Tip #1200: Placeholders, colors & lorem ipsum

Lorem Ipsum on dark blue background

To celebrate 1,200 tips I picked up a topic completely unrelated to Dynamics 365/CDS, as one cwshould. Well, sort of. I was working on some materials related to Dynamics 365 Portals and, lo and behold, I needed some placeholders besides qwerty asdf. Text As a placeholder text, you can’t go past lorem ipsum and the original https://lipsum.com. […]

Tip #1130: Refactoring Makes Sense For Configuration Too

If you hang around developers long enough you will hear them use the term “refactoring”. On one project, the developer even had a “Refactor Friday” where this is all they did at the end of the week. So what is refactoring and why should us configuration folks care? Refactoring is taking existing code and reworking […]

Tip #1126: Recycling Entities Does Not Always Make Sense

To all our American comrades – Happy Independence Day! My current project is for a university. People enrol, they study, they graduate and become alumni. On a couple of occasions I have met with internal staff who have ideas on Dynamics design. Those that come from a pure database background seek to devolve every interaction […]

Tip #1074: The minimum you need for an opportunity

Min max knob

I like to keep things simple and, sometimes, Dynamics’ in-built functionality make things complicated. Opportunities (and Leads) are a good example of this. There is no doubt Dynamics 365 is great choice for managing a sales pipeline but you need to find a balance between using all the functionality provided and keeping the system flexible […]

Tip #595: The “silent observer” custom activity

When people mention custom activities, they typically think in terms of a user or customer actions. Sending SMS, making money transfer, approving the design, to name a few. These activities are typically created explicitly using Activity menu. There is a different type of custom activity that I’d like to talk about today, the “silent observer”, […]

Tip #117: CRM for Tablets – Form Features not available

CRM 2013 Tablet App

CRM Organizations are starting to use the CRM Tablets application more and more. It is helpful to remind ourselves of some of the constraints that we are under in the existing release. Don’t despair though as I firmly believe we will see some of these solved directly or indirectly in upcoming releases. Additionally, you can […]