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Treat PowerApp On Phone Like Apple Test Flight

Treat PowerApp On Phone Like Apple Test Flight

Most of us get frustrated that the PowerApps we build do not show up as individual apps on someone’s phone.

Well, here’s an idea: Go in to PowerApps on your phone. Find the app you built. Create a shortcut for it right on your phone’s main screen. Done. And, it has a custom icon because you add that directly when building the PowerApp.

Ron De Giusti
Purely CRM Consulting Inc.

Dynamics 365 Teams Linked to Azure AD

Dynamics 365 Teams Linked to Azure AD

Teams CAN BE added to Azure AD?

Recently one of our clients had an interesting question that regarded the use of their Active Directory. Our client hoped to have their Active Directory manage security within Dynamics 365 via Teams.

From the collection of research that we conducted, it seemed obvious to look at any recent functionality that may have been available. This sent out research towards Teams in Dynamics 365 online. Fortunately I was able to find Debajit’s blog who’s information on this subject was excellent .

Let’s start with a revelation – Now Azure AD groups can own records in Dynamics 365. All this time there used to be owner teams. Now both Azure AD office and security group can own your business records.
— Debajit Dutta
Through our research, we are able to say that the Teams entity in Dynamics 365 online, there is indeed a new Teams functionality!

Through our research, we are able to say that the Teams entity in Dynamics 365 online, there is indeed a new Teams functionality!

The Azure AD Object Id for a Group field on the team record sounded exactly what we were looking for but then how does this work?

It seems that you can now link Teams in Dynamics 365 to Azure Active Directory Groups.

This is a really exciting development for Dynamics 365 and this means of course that if you add security roles to the linked AD Team that you create then you could have a security setup managed by Office 365 Exchange.

Azure Setup

After coming across Debajit’s Dynamics 365 Blog, he explained the setup process in a seamless fashion that is very easy to follow. With his step-by-step guidance, and further research our client was able to enjoy their new solution. Take a look of our screenshots alongside with Debajit’s blog to further assist you in creating this solution.

Essentially the setup for this could not be simpler and it seems to work very well. Note the original blog article for the curve ball though. Your members (of the Team) seem not to show up in Dynamics until they login, which is fine as everything still works just fine.

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Have a great day,

Alan Ashton

Purely CRM

Breathing New Air Into Dynamics CRM

Breathing New Air Into Dynamics CRM

I could not agree more with Juuka Niiranen’s latest blog post regarding Power Apps breathing new life into Dynamics CRM.

Lately I’ve been having this feeling of premonition combined with dejavu. Like being special agent Dale Cooper, investigating the events that are taking place in a strange town in Pacific Northwest, far away from your normal surroundings, encountering The Giant in a dream sequence and being told that “it is happening again”. Only this time the Giant is Power Platform and the place isn’t Twin Peaks but rather Redmond.
— https://survivingcrm.com/2019/06/why-you-should-become-a-poweraddict/

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.

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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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.

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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Key Takeaways from the Microsoft Partner Briefing 2017

Key Takeaways from the Microsoft Partner Briefing 2017

Many new features are coming, here are some of our highlights.

UNIFIED USER INTERFACE

For a simpler and more consistent user experience, all interfaces are now fully unified as of the Spring release, with the web browsers as an intermediate interface so far. The web browsers will move to a fully unified interface in the Fall 2017 release. Many common complaints and modernizations have been addressed, as well as tabs returning to the web interface instead of the dropdown menu. Multi-select option sets are coming too! There will be no more need to simulate a multi-select option set.

BUSINESS EDITION

The long-awaited Business edition plan is finally launching, suitable for SMB companies (<250 users). Simple to set-up and low cost, it is an easy starting point to purchase needed apps. As your organization grows, it will be easy to upgrade to the Enterprise plans. However, this update is delayed from June 1st to September 1st due to a big launch for the product that is scheduled at that time.

DYNAMICS MARKETING

A new and improved Marketing app is launching, with a much better module compared to the old module. There is a directional move towards the Adobe Marketing Cloud as a preferred solution, once Adobe has finished integrating with Cloud 365. This will be available for Business plan customers and Enterprise plans. 

 

See below for some of our photos from the briefing!

Lunch n' Learn!

Having a great Lunch n' Learn here at the office, great way to kick off the weekend!

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What Makes a Project Successful?

What Makes a Project Successful?

The key elements to a successful project

Get to know your client

Completing a project does not only include meeting deadlines and completing tasks. Knowing your client and taking the time to fully understand their wants and needs can allow you to incorporate more elements that make that product specific to the company. In taking the time to understand them, it strengthens the connection between you and your client, creating a more well-rounded product. 

All hands on deck

Essential for an efficient project, the team must work like a well-oiled machine. In working together to achieve the project’s goals, it ensures that all ideas and opinions are heard, optimizing your team’s productivity and problem-solving abilities. With deadlines fast approaching, it will be guaranteed that your team will always be on time. 

Know your product

As the creator, you have to know all the ins and outs of your product. Without thorough knowledge, your product will not meet your client’s expectations, much less your own. To maximize efficiency, that knowledge is key. Along the way, your client may have different requests and expectations, or problems may arise. Knowing your product will let you give better or alternate solutions to what your customer is asking for, allowing you to give the best product that you can within the scope of your client.

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What A Party!

What A Party!

Great Turnout

It was amazing to see so many of our customers come out to the Purely CRM 2015 Holiday party this year.  We were honoured with the opportunity to see so many of our clients in a casual setting like we had.  We would like to thank each and every one of you who had the opportunity to come out and mingle with us.  Next year we will have to pick an even larger venue!

A Fabulous Year

We can not believe that another year has already past!  The time just flies when you spend the time doing what you love and have great, great customers.  We have been growing so fast that we have actually had to move offices twice this year because we have simply outgrown our old spaces.  Not only has our customer base grown, but our staff have grown enormously as well.  We all look forward to finishing up the year with a full head of steam and continuing to service our customers with what we love to do most: consult on customer relationship management software.

We Wish You All Happy Holidays!

The Purely CRM Team

Purely CRM's New Fabulous Office In Yaletown

Purely CRM's New Fabulous Office In Yaletown

We've moved

With an open floor plan concept and multiple breakout spaces, Purely CRM's new office is a fabulous place to work.  In addition to the functional aspects of the work space, the aesthetics of the exposed brick, the old growth lumber, and the spiral staircase in the entrance way add a level of interest to the space.

Twelve specialized CRM experts.  One office.

The Vancouver office is home to twelve specialized Dynamics CRM consultants.  These consultants are currently working on various Dynamics CRM projects in BC, Alberta, and North Carolina.  Each one focused specifically on customer relationship management projects with a focus on Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

Address has changed, but phone number is the same

+1 (778) 668-3969
Suite 200 - 1290 Homer Street
Vancouver, BC  V6B 2Y5
CANADA

Come by and visit.