The future of Cloud Computing

If you give the Cloud a chance, you will clearly see the advantages of moving your entire business to a hosted, virtual environment. Even though, cloud computing has recently exploded and is gaining momentum, just like everything else that is new to the market; there is a user adoption curve stretched over the lifespan of the product or service. Thinking back to high school, do you remember Rogers Adoption Curve? Once a new product or service is introduced, very few (16%) are the innovator / early adopters. The majority of the population (68%) find themselves in the early / late majority and the last 16% are the laggards who will eventually adopt or never adopt for various reasons.                     The good news is, Cloud Computing is nothing new and we are approaching the early majority adoption stage. The bad news is, [...]

By | 2018-07-18T11:27:01+00:00 April 27th, 2012|Cloud, Dynamics CRM, Dynamics GP, Exchange Online, Office 365, SharePoint|

The Cloud Office of Today

Okay, confession time:  this blog is late.  I usually publish my blogs on Friday’s and an endless number of things have gotten in my way.  However, the biggest thing that has gotten in my way is simply this:  Writer’s Block!  Oh yeah, good old Writer’s Block!  But then, recent events have brought me to thinking about the Cloud Office of today.  To quantify this, I am speaking of the physical office and how it can be fully deployed in the Cloud.  Is it reasonable to expect a Cloud solution to be fully deployable at your office?  My recent conclusions are:  yes.  It is recent that I have had the need to investigate some of the critical elements of a Cloud office that until now have been undefined.  The critical element missing has been an online phone system such as Lync Online.  So we begin there: In my quest for the [...]

Highlights of Convergence 2012

The anticipation of my first Convergence had been building up since January.  Convergence is a gathering of Microsoft Dynamics users, partners and ISV’s who come from around the world to crash a city for a few days to learn more about the Microsoft Dynamics family of products and network with fellow business product users.  As a first timer, I was warned that I would be going nonstop from early morning to early morning with a few hours of sleep in between.  That was not far off from the truth and after coming home and having some time to finally sit and reflect on the past five days, I want to share some of my experiences and takeaways from Convergence 2012.  After an already solid two days of GPUG events, meeting up with customers and networking put behind me, Microsoft opened with their keynote Monday morning.  Upon entering the arena, it [...]

Cloud Computing and Mobility Apps The perfect storm of mobile ERP, CRM and BI

Continuing the conversation about Cloud Computing, I ran into this article through a Google Newsfeed this week.  It seems to me and to the author of this post that some companies are not taking Cloud seriously.  Tagging onto my post from a couple of weeks ago, the author agrees with my conclusion that deploying enterprise applications through the Cloud is really the "secret sauce" (my words).  Cloud Computing's core components have been with us for years.  Virtualization, service provider licensing, remote access, .net development platform.  However, it's only been the past few years that we, as a Cloud Computing Industry, have been able to fully deploy the Cloud.  The next evolution of Cloud is "app-ifying" specific components of ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), CRM (Customer Relationship Management) and BI (Business Intelligence).  We have seen CRM become one of the first applications to app-ify components such as Accounts, Opportunities, Tasks and Activity Management [...]

The Future of Business Intelligence

Let us explore the future of Business Intelligence.  Last week I spoke about Windows 8 and it's impact on computing.  However, let's further explore the problems, yes problems, with Business Intelligence.Until today, Business Intelligence has been primarily provided by Hyperion, Cognos and other solutions.  Many years back, Microsoft introduced Microsoft Analysis Services.  However these solutions have been either expensive in their software purchase and/or their implementation.  Further complicating things are the differing requirements from the user to the manager to the executive.Therefore, we have seen an emerging trend in business solutions in which we believe you should know about.  They are:Audience -- the audience or consumer of the business intelligence will always be the number one concern in Business Intelligence.  For example, the CEO and CFO will have a varying set of requirements of what they want to see.  The manager of purchasing will want to see something different from [...]

Dynamics CRM 2011 and SharePoint Online – Installing the List Component for Document Management

After completing our transition to Office 365, I was very excited to start using the integration between Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 (in the NjevityToGo cloud) with the SharePoint Online piece of Office 365 (in the Microsoft Cloud). This is a fantastic feature of Dynamics CRM and SharePoint that allows you to manage documents for an account directly within a SharePoint Site. You can add/update/view documents in either CRM or SharePoint and you can take advantage of the powerful search capabilities of SharePoint. Here is a great blog article that explains how this all works.However, as I started working on setting this up, I realized that all of the documentation on installing the SharePoint List Component assumes that you are using SharePoint ON PREMISE, not SharePoint Online. And, the instructions for performing the installation DO NOT WORK with SharePoint Online. AND most of the articles in the blogosphere state that SharePoint [...]

By | 2018-07-18T11:27:42+00:00 February 13th, 2012|Business Intelligence, Cloud, Dynamics CRM, Office 365, SharePoint|

Why Are You Considering Purchasing New Software?

As we enter a new year, I thought I would put six thought provoking "bullets" out there about why you should consider purchasing new software! 1. Improve internal and external processes 2. Boost productivity 3. Achieve operational excellence 4. Streamline financial reporting 5. Increase reporting capabilities 6. Keep up with evolving technology Have a Blessed and Happy New Year!!!

By | 2018-07-18T11:29:02+00:00 January 1st, 2009|Dynamics CRM, Dynamics GP, SharePoint|

Security Update for Internet Explorer to Address Announced Vulnerability

You mave have heard about this in the news so I thought I would post this notice from Microsoft for everyone. This security update (reference MS08-078, Security Update for Internet Explorer) resolves a publicly disclosed vulnerability in Internet Explorer. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer. The security update addresses the vulnerability by modifying the way Internet Explorer validates data binding parameters and handles the error resulting in the exploitable condition. Microsoft recommends customers prepare their systems and networks to apply this security bulletin immediately once released to help ensure that their computers are protected from attempted criminal attack. For Full Details visit:

By | 2018-07-18T11:29:39+00:00 December 18th, 2008|Dynamics CRM, Dynamics GP, Ramblings, SharePoint|

Microsoft BizSpark Program

This is Microsoft’s new BizSpark Program to connect software development start-ups and resources. The program will provide start-ups with: • “Expert access” to Microsoft tools and technologies, for their immediate use in design, development, testing, demonstration, and hosted application production and deployment; • Connections with Network Partners and a united, global community of support resources; and • Global visibility on the MicrosoftStartupZone website via the BizSparkDB, an online Startup directory, hosted on the MIcrosoftStartupZone website. To be eligible, companies need to be: • (1) In the business of software development, • (2) Privately held, • (3) In business for less than 3 years, and • (4) Have less than US $1 million in annual revenue. To be eligible to use the software for production and deployment of hosted solutions, start-ups must also be developing a new “software as a service” solution (on any platform) to be delivered over the Internet. [...]

By | 2018-07-18T11:29:39+00:00 December 16th, 2008|Dynamics CRM, Dynamics GP, Ramblings, SharePoint|