Modernizing Dynamics 365 Updates: What This Means For Your Organisation

Earlier this year, the Business Applications team at Microsoft published a blog post titled Modernizing the way we update Dynamics 365, a significant article that anyone involved with Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement (D365CE) should take time to read through carefully. Indeed, as a direct consequence of the announcements contained in this post, you may now be [...]

D365UG/CRMUG Manchester (NW UK) Chapter Meeting – 20th June 2018

I was very honoured and excited to be involved with the very first D365UG/CRMUG North West Chapter Meeting earlier this week, hosted at the Grindsmith just off Deansgate in Manchester. This is the first time that a D365UG/CRMUG event has taken place in the North West, and we were absolutely stunned by the level of [...]

Display Data Input Error Messages within PowerApps

PowerApps is very much the in vogue topic at the moment, particularly if you are a Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement professional reconciling yourself with the new state of affairs. The previous sentence may sound negative but is very much contrary to my opinion on PowerApps, which I am finding increased use cases for each day [...]

Working with Barcodes on a PowerApp: A Few Tips

The ability to develop a custom barcode scanning application, compatible with either a specific mobile, tablet or other device type, would traditionally be in the realm for a skilled developer to implement fully. The key benefit this brings is the ability to develop a highly tailored business application, with almost limitless potential. The major downside [...]

Using Microsoft Flow to Extract SendGrid Statistics to a SQL Database

If you are looking for an easy-to-use and highly expandable mail relay service, SendGrid represents the most developer-friendly solution out in the market today. What's even better is that it's available on Azure, making it the ideal choice if you are developing an existing solution on the Azure stack. The best thing I like about [...]

Top 6 Most Exciting Features in the Dynamics 365 Spring 2018 Release

Very much like a stopped clock telling the correct time twice a day, you can guarantee there will be two Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement releases each year. The first such occasion this year has come around quickly, with Microsoft setting out the stall for the Spring 2018 release earlier this week. The headline messages around [...]

Top 10 Most Viewed CRM Chap Blog Posts

Slight change of pace with this week's blog post, which will be a fairly condensed and self-indulgent affair - due to personal circumstances, I have been waylaid somewhat when it comes to producing content for the blog and I have also been unable to make any further progress with my new YouTube video series. Hoping [...]

Getting Around SQL Server Table Restrictions (Microsoft Flow)

Microsoft Flow is a tool that I increasingly have to bring front and centre when considering how to straightforwardly accommodate certain business requirements. The problem I have had with it, at times, is that there are often some notable caveats when attempting to achieve something that looks relatively simple from the outset. A good example [...]

What’s New in SQL Server 2017

The very recent Microsoft Data Amp event provided an excellent forum for the SQL Server 2017 announcement, which is due to be released at some point this year. Perhaps the most touted feature of the new version is that it will be available to be installed on Linux; an entirely inconceivable premise 10 years ago, which [...]

Utilising SQL Server Stored Procedures with Power BI

Those who have experience working with an RDMS system like SQL Server will become accustomed towards a certain way of going about things. These can often involve a mixture of "lazy" query writing (e.g. using SELECT *... as opposed to SELECT Column1, Column2...), the manner in which you write your query (ALL CAPS or lower [...]