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Migrating data with Many to Many relationships

When providing client solutions with CRM, majority of the time clients want to migrate their existing data. The purpose of this article is to provide a comprehensive guide to migrate data with many to many relationships. As we all know support for many to many relationships is one of the coolest features in Dynamics CRM.

For instance, let’s assume a client wants to upload the accounts(companies) with the primary contact intact. In this scenario, accounts has a reference to contacts and contacts has reference to accounts (company). You can see the references in the below images.

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Set up demo data for Field Services

On Dynamics 365 app market place, there is a app for Fields Services. This app is a great start point for clients who are in the field services industry. The out of the box application is ready to use. But, in some scenarios, need to convince your clients, that the solution is viable. You can easily install the app, but for your account manager or sales guys to go and demo the capabilities, you need demo data. You can’t do this with by out of the box sales data. You need field service specific data to give your prospects the feel of the application. The problem is, there is no proper guide given out there. The objective of this article is to provide step by step guide to install the demo data for Field Services.

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Dynamics 365 Team Access Configuration for Records

Access teams is one of the cool features in Dynamics 365. This allows us to assign records to multiple users. An access team is basically a collection of users who has access to a record. For instance, there could be a large account, which a team of account managers might be working for continuous business.

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Follow and un-follow records.

There are many actions that you can perform against records. Following and un-following is one of them. This article is about a scenario where you can use this cool feature.

Assume that you have a list of clients or accounts. And you have nominated top 3 of those, because they bring the biggest chunk of your annual revenue. Above all they are your reference customers. Normally CEOs, Sales Directors would like to keep a close eye on these clients. With Dynamics CRM, they can easily follow these records. When they do that, these accounts will appear under the “Accounts I follow” view. So they don’t have to worry about all the accounts that exists in the system.


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Limitations of Calculated Fields with real world example

One of my previous articles, I have explained about how cool the Calculated Fields are. But, as always there is a catch, i.e. there are several limitations. So when you decide to use calculated fields, you need to remember these.

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Complex Customer Relationship Structures

In many organizations, they have different relationships between their customers. And these relationships can be very complex. If you get 10 businesses, they do operations in 10 different ways. And you must respect that in order for you to have healthy relationship with your client. Fortunately Dynamics CRM is here to save the day. You can maintain the complexity of your customer relationship in Dynamics CRM.

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Calculated fields explained

Calculated fields in Dynamics 365 is a real cool feature, that enables you to automate various calculations. You also can enforce rules/conditions with calculated fields. The sole purpose of this article is to give you a quick overview of calculated fields and their capabilities. In earlier CRM world we had write many lines of JavaScript to automate simple calculations. This is one of the big goals of Microsoft to reduce the code that we write. So, now you don’t have to be a programmer to apply validations and do calculations on your form. First let’s look at the capabilities of the calculated fields. That is the good side of it. So, calculated fields are capable of doing the following. (more…)