Steve has another chat with Charles Lamanna
Sep16

Steve has another chat with Charles Lamanna

In this episode of “Steve has a Chat”, I try and sneak up on Charles Lamanna again, but no dice. Recently promoted to CVP, Citizen Application Platform I wanted to see if I could get Charles to help clear up some of the confusion around licensing and API limits that seem to be the topic of the day. He was more than happy to help me set the record straight. Enjoy! BTW, don’t forget, Mark Smith… Continue Reading...

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Power Platform – Architecting 101
Aug29

Power Platform – Architecting 101

The Power Platform is on fire! Lot’s of partners, developers and citizens are all creating all kinds of things at a rapid pace, it all seems so easy. Unfortunately many of them will get down the road and realize they should have taken a fork a few miles back. Let’s see if we can map out the right path from the jump. Whatcha gonna do? Before thinking about where to start, you should have clear… Continue Reading Steve...

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Dynamics 365 – Buried Skeletons
Aug29

Dynamics 365 – Buried Skeletons

Recently, our contact on a large multi-year customization effort for a customer left. The new person who came in seemed to be of a mind to change things up. What was a highly effective and collaborative effort, suddenly became a battle over every hour billed. I’m on the verge of kicking them to the curb, but… Screwed by Nature There is an interesting anomaly in our business, that can… Continue Reading Steve Mordue...

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Steve has a Chat with Mona Baset
Aug12

Steve has a Chat with Mona Baset

Typically I am catching Microsoft leaders on my “Steve has a Chat” podcast, this time I thought I would try and pounce on an Enterprise Customer to get some candid feedback on PowerApps. Mona Baset, AVP of Information and Analytics Services for Atrium Health was game for a chat. Atrium Health is comprised of 40 hospitals and 900 locations in the Carolinas and Georgia. Some of the things Mona… Continue Reading Steve...

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PowerApps vs. PowerApps
Aug06

PowerApps vs. PowerApps

It seems clear to me from listening to people on social media, comments on my posts, and generally having an ear to the ground, that too many people, including many who should not be, are still confused about PowerApps… and wouldn’t they be? A Quick Quiz. What is a PowerApp?  A Mobile Application you built on top of SharePoint  A Mobile Application you built on top of the common data… Continue Reading Steve Mordue...

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Reduce your Dynamics 365 License costs by 92%?
Aug05

Reduce your Dynamics 365 License costs by 92%?

I hinted in my last post about possibly being able to reduce your Dynamics 365 license costs by up to 92%. I may have been a little too coy, so I titled this post more overtly. Was I just bullshitting you? Well… not all of you. It Depends Follow me here as there are a lot of “ifs”, but many organizations will meet them. IF, you are paying $115/user/month for the Dynamics 365 Customer… Continue Reading Steve...

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Updating to Unified Interface? PowerApp it!
Aug01

Updating to Unified Interface? PowerApp it!

The Dynamics 365 Web Client is going to be deprecated soon. If you have not transitioned to the Unified Interface, time is running out to be in control of that process for yourself. Maybe there is a reason to look at this “chore” as an “opportunity”. Unified Interface The Unified Interface is awesome, a vast improvement over the previous Web Client. Yet a significant number of organizations… Continue...

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The ISV Revenue Sharing Addendum Review
Jul25

The ISV Revenue Sharing Addendum Review

The ground is shifting under Microsoft Business Applications ISVs. Only time will tell if it is shifting forward or backward. Regardless, to continue existing, you will need to sign a new document, so let’s take a look at it. A room full of Elephants Microsoft’s new “Business Applications ISV Connect Program” hopes to be a comprehensive program for ISV success, yet it’s most often referred to…...

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Steve chats with Muhammad Alam
Jul11

Steve chats with Muhammad Alam

In this episode of “Steve has a Chat“, I was able to catch Muhammad Alam before he headed out for Inspire. Muhammad is the General Manager of the Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations (F&O) team, and recently Microsoft Business Central was added to his list of responsibilities. He has been with Microsoft since 2005, so he knows where the bodies are buried. We covered a lot of ground,… Continue Reading Steve Mordue...

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Microsoft’s Partner Network needs an Enema
Jul09

Microsoft’s Partner Network needs an Enema

I recently tweeted a link to an obscure Microsoft post I found about eliminating IUR. I thought at the time, “this is going to get messy“. I followed up with a post on it myself, which promptly blew up, and now there is actually a petition someone started. Just to be clear… I did not sign this petition, and I will not be wielding any pitchforks at Inspire. Why not? It Had to Happen The… Continue Reading Steve...

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Microsoft to Partners, “The Free Rides are Over!”
Jul07

Microsoft to Partners, “The Free Rides are Over!”

The news media and investor market is certainly embracing the “Softer” side of Microsoft introduced since the appointment of Satya Nadela as CEO. While the company’s stock is at an all-time high, it seems Microsoft’s network of Partners are being gradually introduced to a new “Harder” side. Partners Pummeled In recent months, partners have seen a continuous barrage of changes that are…...

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Live from Microsoft Business Applications Summit! – Steve Mordue
Jun18

Live from Microsoft Business Applications Summit! – Steve Mordue

Mark Smith (aka @nz365guy) and I came up with the idea to live stream to YouTube from the Microsoft Business Applications Summit which recently concluded. Microsoft gave us a spot in the middle of the Expo, and we grabbed people walking by. For those of you who missed us live, here is a list of some replays. We had some fun interviewing several Microsofties, enjoy! Steve and Mark… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s...

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Steve has a Chat with Jeff York
Jun06

Steve has a Chat with Jeff York

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Steve Chats with Hayden Stafford
Jun06

Steve Chats with Hayden Stafford

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Steve has a Chat with Hayden Stafford – Steve Mordue
Jun03

Steve has a Chat with Hayden Stafford – Steve Mordue

In this episode of “Steve has a Chat“, I tried to sneak up on Hayden Stafford, but he sniffed me out immediately once he answered the phone. He caught me, but he didn’t hang up! Hayden is the Corporate Vice President for WW Business Applications Sales, basically “the” top sales guy. His excitement about what has, and will be happening in the business applications space for… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article on...

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Steve has a Chat with Jeff York – Steve Mordue
May24

Steve has a Chat with Jeff York – Steve Mordue

In this episode of “Steve has a Chat“, I nabbed Jeff York, who happened to be sitting at his “dusty” desk. One of my favorite podcasts so far! Jeff is the Chief Financial Officer for the Microsoft Business Applications group, and knows exactly where the bodies are buried. Did he tell me? You will have to listen and see. While you may not be familiar with Jeff, he is one of the… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article...

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Power Platform and the Definition of Done – Steve Mordue
May19

Power Platform and the Definition of Done – Steve Mordue

One of the sessions at D365 Saturday Philadelphia this past weekend was “Managing a D365 CE Project” by Jennyfer Hogeland, it was a great session. On one of her slides she described “Definition of Done”, and that phrase stuck in my head. Done I don’t know about you, but when I hear the word “Done”, I assume something has completed. When I am “done” with a meal at a… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article on their...

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Are you brave enough to ask your customers how you are doing? – Steve Mordue
May14

Are you brave enough to ask your customers how you are doing? – Steve Mordue

I am currently in the software consulting business supporting Microsoft’s Power Platform. As you may know, I write about it a lot, but for this post I wanted to veer off a little bit from my typical subject matter. Instead I wanted to talk about customers, and their experiences with companies that provide services. Epiphany I was talking to one of our customer-facing people a few… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s...

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PowerApps – Why Spreadsheets Suck – Steve Mordue
May13

PowerApps – Why Spreadsheets Suck – Steve Mordue

What a wonderful invention spreadsheets were. For many things, I don’t know how we even managed before them. Okay, I do know, because I am that old… we managed things poorly. Spreadsheets solved so many challenges, that they eventually created new ones. 1-2-3 The first spreadsheet software I actually used was called 1-2-3 from Lotus, back around 1985. I created all sorts of… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article on...

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Common Data Service – Strategies and Silos – Steve Mordue
May07

Common Data Service – Strategies and Silos – Steve Mordue

So the buzz about the Common Data Service (CDS) has reached a deafening stage. It is the most exciting thing that has come out of the Microsoft Business Applications group in a decade. The possibilities jumped into the category of “endless”. So how do you start with something that is endless? Quick Primer I previously wrote about the Common Data Service here, but let’s have a… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article on...

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Dynamics 365 Business Central – Is it a SMB Solution? – Steve Mordue
May07

Dynamics 365 Business Central – Is it a SMB Solution? – Steve Mordue

It seems that many people are confused about where Dynamics 365 Business Central fits into the landscape. Is it an ERP… a CRM… is it for SMB… Midsized…Enterprise? Is it part of the Power Platform? At the risk of annoying my BC Partner friends once again, I will take a stab at it. Origins It would be helpful to know the origins of Dynamics 365 Business Central “BC”, to… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article on their...

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Dynamics 365 – The Upsides to the new ISV Program – Steve Mordue
May02

Dynamics 365 – The Upsides to the new ISV Program – Steve Mordue

I recently wrote a post about the coming Revenue Sharing model for Microsoft Business Applications ISV’s. As expected, there is some screaming going on about forking over some of your revenue to Microsoft. But there is another side of that story… what Microsoft will be doing in return. Recap Starting soon Microsoft will be moving to a pay-to-play model for ISVs. The first reaction… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s...

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PowerApps Component Framework – Frosting on the Cake – Steve Mordue
Apr24

PowerApps Component Framework – Frosting on the Cake – Steve Mordue

I usually wait a week or two to weigh in on new announcements from Microsoft. I like to let the noise die down a little, and see how others are responding to the news. But I am way too excited about the Public Preview launch of the PowerApps Component Framework. What’s in a Name? The journey to Public Preview has been a rather long one. Originally coined the “Custom Control… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article on...

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Microsoft steps up to Salesforce’s AppExchange – Steve Mordue
Apr18

Microsoft steps up to Salesforce’s AppExchange – Steve Mordue

Let’s be real… the Business Applications IVS motion from Microsoft to date, has been a shit show. Many budding ISVs struggled to navigate the program(s) only to reach the conclusion that there was not much there. For all the talk about how important ISVs are, Microsoft’s actions to date have failed to live up to their words. I want to personally apologize. The Boy who cried… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article on...

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Power Platform – CDS Explained for Normal People – Steve Mordue
Mar25

Power Platform – CDS Explained for Normal People – Steve Mordue

There is quite a bit of information in the wild for technically savvy people, around the Power Platform and it’s underlying Common Data Service. I want to see if I can make that understandable to us Normal people. Skipping History I know, many of you were thinking, “Ugh, here comes Steve’s long, drawn-out ‘How we got here’ story”. But this is for the normal people, who… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article on their...

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Dynamics 365 – Dead is a Strong Word – Steve Mordue
Mar24

Dynamics 365 – Dead is a Strong Word – Steve Mordue

My fellow MVP, good friend and co-collaborator on PowerISV, Mark Smith (aka @nz365guy) is on a “Shock and Awe” campaign that opens with the phrase: “Dynamics 365 is Dead!“. But is it? The House that D365 Built At the recently concluded MVP Summit, Mark had the opportunity to lob his “D365 is Dead” grenade at Charles Lamanna for reaction. Charles seemed legitimately puzzled… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article on...

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Power Platform – The Uncommon Data Service – Steve Mordue
Mar24

Power Platform – The Uncommon Data Service – Steve Mordue

Fresh from a week of “drinking from the firehose” at the Microsoft MVP Summit, several things became quite apparent to me. MVPs like to drink, and the Common Data Service, is anything but “Common”. It will continue… indefinitely It seems that whenever Microsoft announces a “new” way to do something, they are hesitant to say the the “old” way will be eliminated. “We… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article on their...

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Power Platform – The Developer’s Dilemma – Steve Mordue
Mar15

Power Platform – The Developer’s Dilemma – Steve Mordue

As I have been exploring the Power Platform, I continue to make new discoveries every day. I am not a developer, but I have developers on my team. Lately, I am noticing that we are pulling them into projects much less often than in the recent past. I wonder what the future-state of this will be… Power Platform We are in that fuzzy time, between something “new and significant”… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article on...

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Steve Chats with Alysa Taylor – Steve Mordue
Jan10

Steve Chats with Alysa Taylor – Steve Mordue

In this episode of “Steve has a Chat“, I snagged Alysa Taylor, fresh back from the holidays. Alysa is the Corporate Vice President, Business Applications and Global Industry, responsible for the Marketing Pillar, which sits between the Sales Pillar, run by Hayden Stafford, and the Engineering Pillar, headed by James Phillips. We chatted about a bunch of stuff, including Pricing,… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article...

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Steve Chats with Gavriella Schuster – Steve Mordue
Jan03

Steve Chats with Gavriella Schuster – Steve Mordue

In this episode of “Steve has a Chat“, I caught Gavriella Schuster, first thing in the morning, on her first day back at work of 2019. Gavriella is a Corporate Vice President for Microsoft, who has been looking after Partners for decades. She heads up the One Commercial Partner organization. We chatted about OCP, Partner Center, ISVs and a few other things. Enjoy! Related Posts

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Microsoft Business Applications – Breaking Down the Landscape – Steve Mordue
Dec18

Microsoft Business Applications – Breaking Down the Landscape – Steve Mordue

From my blog analytics I am able to see the search terms that led readers to my blog. Several of these are along the lines of “What is PowerApps?”, “Difference between F&O and CE?”, “Difference between Power Platform and Dynamics 365?”, etc. I have written about some of these individually, but it seems that an overview of where they “fit” together would be helpful. Who… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article on...

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Dynamics 365 vs. Salesforce – The Debate Rages on – Steve Mordue
Dec17

Dynamics 365 vs. Salesforce – The Debate Rages on – Steve Mordue

This recent post on LinkedIn, re-ignited the ongoing Dynamics 365 vs. Salesforce debate. Not surprisingly, emissaries from both camps weighed in, and the debate continues as I write this. Formerly a Salesforce shop for 10 years, we are now a Microsoft shop since 2011, so I am as biased as any other debater. Bubbles Let’s face it, we all live in our bubbles. We are keenly aware of… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s...

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Power Platform – Ryan’s Five Things – Steve Mordue
Dec14

Power Platform – Ryan’s Five Things – Steve Mordue

I was recently at Extreme365 in Austin, I even had a role in Keynote! One of the sessions was a “Fireside Chat” with the Bizapps product team. Aside from there not actually being a fire that I could see, there was some great conversation. Ryan Jones, who works with Charles Lamanna on the platform team, said something that stuck in my head. Five Things When asked about what ISVs can… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s...

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Dynamics 365 – A Single ERP Solution? – Steve Mordue
Dec12

Dynamics 365 – A Single ERP Solution? – Steve Mordue

Let me caveat this post with a couple of things; first, I am not an ERP partner, so I don’t actually have a dog in this fight at the moment. Also, none of the following came from anybody at Microsoft, it is purely out of my own head and my opinions from my reading of the tea leaves as I see them. I am also sure I will piss a few people off, but that has not stopped me before. The… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s...

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Dynamics 365 – The Price of Currentcy – Steve Mordue
Oct25

Dynamics 365 – The Price of Currentcy – Steve Mordue

Yes, I know, I made up a new term, “Currentcy”. I am sure there is a better word for what I am thinking, but I have already typed this one, and changing it at this stage of the game, would simply require too much effort. But probably not as much effort as writing this whole paragraph to justify it, but now I’ve gone and done that, so there is really no going back now. So let’s… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article...

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Power Platform ISV – Inception to Disruption – Steve Mordue

Some of you may know, that one of several things I am involved with, is an ISV Consulting Collaborative called Power ISV. Together with four other ISV-focused Business Applications MVPs, we are helping existing ISVs to modernize, new ISVs get started, and guiding ISVs on other platforms over to the Microsoft Cloud. We also want to reverse the adage, “Those that can’t do, Teach“,… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article...

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Steve chats with Charles Lamanna – Steve Mordue

In this episode of “Steve has a Chat”, I sneak up on Charles Lamanna, General Manager of the Application Platform at Microsoft. I called him “out of the blue” at the end of his day, and we chatted about a bunch of things, including the new Open Data Initiative, Licensing, PowerApps, Team Member, ISVs and more. Enjoy! Related Posts Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article on their blog

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Microsoft & Salesforce.com – The 800-Pound Gorilla vs. the Elephant in the Room – Steve Mordue
Oct01

Microsoft & Salesforce.com – The 800-Pound Gorilla vs. the Elephant in the Room – Steve Mordue

The photo with this post was from a short-lived marriage that I called the “Can’t we all just get along” phase in the Microsoft/Salesforce relationship. This love fest came to an abrupt end when Microsoft acquired LinkedIn, in spite of vehement efforts by Salesforce to block it, leading to irreconcilable differences and a hasty divorce. Since then the two behemoths have been… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article on...

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How I.T. can create value exceeding their expense – Steve Mordue
Sep14

How I.T. can create value exceeding their expense – Steve Mordue

In a recent post, I referenced this post that I wrote 6 years ago. I thought I would go back and record it, unedited. Let me know if you agree that it sadly still applies to many companies even today. Originally published – May 22, 2012   Let’s face it, I.T. is a big expense. As a former CEO of several organizations, I can tell you looking at the I.T. expense is a head shaker…. Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article...

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Steve’s Bizapps ISV Notebook Infographic
Sep13

Steve’s Bizapps ISV Notebook Infographic

I like Infographics… and I like ISV solutions… and I like the Microsoft Business Applications platform. So I made an infographic! Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article on their blog

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The Changing Role of the Microsoft Business Applications Partner – Steve Mordue
Sep10

The Changing Role of the Microsoft Business Applications Partner – Steve Mordue

Six years ago, I wrote a post that was directed at IT Directors/Managers, about the need for them to re-imagine their roles in the face of the then rapidly growing cloud thing. Today, the role that needs to be re-imagined is that of Microsoft Business Applications Partner. Between Microsoft and the Citizen Developer, the space previously occupied by the Partner is getting narrower. You… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s...

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Dynamics 365 for Marketing – Steve chats with Thomas – Steve Mordue
Sep07

Dynamics 365 for Marketing – Steve chats with Thomas – Steve Mordue

So I have actually been having a little fun with the “Steve Reads his Post Podcast”, and decided to see if I might take it further. But I didn’t want it to be “just another podcast”. I thought it might be fun to just call somebody out-of-the-blue with the record button on, and see where it goes. It could be a disaster! You tell me. For my first of this type of podcast, I… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article on...

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Dynamics Developers – Time to Get your Head out of your Ass – Steve Mordue
Sep06

Dynamics Developers – Time to Get your Head out of your Ass – Steve Mordue

As I was writing my last post on Re-Thinking, I got an email from some off-shore developer, offering to assist us with any “Dynamics CRM Online” projects we may have. Based on this pretty big clue, I put on my pompous know-it-all hat, and blasted him for offering his ancient skills to a cutting edge partner. His apologetic reply included, “there is just so much to get up-to-speed… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s...

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Business Applications – It’s Time to Re-Think Things – Steve Mordue
Sep06

Business Applications – It’s Time to Re-Think Things – Steve Mordue

Recently, I found myself looking in the Google Play Store for a mobile app to solve some issue. I found several options that were close, but none met my need perfectly. My choices were: a) continue to live with an unmet need, b) Use one of the apps that was close… but not really, or c) Hire a mobile app developer and build one, which would be insane. The challenges for Business… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article...

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Dynamics 365 for Marketing – The Giant Stands Back Up – Steve Mordue
Sep04

Dynamics 365 for Marketing – The Giant Stands Back Up – Steve Mordue

Dynamics 365 for Marketing – The Giant Stands Back Up Back in April, I wrote a post called “Dynamics 365 for Marketing – A Giant Tripped by a Grain of Sand” about Microsoft’s new Dynamics 365 for Marketing Application. It was not a favorable post. Regardless, Microsoft added us to a very small Pilot program for the product in a, “Keep the troublemakers close” strategy. A… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article on...

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Dynamics 365 – Unpacking a recent post – Steve Mordue
Sep03

Dynamics 365 – Unpacking a recent post – Steve Mordue

As an experiment, back in February, I thought I would try using the LinkedIn “Create an Article” feature, to see how it compared to just posting to LinkedIn from my own blog. I can confidently report that the test was a huge failure. Anyone thinking of using LinkedIn’s “Create an Article” feature… don’t, it gets almost no traffic at all. But I did like the Article, and… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article on their...

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Microsoft Business Applications – Freelancers vs. Partners – Steve Mordue
Aug30

Microsoft Business Applications – Freelancers vs. Partners – Steve Mordue

Sometimes people ask me where I come up with post ideas, here’s one way. I saw a LinkedIn post today from a recruiter, suggesting the use of “freelancers” for Dynamics 365, and presumably other Microsoft Business Applications. While freelancers may have a place in the process, there are some very good reasons, that you should seriously consider an actual Microsoft Business… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article on...

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Dynamics 365 & PowerApps – Let’s build a Home
Aug15

Dynamics 365 & PowerApps – Let’s build a Home

There seems to be quite a bit of confusion lately about Dynamics 365 and PowerApps, particularly now with Model-Driven PowerApps. Microsoft’s #FreightTrain, seems to have become a #BulletTrain of innovation, and sometimes things like “naming” and “explaining” lag behind. Let’s see if I can unpack this one. Warning, this is a long post, so you might want to listen to it… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s Article on their...

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Dynamics 365 – The Battle for Simple
Aug08

Dynamics 365 – The Battle for Simple

Mobile phone apps ruined everything. As a result of minimal processing power and small screen size, mobile app developers had little choice but to keep things basic. Given that mobile devices are used by everyone on the planet, including a lot of people who are not particularly smart, mobile apps also had to be “simple”. Now everybody thinks that everything should be as simple to… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s...

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Dynamics 365 – CDS Changes Everything You Know
Aug04

Dynamics 365 – CDS Changes Everything You Know

Dynamics 365 Customers and Partners have had a few changes pushed to them in recent years. Dynamics 365 was evolving at a pretty rapid pace since it hit the cloud, and when James Phillips took over the team, he took both of his feet and smashed the gas pedal. It’s like the USS Enterprise when it hits Warp Drive (I get a chill every time I see that). Trees in the Forest I have been… Continue Reading Steve Mordue MVP’s...

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