Thursday, July 30, 2009

Convergence 2009 Europe

Today I received some information from Microsoft The Netherlands, seems "we" are number three in the world for Dynamics CRM in absolute figures. Its of course nice to know, but other information was more interesting. The announcement of Convergence 2009 Europe.

As you might know it will take place in 4 countries:

* Tuesday October 27th in London, UK
* Thursday October 29th in Vienna, Austria
* Tuesday November 3rd in Frankfurt, Germany
* Thursday November 5th in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

The rates are credit crunch proof and only 300 euro (ex. VAT). You could register for the events from September 1st, if you are a forgetting person you can use the "Registration Alert".

More details at Convergence 2009 Europe website. Now only convince your boss which place to go :-) Even Microsoft helps with that too... (look at right side if the first page of the website "Spread the word" button).

Monday, July 27, 2009

Missed opportunity: crm addon for Enterprise?

It still got me puzzled... One of the targets of CRM 4.0 should be the Enterprise segment. I wrote postings about the architectural challenges and from architectural point of view CRM 4.0 should or could work.

Nevertheless, I have not experienced a flawless working addon in Enterprise architecture yet :-( It seems that most addons are not designed to work with NLB setups, clusters, CRM server that are installed on several application & platform servers etc.

Another thing probably forgotten that it doesn't stop with the addon itself. There is no standard environment at your customer. So, another big issues is support! In my opinion a lot of time is wasted to request and find the right person for gettin support.

It would make our work a lot more pleasant if next to an addon that works in complex Enterprise setup it also has good support.

Please feel free to share your good or bad experience in the comments, don't be shy :-)

Monday, July 13, 2009

Following the friendlycrmonster...

Just out of curiousity I created a twitter account (frndlyCRMonster). Hmmm, I am little worried, because the last time I did something like this I ended up with this blog... ;-)

So if I have access and am in the mood, you could find me on twitter too. Of course you still could read my posting or my columns at


Friday, July 10, 2009

Coming up WPC 2009

I hoped I could attend the WPC this year, but I am in the middle of big migration project. Nevertheless, I heard already some new rumors about new products and alliances in Dynamics CRM world.

If you lucky you could hear it yourself at WPC else check back around 13th to read some of the news or my comments :)

Check back later!

New interesting products: Biztalk 2009, SharePoint 2010 etc.

In the last quarter some interesting products were or going to be released in this quarter.

Guess by now you should know I am more or less specialised in migration and integration to Dynamics CRM. So, last quarter Biztalk 2009 has been released. I didn't had time to take a look in it, because I am totally behind due to my current project. You could download trial here.

Other interesting products that are coming is of course Office 10, I read some current products were renamend from Groove to SharePoint WorkSpace 2010. I could remember one of the speeching of Bill Gates af couple of years ago, where SharePoint was positioned in the middle and all other Microsoft products were positoned around SP.

Guess, this is my cue to tell you that probably this month, you never sure with Microsoft release dates, the beta of SharePoint 2010 will be released.

Also I am looking forward to Windows 7's official release. There is only one big annoying thing about this release. It seems that in some countries in Europe an upgrade version wouldn't be available :-( due to European regulations.

Guess, that sums it up for now... its back to migrating!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Scribe keeps renewing

Guess, its already mentioned in newsletter and maybe you seen the website. Newest release is the blog of Scribe after new branding, fresh website now it also launches a blog.

You can check it out at:

Interesting topic on the blog from my point of view the pre announcement of an adapter for one of the other Dynamics product, Dynamics AX.

I am working on new post about some more tips and tricks for migration Goldmine to CRM 4.0. Also working on new column for about datamigration.

keep migrating :)