CRM 2011 – Microsoft’s Brad Wilson Discusses CRM 2011 and the Cloud

You will have seen on various CRM blogs, videos featuring a series of interviews with Microsoft’s Brad Wilson and his thoughts on CRM and Microsoft’s strategy regarding CRM 2011.  These interview were done by Software Advice and I thought this was a good way to raise the profile of their company, whilst also creating some interesting videos.

You will have seen the videos featured on many CRM blogs (mine included), how did these interviews managed to be featured on so many blogs I hear you say.  Well Lauren Carlson from Software Advice politly told the various CRM blogs she had done a few interviews with Brad Wilson and would they like to feature some of the interviews on their blogs.  Ha! it’s as easy as that.

Anyway they have finished released all of the interviews and I am linking to them all

“What is the state of the CRM software industry?”

“What’s the strategy behind Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011’s low price point?”

“What percentage of customers choose the cloud?”

“How can Microsoft Dynamics CRM partners survive in the cloud era?”


“Is the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace a success?”

“What is Microsoft’s strategy to compete in the marketing automation market?”


“What’s New in Dynamics CRM 2011?”


CRM 2011 – The Best Weekly CRM articles – March week 2

Although I tweet some article which I think are interesting or worth reading I often feel that tweets can slip past too quickly and because of the timeline and subscribing to lots of tweets you end up missing or not being able to find the tweet again.

So I thought I would create a weekly round up of some of the interesting articles I have read this week.

Using oData and JSON in CRM – a walkthrough showing you how to set up oData and JSON in CRM 2011

CRM oData query designer – great tool for creating and testing oData queries

Excel 2010 and Data Import Templates –

Power of blogging – a blog entry by my good self about how companies are using blogging to raise awareness and generate work

CRM 2011 licensing changes – Microsoft have added a new license, making it 90 percent cheaper to create a portal using the CRM 2011 SDK.

Video using fetch xml to create reports in CRM 2011

Using Plugins to modify views

Richard Knudson – CRM 2011 Goal Management – Understanding Goal Criteria and rollup queries

Richard has written an excellent article explaining goal management.

Adding records to queue’s with workflows in CRM 2011

this article explains how to use queues inside workflows

Enforce Consistency and Streamline Tasks with Prompt andResponse Dialogs in Microsoft CRM 2011

Using dialogues

CRM 2011 – The Best Weekly CRM articles – March week 1

I have an idea to do a weekly blog entry listing the best CRM 2011 articles I have read this week.  Although I do often tweet them,this is my twitter account if you want follow – @BenHosk

This blog post is a bit of an after thought but I have a few good articles so I will start it today.


Richard Knudson’s most wanted Articles

what articles do people view the most on Richard’s blog.


Quickly recreating entities in CRM 2011

A quick way to recreate entities


Team ownership in CRM 2011

just a quick note explaining team ownership in CRM 2011


CRM 2011 tool – Search Property Updater

this is a tool to speed up changing fields to be searchable

CRM 2011 tool  – View Layout Relicator

This tools helps you quickly create and copy views

CRM 2011 Tools – Search property updater and view layout replicator

I found a couple of good CRM 2011 tools this week.  They are from the excellent blog – Dynamic CRM Tools

He has also had 30000 hits today, well done sir and keep up the good work.  Reading his profile on his blog you have to give some credit in the CRM world because he has been working with CRM since version 1.2, now that is dedication.

He has release a couple of useful tools for CRM 2011.  The first one is a Search property updater.  This allows you set whether fields are searchable or not.  You can do it through CRM but this is just a bit of a shortcut.  You can find this tool at codeplex here

The next tool is is a view layout replicator for CRM 2011, this is also on Codeplex here. This is another time saving tool which allows you to replicate other views quickly by copying their layout.

It’s worth checking out Tanguy’s blog because you never know when he is going to update or create another CRM 2011 tool.