Power Platform – CDS Explained for Normal People – Steve Mordue
Mar25

Power Platform – CDS Explained for Normal People – Steve Mordue

There is quite a bit of information in the wild for technically savvy people, around the Power Platform and it’s underlying Common Data Service. I want to see if I can make that understandable to us Normal people. Skipping History I know, many of you were thinking, “Ugh, here comes Steve’s long, drawn-out ‘How we got here’ story”. But this is for the normal people, who… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article on their...

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Dynamics 365 – Dead is a Strong Word – Steve Mordue
Mar24

Dynamics 365 – Dead is a Strong Word – Steve Mordue

My fellow MVP, good friend and co-collaborator on PowerISV, Mark Smith (aka @nz365guy) is on a “Shock and Awe” campaign that opens with the phrase: “Dynamics 365 is Dead!“. But is it? The House that D365 Built At the recently concluded MVP Summit, Mark had the opportunity to lob his “D365 is Dead” grenade at Charles Lamanna for reaction. Charles seemed legitimately puzzled… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article on...

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Power Platform – The Uncommon Data Service – Steve Mordue
Mar24

Power Platform – The Uncommon Data Service – Steve Mordue

Fresh from a week of “drinking from the firehose” at the Microsoft MVP Summit, several things became quite apparent to me. MVPs like to drink, and the Common Data Service, is anything but “Common”. It will continue… indefinitely It seems that whenever Microsoft announces a “new” way to do something, they are hesitant to say the the “old” way will be eliminated. “We… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article on their...

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Power Platform – The Developer’s Dilemma – Steve Mordue
Mar15

Power Platform – The Developer’s Dilemma – Steve Mordue

As I have been exploring the Power Platform, I continue to make new discoveries every day. I am not a developer, but I have developers on my team. Lately, I am noticing that we are pulling them into projects much less often than in the recent past. I wonder what the future-state of this will be… Power Platform We are in that fuzzy time, between something “new and significant”… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article on...

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Steve Chats with Steven (Guggs) Guggenheimer – Steve Mordue
Jan30

Steve Chats with Steven (Guggs) Guggenheimer – Steve Mordue

In this episode of “Steve has a Chat“, I called Steven (Guggs) Guggenheimer, who was not surprised that I had the Record Button on when he answered. “Guggs” is the Corporate Vice President – AI & ISV Engagement at Microsoft. Among other things, he is responsible for engaging with Customers on AI, as well as assisting Partners with ISV Motions focused on Microsoft Business… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article on...

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Steve Chats with Alysa Taylor – Steve Mordue
Jan10

Steve Chats with Alysa Taylor – Steve Mordue

In this episode of “Steve has a Chat“, I snagged Alysa Taylor, fresh back from the holidays. Alysa is the Corporate Vice President, Business Applications and Global Industry, responsible for the Marketing Pillar, which sits between the Sales Pillar, run by Hayden Stafford, and the Engineering Pillar, headed by James Phillips. We chatted about a bunch of stuff, including Pricing,… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article...

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Steve Chats with Gavriella Schuster – Steve Mordue
Jan03

Steve Chats with Gavriella Schuster – Steve Mordue

In this episode of “Steve has a Chat“, I caught Gavriella Schuster, first thing in the morning, on her first day back at work of 2019. Gavriella is a Corporate Vice President for Microsoft, who has been looking after Partners for decades. She heads up the One Commercial Partner organization. We chatted about OCP, Partner Center, ISVs and a few other things. Enjoy! Related Posts

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Microsoft Business Applications – Breaking Down the Landscape – Steve Mordue
Dec18

Microsoft Business Applications – Breaking Down the Landscape – Steve Mordue

From my blog analytics I am able to see the search terms that led readers to my blog. Several of these are along the lines of “What is PowerApps?”, “Difference between F&O and CE?”, “Difference between Power Platform and Dynamics 365?”, etc. I have written about some of these individually, but it seems that an overview of where they “fit” together would be helpful. Who… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article on...

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Dynamics 365 vs. Salesforce – The Debate Rages on – Steve Mordue
Dec17

Dynamics 365 vs. Salesforce – The Debate Rages on – Steve Mordue

This recent post on LinkedIn, re-ignited the ongoing Dynamics 365 vs. Salesforce debate. Not surprisingly, emissaries from both camps weighed in, and the debate continues as I write this. Formerly a Salesforce shop for 10 years, we are now a Microsoft shop since 2011, so I am as biased as any other debater. Bubbles Let’s face it, we all live in our bubbles. We are keenly aware of… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s...

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Power Platform – Ryan’s Five Things – Steve Mordue
Dec14

Power Platform – Ryan’s Five Things – Steve Mordue

I was recently at Extreme365 in Austin, I even had a role in Keynote! One of the sessions was a “Fireside Chat” with the Bizapps product team. Aside from there not actually being a fire that I could see, there was some great conversation. Ryan Jones, who works with Charles Lamanna on the platform team, said something that stuck in my head. Five Things When asked about what ISVs can… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s...

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Dynamics 365 – A Single ERP Solution? – Steve Mordue
Dec12

Dynamics 365 – A Single ERP Solution? – Steve Mordue

Let me caveat this post with a couple of things; first, I am not an ERP partner, so I don’t actually have a dog in this fight at the moment. Also, none of the following came from anybody at Microsoft, it is purely out of my own head and my opinions from my reading of the tea leaves as I see them. I am also sure I will piss a few people off, but that has not stopped me before. The… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s...

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Dynamics 365 – How about some Solution Quality? – Steve Mordue
Nov24

Dynamics 365 – How about some Solution Quality? – Steve Mordue

Solutions for either Model-driven PowerApps, or for extensions to First-party Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement apps share a lot in common. In fact, almost everything in common. What they do not share in common among each other, or themselves, is quality of build. Customers, Partners and ISVs all build Solutions for various reasons, and the quality is wide-ranging. Who uses… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article on...

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AppSource – 19th time’s the Charm – Steve Mordue
Nov18

AppSource – 19th time’s the Charm – Steve Mordue

I am fresh back from the Microsoft Dynamics Partner Advisory Council meetings last week. AppSource, and the whole ISV strategy was a central topic. Unfortunately I cannot share too much because of NDA handcuffs, but I can share some public themes, and my opinions. You have said this before Yes, I am aware that I have written much about AppSource in the past, in fact, exactly 18 posts…. Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s...

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Dynamics 365 – Consumption vs. Licensing – Steve Mordue
Nov17

Dynamics 365 – Consumption vs. Licensing – Steve Mordue

I was listening to Gus Gonzales’ recent podcast on Ten Features that should be removed from Dynamics 365. As usual, Gus makes some great points, but when he was discussing limits, I think he left out a part of the story, that leads to a larger question. Mismatch We were recently engaged in a P2P scenario, where a partner had quoted a fixed price to their customer, to perform some… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s...

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Dynamics 365 – The Price of Currentcy – Steve Mordue
Oct25

Dynamics 365 – The Price of Currentcy – Steve Mordue

Yes, I know, I made up a new term, “Currentcy”. I am sure there is a better word for what I am thinking, but I have already typed this one, and changing it at this stage of the game, would simply require too much effort. But probably not as much effort as writing this whole paragraph to justify it, but now I’ve gone and done that, so there is really no going back now. So let’s… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article...

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Power Platform ISV – Inception to Disruption – Steve Mordue

Some of you may know, that one of several things I am involved with, is an ISV Consulting Collaborative called Power ISV. Together with four other ISV-focused Business Applications MVPs, we are helping existing ISVs to modernize, new ISVs get started, and guiding ISVs on other platforms over to the Microsoft Cloud. We also want to reverse the adage, “Those that can’t do, Teach“,… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article...

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Steve chats with Charles Lamanna – Steve Mordue

In this episode of “Steve has a Chat”, I sneak up on Charles Lamanna, General Manager of the Application Platform at Microsoft. I called him “out of the blue” at the end of his day, and we chatted about a bunch of things, including the new Open Data Initiative, Licensing, PowerApps, Team Member, ISVs and more. Enjoy! Related Posts Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article on their blog

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Microsoft & Salesforce.com – The 800-Pound Gorilla vs. the Elephant in the Room – Steve Mordue
Oct01

Microsoft & Salesforce.com – The 800-Pound Gorilla vs. the Elephant in the Room – Steve Mordue

The photo with this post was from a short-lived marriage that I called the “Can’t we all just get along” phase in the Microsoft/Salesforce relationship. This love fest came to an abrupt end when Microsoft acquired LinkedIn, in spite of vehement efforts by Salesforce to block it, leading to irreconcilable differences and a hasty divorce. Since then the two behemoths have been… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article on...

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How I.T. can create value exceeding their expense – Steve Mordue
Sep14

How I.T. can create value exceeding their expense – Steve Mordue

In a recent post, I referenced this post that I wrote 6 years ago. I thought I would go back and record it, unedited. Let me know if you agree that it sadly still applies to many companies even today. Originally published – May 22, 2012   Let’s face it, I.T. is a big expense. As a former CEO of several organizations, I can tell you looking at the I.T. expense is a head shaker…. Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article...

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Steve’s Bizapps ISV Notebook Infographic
Sep13

Steve’s Bizapps ISV Notebook Infographic

I like Infographics… and I like ISV solutions… and I like the Microsoft Business Applications platform. So I made an infographic! Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article on their blog

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The Changing Role of the Microsoft Business Applications Partner – Steve Mordue
Sep10

The Changing Role of the Microsoft Business Applications Partner – Steve Mordue

Six years ago, I wrote a post that was directed at IT Directors/Managers, about the need for them to re-imagine their roles in the face of the then rapidly growing cloud thing. Today, the role that needs to be re-imagined is that of Microsoft Business Applications Partner. Between Microsoft and the Citizen Developer, the space previously occupied by the Partner is getting narrower. You… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s...

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Dynamics 365 for Marketing – Steve chats with Thomas – Steve Mordue
Sep07

Dynamics 365 for Marketing – Steve chats with Thomas – Steve Mordue

So I have actually been having a little fun with the “Steve Reads his Post Podcast”, and decided to see if I might take it further. But I didn’t want it to be “just another podcast”. I thought it might be fun to just call somebody out-of-the-blue with the record button on, and see where it goes. It could be a disaster! You tell me. For my first of this type of podcast, I… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article on...

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Dynamics Developers – Time to Get your Head out of your Ass – Steve Mordue
Sep06

Dynamics Developers – Time to Get your Head out of your Ass – Steve Mordue

As I was writing my last post on Re-Thinking, I got an email from some off-shore developer, offering to assist us with any “Dynamics CRM Online” projects we may have. Based on this pretty big clue, I put on my pompous know-it-all hat, and blasted him for offering his ancient skills to a cutting edge partner. His apologetic reply included, “there is just so much to get up-to-speed… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s...

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Business Applications – It’s Time to Re-Think Things – Steve Mordue
Sep06

Business Applications – It’s Time to Re-Think Things – Steve Mordue

Recently, I found myself looking in the Google Play Store for a mobile app to solve some issue. I found several options that were close, but none met my need perfectly. My choices were: a) continue to live with an unmet need, b) Use one of the apps that was close… but not really, or c) Hire a mobile app developer and build one, which would be insane. The challenges for Business… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article...

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Dynamics 365 for Marketing – The Giant Stands Back Up – Steve Mordue
Sep04

Dynamics 365 for Marketing – The Giant Stands Back Up – Steve Mordue

Dynamics 365 for Marketing – The Giant Stands Back Up Back in April, I wrote a post called “Dynamics 365 for Marketing – A Giant Tripped by a Grain of Sand” about Microsoft’s new Dynamics 365 for Marketing Application. It was not a favorable post. Regardless, Microsoft added us to a very small Pilot program for the product in a, “Keep the troublemakers close” strategy. A… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article on...

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Dynamics 365 – Unpacking a recent post – Steve Mordue
Sep03

Dynamics 365 – Unpacking a recent post – Steve Mordue

As an experiment, back in February, I thought I would try using the LinkedIn “Create an Article” feature, to see how it compared to just posting to LinkedIn from my own blog. I can confidently report that the test was a huge failure. Anyone thinking of using LinkedIn’s “Create an Article” feature… don’t, it gets almost no traffic at all. But I did like the Article, and… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article on their...

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Microsoft Business Applications – Freelancers vs. Partners – Steve Mordue
Aug30

Microsoft Business Applications – Freelancers vs. Partners – Steve Mordue

Sometimes people ask me where I come up with post ideas, here’s one way. I saw a LinkedIn post today from a recruiter, suggesting the use of “freelancers” for Dynamics 365, and presumably other Microsoft Business Applications. While freelancers may have a place in the process, there are some very good reasons, that you should seriously consider an actual Microsoft Business… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article on...

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Dynamics 365 & PowerApps – Let’s build a Home
Aug15

Dynamics 365 & PowerApps – Let’s build a Home

There seems to be quite a bit of confusion lately about Dynamics 365 and PowerApps, particularly now with Model-Driven PowerApps. Microsoft’s #FreightTrain, seems to have become a #BulletTrain of innovation, and sometimes things like “naming” and “explaining” lag behind. Let’s see if I can unpack this one. Warning, this is a long post, so you might want to listen to it… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article on their...

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Dynamics 365 – The Battle for Simple
Aug08

Dynamics 365 – The Battle for Simple

Mobile phone apps ruined everything. As a result of minimal processing power and small screen size, mobile app developers had little choice but to keep things basic. Given that mobile devices are used by everyone on the planet, including a lot of people who are not particularly smart, mobile apps also had to be “simple”. Now everybody thinks that everything should be as simple to… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s...

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Dynamics 365 – CDS Changes Everything You Know
Aug04

Dynamics 365 – CDS Changes Everything You Know

Dynamics 365 Customers and Partners have had a few changes pushed to them in recent years. Dynamics 365 was evolving at a pretty rapid pace since it hit the cloud, and when James Phillips took over the team, he took both of his feet and smashed the gas pedal. It’s like the USS Enterprise when it hits Warp Drive (I get a chill every time I see that). Trees in the Forest I have been… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s...

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Dynamics 365 – The Transition to Unified Interface
Jul27

Dynamics 365 – The Transition to Unified Interface

There is no need to panic…yet. Procrastinators can freely ignore this post, for now. But if you are one of those people who hates scrambling at the last minute, then maybe this will interest you. Waves Microsoft likes to call the significant updates for Dynamics 365 “Waves”. They have also announced that there will be two major Waves each year, with minor “ripples” ongoing…. Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article on...

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Dynamics 365 – Making Work for Partners
Jul05
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Dynamics 365 – Our Big Leap into CDS
Jul02
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Dynamics 365 goes PaaS with PowerApps
May28
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Dynamics 365 – CDS for non-Techies
May19
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Dynamics 365 – Paper is Rock and Scissors
May19
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Dynamics 365 for Marketing – ABM Redux
May09
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Dynamics 365 and the Citizen Developer
Apr26
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Dynamics 365 – Business Central vs. Customer Engagement
Apr24
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Dynamics 365 – Just Say No
Apr12
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Dynamics 365 for Marketing – I have More to Say
Apr08
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Dynamics 365 – Sales Professional License?
Apr06
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Dynamics 365 for Marketing – A Giant Tripped by a Grain of Sand
Apr05
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Dynamics 365 – Unknown Unknowns
Apr04
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Dynamics 365 – The New Marketing App
Feb19
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Dynamics 365 – Are you Reporting or Engaging?
Feb17
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Dynamics 365 – Doubling the Double Down
Feb14
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