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When Will Microsoft Make Its E-Commerce Play?

by Russell Inman on Aug 23, 2016 1:51:12 PM

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Microsoft Dynamics CRM, e-commerce, oracle, salesforce

Dynamics CRM 2011 Holdouts: It’s Time to Upgrade

by Chris Capistran on Aug 8, 2016 2:33:52 PM

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CRM, crm online, crm 2011

RFI, RFQ, & RFP: What’s the Difference?

by Russell Inman on Jul 13, 2016 4:34:45 PM

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CRM, rfq, rfi, rfp

How We Built a Chat Bot for Dynamics CRM in 8 Hours at EXtremeCRM

by Michael Ochs on Jun 23, 2016 11:27:54 AM

If you’ve never attended the eXtremeCRM innovation challenge and you’re wondering what it’s like or whether you’re cut out for it, I can tell you it’s one of the most worthwhile things you’ll do as a CRM developer in your career.

Here’s a rundown of my experience:

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CRM, extreme crm, chat bot

How Associations Can Use Their AMS to Improve Their Events Offerings

by Simon Owens on Jun 13, 2016 11:10:07 AM

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Meetings & Events, ams, conferences

5 Questions to Ask a Potential Association Management Software Vendor

by Kristen Knox on Jun 6, 2016 4:38:08 PM

Earlier this year, my colleague Chris published an article about how associations are getting the process wrong when they search for new association management software (AMS).

Often times, he wrote, an association won’t perform due diligence prior to blasting out a request for proposal (RFP), even though most vendors publish a wealth of information online that will allow you to get a basic rundown of their offerings. This due diligence will allow you to eliminate most of the vendors that don’t meet the basic requirements you seek -- such as offering a responsive member portal or expertise migrating data -- and save a lot of wasted time in the process.

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ams, association management software, vendors

You Don't Have to Be a Data Scientist to Benefit from Microsoft's Power BI

by David Rothschild on May 25, 2016 11:47:50 AM

If you’ve been reading the business press  in recent years you know that “big data” is the buzz phrase du jour. With companies making significant investments in predictive analytics and machine learning software, there’s been growing demand for the data scientists who know how to leverage and interpret that software -- so much demand that some are pulling in six figure incomes directly out of college.

But your company or organization doesn’t have to hire an expensive data scientist and budget for enterprise-priced software to gain access to cutting edge business analytics. In fact, such business intelligence can be found for as little as $9.99 a month. Yes, I’m talking about Microsoft’s Power BI product. Launched to the public last year, Power BI is one of the most exciting technological innovations Microsoft has debuted in years, especially for those already using Dynamics CRM.

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Business Intelligence, CRM, power bi

How to Give Tech Employees the Support They Need to Thrive

by Russell Inman on May 19, 2016 1:38:32 PM

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recruiting, employee support, employee training

Why It's Time to Move from Dynamics On-Premise to 2016 Online

by Chris Capistran on May 10, 2016 12:42:10 PM

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CRM, cloud, power bi

5 Things I Learned Building Add-Ons for Microsoft Dynamics CRM

by Michael Ochs on Apr 11, 2016 12:26:15 PM

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Microsoft Dynamics CRM, CRM Add-Ons, CRM