Tip #34: CRM Gustronomy – force the workflow order

Shan McArthur, our fellow MVP, asked the other day: How can we order workflows? For example, I have an auto-number workflow that adds a case number to an entity, and I want that workflow to run before another workflow. I considered using wait states – i.e.: workflow 2 waits until the case number is not […]

Tip #31: You’ve got instance!

If you have a CRM Online with 25 or more paid Professional user licenses, your subscription includes additional non-production instance. Paid is a keyword here that excludes some types of subscriptions like Partner IUR (Internal Usage Rights) benefits. The other non-obvious step, as told by none other but our guest tipster Gus Gonzalez, is enabling […]

Tip #16: Add OnChange events to the Dynamics CRM 2013 Address Control

address

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 adds a new control for addresses that displays the address inside of a single field. This is fantastic, because it saves a lot of space on the form (compared with separate address fields), and it is consistent with how other applications, like Outlook, handle addresses. So what if you have form […]

Tip #15: Auto refresh CRM dashboard

Some implementations manage fast-paced processes that bring fresh data to CRM every minute (for example, busy call center). Dashboards in these scenarios can be very useful, however they will age very quickly and potentially display obsolete information. While it is probably not an issue for the most end-users who drive CRM interface as part of […]

Tip #14: CRM Gustronomy – apply security roles to dashboards

System dashboards in CRM 2011 are visible to all users regardless of their roles and permissions. The only supported way to expose dashboard to a selective group of users is to create a personal dashboard and then share it. CRM 2013 added ability to apply security roles to the dashboards making it much easier to […]

Tip #13: CRM Gustronomy – how to delete a field

One of my pet annoyances with CRM form editor in 2011 and 2013 has always been inconsistency in field handling. It is so easy to create a new field but impossible to delete one. Or so I thought, until MVP comrade Gonzalez showed me a very clever way to nuke a field. Instructions in a […]

Tip #12: Use field descriptions to create tooltips

Field description as tooltip

In all previous versions of CRM field description served no purpose except reminding customizers what the field is about or serving as part of project documentation. CRM 2013 now displays the field description as a tooltip for the field label making it the first port of call to improve form usability and to provide instant […]