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This is the area for the dark arts of development, and in particular, web and mobile development. Dynamics and all CRM is all about business rather than technology, but having a good grasp of the technical components running behind the scenes of Dynamics and the Cloud makes for better technical consultancy which we find leads to better business decisions

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How To: Integrate SQL Users into Dataverse Teams - by Conor Lowe, CRMCS Cloud Developer Power Automate gives us a useful tool to integrate data between systems in the cloud. This article will take the scenario where we have a collection of data in SQL that we want to integrate into the Dataverse Database for use in.... More

HOW TO: Integrate SQL Users into Dataverse Teams

CRM Consultancy | 08/12/2021 13:59:00

By Benjamin Heapy, CRMCS Senior Cloud Applications Consultant Does your business have lots of apps in lots of places and cause issues with where you need to go to do your job? A Canvas App Home screen may be your solution, with a home screen you can place links to all your.... More

Creating a Homepage Canvas App

CRM Consultancy | 08/12/2021 12:15:00

Copying Data is bad – it risks generating duplicate data and increases the level of technical debt in a solution. But when we need data shared between different systems, how do we avoid it? Traditional integration involves a one-way or bi-directional push of data between two systems databases; so each system can put that.... More

HOW TO: Virtual Entities in Dynamics 365

CRM Consultancy | 03/11/2021 10:36:00

Recently you may have started to receive emails from the Microsoft Power Platform that read something like this “Immediate action required: Out of database capacity”. This means that you have exceeded your quota for storage in Dynamics 365. This is a combination of all the instances that sit in your organisation e.g., live and.... More

HOW TO: Manage Your Dynamics 365 Database Size (Video Included)

CRM Consultancy | 24/08/2021 13:20:00

PowerApps Portals provide you with the tools to allow external users to view and interact with your CDS data in their local language. Using Microsoft's vast array of language packs and a bit of extra customisation detailed in this article, you can open up possibilities for connecting with more people, from more places. .... More

Creating a Multi-Lingual PowerApps Portal

CRM Consultancy | 30/06/2021 11:40:00

This is a feature that Microsoft began rolling out last year and is extremely useful for understanding Dynamics and Database Structures – but the challenge with features in the Cloud is keeping up with new functionality or options that are sent to us ‘down the pipe,' so it is good to get this knowledge shared more widely. .... More

Using SQL Management Studio to connect to the Dynamics DB

CRM Consultancy | 18/05/2021 11:34:00

We’ve got our Model setup in the Power Platform AI Builder and we’ve experimented with a Flow in Power Automate to query the Model and Predict an outcome. As a next step we might want to start querying our model outside of Power Automate to start running experiments or test scenarios past our model – particularly if we want.... More

Calling a Power Platform AI Builder Model via oData

Paul McQuillan | 28/04/2021 21:00:00

Before getting into the Builder itself, I find it very useful to look at the established Sales Insights App for Dynamics – as this works in many similar ways and gives a view of what a potential end-point looks like. But the real weight is in the Power Apps Maker and getting into the AI Builder proper. .... More

Getting started with the Power Platform AI Builder.

Paul McQuillan | 23/04/2021 10:00:00

One of the best features in Power Automate is the ability to create HTTP Triggers or Webhooks. These allow us to create no-flow business logic that can be triggered from any given App – in our case, triggered from our Teams Bot App. In one way however, simply launching a Flow is okay to a point, but the.... More

The Automation Bot: Launching Contextual Flow from Teams

Paul McQuillan | 15/02/2021 18:00:00

This article focuses on the steps required to start developing a new Bot and taking the first steps to publishing this Bot into Teams. We are going to take you through the first steps of (1) creating the Web App Bot in Azure, (2) connecting this to the Code your Bot is going to run, (3) defining your Bot’s.... More

Creating a New Bot for Teams

Paul McQuillan | 15/02/2021 08:00:00

When we are developing a Bot for Teams using .Net Core, we can publish the code for our Bot into Azure to see our work in action. But its difficult to attach a debugger when our process is running in Azure. So if we want to debug our Bot whilst developing to trace its execution or monitor unit.... More

Debugging your Teams Bot using Ngrok

Paul McQuillan | 15/02/2021 08:00:00

Power Automate is a fantastic tool for implementing Cloud Workflows by linking lots of different systems or platforms together using JSON Messages and REST Endpoints. This can be particularly effective in the Microsoft Cloud to help integrate Apps together into a single solution. In this example, we can build a Flow in Power Automate that creates a new.... More

Using Power Automate to Create a New Channel for a Record in Dynamics

Paul McQuillan | 14/02/2021 18:00:00

One new feature with Dynamics for Sales is the ability to export a Word Template directly into PDF. As a new feature, this needs to be enabled and this can be done via the Dynamics for Sales App and going into Settings within this App. NOTE: This works in the same way as the 1st Party.... More

Dynamics for Sales: Use Word Templates to Export directly to PDF

Paul McQuillan | 26/01/2021 08:00:00

Article by Jessica Corbett, CRMCS Dynamics 365 Consultant PowerApps provides the framework to integrate data seamlessly across different Microsoft apps in real time, rather than having to export and import data, or copy data across manually. One effective application that I worked on was using automated Flow (Power Automate) to integrate Forms with Dynamics. .... More

Using Power Automate to Integrate Microsoft Forms with Dynamics 365

CRM Consultancy | 16/12/2020 16:28:00

The recently introduced Microsoft Teams Live Events for Dynamics 365 Marketing, opens up new collaboration opportunities, for delivering online streaming events. You can engage and analyse participant actions, pre, during and post-event, using real-time analytics, from within Teams. Here’s the CRMCS quick-start guide to help you correctly.... More

CRMCS Quick Start Guide: How To Produce a Microsoft Teams Live Event

CRM Consultancy | 03/11/2020 14:55:00

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