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Roll-up Fields in Dynamics allow us to perform a SUM or COUNT of Child Records that then ‘rolls-up’ to a Parent Record. The most obvious example of this could be a simple COUNT of the Number of Opportunities recorded in CRM for a particular Client – so we could then view a simple Number in the Account Form that.... More

Creating a Simple Rollup Field

Paul McQuillan | 29/04/2020 18:30:00

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Working with Dynamics 365 many will be comfortable designing Entities and Fields, and then enhancing with Workflow to automate Activities or Data in the solution. The Workflow Engine in Dynamics 365 has been around for a long while now, dating back to 2005 with v3 of what was then, MSCRM. (before it became Dynamics CRM, then Dynamics 365, and.... More

Flow – Getting stuck in for Dynamics 365

Paul McQuillan | 28/04/2020 11:11:00

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Dynamics 365 as Microsoft’s CRM Platform has always had a flexible Database Structure, allowing us to add new Fields, Entities and Forms through a simple user interface. This is crucial to CRM as every business has its own requirements for how it tracks common Sales, Service and Marketing concepts – particularly as different businesses have different Sales Stages and.... More

Common Data Service – when is CRM not CRM?

Paul McQuillan | 20/04/2020 17:00:00

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Microsoft Teams can suffer from' ‘bloat’ if too many Teams get created for too many purposes. This has historically been a problem for SharePoint where just too many Sites get created for Users to be able to relate to, and so end up conversely making information harder to find. We can manage this problem by having a purpose.... More

Using DocDrive365 for Teams Governance

Paul McQuillan | 10/04/2020 10:00:00

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When we work on a Project or Client Engagement, we will often want to define a group of Team Members that need to collaborate on the Project and be kept up to date for Documents, Updates and Notifications – this can be for a temporary working team to achieve a particular outcome (such as a Sales Team for an Opportunity),.... More

Using Microsoft Teams with Dynamics

Paul McQuillan | 09/04/2020 10:00:00

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Within SharePoint Online we can create Modern Team Sites, and these can be integrated into Microsoft Teams to support multiple channels of collaboration in Teams. This can be driven from Dynamics 365 using DocDrive365 – so that each record in Dynamics results in a New Team, or contributes to an Existing Team. The following steps aim to show.... More

Creating a Microsoft Teams Site from DocDrive365

Paul McQuillan | 26/03/2020 10:00:00

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This page is aimed at providing a useful set of links and resources for Teams working remotely and the advice and support that is available to businesses and teams that may be useful in changing circumstances. Free Subscriptions or Offers for Remote Working Tools Tech providers are stepping in to provide free subscriptions of their services.... More

Remote Working and Covid-19 Support

Paul McQuillan | 23/03/2020 10:00:00

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Using the Dynamics App for Outlook we can track Emails to various records in Dynamics or Power Apps. Initially this allows us to track emails to the main entities in Dynamics: Opportunities, Cases and other main transactional or contact entities. Using the Dynamics App for Outlook - What can I track an Email against? However.... More

Track Emails in Dynamics 365 to Custom Entities

Paul McQuillan | 02/01/2020 14:00:00

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Often businesses know why they need a good CRM or ERP System and why having this in the Cloud opens up new opportunities. But Documents can be overlooked and not handled in the same way. Given that everyone stores Documents in some shape or form, this can be an expensive oversight. Whilst the level of.... More

Why use a Document Management Solution?

Paul McQuillan | 07/11/2019 14:00:00

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Many Dynamics Solutions have a key transactional entity that will contain a number of useful Views. However whenever we browse to this Entity, we will be presented with the Default View for that Entity – and so the User must complete a 2nd click to open the View that they may be interested in. This can make our.... More

Opening a specific View directly from the SiteMap in Dynamics

Paul McQuillan | 05/11/2019 11:00:00

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So you’ve started using Dynamics CRM, got stuck in, set up all your customisations, fields and forms, and started using your system in live across the business – then great, the hard part is over! But – what happens when you want to make changes, or conduct Training outside of your live environment. For this, you need a.... More

Get in the Sandbox

Paul McQuillan | 21/10/2019 16:00:00

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Using Dynamics 365, we can create new Word Documents from Templates we have built and stored in CRM. These templates can pull data from the CRM Records into the new Word Document and so auto-populate the Document with useful information from CRM – this can be particularly useful for producing Letters, Orders or Contractual Documents based on the Address,.... More

Generating New Documents to SharePoint in Dynamics

Paul McQuillan | 14/10/2019 08:00:00

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DocMan for Dynamics tracks events in CRM to integrate these into SharePoint in the correct fashion. This can help keep storage between the two cloud systems up to date with new records being created, renamed or deleted. The most notably event is when a new Record is created in Dynamics, this then creates a new Area in SharePoint.... More

Integrating Changes in Dynamics to SharePoint

Paul McQuillan | 14/10/2019 08:00:00

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Duplicate data in any CRM system can make a single view of the customer difficult and crucially hinder user adoption. In a way, duplicate data fits a similar fashion as the ‘broken window’ theory of policing, small doses are often unavoidable but letting the problem pile up can result in the failure of the project. Fortunately Dynamics 365.... More

Correcting Duplicate Data in Dynamics

Paul McQuillan | 20/02/2019 10:00:00

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In earlier versions of Dynamics we were restricted to only showing fields from that entity at a time – however from CRM 2015 onwards, we have being able to add Quick View Forms into our design of a Form for an Entity. This allows us to ‘peek’ into a related Record and see a (read-only) view of that related.... More

Quick View Forms

Paul McQuillan | 08/02/2019 13:00:00

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