A better SharePoint Connector – part 7: leftovers

In the previous 6 articles in this series, I implemented a SharePoint class library. This managed class library can be used to connect to either SharePoint online  and to the on-premise version of SharePoint 2013 without using any native SharePoint libraries. In the article “A better SharePoint Connector – part 6: The SharePoint class library is born!” […]

A better SharePoint Connector – part 3

It has been a bit quiet around the development of a better CRM / SharePoint Connector. Today I had the opportunity to write some testing code. The hard part in the development is the REST connectivity. In my article “Integrating CRM Online and SharePoint Online: I need a hammer!” I posted some helper classes that facilitated the […]

Development 101: Note to self – PostRetrieveMultiple behaviour in PlugIn

Last week I was working on an integration project where I had to integrate SharePoint Online and CRM Online. Today my project manager approached me and told me that the connector I wrote was not working as expected. The job of the connector was to show a list of documents inside a portal. Some of […]

Integrating CRM Online and SharePoint Online: I need a hammer!

Last week I have been working on a project in which I had to integrate SharePoint Online within CRM Online. I was excited because I had to enrich data in CRM with data stored in SharePoint. Both running on line When I started I thought that it was going to be a fairly simple job, as Microsoft […]

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 […]

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 […]