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Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM, Customer Engagement, Sales, Customer Care and Marketing

Why Collaboration?

Why Collaboration is Changing the Business World 

There is a lot of discussion about collaboration in the workplace, but little explanation as to why it is becoming increasingly important.  This infographic explains the four primary business-drivers behind the movement towards collaboration between employees, customers and suppliers.  

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Guidance for Updating Multiple CRM Online Orgs with Customizations

Is migrating your full production schema to a new sandbox instance in CRM Online difficult to manage due to customizations? If so, keep reading! This blog provides some guidance on how to migrate your full production schema to a new blank sandbox instance in CRM Online to include managed versus unmanaged components.

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Working with Dynamics CRM 2013 Plugin Profiler

Clients often ask us to customize their CRM implementation beyond the original out of the box capabilities. There are many options you can use as a developer to eXtend CRM (xRM). For the sake of this blog, we'll focus on plugins; and in particular how to circumvent an issue when working with Plugin Profiler.

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From CRM 2011 to CRM 2015: Multi-Device and New Integration

 Meet Cortana, your new CRM personal assistant.

This is the sixth and final part in a series exploring the upgrades available when moving from CRM 2011 to CRM 2015.  In this article, we will be looking at the new mobile versions of CRM as well as some of the improvements to other products such as SharePoint, Yammer, Lync and Skype.  Included in our discussion will be an overview of Cortana - Microsoft's new voice-activated digital assistant - and how she gives you voice access to create and lookup records in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015.

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From CRM 2011 to CRM 2015: Settings and Administration

imageIf you’re still using Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011, now is the time to consider an upgrade.  With CRM 2015, you can teach your CRM to do all sorts of new tricks that will make your team more productive. In this article we will look at the new administrative features that you can use to expand what your team can do with CRM.  Don’t worry, we’re not going to get too technical.

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From CRM 2011 to CRM 2015: Sales, Service and Marketing

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This is the fourth in a series of articles discussing the CRM upgrades available to organizations who are on CRM 2011, and are considering the leap to 2015.  This entry takes a look at the new functionality specific to the sales, service (aka customer care, inside sales, customer support) and marketing.  All three of these functional areas received upgrades in both CRM 2013 and again in CRM 2015.  That's a lot to cover - let's dive in!

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From CRM 2011 to CRM 2015: 9 New Form Features

CRM 2015 Has Maps on Forms

Welcome to the third in a six-part series on the new features available to you if you are upgrading from CRM 2011 to CRM 2015, with a focus on changes made to CRM forms.

In this article, we will look at 9 new features available on the forms within Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015.

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From CRM 2011 to CRM 2015: The User Experience

Upgrading from CRM 2011 to CRM 2015 - the User Interface

If you're upgrading from CRM 2011 to CRM 2015, there are some game-changing upgrades to the user experience that will radically improve your teams performance, and your ability to ensure that everyone is using a consistent (but flexible) process.  

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From CRM 2011 to CRM 2015: Introduction

Still working with CRM 2011?  Working with CRM 2013, but wondering if you should go ahead and jump to CRM 2015?

This blog series outlines the many upgrades available to you by upgrading to the latest version of CRM 2013 - the latest version of the MIcrosoft Dynamics CRM application.  The upgrade is due to be released in December, 2014.

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Add Icons for Customized Entities in CRM 2013


thumbnailMicrosoft Dynamics CRM doesn’t have an icon library that can be shared with customized entities, instead rendering them as blank green tiles. In this blog, we will show you how to add icons for these custom entities.

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“It’s Not Me, It’s You”: 4 Reasons Why Your CRM is Failing


CRM10Failure, at its core, can take on many forms. When it comes to CRM, failure can mean a low adoption rate, un-integrated platforms that lack of one view to customer/partner/prospect data, or a costly investment with no return. Many assume that as technology has evolved, failures have decreased. The C5 Insight team set out to find out the truth about CRM failure. Is it on the decline, or are we kidding ourselves in thinking it possibly could be?

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How to Setup and Use a Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online 30-day Free Trial

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 has launched a 30-day free trial which provides the full access to all functionality. This blog will walk you through how to apply for a free trial account and how to best utilize this free tool. It includes some basic setup such as how to add users into your system, set security roles and play with sample data.

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Steps to Resolve the SharePoint Error “Sandboxed code execution request failed” When Configuring CRM Integration

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After getting a client's SharePoint available on the public interweb and thus available to CRM, we installed and activated the list component. But when we went to an Opportunity or other entity that was configured for document management, it would throw an error...

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Bug Alert! Hold Off Installing or Upgrading InsideView Social Insights for Dynamics CRM 2013


As a public service to the rest of our CRM 2013 cloud colleagues, we strongly recommend that you avoid installing or upgrading Social Insights (InsideView) in Dynamics CRM 2013 for a bit longer until the problem is fully resolved by the publishers.

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How To Set Work Hours and Business Closures in Microsoft Dynamics CRM

This blog details how to set work hours and business closures in Microsoft Dynamics CRM, along with best practices to manage these workflows.

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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Mobile/Tablet Express : Part 1



 As the world moves fast, we need everything on our finger tips wherever we are. In Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 you can enable any entity for Mobile Express, which we will explore in this blog. 

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Quick features of Dynamics CRM: Quick Create, Quick View and Quick Search


Among all of the changes and updates into CRM 2013, the inclusion of quick features has been among the most acclaimed. There are three quick feature functions  in CRM now: Quick Create, Quick View and Quick Search. This blog aims to give you a basic understanding on these handy, effective and powerful features which hopefully will save navigation time and enhance your work efficiency.

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Finding Decommissioned Fields in Microsoft Dynamics CRM

Seen My DataIn the fast paced and ever changing environments of business, often times changes need to be made to your business systems that reflect the changes in business processes required to support evolving markets.  Specifically, when designing and configuring the deployment of Dynamics CRM, there will inevitably be times when certain entity elements become obsolete and need to be decommissioned.

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How To Set Up and Best Utilize Microsoft Dynamics CRM 30-Day Free Trial


thumbnailThis blog will help you gain a full understanding on Microsoft Dynamics CRM 30-day free trial.  You'll learn  how to register, what you can expect, and some basic initial configuration to practice. By understanding how to best utilize this powerful and useful tool, users can easily add more value to their business.

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How to use Image field on Dynamics CRM 2013

When I started using Dynamics CRM 2013, I found a new field type added called "Image". Initially, I thought it would allow developers to put an image on a CRM form and that "Image" can be of any type. Later, I came to realize that the "Image" type is referring an image that is being put to the entity record, which the user can update and change like in Office 365.

 

Developers can use the "Image" type by following the steps outlined in this post.

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9 Tips to Re-Engage your CRM Use


Is it a fair statement to say that we all have had a poor experience using CRM? That we either wanted our old methods back or short cuts in this new application called CRM? There are many reasons for user not liking and embracing CRM deployments; however let's address instead how to re-engage to increase adoption of CRM in your organization.  

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The Salesforce and Microsoft Partnership – Part 2 – What it means to the companies and to the market

After the article we published yesterday, a number of people have asked what the Microsoft/Salesforce global partnership announcement might mean for Salesforce and Microsoft as companies (rather than as CRM products).  Financial details of the deal were undisclosed, so we can only speculate.  Here are a few quick thoughts for discussion:

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The Salesforce and Microsoft Partnership: What It Means To You

Microsoft Plus SalesforceOn May 29, 2014, Satya Nadella (CEO of Microsoft) and Marc Benioff (CEO of Salesforce.com) announced a global strategic partnership between the two firms.

As one of the very few organizations certified on both platforms and providing in depth books and digital training on both platforms, C5 Insight is uniquely qualified to comment on this announcement and what it might mean for the customers of both products.  So what has the scuttlebutt been around our office and among our clients on the topic?

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A Better Approach – Understanding the 40/20/40 Principle

When we stepped back and looked at our current projects and proposals going out, we began to see that we were often being brought-in as a 2nd or 3rd vendor, to assist with a 2nd or 3rd implementation, or to help a project “get back on track” after it was underway. The reality is that 59% of all new projects for C5 Insight are rescue projects, or what we now call “CPR” projects. So, where do we go from here and how do we fix it?

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All I Really Need To Know About CRM I Learned In Kindergarten

Today's busy professional spends a good deal of time tripping over technology. Somewhere along the way, we've convinced ourselves that the very tools invented to make our lives easier seem to do exactly the opposite. Speaking as someone with minimal technical expertise and absolutely no development background, I recently stumbled upon a striking realization. All I really need to know about CRM, I learned in Kindergarten.  

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CPR for CRM Study

The complementary paper includes over 12 years of research, recent survey results, and CRM turnaround success stories.

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SharePoint Readiness Assessment

This 60-second assessment is designed to evaluate your organization's collaboration readiness.

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CRM Self Assessment

Learn how you rank compared to organizations typically in years 1 to 5 of implementation - and which areas to focus on to improve.

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SharePoint Feedback Solution

This is a sandbox solution which can be activated per site collection to allow you to easily collect feedback from users into a custom Feedback list.

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SharePoint Upgrade Checklist

Whether you are upgrading to SharePoint Online, 2010, 2013 or the latest 2016, this checklist contains everything you need to know for a successful transition.