Microsoft Flow Vs Dynamics 365 Workflows – Part 1
Nov05

Microsoft Flow Vs Dynamics 365 Workflows – Part 1

I’ve seen some chatter recently about people’s use of Microsoft Flow over Dynamics 365 Workflows. Some people are choosing to solely write flows, others are choosing a mixture of the two and others not embracing this new technology. The newer Microsoft Flow has a lot of advantages, it can connect to multiple sources like SharePoint, Twitter, Dynamics 365, Twillio, Exchange and can get data or… Continue Reading Matt...

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CRMUG/D365 UG – UK North West October 18
Oct22

CRMUG/D365 UG – UK North West October 18

Not my typical technical post but something I wanted to write about. I’ve been going to the CRMUG’s for a couple of years now and on October 11th I had the opportunity to attend an event I helped organise. I thought a post explain what the CRMUG/D365UG is, why you should join the CRMUG/D365UG and details of our event; would be extremely useful. What is the CRMUG/D365UG? The CRM User Group is… Continue Reading Matt...

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Quick Tips – Can’t Open forms after an instance copy
Oct02

Quick Tips – Can’t Open forms after an instance copy

Quick Tips – a succinct post which handles a specific tip or topic; not requiring too much explanation or guidance. Continuing my trend of copying Dynamics 365 instances, I had another usual occurrence but this time a lot more serious. I copied a D365 8.2 instance from Live to Sandbox as a Full Copy and I couldn’t open any of the following records: AccountsContactsLeadsOpportunitiesQuotes I… Continue Reading Matt...

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Forms and Flow – Get data quick and easy, no code
Sep21

Forms and Flow – Get data quick and easy, no code

Flow is brilliant! Forms are a great tool! Both combined allow for some quick and easy data gathering. Let’s start by talking about Forms. Microsoft released Forms a year or two ago with a basic premise, allowing end users to quickly and easily setup a web page to gather data and collate responses. You don’t need to be a developer or have access to a web server to host a Form, it’s all done… Continue Reading Matt...

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Quick Tips – Copying Organisations and fixing views
Sep08

Quick Tips – Copying Organisations and fixing views

Quick Tips – a succinct post which handles a specific tip or topic; not requiring too much explanation or guidance. I’ve come across quite a number of issues recently which have been slightly puzzling but relatively easy to fix once you know how; I thought i’d create a sub category of blog posts called Quick Tips to bolster some of the longer posts I like to write. I’ve been doing quite a… Continue Reading Matt...

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500 Error in home.dynamics.com
Aug23

500 Error in home.dynamics.com

Matt’s notes: Since starting this blog, I’ve had numerous comments and messages from people in the D365 community wanting to collaborate or discuss with a fellow D365 Geek. The below article is written by Andrew Wolfe, Office 365 Productivity Operations Manager at TSG who has over 25 years of delivering software and hardware solutions. You can follow him on Twitter or LinkedIn. The Issue We are… Continue Reading...

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Model Driven Apps – Streamline while increasing productivity
Aug13

Model Driven Apps – Streamline while increasing productivity

Don’t worry, be Appy! Microsoft have gone a bit App happy the last couple of years, PowerApps, App for Outlook and you can build Model Driven Apps inside D365. Apps, in terms of D365, allows you to declutter the site map while giving administrators granular control over what is shown to users. You can specify Entities, Dashboards, Views, Business process flows and Charts to either show or not… Continue Reading Matt...

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Stop – Prevent deletes while still allowing deletes
Jul24

Stop – Prevent deletes while still allowing deletes

Deleting records. There are times where you need to delete records and there are times when you don’t want to delete records. I’m an advocate of only giving responsible users the deletion if I have to give it to users at all. Sometimes, against my better advice, people want to give all users on a certain team the ability to delete records but prevent the from deleting certain… Continue Reading Matt Collins’s Article on...

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Major Changes to D365
Jul06

Major Changes to D365

Big changes are afoot in the Dynamics 365 world. Announced today by Mo Osborne, there are changes to the way Dynamics 365 will handle upgrades and bring it in line with other Microsoft products like Office 365. Mo Osborne is the Corporate Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Business Applications Engineering….wow that’s a long job title. What’s changing and why should I… Continue Reading Matt Collins’s Article on...

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Powerful – Embed PowerApps into D365 Dashboards
Jul02

Powerful – Embed PowerApps into D365 Dashboards

Ever wanted to embed your PowerApp into a Dynamics 365 Dashboard? No? What’s been stopping you? To be honest, I didn’t know I wanted to do this until the recent CRMUG North West meeting where I saw Chris Huntington face off against Microsoft’s own Craig Bird in the battle of the PowerApps. During the presentation it was shown that you can actually embed a PowerApp into a D365 Dashboard and… Continue Reading Matt...

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The Missing Link – Get data without mappings but with calculated fields
Jun03

The Missing Link – Get data without mappings but with calculated fields

Ever wanted to get data from a related entity? Of course you have, everyone has and it’s easy isn’t it, just update the mapping between the two entities. That’s simple, I’ll just do that. End of Blog post….Or is it? Maybe it’s not as simple as your first thought, maybe you need to get data from a related entity where you can’t update the mapping because there is simply no option… Continue Reading Matt Collins’s Article on...

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Who am I? An Introduction
Jun01

Who am I? An Introduction

No I’m not Jackie Chan, but I am an action hero…OK, maybe not a hero but a stunt man who has bumped, fallen and been thrown down numerous steps on my journey through Dynamics CRM, now known as Dynamics 365 Customer engagement. I’m Matt Collins, I’m 30 years old, a self professed D365 Geek; I’ve been working with Dynamics for about 8 years, through every version since v4 or as I like to call…...

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