A better SharePoint connector – part 2

In my search for a better CRM – SharePoint connector, I described in the previous article that an idea popped up while running. In a nutshell the connector is going to store documents inside SharePoint without letting the user notice that the documents are not stored within CRM. I made the assumption that documents are stored as attachments in annotations […]

A better SharePoint connector – part 1

Last week, I described how CRM’s standard SharePoint connector hurts SharePoint (http://journeyintocrm.com/archives/148). Since then I’ve been intrigued by finding a better way of connecting CRM and SharePoint. This articles describes the first step in the design of a of a better connector. The connector I’m going to create is a proof of concept. In the articles […]

Dilemma: Where do I store my custom settings?

This week I was developing a plugin that needed to retrieve information from an external system. As the solution in which the plugin is running has to be deployed on a different environment I didn’t want to hard code the connection settings in my solution. As far as I can see there are three options to store custom […]

Why CRM’s standard SharePoint integration hurts SharePoint!

Since 2005 I’ve been heavy involved in SharePoint consulting, development and administration. One of the strongest aspects of SharePoint is its document management capabilities. When I started focussing on Microsoft CRM I was really amazed by the poor integration between CRM and SharePoint. I seriously wondered if the development teams at Microsoft have spoken to each other. The […]

ALM for CRM: Solution strategies

Coming from SharePoint, solutions are not new to me. In fact it was the only good way in SharePoint to distribute your functionality across servers. In SharePoint building a solution was a tedious task; tons of XML to write, custom event receivers (on premise), solution scopes, dependencies, etc. When I was introduced to solutions in […]

REST services 101: Retrieving data

Today I was doing some maintenance work for a customer, running a CRM 2011 enviroment. I was excited as this was my chance to do some development within the CRM platform, a substantial different game than SharePoint development. The change I had to implement was about implementing an indicator whether a customer was using products […]

Performance Analyser for CRM 2013

One of my collegues notified me about a relative unknown feature in CRM 2013, called the Performance Center, which can be compared to SharePoint’s Developer Dashboard. The SharePoint dashboard showed us some metrics about the applications we were building. Based on the metrics we knew how to tweak our applications to gain better performance. The Performance Center […]