Fun video on XRM – infinite possibilities

Given that I’m expecting my next series of posts to talk more about XRM and how you can use it to quickly build some amazing solutions, I figured I would start with something on the fun side…check the XRM video our marketing team just unveiled at WPC.
 
 
We also made a number of annoucements about Dynamics CRM and provided some new collateral for XRM – the Presspass site has the official release.
 
 
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Battlestar Galactica – best series finale ever?

Just watched the BSG finale last night – wow! 
 
It’s hard to end a series with a mythology, especially if it’s been on the air for too long (I’m talking about you X-Files).  When you take a story beyond it’s logical arc, you either start completely contradicting yourself (completely ruining the show) or you do so many gymnastics to make everything line up that it gets really hard to follow.  Knowing that this was their last season certainly helped the BSG crew craft some really interesting sub-plots.  :-)   For the finale, I was glued to my seat and thought there was some great closure.
 
If you haven’t seen it yet, I won’t get into spoilers.  If you have, you may be interested in checking out the Discover article where they interview Ron Moore and the cast at the press screening of the finale earlier this week (warning – massive spoilers).  Looking through the comments was pretty interesting – definitely more of a mixed reaction than I was expecting, but some people just seem to look a little too deep (it is just a TV show after all  Wink)
 
Speaking of Discover magazine – they also had a really interesting article on metamaterials that I thought was pretty facinating.  It’s a little difficult to describe, so you’ll have to read it – but it’s an interesting commentary on some unexpected extrapolations of nano-scale engineering.
 
Enjoy!
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PDC is coming

Well – PDC starts up next week and it should be a pretty interesting conference!  We have a number of folks from the product team that will be presenting (including yours truly).
 
 
See you in L.A.  :-)
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How time flies…

OK – yes, it’s been a while since I’ve posted.  Although cliche at this point – I’ve definitely been busy.

Lots of stuff has gone by in the meantime – the Yahoo/MSFT mess, the Sonics leaving Seattle, Barack Obama winning the Democratic nomination, BillG transitioning out of MSFT…at the same time, it’s hard to believe it’s the middle of 2008 already…whew!

Closer to home, the CRM team has been hard at work launching CRM Online and digging in on the next release.  At this point, we’re not ready to discuss much externally, but we have some pretty cool things on the radar and we’re closely listening to feedback from our customers, partners, and MVPs.

You may have seen some of the posts (like the ones from Jim and Phil) about our recent move to new offices.  I find that moving offices is like most things in life – some blue sky and a little bit of gray surrounded by some silver lining.  In my case, the dynamics of the new building are interesting (lots more glass), but the extra 20min of commute each way has been more of a drag than I expected.  The good news is that the team is settling in and starting to make the building our ‘own’.

So – the holiday weekend is over, WPC is starting, and before you know it, it will be August.  Time moves fast, so if you have suggestions for what you’d like to see in the next release of MSCRM, let me know…

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Developer Ramp-up kit for Dynamics CRM 4.0

Girish Raja just posted about the new Developer Ramp-up kit for CRM 4.0.  If you’re new to developing solutions with the CRM platform, I highly recommend checking out the content and labs in the download, which were originally put together as part of the ISV training program run by the Developer and Platform Evangelism (DPE) team prior to the launch of CRM 4.0.

Thanks Girish!

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Sizing and Perf guidelines for 500 seat CRM deployment

For those of you thinking about deployment on-premise Dynamics CRM, you may be interested in the whitepaper our Business Systems Architecture team just released last week detailing the hardware, workloads, and performance for a ‘typical’ 500 user deployment. 
 
 
What is ‘typical’?  Well, that’s what the paper describes.  Obviously your organization may look very different, which may require slightly different sizing, but the doc is a great starting point.
 
 
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Wow – just missed a bullet

So I just back in Seattle – my flight arrived from Atlanta around 7:45p or so.  I got home and checked out MSNBC only to see that Atlanta has just been hit by a major storm.
 
Wow – the real irony is that my flight didn’t leave Atlanta until 5:15 EST, so I just missed it…very happy about that…
 
Image: Atlanta damage
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