Asynchronous Batch Process Pattern – Leveraging December 2012 Service Update (Polaris) Features

January 30, 2013

December 2012 Service Update features two new interesting capabilities: Custom Activities support for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Executing multiple requests with the ExecuteMultipleRequest class   These capabilities allow important improvements to the Asynchronous Batch Process Pattern solution described here. So what’s new? The lack of Custom Activities support in Online deployment required the usage of a Plugin component to perform the Target Records query and implementing the Action Workflow to each result record.   With December 2012 Service Update Custom Activities support for...

PowerPivot & Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 – Part 2

January 18, 2013

In a previous post I have described some general capabilities of PowerPivot in conjunction with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011. Before I can demonstrate any of these capabilities, let’s see how to extract data from Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 into PowerPivot in 10 simple steps: Install Microsoft Office 2010 Download and install PowerPivot for Excel 2010 Open Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Web client (On-premises only), go to Settings –> Customizations –> Developer Resources. Find the OrganizationData end point hyperlink and copy it ...
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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 SDK V5.0.13 is here

January 10, 2013

Version 5.0.13 of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 SDK has been released and can be downloaded here. The MSDN online version can be found here. The version describes the December 2012 Service Release (‘Polaris’) features such as Extended Browser Support, Updated User Experience, Bulk Data Load and more. If you want the really really short version, take a look at the SDK article What's New for Developers for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. Happy reading!
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PowerPivot & Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 – Part 1

January 9, 2013

PowerPivot for Excel 2010 is not a new feature, but only recently I have became aware to its capabilities in conjunction with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011. One of the data sources PowerPivot can extract data from, is OData Services. As Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 exposes an OData service (OrganizationData.svc), PowerPivot can be harnessed to analyze MSCRM2011 business entities data and solves some basic problems by the way: Lack of Outer Join support in Advanced Find queries Dynamic PivotTable/Table performance issues One entity limit in Dynamic...