Showing posts with label convergence. Show all posts
Showing posts with label convergence. Show all posts

More Convergence!

The Convergence EMEA is just one week away. I do now have more information available about my planning for that week. You'll find me at the following times at the following locations:

Tuesday 18: 17:30-19:00 MS Pavillion CRM Booth Kiosks 33-36
Wednesday 19: 17:00-18:30 MS Pavillion CRM Booth Kiosks 33-36
Thursday 20: 9:30-11:30 MS Pavillion CRM Booth Kiosks 33-36
Thursday 20: 12:00-13:00 Hall B5.2 - Ask the Community Experts session

For the session on thursday we're still looking for more questions. See my previous post about the convergence for more details: Convergence - Ask the expert.

See you in Copenhagen!

Convergence - Ask the expert

In just a couple of weeks there is the Convergence EMEA in Denmark. I'll attend this convergence again and I am looking forward to meeting many of the readers of my blog. On this convergence you can find me at the CRM Booth many times, but there is one place for sure where you can find me. That will be the session IDCRM05: "Microsoft Dynamics CRM: Ask the Community Experts".

That session is going to be one of the most interactive sessions of the Convergence. On stage will be my fellow MVP's as well as myself answering questions from the audience. Feel free to drop by and ask any question. Also, you can let us know your questions upfront on this forum discussion:

Let me know if you'll be in Copenhagen as well. I look forward drinking a beer with my fellow CRM people!

Convergence 2007 Copenhagen

It was a last minute call, but I'm attending the Convergence as well. Please leave a message or send an email if you wish to drink a beer :)

If there's something interesting to share, then I'll make sure it's online as soon as possible.

Also I'll be standing at the Microsoft Product Groups Booth for the MVP Program at the following times:
- Monday 22nd 18:00 - 19:00
- Tuesday 23rd 12:00 - 13:00
- Thursday 25th 10:30 - 11:30

Se you there!

CRM as Development Platform

One of the questions that Steve Ballmer got after his keynote session was:

Love where we're going with CRM, it's beautiful. If we look at the CRM platform and generize it, what it really is, is a platform enabling tool. A framework for quickly developing and deploying any type of application. Make it web enabled, webservice enabled, all right out of the box. Do you plan to generize, or let me change that, productize that in a certain way? So... It's not CRM, CRM is the first implementation.

Uhm... YES!
But today would not be the day for me to go through any more then that. You were right in understanding the direction and vision and path we need to take. And when we have details, we would certainly be glad to share them. But that is probably not today unfortunately. We're still working some things through.

In the future we'll see what this exactly means...

Updated this post with the exact question and answer.

CRM Live screenshots!

Hi all of you,

Just before going to sleep I'd like to share some images with you. They are images I made of the presentation of CRM Live during Steve Ballmers keynote. The presentation was given by Brad Wilson, General Manger for Microsoft CRM. The presentation actually was live from the internet, so these bits are online right at this time in the Microsoft data center! I'll give you some of the pictures that are best and some information around what is on the screen. You can click the images for a detailed image. Unfortunately I didn't had the best place to sit, but these are the best shots I could get off the screen.

After logging in via the Live Passport, Brad got this screen. He was able to select an organisation because he is assigned multiple accounts to multiple organisations. If you only have one organisation to choose from, then this screen will ofcourse be skipped.

This image shows the activity overview screen on the workplace window. The differences with CRM 3.0 as we see on the screen is the button "imports" on the left side of the screen between Calendar and Queues. Another change is the new module "resource center". This is a button under Settings. This resource center allows users to directly access the community and search for answers to their questions.

We can see on the title that the name here is "Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4 Community Technology Preview 1". There has not been any statement on the name yet, but it might be CRM 4. It also could become CRM 2008 because it will be released before the end of the year.

This is the last picture which is quite ok. On this shot you can see Steve Ballmer and Brad Wilson looking to the "Service Calendar" in the Service module.

During his presentation Brad mentioned something about Duplicate Detection as well. On the screens of the contacts and accounts, there has been shown a button which stated "Detect Duplicates". Thats all that has been said about this subject for now, but I think it will be great if the same functionality would be in the system as what is in the addon of c360.

Brad also shown the Outlook client for CRM Live. This worked just as fine as the webclient. Also modifications made to the sitemap are immediately replicated to the Outlook client.

Thats about all I have seen on the presentation, so thats all I was allowed to say. I have been said that I'll get access to these bits, if I do so then I'll post some clearer shots of the same screens that were shown today.

Now we just have to wait until the next releases in the TAP program and for some of you even end of the year... But it will be worth the wait!

Good night,


Free Dynamics e-courses training

In the Convergence Update 2 I have mentioned that the E-Courses for Dynamics products are becoming available for free if you're inrolled in customersource or partnersource. Another MVP and Mujo who has replied to that posting have informed me that the e-courses are not available yet. They still get an access denied error message.

Now I've been in direct contact with the person in charge with this. He told me that not all the customer accounts got changed correctly. If you do not get access to the e-courses, then send an email to voice@microsoft. In the email make clear that you wish to get access to the dynamics e-courses, your company name as well as your account number (look in voice, accessible from the customer/partner source website).

Try again after confirmation that your account has been changed and start learning. The courses are great, especially for getting started or exam training!

Convergence Update 3

Hi all,

Just before going to sleep I'd like to share some interesting things which became public today. In Brad Wilsons presentation these facts were mentioned:
- Our Titan release is heading for release this year
- Early Titan code is in the hands of our partners trough our Technology Adoption Program (TAP)
- It's available via software bits and Live CRM instances
- TAP releases will continue throughout the year
- Early customer access via Live CRM will start in Q3
- A customer showcase program for a select number of on-premise customers will kick off in Q3
- Full RTM (Release to Market) and RTW (Release to Web) will occur by end of year

The rest is still a big secret, but tomorrow will be the great day. I'm looking forward to Steve's presentation and so should you!

Convergence MVP foto

Here's a picture just made some seconds ago. From left to right: JaAG, Ronald Lemmen, Frank Lee, Scott Colson. Matt Parks is running around somewhere as well, but he didn't make it to the photoshoot.

I'll add some more pictures of the event later.

Convergence Update 2

Another great day in San Diego.

Not too many announcements today yet, but i'm having a great time anyway. Ever since I've been here I've been in contact with a lot of people I mailed with a lot but never saw before. I met a lot of partners, other MVP's, ISV's, Microsoft employees and above all, people who just want to thank me for my active participation in the community.

A nice thing I'd like to share with you is the fact that the e-courses for dynamics products are now available for free (if you're enrolled in customer or partnersource). Take a look at this site:
Together with another MVP I discovered that it didn't work for him, but it will definately be working soon.

Another announcement I forgot yesterday is around C360. They have acquired the rights to sell many applications of other ISV's. These include:
- ImportManager by CRM Extensions
- CRM Mobile by CWR Mobility
- Many others I do not remember :)

More updates to follow soon!

Convergence Update

This event is amazing!

I'm astonished by the set-up of this event, the attendees and all the good news which is being announced. I just attended the keynote session by Satya Nadella. There were made quite some interesting announcements:
- Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.0 will be available on March 31 2007
- Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 will be available in June 2007
- Microsoft Dynamics SL 7 will be available in June 2007
- Microsoft Dynamics Client for Microsoft Office and SharePoint® Server, a new Dynamics client, will be released in May 2007
- Microsoft Dynamics Sure Step, a new tool set for implementation,
- Online finance community, a new online community being introduced today that enables finance professionals

Just a bit more information on some of the new products.

The Microsoft Dynamics Client for Microsoft Office and SharePoint® Server will be available for GP 10.0, AX 4.0 and SL 7 in May 2007. It will become available for Nav with the 5.1 release. For more information about the announcement see:

Microsoft Sure Step is an implementation methodology and a set of tools to make the implementation of Dynamics products a lot more predictable. In the keynote session a tool was shown which reflects a company structure on which you can drill down to each department, employee, process etc.

Online finance community is the first community released by Microsoft which includes blogs, rich forums, tagging, syndication and many other interaction methods. I can't wait for them to set up the community for CRM!

For more information on Sure Step and the new community see this announcement:

All these announcements were made today, I cant wait for other announcements to be made. I can tell that the sessions on wednesday will be very interesing for CRM users ;) Make sure you're there!

Convergence 2007 San Diego

Both the MVP Summit as well as the Convergence are on exactly the same dates. Since I don't have a splitten personality, I'll go to just one of those events. This will be the Convergence! Feel free to contact me to make an appointment.

Join Me at Convergence Connect!

See you in San Diego!

Multiple Avanade clients win Pinnacle award

The Convergence 2007 Pinnacle Awards recognize, honor, and celebrate customers that have achieved outstanding success with their Microsoft solutions as well as Microsoft partners’ solutions. The three categories are Role Based Customer Awards, Excellence Customer Awards and Industry Leadership Awards.

One of Avanade's clients, Wellmark, has won the Industry Leadership Award for Healthcare. Another client, Haldex, has won the Overall Excellence Award. Especially the Overall Excellence Award is special because it recognizes a customer that demonstrates amazing efforts in multiple Pinnacle Award categories. Customers are not nominated in this category. The Pinnacle Award judging panel will choose the Overall Excellence Award recipient from the nominations received in the other categories.

Congratulations to the Wellmark and Haldex teams as well as to all the other winners of Pinnacle awards:

Convergence EMEA 2006

March this year I didn't make it to the Convergence in Texas. But I'll be attending the Convergence in Munich (6-8 November)! Let me know if I can meet you there. I'll assist the MS teams at the Community Lounge and Microsoft “Ask The Expert” Pavillion.

What is Convergence 2006 EMEA?
Convergence EMEA is the Microsoft Dynamics premier event, to bring customers, partners, team members and industry experts together to share ideas and knowledge. At the first annual Convergence EMEA, customers will learn how to leverage their Microsoft investment now and in the future. In addition, they will gain a stronger sense of community through interacting with industry leaders, Microsoft team members, partners and other customers.

Who should attend Convergence 2006 EMEA?
All Microsoft Dynamics customers, including those that use:
Microsoft Dynamics AX (formerly Microsoft Business Solutions Axapta)
Microsoft Dynamics CRM (formerly Microsoft CRM)
Microsoft Dynamics GP (formerly Microsoft Business Solutions Great Plains)
Microsoft Dynamics NAV (formerly Microsoft Business Solutions Navision)

With specific roles as:
Business Decision Makers
Technical Decision Makers
IT Professionals
Information Workers

Existing Microsoft Dynamics PartnersMicrosoft Certified and Gold Certified partners, especially those with the Business Solutions competency and the IW competency.

For more information:

Dynamics vision of Bill Gates

Unfortunately I didn't make it to the Convergence 2006. Luckily there are other ways to get the same information as what is given there. Microsoft has posted an article on PressPass regarding Bill's vision for the new generation of Business Solutions that enable people-ready business.

Read the article here.

Most important is that Bill outlined five key and unique pillars to Microsoft's approach to role-based productivity:
- Familiar, Tailored User Experience
- Service-Oriented Architecture
- Integrated Collaboration
- Immediately Insightful
- Rapid Development Composition

Read the article for more detailed information!