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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
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.
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.