No License Cost On Instances - Now Based On Database Capacity

No License Cost On Instances - Now Based On Database Capacity

Microsoft released new licensing guides in April 2019 for Dynamics 365 CE and also for PowerApps and Flow. Although the Team Members license can appear confusing, Jukka Niiranen has done a great job with this graphic he placed in a January blog post he ran:

Another significant item to note is how instances work with licensing:

One significant and very welcome change that is introduced as a part of this new model is that there will no longer be any license cost tied to the number of instances you have in the cloud. Previously you had to buy add-on licenses for acquiring production and non-production (sandbox) instances for developing, testing, training and in general managing your complex Dynamics 365 online environment. Once the new subscription terms kick in, you’ll have the ability to create as many instances as you like, provided that you have sufficient database capacity available. A major driver behind this change is surely the PowerApps side, in which the licensing terms already granted any user with PowerApps P2 license to create 2 CDS environments for their applications.
— https://survivingcrm.com/2019/04/the-real-common-data-service-emerges/

That sounds like fantastic news to me.

Ron De Giusti
Purely CRM Consulting Inc.

Microsoft's New "Chromium powered" Edge Browser

Microsoft's New "Chromium powered" Edge Browser

It’s Finally Here

Microsoft announced last December that it would be releasing a new version of their Microsoft Edge browser based on Google’s Chromium. Well, you can now download a version of the browser in preview mode. I’ve been playing with it for the day and it has been stable for me so far.

How To Install It

If you want to try out the new Microsoft “Chromium powered” Edge browser, here are the steps:

  1. Go to this Microsoft website: https://www.microsoftedgeinsider.com/en-us/?form=MD18G6&OCID=MD18G6

  2. Click the “Download Dev Channel”.

  3. Save the installer on your device.

  4. Click the Accept and download button.

  5. Double-click the MicrosoftEdgeSetup.exe file to start the installation.

Enjoy.

Ron De Giusti
Purely CRM Consulting Inc.

Purely CRM Christmas Lunch

Purely CRM Christmas Lunch

As our team grows bigger every year, we're excited to see what the new year brings us. 2018 has been a great year of growth, and it’s important that we take the team to appreciate our team. Here's a few photos of Purely's team at our Christmas lunch, celebrating the holidays.

This year's festive season donations

This year's festive season donations

It’s that time of year when we look back and reflect and realize how fortunate we are to have what we have; warm homes, plenty of food, our health and good friends, to mention just a few of the positive aspects of our lives. Sadly not everyone is as fortunate as we are. It is important that we take the time to appreciate what we have, and to give back when we can.

This year, on behalf of all of us, Purely CRM will be making a $700 donation to the following charities: 

Ronald McDonald House Vancouver https://rmhbc.ca/

Covenant House Vancouver https://www.covenanthousebc.org/

Autism Community Training https://www.actcommunity.ca/

We wish everyone happy holidays and the best to everyone in the new year.

Purely CRM Christmas Party 2018

Purely CRM Christmas Party 2018

It’s been an exciting year for us at Purely CRM and we are excited to see how our company will grow in the next year. Thank you to everyone who came to our Christmas party last night, it was a great turnout and we look forward to continue working with everyone for many years to come!

Purely CRM at Collaborate Canada 2018

Purely CRM at Collaborate Canada 2018

It was a great turnout this year at Collaborate Canada 2018. It was good to see so many customers and Dynamics 365 partners working together on solutions for today’s business challenges. It was especially inspiring to see how Dynamics 365 is closing all of the gaps with new features and functionality, and tying it all together through one cloud platform. We look forward to seeing you all again next year.

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Team Building

Team Building

It is essential that a team works like a well-oiled machine when it comes to approaching Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM projects. That's why we had a company team building event in Whistler to optimize our team to better meet all your needs. 

First hand witnessing the changing nature of work through CRM

First hand witnessing the changing nature of work through CRM

It starts with a simple task:  Codify a business process

Most companies realize they have a business process that is probably not as efficient as it could be.  Perhaps it is an Excel spreadsheet or an MS-Word document that is being passed around the organization in an inefficient manner.  There is often the realization that if they take the disconnected spreadsheets and forms and back-ended them into a database, they can easily eliminate wasted time, rekeying of data, and eliminating some simple review processes and calculations.

You end up codifying the entire department

What starts out as a task to eliminate inefficiencies in one business process inevitably sprawls into another department.  The touch-point of information with other departments or with customers and suppliers will definitely be inputs or outputs into the business process that you are making more efficient.  Why not modify those processes too while you are at it?  Before you know it, you have modified the business processes of an entire department.

Job roles will change

Changing business processes will also inevitably lead to changing job duties.  The mundane error checking of paper forms or re-keying of information into various spreadsheets or miscellaneous forms is going away.  What is left behind in a business process is the essence of what the job truly is and what only the human can accomplish.  The human element in business processes is not going away with the current changing nature of business processes through electronic efficiencies but is now focusing employees on the higher value evaluations that are needed in business processes.

We are removing the mundane work with technology and opening up our eyes to the true value employees (i.e., humans) play in a business process.

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Join our team!

Join our team!

Know your way around MSDYN365 CRM? We're looking for a new CRM developer to join our team! See below for more details to see if you're qualified for the position.


Dynamics CRM Developer
Purely CRM - Vancouver, BC

Purely CRM is looking for a CRM developer to become a core member of our team. The CRM Developer will be a part of an agile development team, working on the deployment, customization and integration of Microsoft Dynamics CRM in the enterprise.

As a Purely CRM Developer you will:

  • Collaborate with other software developers, business analysts, software architects and IT professionals to implement Microsoft Dynamics CRM solutions.
  • Develop and maintain a platform roadmap.
  • Customize the system to meet the business needs of the client.
  • Integrate existing systems and services into the CRM architecture.
  • Assist with deployment and provisioning activities.

This opportunity is for you if you have:

  • Completed a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering or a related area.
  • Proficient with developing, deploying, customizing and integrating Microsoft Dynamics CRM
  • Demonstrated proficiency in installing and deploying CRM Organizations.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in customizing and creating CRM entities.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in understanding and implementing business workflows and processes
  • Demonstrated proficiency in using either the CRM SDK or plugin platforms
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft .NET 3.5+ development using C#
  • Experience with source control management systems and continuous integration/deployment environments.
  • Internally motivated, able to work proficiently both independently and in a team environment
  • Proven communication skills with both internal team members and external business stakeholders.
  • Strong initiative to find ways to improve solutions, systems, and processes.

Preferred Competency Requirements  

  • Experience with supporting Microsoft products (SQL Server, SharePoint, IIS)
  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013/15/16
  • Experience working on an agile development team

 

About Purely CRM

Established in Vancouver, Purely CRM Consulting Inc is 100% focused on Microsoft Dynamics CRM. As a team we have been involved with Dynamics CRM since version 1.0 which dates back to the early 2000’s and we bring a combined 50+ years’ experience. We stand behind Microsoft Dynamics CRM as a platform and the quality of our work in order to provide the best service for our clients.

Our offices are based in Yaletown but we have clients throughout GVRD and our work takes place at our office and client sites, so you must have the means to travel to client sites.  

Local candidates only: Vancouver, BC. Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

Required language: English, excellent written and spoken English required

If you are interested in joining our team please send your resume to careers@purelycrm.com

Purely CRM Employee Christmas Lunch

Purely CRM Employee Christmas Lunch

A time for family

At Christmas time, we all tend to think of family.  Well, the Purely CRM team is no exception.  We brought our family together yesterday to have our annual employee Christmas lunch.

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Lunch was amazing

Lunch this year was at Nightingale in Vancouver.  If you are a foodie and looking for amazing food in this city, you can do no wrong by going to Nightingale.

 

The family continues to grow

Purely CRM continues to grow as a family and we continue to do more and more Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM projects.  Our wishes, as always, are to deliver exceptional implementations of Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM and to continue to grow a healthy and happy family.

Happy Holidays!
Purely CRM

The season of giving

The season of giving

It’s the season of giving and it’s important that we take every opportunity to appreciate how fortunate we are, and that we ensure that we give back to the community just as much as we receive. This year we will be donating to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank along with gifts to keep those in need warm through the winter. We wish everyone happy holidays and a happy new year.

Dynamics 365 for Outlook is blank: Solution

Dynamics 365 for Outlook is blank: Solution

A client recently reported that they can’t find any information under Dynamics 365 for Outlook. This issue only happened for them recently. Trying to uninstall and re-install Outlook for them, disconnecting and re-connecting to the Organization, and a lot other troubleshooting strategies that you can find online did not fix this issue.

We ended up opening a ticket with Microsoft Support. The fix is as listed: 

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1. Go to Start on your Computer
2. Type regedit

3. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software>Microsoft>Office>16.0>Outlook>Security

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4. Under Security right click and then New>DWORD (32-bit) Value

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5. Name the folder EnableRoamingFolderHomepages
6. Right click on the folder and Modify
7. Change the Hexadecimal Value data to 2

Now, restart Outlook and wait for a minute. Then click on Dynamics 365 or CRM for Outlook tab on the left bottom corner and you will see all the information that is synced through your CRM.

Purely CRM's 3rd Birthday

Purely CRM's 3rd Birthday

We're celebrating Purely CRM's 3rd birthday today, and we're so grateful for all the support that we've received up to today. We can't wait to see how much more we'll grow as a company in the upcoming year. Thank you everyone!

Rainy day Lunch n' Learn

Rainy day Lunch n' Learn

What better way to spend a rainy day inside with a team Lunch n' Learn about teamwork?

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Bananas for Seattle!

Here's Ron and Marty outside of Amazon's new office in Seattle, enjoying their "Free Banana Stand" before heading off to a client meeting.

New Project in Ottawa

Purely CRM is excited to be starting a new project in Ottawa, more details to come!

Good luck Joseph!

Purely CRM wishes Joseph the best of luck at the Whistler Ironman this weekend!

A Quick Peek into Microsoft Inspire

A Quick Peek into Microsoft Inspire

Weren't able to attend Microsoft Inspire? Here's a short video as to what the exhibit floor is like at one of Microsoft's most notable Partner events.