some […]

Document integration – part 2: Designing the concept

In my last article I described the flaws in the default SharePoint document integration; the use of folders instead of meta data, the flaky document retrieval capabilities and the lack of communication between the development groups within Microsoft (otherwise we would have had a rock solid integration between the products). I decided to do it myself… I decided […]

Document integration – part 1: some ideas…

The last months I’ve been repeatedly confronted with the SharePoint Document integration in Dynamics CRM. In CRM 2015 the “old” SharePoint integration was replaced by a server side integration. However, I think the server side integration is not much better than the old one. One of my biggest gripes with the SharePoint integration is that the […]

Using CRM from an external website – part 5: Stage two “Client side scripting”

In this series I’m working towards a scenario in which I integrate Dynamics CRM with an external web site. My ultimate goal is to run an external web site on a non Microsoft platform, using web technologies to communicate with Dynamics CRM. Before I get to that point, I have to jump through some hoops. […]

Using CRM from an external website – part 4: Demo “Web API”

Welcome to the next episode in the “Using CRM from an external website” series. In my last article, I described the Web API scenario. The Web API scenario is the first step in the journey and depends on Microsoft Infrasctrucure ( I need a .Net/Mono framework and an Internet Information like server). In this scenario I […]

Using CRM from an external website – part 3: Stage one “Web API”

Ya mas! It has been over two weeks since I posted the last article in this series. As I mentioned before it is hard to stay focused while enjoying the summer ans spending holidays with your family on a beach in Greece. My ultimate goal is to integrate Dynamics CRM in an external website. This […]