Microsoft Business Applications – Breaking Down the Landscape

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, …

Dynamics 365 vs. Salesforce – The Debate Rages on

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 …

Power Platform – Ryan’s Five Things

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 …

Dynamics 365 – How about some Solution Quality?

Solutions for either Model-driven PowerApps, or for extensions to First-party Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement apps share a lot in common. In fact, almost everything in common. What they do not share in common among each other, or themselves, is quality of build. Customers, Partners and ISVs all build Solutions for …

Power Platform ISV – Inception to Disruption

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 …

Steve chats with Charles Lamanna

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, …

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

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 …

How I.T. can create value exceeding their expense

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

The Changing Role of the Microsoft Business Applications Partner

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 …

Dynamics 365 for Marketing – Steve chats with Thomas

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

Dynamics 365 for Marketing – The Giant Stands Back Up

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 …

Dynamics 365 – Unpacking a recent post

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 …

Microsoft Business Applications – Freelancers vs. Partners

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 …