Limitations of Calculated Fields and the Data Export Service

You probably already know that I'm a big fan of the Data Export Service. The single fact of having a 'near real time' replica of your data in a SQL Azure Database to query in any way you want is simply amazing. Today I came across an interesting limitation with Calculated Fields. Although Calculate... [More]

Simplified Connection Management & Thread Safety (Revisited)

There is one certainty in the world and that is that things don't stay the same! In the Dynamics 365 world, this is no exception, with new features and SDK features being released with a pleasing regularity. Writing 'revisited' posts has become somewhat of a regular thing these days. In my previous... [More]

How to get assistance without the Relationship Assistant!

Dynamics 365 has brought with it a new and amazing feature called the 'Relationship Assistant'. It is part of a preview feature (unsupported and US only) called 'Relationship Insights' which promises to bring some amazing productivity tools to the Dynamics 365 platform. Relationship Assistant shows... [More]

Smart Buttons in the Ribbon Workbench

Happy 2017! This new year promises to be really exciting in the world of Dynamics 365. The spring release is going to be a big one for developers and I'm really looking forwards to it. In the meantime, I've released a new beta version of the Ribbon Workbench that includes the following features:

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Dynamic365 Data Export Service

If you've moved to Dynamics CRM/365 Online then the likelihood is that you've come up against the limitation of not being able to query the SQL database directly to perform more complex reporting or for custom integrations. Many on premises deployments rely on querying the backend databases and in t... [More]

Dynamics 365 Application User

What is great to see with Dynamics 365 is the concept of the Application User. This means that subscribing systems can be connected to external systems using a 'Service Account' style user rather than the previous technique of providing username and passwords. One of the knock on effects of this is... [More]

Debugging JavaScript in the Interactive Service Hub (Part 1)

Those that read regularly my blog and follow my work with Sparkle XRM will know I'm a massive fan of using Fiddler to debug JavaScript. One of the most productive 'superpowers' that Fiddler gives us is the ability to change JavaScript on the disk and not have to upload/publish – we can simply refres... [More]

Install Project Service Automation (PSA) – Where’s it gone?

If you have tried to install Project Service recently you might have found that it's disappeared from the 'preferred solution' list in the Office 365 admin portal. So where has it gone?! Although the CRM Online Help hasn't yet been updated to reflect the fact, it has now moved to the recently relea... [More]