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 […]

Product development – A Closer look into the kitchen

Over the last year, I’ve been working on a large CRM solution at CRM Partners. A solution meant to be sold as a product. At this moment we are working through the last bugs and requests before we can ship the product. The last year, I learned that product development is a total different game compared […]

Hardcore CRM: Dynamic provisioning – The man with the hammer

In my previous article, I thought I found the solution. I was able to export and import a ribbon definition. The only thing I needed to do was to alter the xml in order to display my desired buttons. A straight forward job one would think. *Wrong* I met the man with the hammer. It […]

Hardcore CRM: Dynamic provisioning – structure of the ribbon

In my last article, I managed to export and import the ribbon dynamically. At this point I need to alter the contents of the particular ribbon. The way I want to alter the ribbon, is by simply injecting XML strings into the ribbon, or by simply removing XML strings from the ribbon. This task is not […]

Hardcore CRM: Dynamic provisioning of the ribbon

At the moment I’m working on a series of articles about document integration within CRM. I have this big hairy audicious goal that I want to achieve… which is to provide a better experience than the standard SharePoint integration. In my last article I came to a point in which I got stuck. I managed to get the […]

Document integration – part 3: Tinkering with the ribbon

I’ve been a bit quiet lately. This is caused by the problem I’m tackling at this moment. In this article I’ll explain what I’m working on, and more important what details I need to smooth out before I can go into full speed. In my previous article –  Hardcore CRM: Dynamic plug-in step (de) provisioning –  […]

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 […]