Thursday, May 20, 2010

Attending Decisions 2010

In these tough economic times visiting a conference could be to expensive. I am since the start of my career interesting in web solutions.

So when I was asked to give short presentation at msdynamicsworld's Decision 2010 I said sure. The idea of virtual conference might be new to some people, but its a logical choice considering we are used to chat at MSN, Facebook, Twitter etc.

This was the first year that also Dynamics CRM was part of the convergence. In previous years it was focused on ERP solutions like AX and NAV. You can follow session, to some networking in the lounge or visit some of the booths.

The session are mostly semi live and after each session you are invited to join to live chat session with the speaker.

A nice concept to my idea and you still can visit it today. It starts around 4pm (CET) and here you can enter!.

Don't miss it.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Having ''fun" with data migration within integration projects

The introduction of Dynamics CRM is now often combined with other applications. Guess most logical is the integration with SharePoint 2010, but also backoffice system like SAP are still included.

A new experience is the introduction of FIM ( Forefront Identity Manager). My interesting challenge is to strip an Oracle database from data which is combination of non-identity and identity data.

Guess, as usually the impact of data migration is underestimated. An extra note should be made by the effect of the integration and data migration. Basically all systems need data and either way system will have overlap of data.

Interesting for your solutions is the choice who owns the data and who is allowed to change/update the data. In my previous post I wrote about MDM (master data management) which could be nice solutions. Mostly the solutions would be somewhere in the middle with the future focus on MDM in mind.

Other issues that you should recognize by now: obsolete data, data cleansing, 'after system goes live, we clean data','the end users gonna clean it up'. Guess I should be glad, this never changes and still pays my bills ;)