#IoT2CRM: Inspired by TechDays NL – The machines take over!

Last week I attended TechDays 2015, a two day developers conference with over 200 technical sessions at the World Forum in The Hague (Netherlands). For sure I can tell Microsoft is breaking new ground.  I see a Microsoft, totally different from the Microsoft I used to know. Open Source GIT, opening up parts of the […]

#IoT2CRM: Alternatives for the gateway – BizTalk, we meet again….

In my previous article, I mentioned that I would try to set up the gateway between the IoT world and Dynamics CRM using real integration products. The products that I intended to use were Microsoft BizTalk 2013 and Neuron ESB. So far so good, I’ve set up a new integration environment using Windows Server 2012, SQL […]

#IoT2CRM: Alternatives for the gateway

In the #IoT2CRM: Time to get connected articles, I implemented a scenario in which I connected a Raspberry Pi to Dynamics CRM. The scenario was built on a tight budget and resulted in a custom scalable, extendable and secure gateway implemented in C# with just a couple of lines of code. In the final lines of the last […]

#IoT2CRM: Time to get connected – part 5: Rise of the devices!

It almost sounds like a new Terminator movie. 2015–02–24 is the day the devices came alive…. They started the broadcast… Hmmz… It’s is not that dramatic, but last night I managed to get the whole train running. In this final article I’ll describe the setup and my thoughts about the proof of concept I built. […]

#IoT2CRM: Time to get connected – part 4: Dispatcher completes the gateway

In this series of articles I’m writing about my experiences in connecting IoT devices to Dynamics CRM. In the previous article, I implemented the Web API controller within the gateway which enabled collecting and persisting the messages the IoT devices are sending. The Web API Controller is only half of the gateway. In this article I […]

#IoT2CRM: Time to get connected – part 3: The gateway awakes

It has been a quite hectic week, the CRM project I’m working on is consuming almost all of my time. In the meanwhile I’ve been working on the IoT gateway and it is coming along As I mentioned in my previous post, the gateway is going to be divided into two parts, the Web API controller […]

#IoT2CRM: Time to get connected – part 2: Concepts of the Gateway

In the article #IoT2CRM: Time to get connected – part 1: Intro, I wrote about writing a demo scenario in which I would connect multiple Raspberry Pi’s to Dynamics CRM. In the scenario I described, I mentioned a gateway. This article will describe the concepts behind the gateway, in my opinion the most important part […]

#IoT2CRM: Time to get connected – part 1: Intro

In my previous article “How to integrate #IoT and CRM?”, I sketched a scenario in which we have our CRM system connected via a gateway to the internet; facilitating inbound communications for IoT devices. I believe that in the next couple of years appliances, tools, vehicles etc (further referred as: devices) will become much more intelligent. The […]

How to integrate #IoT and CRM?

The more I learn about the Internet of Things, the more enthousiastic I become. The software architect in me is already thinking about scenarios in which IoT devices connect to my CRM environment. As the world becomes more and more hybrid, we have more and more questions to answer: Are we operating from an on-premise environment? Are we […]