Hosk Developer goals 2016 – CRM Online, Azure and FieldOne


If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you. – Fred DeVito


Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.


If you write down you goals you are more likely to achieve them, something to do with social pressure and brain thinking you might be more serious about your goals.  I thought I would do it because goals without actions are just words


In 2015 I wrote 150 blog posts, which is pretty good but half of those were Hosk weekly articles of the week.

I spent more time writing the individual blog posts, it took more effort but was more rewarding for myself and hopefully the readers.


Passed the CRM 2015 Customization and configuration certification.


I moved job to KPMG Crimsonwing in November


  • Azure Architect workshop
  • FieldOne training

Technical Books read

Goals for 2016

The main theme of my goals for 2016 is to keep up to date with the latest and greatest technology around Microsoft Dynamics CRM such as

  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016 new features
  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online
  • Azure
  • FieldOne

Microsoft Dynamics CRM moves at a fast past and it’s important to keep up with the new features.  CRM Online, Mobile and Microsoft Azure is where CRM development is moving and to develop CRM Solutions for CRM Online involves not only a change in thinking and solutions but skills needed.

Reading the Microsoft White paper highlighted this to me last year when I wrote this blog post

What are the limitations of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and how do you work with them?

I’m starting to read more articles about

  • CRM and Azure
  • CRM and Internet Of things
  • CRM Online

Hopefully I can start contributing to these topics in 2016

Read More

I want to read more technical or work related books this year.  Books are a great source of deep learning on a subject and a great way to learn new ideas and processes.
This quote highlights why you should read more
“In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn’t read all the time — none, zero. You’d be amazed at how much Warren reads–and at how much I read. My children laugh at me. They think I’m a book with a couple of legs sticking out.” Charlie Munger
I want to read more books, not just technical books because you can get lots of great ideas from books.  The book which had a major influence on me last year was
This book changed the way I look at things, I also now fold my pants and socks!

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online

I want to start focusing on Microsoft Dynamics CRM online, creating solutions, the architecture and understanding how it links in with Azure, mobile devices and other CRM online development.
Microsoft continue to push CRM online and it’s getting to a level similar to the capabilities to CRM on premise and has technology 6 months in advance of On Premise and not all functionality is going to CRM On-Premise.
CRM solutions and development will be moving to the cloud and those who only create solutions for CRM on premise could find themselves slowly getting isolated, so I am getting with the program and learning how to develop CRM solutions for the CRM Online.


FieldOne is going to be an excellent acquisition for Microsoft and will lead to a lot of opportunities in using Service Management.  FieldOne is built on top of CRM, so any changes to to it are standard CRM development.
FieldOne allows companies to create Field Management solutions quickly building on top of FieldOne solution.  The field service management sector has lots of potential with not many CRM solutions out there.
FieldOne is a big solution but does come with excellent learning material to help you get to grips with it, I will be working my way through it this year.

Azure Architect Certification

After attending the Azure architect training course I see the future of Microsoft Dynamics CRM being online connecting to many services, applications and mobile devices with being the glue which integrates everything.
It will be a lot of work but I think it’s an investment in the future and the knowledge will hopefully help me in the years ahead.
It will be interesting to learn new concepts and azure offerings, many of which I am unfamiliar with.
I will aim to do a CRM certification after my Azure certification

how about you

If you have any CRM goals this year, please leave a comment and tell me what you are planning to do and learn