I have been using the term Vanilla for quite some time now to describe Microsoft Dynamics CRM application when referring to the state in which it comes right out of the box. What I meant to say was “Plain and without any extras or adornments”.

But why Vanilla?

Only recently I have discovered the origin of this term in the ice cream flavors analogy crudely illustrated here:





















I love this analogy. When I train groups of students in Microsoft Dynamics CRM, this never fails to get full attention from even the sleepiest student. 

So what does this analogy really mean? It means I am but an ice cream vendor. Would you like sprinkles on it?

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