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Video: Power BI for CRM Customer Care

This 3 minute video demo shows how customer care teams can use the power of business intelligence to constantly improve the customer experience.  The demo uses Microsoft's solutions for business intelligence (Power BI) and customer relationship management (Dynamics CRM).

Dynamics Customer Care Dashboard in Power BI - Screenshot

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The Future of Business Process Tools with SharePoint

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You've been there, we all have. At one point or another, we loved InfoPath and were disappointed at the news it would be discontinued. We waited with anticipation to see what was going to replace it. It's been quite the gray unknown for a long time, and in part the Ignite conference this year didn't make any overwhelm anyone with any big announcements in this regard. But that doesn’t mean there wasn't one.

Keep reading to get my thoughts and what was announced and where the planned future of InfoPath is going.

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Video: Microsoft CRM Field Service Management

If you have a field service delivery team, Microsoft Dynamics CRM field service management has a lot to offer. This article and one minute video provides a rapid overview.

 

Microsoft CRM Field Service Management Video Demo


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SharePoint Workflow 101 Part 4: Best Practices and Extending Workflows

C5 Insight Blog Part 4: Best Practices and Extending WorkflowsThanks for staying with me as I walked you through the basics of workflow in our favorite intranet platform – Microsoft SharePoint (and I’ll see you at the Ignite Conference at the end of the month!). 

To wrap up our series, I wanted to talk a little about some best practices with workflow then offer some ways that you can extend your workflows. 

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Infographic: The Counter-Intuitive Truth About the Customer Experience

What would it look like to watch a sports game with no score?  No one would watch!  But that's exactly how most businesses are run today.  This series of infographics takes a look at how the best organizations share the score with their employees in order to create the best customer experience.

Infgraphic - big data and profitability

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Video: Microsoft CRM Project Service Automation

In Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016 U1, Microsoft has included an optional new area called project service automation (or PSA). This 3 minute video provides a brief high-level overview.

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Connect: The ROI of Better Customer Experience and Employee Engagement Processes

Is all the talk about better customer experiences and employee engagement just hype, or is there an ROI for these investments?

Infographic - ROI of customer experience

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SharePoint Workflow 101 Part 3: SharePoint Designer and Creating Workflows

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I trust that you’ve been following me in this 101 series on workflow, so welcome to part 3!  Today we’re going to focus on getting SharePoint Designer going, reviewing the interface for workflow and creating some workflows.  Get ready, this will be a long one!  There’s a lot of info to get through, and I give you different steps between 2010 and 2013.

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10 Tips to Build a Better Intranet

Get 10 practical tips that will help you build a rock-solid intranet. Some of these you may have heard, and some may new ideas, but all are time-tested and have been proven effective.

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SharePoint Workflow 101 Part 2: Templates and Using Workflows

Welcome to part 2 of our introductory blog series on SharePoint workflows.  Now we can venture deeper into the depths of your workflow adventures.  We’ll cover how to use the default workflows, more details on workflow structure and we’ll wrap up with working with workflows.  In the next post, we’ll crack open Designer to see how we can create some workflow. 


SharePoint Worklfows


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3 Steps to Sales Process Success

 

 

 

 

Follow these 3 steps to create your first sales process - or to simplify an over-engineered sales process.

Profit results are 30% greater for firms using a sales process than for those that are not.

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5 Myths of CRM + Sales Process

Sales Process DesignI'm always surprised at how few sales teams have adopted a sales process yet; and I'm even more surprised at the number of myths that still exist about sales processes. So, in the interest of helping everyone to take a few steps forward with their sales process, let's dispel a few of the more common myths now.

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Building an Award-Winning Intranet is All About Luck


 

In this post, which is part of a new Building a Better Intranet series that I’m writing, I want to share 4 strategies with you. Four overarching themes, that you can and should be using, whether you’re designing and building a new intranet, or trying to breathe new life into a struggling one. Don’t worry, I promise to show you what luck has to do with it, so just stay with me.

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Video: Biggest Upgrades Since CRM 2011

Many organizations have not yet upgraded to Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016 U1. Or those who have may not be fully using it. That's too bad, because there are hundreds of new features. This 4 minute video provides an overview.

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Infographic: 4 Strategies for Big Data Success

Data – and the ability to capture it, analyze it, and take action based on it – may be the single biggest differentiator between the highest performing companies and everyone else. In this article we take a look at how the leaders are succeeding at creating action from data.

Infographic - big data insights converted into action from IBM research

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Video: Working with Products, Quotes and Orders in Microsoft CRM

This video – just over 3 minutes long – provides an overview of the productivity enhancing capabilities now available in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016 Online U1.

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Quick Tip to Avoid JavaScript Function Not defined error!

 

Do your SharePoint or Dynamics CRM JavaScript functions sometimes throw unexpected errors?  This might be due to how a JavaScript function is defined, so in today's blog I'll review the different options and ways you can define JavaScript functions.

Defining JavaScript functions for SharePoint and Dynamics CRM

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Video: What’s New in Microsoft CRM 2016 Mobile

Screenshot - Dashboard with lead photo in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016 mobile Online U1

Microsoft has been quietly expanding the functionality in the mobile version of Microsoft CRM. Now Microsoft CRM Mobile is truly a cross-platform mobile app that any mobile sales, service or marketing worker will want to use. This article and video provide a brief overview of Microsoft Dynamics CRM's mobile capabilities.

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SharePoint Workflow 101 Part 1: Intro and Core Concepts

SharePoint for Business Process AutomationWith most clients I’ve worked with over the years, I inevitably get asked the same thing sooner or later – “what’s workflow?"  Or it’s “teach me about workflow,” or “how do you customize an default workflow?"  

With this blog series I want to try to take explain some core concepts of workflow, then give some direction on creating them, the interface, customizing the default ones, some best practices and some ideas on extending them.  Sounds like a lot, and it is!  There are 2 and 3-day training courses just on workflow, but my goal is to give you some basics and direction to get you going with your adventure with SharePoint workflows.  I won’t go into many step by steps on building a sample workflow, but I want to help you started.

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4 Reasons Why Your Intranet Is No Longer Effective

This post will the first of a 4-part series on how you and your organization can begin to build a better intranet. In this first post, we will ask the question of "Why do we need a better intranet?", and give you 4 areas that have changed dramatically, and why acknowledging and addressing them is one of the keys to a successful intranet.

 

Ask why

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6 Ways an Intranet Fosters Collaboration

Is your team frustrated with too many meetings, struggling to find the information they need to get their jobs done, and become increasingly disengaged? Then it's time to consider a new (or upgraded) intranet. This article lists the top 6 benefits of a modern intranet.

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Video: 90 Second Overview of Microsoft CRM Interactive Service Hub

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016 includes the Interactive Service Hub. Dashboards, views, forms and the knowledge base have all received significant upgrades. These features are expected to begin appearing the sales and marketing areas of CRM beginning in 2017. Tune in for this 90 second overview of the Interactive Service Hub.

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How to Tell if Your Users Hate Your Intranet

Are you considering an intranet project? Or do you have an intranet that no one wants to use? Creating an intranet that your team loves to use doesn't require a PhD, but it does take some time and patience. This article include 3 simple secrets for intranet success.

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Sales Process (Re)Design – Is It Time?

Want to boost company profits by 30%? Then maybe it is time to consider a sales process (re)design project ... or maybe not!  This article outlines the 5 benefits and 5 risks of sales process.

Sales Process Profit Research

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Video: Word and Excel Integration with Microsoft CRM

Screenshot: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016 Mobile Mail Merge using Microsoft WordUsing Microsoft CRM and need to create reports, dashboards, mail-merges or do more efficient data-entry? This article and video summarize the Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016.

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CRM Self Assessment

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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.

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