Hosk’s Top CRM Articles of the week – 2nd November


A great list of articles and blog posts this week, enjoy.


Some men learn all they know from books; others from life. both kinds are narrow. The first are all theory; the second are all practice.

It’s the fellow who knows enough about practice to test his theories for blow-holes that gives the world a shove a head, and finds a fair margin of profit in shoving it.

George Lorimer, Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son

The kernel of a strategy contains three elements: a diagnosis, a guiding policy, and coherent action. The guiding policy specifies the approach to dealing with the obstacles called out in the diagnosis. It is like a signpost, marking the direction forward but not defining the details of the trip. Coherent actions are feasible coordinated policies, resource commitments, and actions designed to carry out the guiding policy.

Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The difference and why it matters by Richard Rumelt.

To get an overview of the book read A primer on strategy from the excellent Farnam Street blog

Article of the week

CRM Chart guy says Funnel Charts Suck and You Shouldn’t Use Them.

If you have tried to wrestle, persuade, force, shout at, plead, or trick the charts in Microsoft Dynamics to show something useful, you will realise it’s a difficult job.

For this reason you have to admire the awesome blog posts from CRM chart guy

Best of the Rest

CRM 2015 – The benefits of Access Teams

Understand the benefits of Access teams and start using them

A free customizable Editable Grid for Dynamics CRM 2013/2015!

A free editable grid

CRM 2015/2013 – All you need to know about Database Encryption

Database encryption can cause problems if you restore a backup of a CRM database because the encryption won’t work.  This article will help you understand what is encrypted and how to add the encryption key

Your Interaction Network in Dynamics CRM

Great post from CRM MVP Jukka explaining Activity Party and how data interacting with you is held and can be displayed in CRM

Meet the 7 major improvements of the new MS Dynamics CRM 2016

The highlights of CRM 2016, it’s coming soon

Microsoft Cloud Certification could allow complex CRM solutions to go online 

There’s a different choice between on-line or on-premise

Using Full-Text Search to improve Dynamics CRM search experience

Shows how you can search full text in CRM

Querying with no table lock

FetchXML has no table lock, who knew

CRM MVP Daniel Cai shows you how to get data into CRM faster

Great Slidedeck showing you how to import data in CRM

How to find the number of users connected to a SQL Server database

An SQL query to tell you how many users are connected to your CRM database

CRM 2011/2013 – Understanding and adding the deployment administrator role

Do you understand the Deployment Admin roleChanging a Custom Entity Icon in Dynamics CRM

whitepaper – Deploying Microsoft Dynamics CRM in Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines

Four Acquisitions To Make Dynamics CRM Awesome

Leon Tribe informs Microsoft of the next businesses they should buy, Listen up Microsoft

Microsoft Dynamics CRM not working? check these common causes 

If Microsoft Dynamics CRM on premise has stopped working, check out these common causes

Bulk Delete

Answers to common bulk delete questions

Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Salesforce.com: Sandbox to Production Revisited

Comparing the sandboxes of CRM and Saleforce

Upgrading CRM: How to Move from a Data-driven CRM to a Process-driven CRM

Do you need to change your thinking and processes when moving to from CRM 2011 to CRM 2013/2015

CRM Performance: Nothing is Gained by Running

Why rushed projects/code doesn’t save time and reduces quality

Running faster doesn’t always get you there quicker.

Eight ways to ensure the failure of a CRM project management (Part 1)

13 signs your CRM project is doomed

If you’re having CRM problems I feel bad for you son

I got 99 problems but my CRM Project ain’t one.


Moore’s Law Turns 50

Coding by the Book: The 7 Books Every Software Developer Should Read

SQL Server 2016: Everything built-in

Please, don’t commit commented out code

Why coding skills are not enough for a developer to get hired


What Book has the Most Page-for-Page Wisdom?

First, interact

The Multitasking Virus and the End of Learning? Part 2

A Primer on Strategy

Previous top picks

Hosk’s Top CRM Articles of the week – 13th October

Useful Hosk Links

Hosk list Of CRM 2013 Tools

A list and review of CRM 2013 tools, this will probably work in CRM 2015 as well

Hosk’s CRM Developer Articles

A collection of my favourite CRM Developer articles I have written

MB2-703 – CRM 2013 Customization and Configuration Certification Information

All the CRM 2013 content to help you pass the exam

HoskWisdom – Hosk Developer Quotes

 Words of Wisdom from the Hosk.  I have written over 900 articles, surely I should have said a few memorable things

One thought on “Hosk’s Top CRM Articles of the week – 2nd November

  1. Mehrdad November 3, 2015 / 5:58 pm

    Maybe of some interest. Two more free editable grids.

    D CRM Editable Grid – https://dcrmeg.codeplex.com/
    D CRM Editable Grid is a zero code (Html5 JavaScript) add on for Dynamics CRM 2013 and 2015 for easily implementing custom editable grids.

    Dynamics CRM Easy Grid (2013 – 2015) – https://easygrid.codeplex.com/
    EasyGrid is a Full HTML5 Dynamics CRM (2013-2015) Add-On for easily implementing custom editable CRM Sub-Grids



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