How to create Microsoft Form integration with Dynamics 365

Microsoft Forms is a service that allows for the creation of a basic form quickly and easily. Forms are no longer in preview just for educational organisations and are now in preview for everybody with a valid Office 365 Licence, which means we can now look at how this service can fit into the Dynamics 365 stack of technologies as it offers an alternative to other services such as those that are designed to create Landing Pages within Dynamics 365, or produce Surveys, essentially any sort of fast data collection or submitting you want the user to do. (There’s always positives and negatives of course which need to be weighed up with what you want out of the service you choose)

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.

How to auto-generate Word Templates using a simple Workflow and OOB Action in CRM 2016 (no code!)

There is quite a lot of literature regarding creating Word Templates around now, I touched upon it in my previous post, and the infographic here on twitter. When was I was recently researching a separate blog post, I came across a way to create a Word Template using an out of the box Action and a simple Workflow. From playing around with this, I’ve thought about loads of ideas and solutions that could utilise this functionality and how it can be extended to create things like auto-generated scheduled emails (which are unavailable in CRM Online as they are on Premise), things like Goal leader-board updates and things like that. I’ll be working on some of these in the future and they will feature in some posts coming soon.

Updated Incremental Auto Numbering Solution (using real time workflows) and video run through

There has been a few queries regarding the Auto Numbering Solution post which featured here originally and upon reviewing it, there are a few things that could have been better explained. I thought this would be a good opportunity to update the original post to include this clarity and also include a short video to run through and explain the ‘concept’ of the solution and also discuss some of the areas that could cause the most issues to help as much as possible.

In the video I referenced a diagram I threw together to help explore the concept and the transnational element of the solution and this has been included below. The video is embedded into the blog post header but the link is also here.