Hosk’s Top CRM Articles of the Year 2014

Waking up early, isn’t a problem I have two young children (1 and 3) who are particularly effective alarm clocks. Getting the kids dressed, fed and packed off to nursery was a lot more difficult on the first day back, in fact everything seems to be difficult after you have had a week off over Christmas

I haven’t fully booted up in 2015 (when typing I have to stop myself adding the prefix of CRM every time I write 2015).

I did write this article on Linkedin this morning, which might interest you.

Predictions for Microsoft Dynamics CRM in 2015

Before I go on I would say congratulations to Guido Preite for being one of the new CRM MVP’s in 2015, check out his CRM MVP profile here.  He has written some great blog posts this year and has answered 100’s of CRM forum questions.

So instead of fully engaging my brain and creating brand new blog posts, I thought I would create a list of some of the best CRM articles and blog posts I read last year.

Some of the list has been taken from my article of the week recommendations earlier in the year (when I use to do a round up of the good CRM articles of the week).

Other blog posts on the list have been articles I have remembered.

The content of the articles probably focuses on CRM 2013 and please remember there are lots of blog posts I have missed out because I created the blog post in an ad-hoc manner. If there are any great articles please add them in the comments.

I will start with this list of of the top 25 CRM sites, a great list of CRM blogs to subscribe to.


A nice article about using CRM evaluating if you should create a personal or system view


CRM MVP Jukka Niiranen

Jukka wrote some great articles on CRM this year, here are a few I enjoyed
A look at business process flows and processes in CRM 2013.  Business process flows are quite a departure from CRM 2011 and this article helps get your head round it.

Getting Your Head Around Dynamics CRM 2013 Processes – Part 1


It’s a very detailed article and goes into great depth explaining the various aspects of recurring workflows.

Dynamics CRM Reminder Workflows Done Right

Scott Durow

It’s not one article this week but four, an amazing Super hero Fiddler 2 tutorial from CRM MVP Scott Durow

Another great blog post on monitoring

Monitor, Monitor, Monitor

I would encourage all CRM developers to read Scott’s blog and his CRM forum answers as I have learnt a great deal.

CRM MVP Leon Tribe

I found this article very interesting because I hadn’t used Azure and Leon’s walk through and review shows how easy it is to setup.

Are you Azure Curious

Microsoft changed the records created on a lead conversion

CRM 2013 and lead conversions

CRM MVP Adam Vero

Adam wrote this article in response to a blog post about access teams, where I wasn’t sure the real benefit of them.  Adam is a guru on all things security in CRM

a great article from CRM MVP Adam Vero on why you should use Access Teams. There have been quite a few blogs and a videos on how to use access teams and a quick introduction to access teams but this deep dive from Adam explains WHY you should use access teams.


Adam doesn’t write enough blog posts in my opinion but this is one from CRM 2013 but it’s excellent so I’m including it in the list.  It’s a long read, so get comfortable.

Security Roles and Teams in CRM 2011 – An Inconvenient Half-Truth


This article from Guido is great, it takes a question from the forum, an answer from CRM MVP Scott Durow, followed by some hard work by Guido to create the full solution, great work.

Check if a User has a specific Privilege

I will add another because I can, it’s from the snooze Berry, Dave Berry.  It was written when Dave use to blog (pre snooze), although I have been informed from the great Berry himself he is busying doing great things with TypeScript and CRM

Entity.GetAttributeValue<T> Explained

Other Authors

A good article on how to get the lookup dialog

great article on the limitations of CRM Online

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 – Limitations of Dynamics CRM Online Vs On Premises

A great article on Actions, something I have been trying to get my head round. This article will give you a good idea of how you can use them

Four Important Concepts Needed to Understand about Actions in Dynamics CRM

An interesting use of the available tools to get the date and time

Retrieving Server Datetime using Javascript

This article compares functionality between CRM 2011 and CRM 2013, very useful for people just starting to use CRM 2013 or have to upgrade a CRM 2011.

Interesting comparison of functionality between CRM 2011 and CRM 2013

CRM MVP Andre Margono write a good post on using OData information source in Excel.

Enable Dynamics CRM oData Query Filter for PowerQuery Performance

This is my article of the week because it’s a very useful new piece of functionality that has slipped under the radar of the CRM 2013 SP1 release.  It’s new functionality that’s easy to implement.

Custom State Model Transitions in Spring Release for Dynamics CRM 2013

This article by Gareth Tucker who has written any blogs this year (come back Gareth we love you) is an excellent run through JavaScript notification and he also has some other good blogs on the new CRM 2013 features


This article is great, not only is the content good but also the presentation with GIF’s is really good.

Debugging Asynchronous JavaScript with Chrome DevTools

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