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Coffee Break: Automate it!

The Coffee Break Team is back, and this time we will unite the best of the two worlds and show how we can utilize the power of Windows PowerShell, using your favorite application: Dynamics NAV. While we do recognize that scripting complex PowerShell tools and modules is not to everyone’s taste, C/AL is something we…

from Dynamics NAV Team Blog

White Paper: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online 2016 Update 1 Performance Benchmark

Applies to: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online 2016 Update 1

I am pleased to announce the release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online 2016 Update 1 Performance Benchmark which is currently available for download, from Microsoft Download Center. This is the second whitepaper being published, as promised in the CRM blog a few weeks ago. The initial whitepaper was related to Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016 Service Pack 1 Performance Benchmark on Azure (IaaS).


This latest whitepaper provides a benchmark for performance of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online 2016 Update 1 and explains the configuration, topology, data profile, and test workload used.

The results in this white paper demonstrate the capability of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online 2016 Update 1 in handling enterprise-scale data and transactions with incredible performance.

We’d like to recognize the efforts of Matt Brown, Grant Geiszler, Matt Peart and the broader Microsoft Dynamics 365 product group for contributing and reviewing this paper to help ensure its completeness and accuracy.

We would love to hear your feedback.


Srikumar Nair

from Microsoft Dynamics 365 Team blog

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 R2 Is Now Available!

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 R2 is now available!
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We are very excited to announce the release and all the features it has to offer.  Check it out today!!

The Microsoft Dynamics GP team is pleased to announce that Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 R2 has released!   Dynamics GP 2016 R2 continues the great value delivered in previous Dynamics GP releases.  Dynamics GP 2016 R2 includes enhancements to SmartList Designer; Power BI reports available on the home page in web client; key additions to the Project Accounting and Requisitions; and 25+ functionality features prioritized by customers.

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 Product Download Page 

Customers – Click here. Partners – Click here.

Check out the Fix List.

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 R2 What’s New click here.

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 System Requirements click here!

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 Upgrade Hot Topic click here!

Happy downloading…

Until next post!

from Dynamics PTS Team Blog

Now in preview: Relationship Insights for Dynamics 365

Applies to: December 2016 Update for Microsoft Dynamics 365 (online) and December 2016 Service Pack for Microsoft Dynamics 365 (on-premises)

This year brought major changes to the Microsoft CRM platform—even its name changed from Dynamics CRM to Dynamics 365. Dynamics 365 still provides all the familiar capabilities of Dynamics CRM, but now also aims to break down the invisible barriers that have traditionally existed between CRM, ERP, productivity software, and other systems that business professionals use every day. Going forward, the platform will also take increasing advantage of the scalability, data integration, and advanced processing power of the Microsoft Azure cloud-computing infrastructure. And already now, you can get your first glimpse of some of benefits this change has made possible by previewing the new Relationship Insights suite of features.

Relationship Insights leverages the data-integration and artificial-intelligence capabilities built into Azure to combine and analyze your Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Outlook data. It uses the insights derived from this analysis to surface features that help guide your daily work, find critical opportunities, manage email communications, identify actionable email messages, and propose the best path forward. Relationship Insights features are context sensitive, so the information they present and the suggestions they make are always most relevant to whatever you are doing (or should be doing) right now.

The Relationship Insights suite currently includes the following features: the relationship assistant, email engagement, and auto capture.

Relationship Insights is currently in preview, which means that it is considered stable but is still under development. Microsoft makes preview features available to give customers early access and a chance to provide feedback. Preview features aren’t meant for production use and may have limited or restricted functionality. The Relationship Insights preview is currently available only for North American sites that use US English (en-us).

The Dynamics 365 online help provides everything you need to know to enable, set up, and use the Relationship Insights preview. Here are a few handy links:

  • For a detailed overview of the various Relationship Insights features and their capabilities, see the Relationship Insights overview.
  • For prerequisites and instruction on how to enable and configure the preview, see Configure Relationship Insights features.
  • For details about the relationship assistant, which helps salespeople and support staff organize their daily work and nurture vital business relationships, see the Relationship assistant topic. The relationship assistant uses data analytics and artificial intelligence to generate a collection of interactive action cards, which are presented throughout the application to deliver important information, advice, and action buttons related to your current ongoing activities, scheduled activities, and whatever you are doing right now. It also monitors your incoming email message and applies natural-language analysis to identify travel plans, customer requests, competitor mentions, and other relevant communications. This feature is available both in the web interface and in the mobile interface, where its space-efficient design and context awareness deliver extra value.
  • See the Action cards reference for details about the various types of action cards that can be generated by the relationship assistant.
  • For details about email engagement, which helps salespeople and support staff get more out of their email communications, see the Email engagement topic. Features include delivery scheduling, follow-up alerts, and the ability to see when contacts open your messages and attachments. Email engagement features are available in both in the Dynamics 365 web interface and in the Dynamics 365 App for Outlook.
  • For details about auto capture, which finds email messages from your Outlook mailbox that could be relevant to the record you are currently viewing in Dynamics 365, see the Auto capture topic. Messages found by auto capture remain private to you, but you can choose to track any found message with a single click without having to open Outlook. Tracked messages are imported into Dynamics 365 and added as an activity for the relevant record, where the rest of your team can also see them. Auto capture is only available in the web interface for Dynamics 365, though you can also track messages manually using existing controls in Outlook.

Most Relationship Insights features require Dynamics 365 Online, and the Outlook integration features require Microsoft Outlook Online. The only Relationship Insights feature available to on-premises installations is the relationship assistant, which provides just a subset of action cards. For full requirements, see Configure Relationship Insights features.

from Microsoft Dynamics 365 Team blog

How to test your event subscriptions

Many developers have started using the events that are raised in Dynamics NAV, and some have even started adding events to their solutions. There is some concern that a subscription will break if the interface of an event is changed. As a developer, you can verify that the subscription is active by running page 9510,…

from Dynamics NAV Team Blog

Database deadlock detection and monitoring in Dynamics NAV 2017

Sometimes a programming error in C/AL can lead to users experiencing errors due to database deadlocks. A database deadlock can occur when two sessions try to update the same data, and are acquiring database locks in different orders. For example, let’s imagine two code units 10001 and 10002, which both do updates to records in…

from Dynamics NAV Team Blog

Microsoft Dynamics Marketing today and what comes next – How can you continue using your data?

When it comes to transitioning to the next generation of marketing and customer engagement automation tools from Microsoft, there are a few topics of interest:

  • The life cycle of Dynamics Marketing
  • Migration and My Data questions
  • Licensing questions in relation to the next generation of tools

How customer of Microsoft Dynamics Marketing best migrate to the next generation of marketing tools from Microsoft – “Dynamics 365 for Marketing, Business edition”

As an existing customer of Dynamic Marketing feel free to continue using the product throughout the ongoing subscription period. You may extend your subscription once from now to October 2017. For Direct purchase customer, the subscription period renews for one year, for Enterprise customers for 3 years. Microsoft is committed to provide full support for the product throughout your subscription.

We will continue to provide service allow adding more users and purchase of add-ons like email volumes throughout the subscription period. Microsoft will continue to support the product in that period fully, including the case of a hotfixes for observed issues. Yet we will eventually ramp down on the flow of monthly enhancements. We will instead fully focus our development on the new marketing app from Microsoft – “Dynamics 365 for Marketing, Business edition”. This new app will be available for Dynamics 365 customers in Spring release 2017. This will be an online release only in Spring 2017. Starting November 1, 2016, we have stopped selling Dynamics Marketing to new customers.

The spring release will focus on the topics of Customer engagement automation (campaigns), email and Web channels including content designer and templates, event management and event marketing, Integration and customer Intelligence including segmentation and analytics.

How will I in the future can move to the new generation of marketing tools from Microsoft: “Dynamics 365 for Marketing”?

If you are using the Dynamics CRM Connector for Dynamics Marketing today to connect Dynamics Marketing with your CRMOL instance today, you will find that the master data are already synchronized between the two systems. While you will find that you will need to reimplement campaigns and email messages with the new more powerful functionality in the new marketing app, you will also find that your audience and the lists you are syncing already today will continue to be in Dynamics 365 as well. We are looking at more tooling that help you with the transition.

Another option will be to continue using Dynamics Marketing running your existing customer engagement automation – some of which might have planned to run continuously for several months. By using the new app Dynamics 365 for Marketing, Business edition gradually more and more you will find the transition a smooth process.

What if I don’t want to transition to “Dynamics 365 for Marketing, Business edition”?

You may continue use the Dynamics Marketing until the end of your subscription (including the renewal you may be able to acquire, if you wish to do so.)

What happens to my data in Dynamics Marketing?

Upon the end of your subscription all customer data will be kept for maximum of 90 days. Before the subscription ends you may use the various functions for exporting data in Dynamics marketing to take a copy of records you like to take a hold of – if you need to do so.

Most objects provide an export to Excel function on the list representation. The OData endpoint together with Power Query and Excel is another good excellent tool to take a snapshot of relevant data in your Dynamics Marketing.

What about my product licenses, can I continue using them and when can I transition?

License plans will be available toward the Spring 2017 release.

from Microsoft Dynamics 365 Team blog

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