Beringer Associates Technology Blog

If you are tasked with integrating data, then you know there are a wide variety of challenges that you must overcome. I’ve integrated data into Microsoft Dynamics CRM from many disparate systems in my career, which typically involves pulling data from a live system. The key word is “live”, because I’ve seen some strange scheduling requests from IT administrators to work around their maintenance schedules.

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The Microsoft Common Data Service gives you the ability to quickly add data storage and modeling capabilities. This is very useful when you are building your Microsoft PowerApps  and Flow applications, and need a location to securely store your data. Developers traditionally start with a SQL database for this data storage, but the Microsoft Common Data Service offers so much more. Here’s my top three reasons why I’ll use the Common Data Service for my next project.

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If you are new to Dynamics 365, then I suggest checking out our Dynamics 365 transition presentation located here.  Microsoft has made it very clear that Dynamics 365 is a cloud service, and will NOT be available for on premise CRM users. If you are an On Premise user, there’s no need to worry. Beringer has extensive experience migrating Customers from CRM On Premise to Dynamics 365. If you are looking to migrate, then take a look at some tasks that you need to consider.

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The Dynamics 365 Social Pane is a great way for you to see all related Posts, Activities and Notes for this record, and related records. It also allows for an easy way to create, edit and complete activities without navigating to another form. There’s some advantages to using the Social Pane to control activities, as well as some limitations. One big limitation I found in the previous versions is the inability to control the sorting of these records.

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As a lifelong developer, I’ve always appreciated the extensibility that Microsoft provides with their applications. They’ve always been big on providing you ways to customize their products, as well as offering an API to allow developers to connect and automate. The newest Microsoft Business Application

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How many cloud services does your enterprise rely on to keep your business running? If you are one of our clients, then I’m sure services like Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Office 365 come to mind. Are you utilizing a virtual machine or SQL database in

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PowerApps are the latest addition to the Microsoft Business Application platform, which allow you to develop your very own custom app with minimal coding experience. You can easily connect to existing data sources and services like Excel files, SharePoint lists, Dynamics CRM and custom APIs, and then automatically generate a purpose-built business app.

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CRM 2016 U1 is here and it’s full of new enhancements! If you currently work in Dynamics CRM Online, then you’ve most likely received a notification to schedule your upgrade. I’ll bet you can’t wait to upgrade and take advantage of all the new features … but should you? Microsoft goes out of their way to ensure a smooth transition between their versions, but there is some deprecated functionality that will affect your system.

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If you’ve ever been tasked with migrating data, then you know there are a wide variety of challenges that you must overcome. I’ve migrated data to Microsoft Dynamics CRM from many disparate systems in my career, which typically involves pulling data from a live system. The key word is “live”, so you need to tread lightly when querying millions of rows of data. It is very easy to negatively impact performance, which will instantly translate into end user complaints.

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CRM 2016 is here and it’s full of new enhancements! One of my favorites is the advances in the solutioning capabilities of CRM to allow for Managed Solution Patches. This new feature allows for a more granular approach when building solutions and deploying patches.  This feature can be incredibly useful when you want to deploy only a subset of your customizations, without introducing all of the fixes and enhancements that may be included in the solution.

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