The CRM Dynamic industry seems to me quite a small but if you are looking for the top CRM companies to work for there are a couple of lists which may give you a bit of insight. Most of the big CRM companies have successful CRM blogs/youtube videos etc and you will have probably heard of them (often by the MVP’s that have working for them)
The Presidents Club and the Inner Circle. When I read the names of these it sounded like something out of a Sherlock Holmes book and perhaps a group of anarchists. Here is how Microsoft defines the two groups, which you can read here
The 2013 Partner Recognition Program for Microsoft Dynamics recognizes our top Microsoft Dynamics partners for their exceptional FY13 performance.
To achieve 2013 President’s Club for Microsoft Dynamics, partners must demonstrate a strong combination of revenue or customer adds, plus license growth.
A small number of strategic partners from across the globe will be invited to be part of the 2013 Inner Circlefor Microsoft Dynamics based on their stellar sales performance in FY13. Partners will qualify to be considered for Inner Circle based on performance and those who have demonstrated consistent business leadership and strategic impact on the growth and success of the Dynamics business.
My definition of this is basically these contain the companies which have sold/generated the most money in Dynamics CRM. This is a useful list if you want to know the biggest CRM companies, it is also updated every year
A list of the 2013 Microsoft Dynamics Inner Circle award winners can be found here.
A list of the 2013 Microsoft Dynamics President’s Club award winners can be found here.
Good news the Dynamic Connector or the Connector for Microsoft Dynamics team are keeping up the good work and development on the Dynamic Connector and already have it working with NAV 2013.
I will first add I think the Connector team need to use a better name than Connector for Microsoft Dynamics because that name makes it very difficult to search for help and we need all the help we can get when using the Dynamic Connector.
The way I search for things is type the name of the software and then the question but the name they are using makes it impossible and extremely difficult to find any help.
on a positive note I think the Dynamic Connector (I’m sticking with that name now) have put a lot more effort and development this year.
- they have written more useful blog posts
- put videos on the blog showing how to upgrade
- improved the functionality (filtering)
- fixed a load of bugs in the connector
but you still have some way to go because I upgraded the connector the other week and it totally fell apart and couldn’t read half of the maps and I still haven’t installed the connector without problems.
I was asked (repeatedly) if I wanted to feature the graphic featuring below on my blog and I would commend the person for their persistence and polite manners, not forgetting promoting coding and learning coding is certainly a good thing to encourage.
I thought I would help promote the online college with their recruitment drive. They are currently promoting an online coding course and coding would be an ideal thing to learn online (although if you wanted to all the content is free)
You can read more about it here
It raises the question of how many graduates are going into computer related jobs, even that sentence doesn’t sound right. Before when you went into computers you were signing up to be a programmer, database person. I remember my early CV’s stating I had Excel, Word skills.
Today all office jobs use a computer and the software is a lot easier to use.
In terms of are people moving into IT jobs, I had the feeling that the numbers were dropping and probably some of that is IT teachers in my experience have been rubbish and the stuff they were teaching was at least 5 years out of date.
I found this article from 2009
and these in 2011 from the bbc saying coding is gathering enthusiasm.
Of course both seem not to be the most scientific and not really that useful.
I think coding would be a useful tool to learn with regards to getting a job in this tricky climate
Thanks to OnlineCollege.org for creating this graphic
Microsoft seems to have taken the first step in retiring hotmail and offering new outlook.com email addresses.
I’m sure a lot of you will read this and think, I don’t want a new email address, I’m happy with my current email address.
The reason why I think you might want to change is if you act quickly you can get a decent email address, which used to be a big problem with hotmail addresses.
Also this might have some use with windows 8 and tablets.
It looks like hotmail could be replaced by outlook.com so you can’t avoid it.
If you have an existing hotmail account it can be incorporated into your new hotmail address, either by just having the emails in the main inbox or creating a new folder for you.
here is how to do it
and here are a couple of articles on the subject
Microsoft kills Hotmail and introduces Outlook.com: A look at the new features
Hotmail to be replaced by Outlook.com in Microsoft switch
I had created a field called arranged by and it was a user lookup which was read only because I didn’t want people to set it, I wanted to set it when someone booked in a date and then fill in the field.
What was happening was I was setting the field, which you can read about here but then it saved but on the reload the field was blank, AGHGHGHGG.
So it turns out that read only fields are not submitted to the database to be saved. Which in one way is good because it means less traffic going up the pipe to the database but very annoying for me who is trying to set the read only value.
So if you want to save a read only field you need to set the SubmitMode to be always, which ensures the value is sent to the database.
This is a quick blog post with two aims regarding the Dynamic Connector.
The fist aim is to point you to an excellent resource for the connector. The blog written by Konstantin is one of the best blogs on the Dynamic Connector (CRM/NAV connector as I still sometimes call it)
He has some great blog posts
The Most useful tool for troubleshooting the connector
How to include in integration custom NAV tables – Step by Step instruction
How to update Production Dynamics Connector from Development environment
Talking about good Connector resources, I should also mention the Microsoft Dynamic Connector blog, which has recently had some good blog posts and videos.
Konstantin also left a comment on one of my connector blog posts which explained something I had wondered about. When you tick/untick the Synchronise Connector tickbox in NAV (in Marketing Setup)
Codeunit 5150 has property “Single Instance”=Yes, which mean if you run it, it will sit in memory until you close Client.
That is why “Re-activate” Connector function not working from first time properly. Every time, after you modify this particular Codeunit, you need to reopen Client to apply modifications in YOUR client (WebServices should pickup modifications immediately).
I had a very frustrating last few hours, I was having a date format error with the connector.
I was mapping Job to Contract and Job Planning Line to Contract Line.
The Job to contract was working perfectly and the dates coming across without any problems, unless I had forgotten to a put a date in.
Then when I was doing the planning line to Contract line I was getting odd date format errors. I couldn’t understand why the dates were not always working.
I thought it might be the fact that CRM was in a US date format and NAV was in UK.
I then tried to hard code the date but even this was working, now I was really stumped.
I remember reading about a development team who had a card board cut out called Alan. When they were having problems and were stuck or extremely frustrated they would get Alan the cardboard cut out and then talk and walk him through the problem they were having. This action of explaining the problem to someone would often help the developer to understand the problem and find out they were doing something stupid.
unfortunately or perhaps fortunately I had a colleague working with me who said add that contract line in CRM.
When I tried to do this I then found out that CRM complained about the date, hmmm maybe this isn’t a date format problem.
I then realised that I had been putting in developer date e.g. a load of random key presses to get rough values into boxes.
What I was basically trying to do was put in a start and end date outside of the Contract start and end dates.
So the problem was nothing to do with the connector and down to me putting in random dates.
It can be tricky to think problems are always because of the connector but when you have data which isn’t syncing then you should check you can put the date in CRM or NAV to see that it’s actually valid.