The blog world was relatively quiet this week, seems like everyone was out enjoying the long weekend. Leon Tribe was reading over the weekend and posted a Book Review for an Applications Certification Guide. Personally, when I took the Applications exam I only used the Microsoft training. Since they wrote the test I assumed they knew what was on it. This worked very well for me. Although now studying for the Extending CRM certification I feel I could use a Certification Guide to fill in the missing pieces so I can understand the Microsoft training.
Jukka Niiranen has a post on MS Dynamics World about Preparing for Orion. Some important tidbits (or Timbits for my fellow Canadians):
- The left navigation bar is being replaced by the top navigation ribbon. This means that after Orion, there is no going back – only the new user interface will be available. You can no longer go back to the “classic” forms.
- End user training will be required
- Time will be required to map your business processes to the process-driven forms and test that this is the best layout
- No more legacy support for CRM 4.0 APIs – start replacing these today
- Remember forms will now auto-save – think about how this will affect your plugins, workflows, etc.
- Be prepared for scripting changes
- Upgrading to Orion most-likely will be necessary to use the new add-on features such as Yammer integration, Skype integration, MarketingPilot, Netbreese, Bing Maps, new mobile client
- Partners will need to evaluate their add-ons for compatibility and modify to blend in with new UI – make sure your partner is ready!
Microsoft posted how to get started with your CRM surface Apps, complete with code and screenshots.
That’s all for today!