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Bug Alert: Invalid Rollup Formulas in Sandbox org

Rollup Fields become INVALID when doing a schema copy in Cloud CRM from a production org to a sandbox org (for example). This is related to the Minimal copy option as opposed to the Full copy option. 

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Sales Meetings with CRM – Remember to Look Forward

Using CRM for Sales MeetingsAs a sales manager, are you using your CRM solution to plan forward, or simply reflect backward? Planning forward will help you help your team members prioritize their time, make better judgement calls about activities associated with leads/opportunities and ultimately close more deals. This article discusses a more effective way to conduct sales meetings, whether weekly catch-ups with sales reps or all-in sales team calls.

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New to Microsoft Dynamics CRM? Have No Fear

If you're like me, walking into the wide world of CRM can make the word "intimidating " look like an understatement. Whether you just need to know enough about CRM to get by, or you are about to dive in to discovering all that CRM has to offer, take a look at the resources and articles below to start navigating the waters of Dynamics CRM.

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How is Your CRM Project Doing? Judge for Yourself.

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Don’t tell my boss, but I hate CRM.

Research suggests that leadership’s opinion of CRM success is often different from the teams using CRM on the front lines.  And IT, Sales, Customer Service and Marketing can all have radically different opinions of an organization’s CRM solution. C5 Insight has introduced a free to download tool that can be used as a self-evaluation to rate the success or failure of your CRM project.

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C5 Insight Will Be At CRMUG Summit Next Week Talking About CRM and Collaboration Failure


Next week, both of C5 Insight’s Managing Partners will be at CRMUG Summit in Reno, NV discussing both CRM and Collaboration failure. The truth is, over the last 5 years or so, we have become somewhat obsessed with failure, not necessarily by choice, but because nearly 60% of all new client work for us is what we call CPR work - in other words, project rescue. 

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I’ll Be Online Next Week At Collab365 Delivering The Deadly Sins of SharePoint


3 out of every 5 companies using SharePoint struggle
.  If this sounds familiar, then I encourage you to attend Collab365, the free, 24-hour, online conference on Oct 7-8. There will be hundreds of great sessions with some pretty amazing content, and I’ll be delivering my Deadly Sins of SharePoint session, which was developed specifically from the things we have learned from helping struggling organizations.

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Sure Way to a CRM Fail: "If We Build CRM [Right], They Will Come”

No one is using our CRM solutionAfter working with hundreds of companies and investing hundreds of hours into CRM success and failure research, there is one thing we have never heard from organizations that have successfully implemented CRM: “Our CRM was such a good tool for our sales team, that they want to use it.”

In other words, CRM is not going to be your Field of Dreams.  If you build it, they won’t come – no matter how good it is.

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4 CRM Support Lessons from a Wine Maker

Support Agreement for Salesforce CRM Support Agreement For Microsoft Dynamics CRMWine.  I love it.  And I love visiting wineries whenever I can.  Wine and wine making are such rich sources of history, have an element of the artistic, and just feel closer to the basic and raw elements of the earth.  Like farming, there are a lot of simple lessons in wine making that apply to everything else in life.

But the lessons learned when my wife and I visited a wine maker on a recent trip still came as a surprise – I wasn’t expecting to see the connection between making wine, and improving customer relationship management (CRM) projects with solutions such as Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Salesforce.com.

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Seminars or Snippets - Are You Training Your End Users Wrong?

imageThe truth is, the “training” methods we have been using for decades are dying. And if your organization is still hoping to train users on SharePoint, CRM, or any other technology by sitting them in a room to watch recorded videos or a live individual, I want to offer some suggestions that I believe will transform the way end users adopt and learn new technology. 

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What’s Missing from the SharePoint 2016 Preview?

SharePoint 2016 IT PreviewIf you keep up with SharePoint news at all, you have very likely heard that Microsoft recently dropped the beta 1 build of SharePoint 2016 (or more affectionately called the IT Preview) to much fanfare. With the release of the public beta, there are lots of folks in the community who have written about these new features and how to install it. In today's blog I want to discuss the initial highlighted features that are removed from the SharePoint 2016 preview.

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Using AutoSPInstaller to Build a Three-Tier SharePoint 2013 Farm – Part 2

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Welcome back to part 2 of my short series of using AutoSPInstaller to build a 3-tier multiple server SharePoint farm.  Last time we looked at all of the work we needed to do to get setup and discussed what our end goal was.  Now we can get down to business and start some installation!   I’ll walk you through the most critical part – creating your answer file, then the installation itself.

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Maximizing Your “Support” Investment

imageChances are, if a company has invested in a collaboration or relationship management solution without an experienced solution partner offering ongoing coaching, support and training, its internal IT support staff is feeling the sentiments of one or more of the following: “I have 7 other jobs”, “Management thinks it’s just another application, like Outlook”, “I’d rather do anything than try to learn this”, “I don’t spend enough time on this to ever be very good at it”. Have you said, or heard, any of these statements? Then read on.

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CRM 2015 UR1 (Spring 2015) Top 10 New Features

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What are the 10 most important upgrades available in the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 Spring (UR1) Release?  Read the blog for the details, or thumb through the SlideShare, below, for a quick overview.

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Creating a Neglected Accounts View in CRM 2015 UR1+

Everyone wants to know which of their accounts have not been followed up recently.  But using the Neglected Accounts report is just sooo 1995.  Nobody uses reports anymore – we want everything as a view, chart or dashboard!  But until the most recent release of Dynamics CRM, the only way you could create a Neglected Accounts view was thru installing add-on products or developing code.

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Using AutoSPInstaller to Build a Three-Tier SharePoint 2013 Farm – Part 1

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In this 2-part series I am going to take you through all of the necessary steps to use autospinstaller to build a 3 server farm doing remote installations on Windows Server 2012 R2 with SharePoint 2013 recent CU. (When I say all, I am referring to the SharePoint relevant pieces and the autospinstaller.) Continue reading for SharePoint 2013 (2010) installation.

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Getting the Website URL When Importing Leads Into CRM

Extract Website URL from Email Address using Excel for Microsoft CRM Salesforce ImportEver received a trade show list after an event that has email address but doesn’t have website, with a request to import it into your CRM solution? You know those website URLs are locked up inside of the email addresses, but you need to get them imported in a hurry, so you just import it without concern for the website. The problem is that the website can contain critical information. This article explains how to use an Excel formula to quickly pull the website URL out of an email address before importing into your CRM solution.

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Forget Technology, Focus On People

imageThe latest technology out there today is compelling and can do great things. And it’s true, a few could revolutionize the very way you do business.  But in an effort to do more with less, move faster than competitors, be agile and lean, and choose “best of breed” technology, we often see organizations forget about the very ones who will make the investment successful and worthwhile.

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Sales Rep CRM Quick Tip: How to Start (and Finish) Every Day in CRM

Let’s face it, customer relationship management applications can be confusing. There are lists of lead, accounts, contacts, opportunities and – in some cases – other things like products, quotes and orders. With all of these things you can do, we are frequently asked, “where do I begin and how do I start each day with my CRM application?”

The answer is simple … but how you arrive at the simple solution takes some discipline.

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Sales Rep CRM Quick Tip: 4 Steps for CRM Account Management

It costs about 7 times more to win a new customer than it does to retain and grow a relationship with an existing customer.

But most Sales Reps receive very little training on how to prioritize different customer relationships.  Just a little bit of work with your customer relationship management (CRM) system can mean a boost of 10% or more to standard commissions – and to overall sales!

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Marketing Automation: Questions To Consider When Selecting A Solution

I recently ran across a staggering statistic: less than 10% of businesses are using a marketing automation solution.

How can this be? What are businesses using to not only create and send email templates to their marketing lists, but also tie in nurture marketing, web forms, landing pages, web tracking, social sharing, campaign management, and more? It’s time to address what to look for during solution selection.

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Upgrading From CRM 2011 to CRM 2015?

Microsoft has added a lot of functionality to CRM since version 2011.  If you’re on Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 (or earlier), Dynamics CRM 2013 or are on Dynamics CRM 2015 but have not yet applied Update Rollup 1, this article provides a useful list of resources to help you understand the new benefits for your users. 

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Quick Tip: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Spring 2015 - Immersive MS Excel

The release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM – Spring 2015 includes a helpful new feature; Immersive Excel. This functionality allows a user to manipulate Dynamics CRM data in MS Excel, without the cumbersome "Export to Re-import" process required in the past.

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Defining Failure? Stop Blaming Technology

AKTweet There is a big issue in business these days – blaming technology for people problems.Though it’s true that technology can be fickle and frustrating and even I have often restrained myself from sending my laptop sailing out the window, well…it’s a computer. Can we all just agree, collectively, to assert our human brain’s superiority and stop blaming technology? Here are a few ways to start bringing people back into the mix.

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The Components of a Successful Roadmap Engagement – Part Two

8b502c8a42e8fa0cff48581c8792678c[1]In part two of this successful roadmap engagement series, we'll look at Risk and Obstacle Evaluation, Business Case and ROI, Culture Change, Training, Adoption, and Future Planning.

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Getting the Most ROI and User Acceptance from Your Business Systems

You may have just made the momentous decision to purchase a new CRM or ERP system, or perhaps you have had your systems for some time. With many companies offering ‘Best of Breed’ business systems, one thing typically remains true: each of these systems are silos of data and information. This blog details real-world benefits of systems integration.

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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.