One blog reader recently asked us about affordable options for migrating data from CRM 2011 to CRM 2015 when upgrading. This article provides a number of options to consider.
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Warren Buffet once said that “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” In our daily work, we talk a lot about value. However, the truth is, a lot of organizations spend a lot of time, effort, and money trying to measure ROI – the precise financial impact of an initiative - without first understanding the value to the business. This blog entry breaks down how to generate both organic ROI and real business value.
If you’ve started to track contacts, accounts and your pipeline in CRM, then you’re ready to start tracking activities too. Most CRM solutions provide a way to track activities such as calls, appointments, emails and tasks. This article provides some quick tips for tracking your activities.
One of the most important benefits of a CRM solution is that it allows a Sales Rep to track their pipeline. Sadly, this is also one of the areas that many organizations tend to make overly complicated and so painful, that reps often revert back to using a legal pad. This article will provide some tips for using your CRM solution to track your pipeline – and why this is important – regardless of the condition of your CRM solution.
You know how the story goes... We were prepping for a CRM 2013 on premise client going live and it was Outlook client configuration time. I was doing some last minute Outlook client testing and hit the sync button to test my Outlook filters when I got this message. Read more to find out how to activate data encryption when syncing Outlook to CRM.
Are your customer care or inside sales reps straddling CRM (customer relationship management) and ERP (enterprise resource planning, or accounting) systems in order to get their jobs done? Is it slowing them down? Are they missing opportunities to collaborate with your field sales reps because they don't have enough time to keep things updated in CRM? Are your outside sales reps asking for more information about order history to be visible in CRM?
Maybe you didn’t even know, but if you are using Office 365 or OneDrive, you can use Excel to create a survey, share it with others, and easily get the results. This blog details why you should use Excel to create a survey. Using Excel won’t be for everyone depending on your requirements, but it does serve a purpose in the landscape of survey tools. Find out what you didn't know before!
Many improvements to Dynamics CRM were announced last week at Microsoft Convergence 2015. But CRM isn't really just one application anymore - there are a host of things that companies need to consider in order to work together better both externally with customers and internally with employees who are striving to serve those customers. This article looks at recent and upcoming improvements to Microsoft Dynamics Marketing (MDM), Social Listening, Parature and Unified Service Desk; as well as some of the more standard products such as Excel, SharePoint and Outlook.
Get ready ... CRM 2015 just came out, but the spring release is just a few months away. Microsoft is including a lot of new features in this release that you'll want to take advantage of including: new (easier) navigation, OneNote integration and Power BI dashboards.
A lot of exciting information is being shared this year at Microsoft Convergence in Atlanta, GA. This post summarizes the highlights of day 1, with a focus on the sessions that discussed working together better inside and outside of the organization - customer and employee engagement. We will pay particular attention to the discussions around collaboration in this post.
Looking for a way to expand usage of your company's CRM? Here's a simple idea: commit to making it the one and only place that you use to manage your list of contacts. It sounds simple, but it's amazing how many contact lists are spread out over a pile of business cards, in our mobile devices and handwritten on notepads. This article shares some practical ideas on how to get all of your contacts into CRM.
Welcome back to part 2 of my review of tips and gotchas for using Power Query with Dynamics CRM OData feeds. Let’s continue our review and talk about how ugly the option set numeric values are, and how you can improve your query times by tweaking (filtering more specifically) the OData URL used in Power Query.
If you have been following the Excel business intelligence space lately, you are familiar with all of the slick add-ins Microsoft has introduced with Power Query, Power Pivot and Power Map. We work with a lot of Dynamics CRM clients, and I recently set out to use some CRM Online data to create some visualizations and dashboards in Excel. I encountered a few different situations I had to deal with, so in this post I want to walk you through some of the gotchas I found when you use Dynamics CRM data with Power Query.
Have you ever wondered where some of those "missing components" come from when adding an entity to a solution? Check out the rest of this blog for some insight into this common predicament.
Does your organization have a CRM system, but you struggle with making it a useful tool for getting your job done? You're not alone! Sales Rep CRM Quick Tips from C5 Insight are an ongoing set of 5 minute tips that a Sales Rep can use to transform any CRM solution into the most valuable tool in their personal sales toolbox.
In the first two blogs of this series we discussed how to enable Microsoft Dynamics CRM entities for Mobile/Tablet and how to access Microsoft Dynamics CRM online 2013/2015 via a mobile phone. Here is another blog in this series that will discuss how to access Microsoft Dynamics CRM online 2013/2015 on tablets. For demonstration purposes, we will be using a Microsoft Surface.
User stories are the most important aspect of delivering a successful agile project that meets (or even exceeds) the expectations of the client. The story can serve as the vehicle for determining scope, sprint planning, requirements gathering, specification documentation, as well as test script creation and training documentation. So great care must be taken to elicit, document, and gain consensus on and approval of the client’s needs before executing.
In this blog we will cover how to access Dynamics CRM on mobile devices. For the purpose of demonstration, this post will discuss how to install and access Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013/2015 on the iPhone 5.
There’s more to the concept of Team Ownership in Microsoft Dynamics CRM than you may originally think, which means you’ll want to give that topic significant consideration and understanding before embarking on a security model that utilizes team permissions or team ownership. In releases prior to 2011, the concept of Teams existed but Teams were simply groupings of users. Since version 2011, a Team can actually own its own records, and can have its own security role(s), giving CRM architects more options for building more complex security schemes. Let's talk about these options now!
In spite of what you may have heard from CRM software vendors, a customer relationship management system is not a "shot in the arm" or "30 days to productivity". In all but a few teams (those that are highly process-driven) a CRM project takes time to fully adopt.
While recently working with some users who are migrating to OneDrive for Business for SharePoint 2013, I was in a discussion about how to use the OneDrive for Business client. After walking through the capabilities and how to use the sync client, the question was asked about how to selectively sync only certain folders from OneDrive for Business and not the entire library. Users started uploading a lot of documents, and didn’t want to sync ALL of the files in their OneDrive for Business library. They only wanted to sync some of the folders offline. This is possible right? Okay I must admit I misled you a little bit by the title. You can’t use the OneDrive for Business sync client and only choose certain folders. It will only sync the entire library or nothing. But fear not, the point of this blog is to offer a few viable solutions as stop gaps until Microsoft adds this functionality.
This blog details my chat with Microsoft, how we discovered the problem child, and the fix for the error!
Inc. magazine recently published an article in which it predicts the top 10 hottest industries in 2015 and one among them has caught my attention: Gamification software. You probably have the same first reaction as me: What the heck is it?!
The following is the definition that I found from Wikipedia: Gamification is the use of game thinking and game mechanics in non-game contexts to engage users in solving problems and increase users' self contributions.
Many companies choose to defer the upgrade to the CRM 2015 Online version from 2013 in order to complete adequate testing of customizations. Should you find yourself in this situation and have the need to stand up a new sandbox instance of 2013, you can do it but it’s going to be a multiple step process. This blog details the CRM Online Instance Manager.
The complementary paper includes over 12 years of research, recent survey results, and CRM turnaround success stories.
This 60-second assessment is designed to evaluate your organization's collaboration readiness.
Learn how you rank compared to organizations typically in years 1 to 5 of implementation - and which areas to focus on to improve.
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.
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.