Tip #211: When upgrading, don’t forget the team form

When upgrading a deployment of Microsoft Dynamics CRM to version 2013, it is easy to overlook some of the back-end forms. These don’t get the attention of entities like Accounts and Cases, but they are very important to the people who use them. One of my favorite new forms in 2013 is the Team form. […]

Tip #199: Form customizing ninja

True ninja knows Himitsu iri or the art of “Silent movement”. Ability to move quickly and without screeching mouse noise is crucial when it comes to quickly whipping a prototype or putting out fire in production. Minimizing mouse movements is important skill that keeps your boss, your customers and your wrist happy. These are just […]

Tip #190: IFD and Dynamic Excel Export

If you are facing the login window appearing in the Excel sheet after creating a dynamic Excel export from an IFD-enabled CRM organization, then there’s still a way to get the data into the Excel sheet: Export the Dynamic Worksheets (or Pivot Tables) from Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Open the Dynamic Worksheets with Excel. Excel will […]

Tip #166: Become role customizer ninja

Role Editor

If you frequently modify security role and your wrist hurts because of all tiny mouse movements, there are some undocumented explicit links on the role dialog that could make your life much easier. Clicking on the entity name (e.g. Account) will cycle all privileges for this entity (i.e. Create, Read, etc) through all access levels […]

Tip #165: 1:1 with security twist

Usability of 1:1 relationships stretches far beyond UI candy. They can become a very useful tool that secures parts of the same logical record. For example, financial services company might use account entity to hold information about their customers but due to Chinese walls within the company, investment manager should not be able to access […]

Tip #160: If all I have is a Surface, how do I test Windows client?

Windows 7 & 8 in Azure

My work laptop is a mighty Lenovo W530 with upteen cores, bazillion GBs of RAM and quadrillions of TBs of SSD drive space. The only problem is that carrying it around keeps my chiropractor very busy. So when I travel, I dock this monster behind the firewall and carry around something like Surface or the […]

Tip #157: Beware of the human factor

When you design your business processes in CRM, one red should be if the success of the process depends on a user taking an action in CRM. For example, if you are designing an approval process, and your process says “After approving the record, the approver is going to click “share” and manually share with the […]

Tip #148: Simplify the customer lookup

In Dynamics CRM 2013 when you create a record such as a contact or opportunity that include the “Customer” lookup field that can resolve to an Account or Contact, and you type a company name in the customer field, you may get more results than expected. This is because when you type in the customer lookup […]

Tip #142: Piggyback customer’s CRM for support

If you are a solution provider, CRM consultant or ISV, most likely you provide support to end-users in some shape or form. That includes collecting bug reports and feedback from the users. Extend your solution and include one or two additional entities, starting, for example, with Product Feedback and Bug Report, so that users do […]