Dynamics 365 CE Licensing Guide Changes October 2018 – Brian Illand
Oct01

Dynamics 365 CE Licensing Guide Changes October 2018 – Brian Illand

Loving the Dynamics 365 Licensing Guide How do you solve a problem like Team Member? The hills are alive, with the sound of people downloading the new Microsoft Dynamics 365 Licensing Guide October 2018, just released today! Ok, so apart from me, most people don’t get too excited about software licensing, but there are some fundamental changes coming for Microsoft Dynamics customers, so be… Continue Reading brianilland’s...

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Adventures in UCI Site Map Configuration and Usability – Brian Illand
Sep10

Adventures in UCI Site Map Configuration and Usability – Brian Illand

Over the past few days, I’ve spent some time doing a deep dive into the Unified Client Interface – it seems like most people have now settled on calling it UCI. I have been trying to work out some ‘better practices’ for user centered design, with the aim of improving user adoption for those users inclined, or perhaps directed, to use it. Microsoft are clearly working towards a User… Continue Reading brianilland’s Article...

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PowerApps is dead. Long live XRMPowerApps. – Brian Illand
May15

PowerApps is dead. Long live XRMPowerApps. – Brian Illand

In April 2017 I attended SummitEMEA in Amsterdam and listened intently when Matt Barbour told us that a true Microsoft Dynamics XRM image – i.e. a CRM organisation instance with only accounts, contacts, activities and nothing else – existed internally within Microsoft. This interested me as partners have been calling out for this since the old CRM 4.0 on-premise days. At that time it… Continue Reading brianilland’s Article...

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Native Dynamics 365 v9 Auto Number Solution for Custom Entities – Brian Illand
Oct02

Native Dynamics 365 v9 Auto Number Solution for Custom Entities – Brian Illand

I spent some time watching the some of the Microsoft Ignite sessions on YouTube, and the most interesting from a Dynamics point of view was Matt Barbour’s session looking at platform updates for Dynamics 365 Customer Edition v9. One thing that was not disclosed at the preview sessions earlier this year was the addition of Auto Numbering for any entity – not just a few select core… Continue Reading brianilland’s Article on...

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Dynamics 365 Fantasy License League – Brian Illand
Sep25

Dynamics 365 Fantasy License League – Brian Illand

I listened with interest to Steve Mordue on the MS Dynamics World podcast today about his views on the recent announcements at the NAV Directions conference last week. Steve is a Microsoft Partner with an opinion worth listening to on everything Dynamics, but primarily CRM. As a Dynamics partner or interested customer, If you haven’t listened to the podcast I would recommend doing so, but… Continue Reading brianilland’s...

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Dynamics 365 v9 – Changes for Developers – Brian Illand
Jul04

Dynamics 365 v9 – Changes for Developers – Brian Illand

After the Dynamics 365 v9 preview sessions we are now getting a little bit more detail direct from the Microsoft website detailing what the changes mean in practical terms for users, configurers and developers. Head over to https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/get-started/whats-new/ to see the full details or just read my summary below. Here is my take on some of the major points… Continue Reading brianilland’s...

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Segmenting your Contact records with Dynamics 365 Apps – Brian Illand
Jul04

Segmenting your Contact records with Dynamics 365 Apps – Brian Illand

I’ve been using apps with Dynamics 365 for some time now and they are a great way of simplifying the user interface in a way that doesn’t require you to cross reference low level security permissions with Site Map XML. One problem that has come up time and time again is the fact that different organisations often have different types of contact because of the nature of their business…. Continue Reading brianilland’s...

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Dynamics 365 V9.0 Summary (July 2017 Update) – Brian Illand
Jun21

Dynamics 365 V9.0 Summary (July 2017 Update) – Brian Illand

Today I dropped into the Dynamics 365 Insider program for day one of a series of reveals we have all been waiting on for some time now. With the NDA lifted on what Dynamics CRM 9.0 will be, it was an interesting set of changes. To quote some of the technical leads, this is the biggest release Microsoft have made to Dynamics 365 so lets understand what is involved to make it a smooth… Continue Reading brianilland’s Article...

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Summit EMEA Review – Day 2 – Brian Illand
Apr05

Summit EMEA Review – Day 2 – Brian Illand

Day 2 of Summit EMEA started with some useful breakout sessions by Microsoft Partners and MVPs. The first session I attended covered some use cases of Custom Entities. Adam Vero’s session gave an interesting overview of how custom entities can be used for things other than storing business data. The 5 main use cases for custom entities covered were, replacing pick-lists, N-N intersect… Continue Reading brianilland’s...

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Summit EMEA Review – Day 1 – Brian Illand
Apr04

Summit EMEA Review – Day 1 – Brian Illand

Today I attended the first day of the Summit EMEA Conference in Amsterdam with my Codec-Dss colleagues where over 2000 Microsoft Dynamics 365 professionals and users come together to digest all things across Dynamics 365. With the converging product set, this included separate streams on CRM, NAV and AX. Being a community-driven conference it features special access to Microsoft leadership… Continue Reading brianilland’s...

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On-Premise Dynamics 365 – How does Deployment Manager find all available databases? – Brian Illand
Mar13

On-Premise Dynamics 365 – How does Deployment Manager find all available databases? – Brian Illand

Today I was working with a Dynamics 365 instance where I did not have full SA access to the SQL Server instance. My deployment administrator account was able to connect to Deployment Manager ok, disable organizations ok and delete Organizations, however, when I tried to re-import an organization I had already deleted, I got the below error. “The Import Organization Wizard cannot... Continue Reading brianilland’s Article on their...

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