How to build a Customer Sentiment Solution using Dynamics 365 (with no code)

Organisations often request what is called a ‘Customer 360’ view within their CRM systems. This is unfortunately a term which has become overused, misused and actually quite misleading. Feel free to listen to why in one of my YouTube videos (this one) but in short, human beings are not owls, and we cannot consume a large amount of information at any one time. There is a whole subject discipline on visualisation of information and a reason why info-graphics and...

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How to create simple barcode generation & reader functionality in Microsoft Dynamics 365

One of my favourite things about Microsoft Dynamics 365 is that it includes a fantastic xRM platform that enables users to leverage what it can already do but also extend the out of the box system and build alongside and on top of it. With every release since 2013 there has been a huge expansion to the out of the box functionality. This allows users to get even more value out of what is already a fantastic product. This...

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How to setup (and use) CaféX Live Assist for Microsoft Portals

It is fairly regular that you will be navigating the internet to then come across a pop up on the side of your screen asking you if you require assistance. This live support functionality is designed to capture needs right as they happen or very shortly after so if your having a problem, such as not being able to find what your looking for, you can ask immediately without having to email a support ticket and then wait...

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Get started with Learning Path Authoring in Dynamics 365 and ideas for extensions

Training and User Adoption are always popular topics at conferences and events because they are often two of the most difficult parts of a software project to plan for. Training can be done by-the-book however there are a lot of things that depend on good training. This can range from the actual knowledge of the trainer and their approach to cater for different learning styles. User Adoption ensures that users use the system that is being introduced...

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How to set up standard Cognitive Services API Integration in Dynamics 365 (with some custom bits too!)

Note – This post discusses preview features which are, at time of writing, only available in the US. You can take out US based trials, as I did for this post, to demonstrate the functionality which will hopefully be coming to EMEA soon however there are terms and conditions you must be happy with for using preview features, US trials and also using the Azure functionality in regards to access to data and the sharing of...

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Getting started with Actions in Dynamics 365 & Smart Buttons in Ribbon Workbench 2016

Actions are a type of process within Dynamics CRM/365 that you may or may not have already heard of. They are not as well known as workflows and are viewed as an internal operation rather than something that can be configurable. This mindset could be because we are so used to creating workflows, dialogs, or even plugins that have a starting or ‘trigger’ point, and are so caught up making business logic for those that we forget...

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What’s new in Microsoft Dynamics 365 and How to get started

November 2016 saw the release of Microsoft Dynamics 365, which technically includes version 8.2 of Dynamics CRM. With this update came some fantastic pieces of functionality, worthy of their own feature posts at some point in the future which will detail the granular nuts and bolts, instead, this post aims to begin with an overview of what that awesome new functionality is and how steps you can take to get started with each part. This post...

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Sparkle XRM – Network Visualization Deep Dive

Sparkle XRM is a framework which is built to allow you to create complex user interface solutions in Microsoft Dynamics CRM using C# mainly and with very little client side configuration or heavy design work. Sparkle doesn’t just give you the pre-built code framework to make creating your own so much easier, it even comes with samples for you to try. These are seen as samples but they can be full blown applications for you to use as you...

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CRMUG Summit EMEA 2017 – April 4th-6th

I’m pleased to say that following the success of the CRMUG European Congress this year, held in Stuttgart Germany, a follow up to this event has been announced!!! The event will be called CRMUG Summit EMEA, it will be held in Amsterdam on April 4th 2017 – April 6th 2017. The conference center it will be at is called the RAI, what will be, amazing 3 day event! European Congress was a huge success. It was...

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