Create An App Instead Of Using Business Unit Security

Create An App Instead Of Using Business Unit Security

I heard great commentary on a podcast suggesting the use of an App instead of implementing business unit security. I can definitely see this as an option in some cases. The App could limit the views that someone has and in essence the records they have access to via those views. Sure is simpler than adding the overhead of business units if it is not truly required.

Was thinking about this after listening to The CRM MVP Podcast, episode 53: Top 10 FUNCTIONAL TRICKS in Dynamics 365.

Ron De Giusti
Purely CRM Consulting Inc.

Purely CRM's Annual Whistler Event 2019

Purely CRM's Annual Whistler Event 2019

This year’s annual Whistler retreat was another fantastic success It was special for our team members who were able to attend because it provided us with an opportunity to relax together, enjoy the benefits of living close to Whistler, BC, and provided time to do some learning and reflection.

Thank you everyone! Employees and customers!

Ron De Giusti
Purely CRM Consulting Inc.

Our Annual Trip to Whistler BC!

Our Annual Trip to Whistler BC!

Our Trip

This past Thursday I had the chance to travel to Whistler with the entire Purely CRM team. Although the weather forecast was not on our side, fortunately it was a very sunny day in the village. Our trip to the mountainside was supposed to include a short trail walk, however, the mountain had other plans! Hail had started en route to the peak, but once we were at the peak flurries were flying in!

As we were doing our Peak 2 Peak to the drier side, we were fortunate enough to see a couple of bears and the beautiful scenic views of our beautiful province.

The entire trip was very fun, and on a personal note, I had the privilege to meet the entire team, and create new relationships. With our dynamic and broad team coming together from all distances, it helped us reflect on our accomplishments, and future goals.

Have a great rest of your day,

Gurkirat

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PowerApps Component Framework

PowerApps Component Framework

Microsoft seems quite excited about the new PowerApps Component Framework (PCF).

“(PCF) is a significant step towards empowering [third]-party developers to build compelling visual components using the same framework which Microsoft team uses,” stated Microsoft’s Hemant Gaur, product owner for the PowerApps component framework, in a blog post. “The framework enables developers to create fully custom components for use across the full breadth of PowerApps capabilities.”
— https://msdynamicsworld.com/story/beyond-citizen-developer-why-pros-see-promise-microsofts-powerapps-component-framework

Easily see the implementation order of solutions

Easily see the implementation order of solutions

You can now easily see the order in which you implemented solutions in Dynamics 365 CRM.

Solution layers allow you to view all component changes that occur due to solution changes over time. Within a solution layer, you can drill down to view specific changed and unchanged property details for a component.
— https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/maker/common-data-service/solution-layers

Here is an image of solution layers in the toolbar:

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You will need to be a licensing genius ...

You will need to be a licensing genius ...

Jukka Niiranen, in his blog post title, “PowerApps ‘Starter’ Plans Capabilities Demystified” writes:

One of the major handicaps introduced in the new licensing terms for Team Members last Fall was the removal of rights to create, edit and delete account records. Now, while the $8 Team Member license doesn’t allow you to perform these actions, the $7 PowerApps P1 license actually does!

Oh Microsoft, why do you keep making this so hard for us?!?!?!

He did post a nice graphic in his blog-post that does help a bit though …

I am so thankful we do not sell licenses, but just the services to configure those licenses purchased. I will continue to rely on Microsoft large account resellers (LAR’s) for answers to clients’ licensing questions.

Ron De Giusti
Purely CRM Consulting Inc.

Microsoft Dynamics Common Data Model Versus CRM/CE Entities

Microsoft Dynamics Common Data Model Versus CRM/CE Entities

Is the entity in the common data model or is it CRM specific?

One of the big issues that will arise with the new Microsoft common data model is wondering whether the entity you would like to use is part of the common data model or is it in a CRM/CE specific entity set (e.g., sales, service, and marketing).

My crack at breaking it down

Microsoft has provided an online tool via GitHub that will show you where the entities live in terms of groupings. Here is a link to that tool: CDM Entity Navigator.

I went thru the CDM Entity Navigator and tried to break it down for myself a little further. I did so in an MS-Excel spreadsheet and attached it here for you to look through.

Here is the link to the spreadsheet: CDM Entity Navigator As A Spreadsheet.

Enjoy!

Ron de Giusti
Purely CRM Consulting Inc.

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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