Category Archives: MVP

Business Applications MVP 2018-2019

Last week I received at home a small ring that came all the way from US. It was a small gift from Microsoft to celebrate another year as part of the MVP community 🙂

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Since 2012, I have really enjoyed being part of this technical community where I have met very good professionals from all around the world.

Microsoft created this program more than 20 years ago to recognise individuals who help others to learn and understand Microsoft’s techonologies. Today we are more than 4,000 MVPs globally.

This award is split in different categories and areas depending on the technologies that we contribute to. Microsoft’s priorities and focus have evolved consideriable during the last years, which has also been reflected in the MVP award structure. My first year I got nominated as “CRM MVP“, then “Business Solutions MVP” and this year it was “Business Applications MVP“. Below you can see the current MVP award structure:

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If you would like to learn more about the Microsoft MVP Program, have a look at this site:

https://mvp.microsoft.com

Are you ready for the Dynamics 365 / CRM Quiz at Summit EMEA 2018?

The Summit EMEA 2018 conference in Dublin is almost there and we have been preparing some tough, fun and educational questions for those who like a challenge.

The Quiz will be focus, mainly from a technical perspective, on Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement, CRM and other related technologies like Azure.

The whole Quiz will be an interactive session where you will be able to provide your answers from your mobile device and see the results in real time. We will take one question at the time, share the results in the main screen and discuss the different answers.

Our purpose is to create an entertaining contest where everyone can learn something.

But that is not all! For those who win the Quiz, there will some great awards, don’t miss it 🙂

You can join the event and add this session to your list following this link:

https://www.summitemea.com/conference-schedule/crmugsessions

See you in Dublin!

Session Title: DEV02 – Dynamics 365 CE Quiz! Who Will Be the Winner?

When: Thursday, April 26. 10:30 – 12:00

Where: Wicklow Meeting Room 3

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Microsoft MVP 2017-2018

MVP_Logo_Secondary_Blue288_RGB_72ppiThis month my Microsoft MVP award has been renewed! So, definitely, a very positive month 🙂

During more than 6 years, I have enjoyed participating and collaborating with different community initiatives around Dynamics CRM and Microsoft technologies.

With Dynamics 365, there are plenty of things to do this year, so let’s carry on enjoying!

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Microsoft Developer Network

Microsoft Developer Network has just launched. Microsoft wants to enhance the experience to add better support for the growing number of developers that are embracing Microsoft’s platform and technologies for the first time.

There were a few goals Microsoft targeted with the Microsoft Developer Network experience:

  • Simple:   The new Microsoft Developer Network site is designed to help developers easily find information and get started with Microsoft more effortlessly.  They heard from the community that finding the right information, often spread between different locations, could be challenging.  The Microsoft Developer Network addresses that feedback by providing a single point of entry for all developers.
  • Relevant: They want to meet developers where they are and talk with them on their terms.  With the Microsoft Developer Network, an iOS developer, for example, can quickly understand the opportunity available from our platform and then easily navigate to the educational or technical content he needs to get started.
  • Community Driven: Microsoft has an incredible developer ecosystem, and they wanted to provide even more opportunity for the community to engage with them and with each other.  They designed the Microsoft Developer Network with that in mind, creating a “Perspectives” section with community blogs, an integrated social feed, and a “Connect” area that allows developers to tell their stories, get advice and connect with them directly.

The site launch happened last week for English-based geographies, but this is just the beginning of a phased worldwide launch.   Expect to see the global launch roll out over the next few months!

Check it out and let them know what you think.  http://developer.microsoft.com

I have read “Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Reporting”

Reporting is already a fundamental pillar for many companies and senior management. It brings the ability to understand key factors of the business such as the volume of opportunities, revenue and performance. The book Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Reporting is a useful technical guide which delivers a simple and clear overview of the available reporting options within the platform Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM is a flexible business solution based on SQL server that provides different and several reporting capabilities. Business users can create their own reports without real technical knowledge. At the same time, more complex designs can be implemented by developers or technical administrators using known Microsoft tools like Visual Studio or Report Builder. The author of the book, an experienced Microsoft MVP, have captured all this reporting functionality within the same.

The book follows an intuitive structure, explaining how to create simple reports using the Report Wizard of Dynamics CRM and covering basics technical aspects like SQL and Fetch XML. Gradually, it introduces more complex implementations using SQL Server Reporting Services, integration with web resources and generation of reports using other technologies such as ASP.NET or Silverlight. Finally, the book offers a couple of interesting chapters related to Failure Recovery, Best Practises and Mobile reporting, which are very important aspects for enterprise implementations.

Other basic reporting features like Charts and Dashboard are also mentioned in the book. However, a topic which is not included in the book is the Export to Excel feature. With Dynamics CRM, users have the ability to create custom views and queries that can be exported to Excel. This is a very useful functionality, especially considering that many users are already familiar with Excel and its report capabilities.

Personally I have enjoyed reading Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Reporting. It is a helpful reference I would recommend for new Dynamics CRM users and developers. It contains many images and screenshots that make very easy to understand and follow Damian Sinay’s explanations.

MVP 2012

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A great week of celebrations, Spain wins the Eurocup and Microsoft awarded me as MVP 🙂
These years of hard work with Dynamics CRM have given great results. Now I will enjoy this huge opportunity to carry on growing as professional and give the community all the best.

I wanted to say THANK YOU to Marco Amoedo, my mentor and teacher in this small technical world of CRM, as well as some of my colleagues Wael Hamze and Rhett Clinton, other big professionals from whom I have learnt a lot.

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