Microsoft announces Azure Express Route for CRM Online. Here’s why its important to you.


Jujhar Singh announced at Convergence EMEA at Azure Express Route is now available for CRM Online. Why is this important to you and your business?

CRM online is public cloud. Azure Express Route will allow dedicated network connections from your MPLS network to CRM Online. This will dramatically help improve not only connectivity to CRM Online, but also the ability to leverage Azure Services for your CRM data. This connectivity is big private cloud advantage that has just been neutralized and another step towards better integration as a hybrid cloud.

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Read about it here:

https://community.dynamics.com/b/msftdynamicsblog/archive/2015/12/01/announcing-support-for-azure-express-route-for-crm-online


CRM, Azure and Me… A new journey has begun.


As I look forward into the future and beyond 2016, I have taken notice of what Microsoft is doing with Azure, and how they are positioning their products CRM, AX and others to leverage Azure services. Many people think Azure is nothing more than a private cloud or Rackspace and Amazon competitor. They couldn’t be more wrong.

A few weeks ago we hosted a AzureCon.com web event at our Tribridge Office’s in Tampa. In little over 1 hour, many people, included myself were blown away. Of course, at first thinking, this is not real, or how can I build a data warehousing infrastructure, setup azure machine language and get English like responses in less than 15 minutes. This had to be vapor ware right? WRONG.

After the video, which can be found here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/azurecon/, I immediately spun up an Azure free trial. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/free/ I proceeded to walk thru the steps I had recalled and replayed the video. In approx. 25 minutes I had exactly the same setup configured and running. Amazing.

This is truly the next generation of not only cloud, but a complete cloud application development platform, that simply cannot be competed against or ignored. Another example in the video above is Azure Auto scaling capabilities. We have all had that performance challenge at the end of the month processing, needing more bandwidth, or end of the quarter, or even holiday sales event, where the hardware solution purchased couldn’t keep up with the demand.

This is now no longer an issue. With Azure Auto scaling, Azure systems can scale to meet these demands and give you the extra horsepower needed. Pay for only what you need, when you need, not all year long. Truly this is very innovative. We are not talking about adding extra VM’s, web servers etc, this is actually scaling the size of the physical machine, for memory, bus, data, a complete virtual computer. Very neat indeed.

Over the next coming year, I will be working across both CRM and Azure Product Lines, and hope to provide the same level of experience on both platforms with posts that can help everyone. Time to study….

 

 

 


CRM 2016 General Availability Announced at Convergence EMEA!


I’m pleased to announce that Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016 has been released. Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016 will be available in the Microsoft download center on December 15, 2016. Thank you to Jujhar and the entire CRM team for putting extra hours to make this release so special.

Don’t forget the What’s New page at: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics/crm-customer-center/what-s-new.aspx

As well as the Dynamics CRM Customer Center for all your help and training needs. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics/crm-customer-center/default.aspx

 

 

 


Join me at CRMUG Summit in Reno NV October 13-16


Join me at the CRMUG Summit In Reno NV. This is the premier Dynamics CRM Event of the year. Don’t miss out, not too late to register below.

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More details..

http://www.crmugsummit.com/home

Here’s my preliminary schedule. Please refer to the website!

Monday, October 12

8:00pm-10:00pm @ Peppermill – Terrace Lounge Chapter Leader Bash

Tuesday, October 13

2:00pm-4:30pm @ Atlantis: Paradise D & E Volunteer Immersion at CRMUG Summit
5:00pm-8:00pm @ Hall 2 Welcoming Expo Reception

Wednesday, October 14

7:00am-8:00am @ Hall 1 Breakfast – Jump Into a Great Day
9:15am-9:45am @ Ballroom Lobby Networking Break
9:45am-10:45am @ D2 Getting Ready to Pull the CRM Trigger
11:15am-12:25pm @ C4 CRMUG Opening General Session – Microsoft Keynote
1:30pm-2:30pm @ D4 The CRM Superhero’s Tips, Tricks, and Toolbox
1:30pm-2:30pm @ D2 Scouting & Preparing as CRM GameDay Draws Near
2:30pm-3:00pm @ Ballroom Lobby Networking Break
4:00pm-4:30pm @ Ballroom Lobby Networking Break
4:30pm-6:00pm @ D2 ADFS & Upgrading with a Mobile State of Mind
6:00pm-8:00pm @ Hall 2 Expo Reception

Tribridge Customer Party – Invitation Only 7pm on..

Please contact me if your a customer or prospect and did not receive an invitation.

Thursday, October 15

7:00am-8:00am @ Hall 1 Breakfast – Jump Into a Great Day
8:00am-9:00am @ D2 Getting that CRM Upgrade to Purr Like a Kitten
9:00am-9:30am @ Ballroom Lobby Networking Break
10:30am-11:00am @ Ballroom Lobby Networking Break
11:00am-12:00pm @ C4 CRMUG General Community Session
12:00pm-2:00pm @ Halls 1 & 2 Networking Lunch and Expo
2:00pm-3:00pm @ D7 Going OnPremise to CRM Online
2:00pm-3:00pm @ C1 Take It to the Next Level with End User Experience Upgrades in CRM 2015
3:00pm-3:15pm @ Ballroom Lobby Networking Break
3:15pm-4:15pm @ D4 Ask the MVPs: Admin-Foundation Edition
3:15pm-4:15pm @ D7 Ask the Experts – User Adoption Edition: Enterprise CRM Strategies and Pitfalls to Avoid
4:15pm-4:45pm @ Ballroom Lobby Networking Break
4:45pm-5:45pm @ D2 Dissecting Multifaceted CRM Upgrades

Friday, October 16 – CANCLLED

8:00am-9:15am @ D2 Deployment Method of Choice  CANCELLED

 

 


Microsoft Officially Announces Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016!


Microsoft Officially took the warps off the fall release, which will be known as Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016.  Key updates will brought to the on premise version, previously only available on CRM Online.

Updated Features include an enhanced excel experience, next generation CRM for Outlook App, Office Delve integration, Share documents across One Note, Office 365 Group and One Drive for Business, tighter Cortana integration and slew of other fixes and updates waiting for you.

The official release annoucement can be found here:

https://community.dynamics.com/b/msftdynamicsblog/archive/2015/09/08/microsoft-dynamics-crm-2016-delivering-the-next-generation-of-intelligent-customer-engagement

Based on past releases, we can expect to see this hit the shelves end of November, beginning of December. Stay tuned for more updates.

 


Join me and my CRM MVPs at The MVP Virtual Conference (MVP V-Conf)


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The MVP Virtual Conference (MVP V-Conf) is a new, virtual, 2-day event that showcases how the best and brightest independent technology experts are using Microsoft technologies today. Tune in and see what the community of power users are saying about the mobile-first, cloud-first world of possibility with Microsoft re-imagined.
These sessions will be presented by Americas’ Region Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs), who are exceptional community leaders who are passionate about sharing their real-world knowledge of Microsoft products with their IT Pro, developer and consumer communities around the world.
The theme of this first conference is “The Power of Community” where we will showcase how the community can help one another learn, thrive and grow, and demonstrate how Microsoft’s MVPs shape these technical communities. 
  
The MVP V-Conf Keynote address will be delivered by Steven Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President of the Developer eXperience (DX) group at Microsoft Corp.
More details..

 

http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualconference.aspx


Microsoft Announces Release of CRM 2015 Spring Wave


This is going to be a great release. Online only for now, provides updates to navigation giving a 3rd layer of breadcrumbs similar to Microsoft Dynamics Marketing. New email folder based routing, faster form loads just to name a few. Here’s all the details.. Enjoy!

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics/crm-customer-center/get-ready-for-the-next-release.aspx

Note: We expect OnPremise and Private cloud users to get this release in Fall 2015 (December).


Countdown to Convergence 2015! See you there!


Countdown to Convergence 2015

We are less than four weeks out from Convergence 2015 and the anticipation is building! Over the next month we will be sending you, our registered attendees, regular e-mail communications that will provide you with event information, tips to help you get ready, and ways to get energized. We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!

In this edition: Session Updates | Networking | Atlanta Resources | Quick Links | Next Newsletter Edition

SESSION UPDATES

Now published: General Sessions We are excited to unveil our lineup of General Sessions at Convergence! This year, Convergence will feature seven General Sessions taking place on Monday & Tuesday that will address some of the most important issues facing business leaders today. With content delivered by Microsoft executives and other industry leaders such as marketing pioneer Seth Godin, these strategic sessions will provide fresh, new perspectives and innovative solutions. Search by ‘General Sessions’ in Schedule Builder to review the full list and add them to your personalized schedule today.

NETWORKING

Making the connection One of the most valuable aspects of Convergence is the opportunity to network and connect with thousands of other attendees who have similar interests, similar roles, or work in similar industries. Whether through planned activities or just informal opportunities, you’ll find yourself making connections that will last long after the event is over. Here are few ways you can maximize your time:

  • Review all the opportunities on our Networking page. From Roundtable Discussions to all the offerings that the Convergence Experience Center provides, the options abound.
  • Make sure you’ve opted-in during the registration process to have a QR code printed on your badge. Like a virtual business card, this will let you scan and share your contact information with others easily (don’t worry, you can still go back to your registration record and opt-in if you haven’t already).
  • Read through our Convergence Insider blog about networking at Convergence for some tips and perspectives from past attendees.

New to Convergence? If this is your first-time to Convergence, never fear! We know sometimes it can be overwhelming to try to navigate a new experience, so we’re here to help.

  • Read the latest Convergence Insider blog that highlights first-time attendance tips from some of our Convergence veterans.
  • We’ll also have first-time attendee buttons onsite that you can wear so other Convergence attendees can easily identify you and provide additional help and guidance.
  • We’ll have our Information Desk and roving information staff available to you all week, but if you want to talk with someone in more detail, you can stop by our main Information Desk in the Registration Foyer at the Georgia World Congress Center on Sunday, March 15 between 4:00 – 6:00pm where we’ll a variety of event experts available to help you get the most out of your experience.

ATLANTA RESOURCES

Navigating the ATL Make the most of your time in the great city of Atlanta! Here are a few ways you can find out more about what the city has to offer:

  • Read our Convergence Insider blog about favorite dining recommendations from past attendees. Atlanta has a thriving culinary scene, so take advantage of the many, many great restaurants with your colleagues.
  • Access the Atlanta website that has been specially created for Convergence attendees. It includes information on attractions, things to do, dining, as well as special offers.
  • Connect to #CONV15 on Twitter. Share any recommendations you have and see what others are saying!

QUICK LINKS

Key Convergence Web Links Convergence Social Media Links
Convergence website   Agenda   Session Catalog / Schedule Builder   Sponsor/Exhibitor listing   FAQ Convergence Community page Facebook Twitter (and use #CONV15) LinkedIn YouTube

NEXT NEWSLETTER EDITION

What to expect The next edition of the Countdown Newsletter will be all about the Convergence Experience Center, considered the hub of the conference. From exploring hundreds of partner solutions in the Expo Experience, to demos and technical support within the Microsoft Solutions Experience, and much, much more, we’ll introduce you to the myriad of opportunities to learn and connect within this amazing space. Stay tuned!