October 2006 Entries

Safe backup of your Microsoft CRM database

One of the power of Microsoft CRM is that you can have a complete CRM solution "in-house" and many times this is a key to win against competitors. When you have customers that have an IT department involved on managing the CRM server, remember to explain them the right way to make the CRM database backups, otherwise you could have problems in the future. You've to remember that a Microsoft CRM database is composed of a data DB and a Metabase DB, so the right backup strategy is composed of these steps: Make a complete backup of the xxxx_MSCRM database...

posted @ Tuesday, October 31, 2006 6:41 AM | Feedback (0)

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.0 will be in two releases

An interesting news is silently appeared today on Microsoft PartnerSource site: Microsoft Dynamics™ NAV 5.0 becomes Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.0 and Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.1. Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.0 ships in March 2007 Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.1 ships in Q4 CY2007. Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.0 will ship with the C/SIDE client, all the new application features, Microsoft Office 2007 integration, and a technical preview of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.1. Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.1 will ship with the new client, 3-tier architecture and web services The technology and application scope of the final product will not be...

posted @ Thursday, October 26, 2006 7:13 PM | Feedback (1)

Microsoft CRM Workflow Manager on the client

Today we had an interesting partner meeting with Microsoft and we've talked a lot about many Microsoft CRM development's aspects, in particular CRM customization with .NET and CRM Workflows. Workflows are an important aspect of Microsoft CRM and a key concept of the future business for a company: they permit you to create custom events on your standard way of work and to have a more "dinamic" core business. i'm really fascinating for workflows and I've to work with them a lot in the future, however the subject of this post is not to talk about them but to...

posted @ Tuesday, October 24, 2006 7:27 PM | Feedback (3)

Have you found problem on using IE7?

I'm reading many blog's posts that talks about problems on installing and using Internet Explorer 7 and I'm a bit surprised. Are there really so much problems? I've installed IE7 on my 3 machines and at my desktop place at work and I've not experienced any problem. The installation was always good on every machine. I've not experienced any problem when surfing the internet at the moment and (maybe because I'm an old Firefox user) the new tab interface is good for me. The only "problem" I've found is on a friend's pc where a chat program was installed: with...

posted @ Saturday, October 21, 2006 4:09 PM | Feedback (3)

The first IE7 bug: ridiculous!

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 has only few hours of official life (at least for the final version) and a new bug was just discovered today. I've just finished read from Secunia that Internet Explorer 7 has a "Redirection Information Disclosure" vulnerability, caused due to an error in the handling of redirections for URLs with the "mhtml:" URI handler. This can be exploited to access documents served from another web site. This vulnerability is classified as "less critical",  but what is really curios (or ridiculous?) is that (as signalled by Secunia) this vulnerability was also present on IE6 since April!! Someone on...

posted @ Thursday, October 19, 2006 6:42 PM | Feedback (0)

Windows XP SP3 delayed?

I've just read this "wonderful" news from Bink: Microsoft has updated their Windows Service Pack Roadmap page with a new date for the planned release of Windows XP SP3: first half of 2008! :( Why this? I know that 2007 will be the year of Windows Vista and all the Microsoft's energy will be on the new OS, but having a big update for Windows XP during the Vista's year is a must for every users. Maybe Microsoft thinks that Windows Vista will replace Windows XP soon, but I think that the reality (expecially on the non-consumer side)...

posted @ Thursday, October 19, 2006 5:27 PM | Feedback (0)

IE7 is ready to invade the world

The day is coming: Microsoft has released today the official release of Internet Explorer 7. Will it be replace the success of IE6? If you're an IE6 user, I recommned to upgrade your machines with the new browser for a more secure and nice navigation experience. P.S. I'm sure that someone could reply here with something like "install Firefox instead...". I will continue to be a Firefox lover for sure, but IE7 is an important update to have on your Windows machine.

posted @ Thursday, October 19, 2006 5:57 AM | Feedback (0)

Hosting SQL Server

I've talked some days ago about the concept of SOA and how this will be a new type of business in the next future (maybe not for all but for many) and today a new sign on this direction comes directly from the SQL Server Architecture Team: they have announced the SQL Server Hosting Toolkit project, a set of tools and services that hosting customers can use with SQL hosters to deploy their databases from their desktop up into the hosted environment. The project roadmap is extremely interesting: CTP 1 - Command Line tool CTP 2 - GUI & Seamless...

posted @ Monday, October 16, 2006 6:18 PM | Feedback (0)

Microsoft CRM 4.0 code name "Titan"

On an internal meeting we had today at Microsoft Italy, we had received some interesting confirmation about some announced feature for the future release of Microsoft CRM ver. 4.0 code name "Titan". Firstly, the last official roadmap says that Microsoft CRM v. 4.0 will be on a private CTP stage at the end of this year (only for a minimun number of partners in the USA) and it's planned to be RTM on the 3rd quarter of 2007. Some interesting features that are confirmed that will be present on this future release: It will be multi-tenancy (support for multiple...

posted @ Thursday, October 12, 2006 8:35 PM | Feedback (4)

SaaS for an ERP

SaaS, aka "Software as a service" is one of the actual "fashion" word on the IT world and probably one of the target for the future concept of software. Many giant of the IT world are moving on this direction (Microsoft's Steve Ballmer has recently said that "we're in a transition to software that is live. It will be click to run, like a Web site") and many others will move on this new concept soon. But, will be possible that al the software could be seen as a SaaS? ERP systems could be "Software as a service"? I'm asking this question...

posted @ Wednesday, October 11, 2006 8:00 PM | Feedback (2)

Google has merged Documents and Spreedshets

Finally a brilliant idea: Google has merged its Writely and Spreadsheets services together in order to create a new big (and unique) online office application called Docs and Spreadsheets. Having a single application is so nice and, after my quick test, it's also more brilliant to respond and rich of interesting feature. I'd like to launch a little idea to the Google's staff: why not working on the Docs and Spreadsheets interface in order to give access also to the mobile users? Having a complete Office-like suite (able to work with Office documents) that can be accessed with any device sounds really interesting...

posted @ Wednesday, October 11, 2006 7:25 PM | Feedback (1)

What is really an MVP?

I've see this post on Jamie Cansdale's blog where he announces that its MVP status is not been renewed by Microsoft because his community participation rate over the past year is well below the required level. Obviously, his post has launched a big number of considerations: what are the MVP criteria? Are they so right? Is the MVP title so important? Is important to know a good lead in order to become an MVP? The MVP title is obviously an important honour that Microsoft gives to people that must have a main requirement (as you can read on the Microsoft's MVP site): they...

posted @ Wednesday, October 11, 2006 9:11 AM | Feedback (2)

A curiosity around my CRM menu

During my everyday development around the CRM platform, I'm using a custom Virtual PC image with a complete environment preinstalled (MS Exchange, Outlook CRM client, CRM Mobile Express etc.). Using a dedicated VPC image permits me to have a complete environment on my work machine, to customize it as I need and to have it ready for a demo (just by copying the VPC image on my notebook). When I show the CRM environment that I've customized, on my main CRM menu there's a little curiosity that attracts the customers. On the top of...

posted @ Wednesday, October 11, 2006 8:36 AM | Feedback (0)

SMAU 2006: the sign of a failure

This week in Italy (from 4 to 7 of October) was the week of the famous SMAU, the most important Italian IT Expò, this year with a new "design", only for the IT professionals and not for the general consumers. This changement of targets had the objective to increase the quality level of the entire Expò but... is this really true? Personally, 2 years ago I've decided not to take part on another SMAU: the Expò was too much "consumer-oriented", too much people, with lots of guys totally interested to something like X-Box, Playstation, cellular phones etc., with few spaces for something...

posted @ Sunday, October 08, 2006 11:26 AM | Feedback (0)

70-431 completed

Today I was in Milan for the Microsoft SQL Server 2005 - Implementation and Maintenance exam (70-431) (a future requirement for my company in order to maintain the Business Solutions competency). The exam was initially scheduled for tomorrow but two days ago I had to re-schedule it for today due to working problems. My preparation was quite good (I had the previous experience of all the SQL Server 2000 exam) and I've tryed to increase the study of the new aspects that SQL Server 2005 has (Service Broker, CLR Stored Procedure, partitioning, new backup features, HTTP Endpoint etc.). However, with...

posted @ Thursday, October 05, 2006 3:19 PM | Feedback (1)

CRM 3.0 with Windows Vista and Office 2007

This is a frequent question that unfortunately comes out in these days: customers are frequently asking if the actual Microsoft Dynamics product will be ready for the upcoming Windows Vista and the future Office 2007. I've talked about Microsoft Dynamics NAV in the past, saying that the future Dynamics NAV 5.0 will be the first release to officially have a full support for Windows Vista and Office 2007. The actual Dynamics NAV versions (4.x) can work with Vista but sometimes you've to make some tricks. What about the actual Microsoft CRM 3.0? On a meeting I had some weeks ago with...

posted @ Wednesday, October 04, 2006 7:50 PM | Feedback (1)

A "bug" on Google Map

The discovered that some guys on a newsgroup has done is a bit curious: on Google Maps there's a "bug"... Maybe someone on Google has to increase his attention during the map's acquisition process...

posted @ Wednesday, October 04, 2006 6:45 PM | Feedback (0)

Microsoft CRM 3.0 and lookups

As far as my knowledge of the Microsoft CRM platform increase, I'm always more excited for all the features that the application actually has, for the ability to customize the application as you want and for the ability to create custom workflow that feets your business needs. However, Microsoft CRM has also some incredible lacks on what I usually consider the "basic things" of an application. For example, these are two basic things that are make me crazy in these days: 1) If you have a form (for example the Opportunity form) that has a filed that reference another entity...

posted @ Tuesday, October 03, 2006 1:32 PM | Feedback (1)

Trying Windows Live Mail Desktop

I'm not a big fan of every beta version released by Microsoft, but today I've decided to test the new public release of Windows Live Mail Desktop, the new email (but not only!) client that will replace Outlook Express. If you want to try it, the download link is here. Windows Live Mail Desktop is not only a mail client, but it permits you to manage RSS Feeds, News from Windows Live and the calendar (all is integrated with the Live services). An interesting new thing discovered during the installation process is this: You can add every email account you...

posted @ Sunday, October 01, 2006 11:48 AM | Feedback (6)