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 […]

Using CRM from an external website – part 9: Custom Authentication Service – Proof of concept

In this series, I’m investiging alternate ways to make a connection from an external website to the back-end Dynamics CRM system. In the previous article in this series, I posted some code snippets of the proof of concept I was working on. In this article, I’ve written a proof of concept that actually connects from your […]

Using CRM from an external website – part 8: Custom Authentication Service

In this series of articles I’m trying to find multiple ways to connect to Dynamics CRM from an external website. A scenario that I could implement succesfully was the Web API scenario which was based entirely on Microsoft infrastructure. Then I tried to connect to the CRM webservices using javascript REST calls, that is where to problems arose. It turns out that CRM is […]

Using CRM from an external website – part 7: Back to the drawing board

I ended my previous article with the conclusion that history was repeating itself. For some reasons I don’t understand, Microsoft is making it very hard for developers to integrate Microsoft products with non Microsoft technologies. I did some thorough investigation and stumbled on the following articles:  http://blogs.msdn.com/b/crm/archive/2013/12/12/use-oauth-to-authenticate-with-the-crm-service.aspx This article gives a high level overview on how […]

A better SharePoint Connector – part 9: Improvements!

It has been quite a while since I completed the “A better SharePoint connector” series of articles. In part 6 of the series, I published the SharePoint connector source code. A good  and solid 1.0 version, but it was lacking some features…. I always wanted to say this: “Good news everyone!  I’ve published an update for the SharePoint […]

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 […]

Using CRM from an external website – part 2: research

Summer season is always a hard season to spend time behind your computer, the tempation of relaxing and spending time with your family and friends is big. But then guilt and curiousity win and I crawl back to my computer… In the intro article, I drew a scenario that I want to implement. I want […]