Live from Microsoft Business Applications Summit!

Mark Smith (aka @nz365guy) and I came up with the idea to live stream to YouTube from the Microsoft Business Applications Summit which recently concluded. Microsoft gave us a spot in the middle of the Expo, and we grabbed people walking by. For those of you who missed us live, …

Power Platform and the Definition of Done

One of the sessions at D365 Saturday Philadelphia this past weekend was “Managing a D365 CE Project” by Jennyfer Hogeland, it was a great session. On one of her slides she described “Definition of Done”, and that phrase stuck in my head.

Are you brave enough to ask your customers how you are doing?

I am currently in the software consulting business supporting Microsoft’s Power Platform. As you may know, I write about it a lot, but for this post I wanted to veer off a little bit from my typical subject matter. Instead I wanted to talk about customers, and their experiences with …

Common Data Service – Strategies and Silos

So the buzz about the Common Data Service (CDS) has reached a deafening stage. It is the most exciting thing that has come out of the Microsoft Business Applications group in a decade. The possibilities jumped into the category of “endless”. So how do you start with something that is …

Dynamics 365 Business Central – Is it a SMB Solution?

It seems that many people are confused about where Dynamics 365 Business Central fits into the landscape. Is it an ERP… a CRM… is it for SMB… Midsized…Enterprise? Is it part of the Power Platform? At the risk of annoying my BC Partner friends once again, I will take a …

Dynamics 365 – The Upsides to the new ISV Program

I recently wrote a post about the coming Revenue Sharing model for Microsoft Business Applications ISV’s. As expected, there is some screaming going on about forking over some of your revenue to Microsoft. But there is another side of that story… what Microsoft will be doing in return.

PowerApps Component Framework – Frosting on the Cake

I usually wait a week or two to weigh in on new announcements from Microsoft. I like to let the noise die down a little, and see how others are responding to the news. But I am way too excited about the Public Preview launch of the PowerApps Component Framework.

Microsoft steps up to Salesforce’s AppExchange

Let’s be real… the Business Applications ISV motion from Microsoft to date, has been a shit show. Many budding ISVs struggled to navigate the program(s) only to reach the conclusion that there was not much there. For all the talk about how important ISVs are, Microsoft’s actions to date have …

Power Platform – The Developer’s Dilemma

As I have been exploring the Power Platform, I continue to make new discoveries every day. I am not a developer, but I have developers on my team. Lately, I am noticing that we are pulling them into projects much less often than in the recent past. I wonder what …

Steve Chats with Steven (Guggs) Guggenheimer

In this episode of “Steve has a Chat“, I called Steven (Guggs) Guggenheimer, who was not surprised that I had the Record Button on when he answered. “Guggs” is the Corporate Vice President – AI & ISV Engagement at Microsoft. Among other things, he is responsible for engaging with Customers …

Steve Chats with Alysa Taylor

In this episode of “Steve has a Chat“, I snagged Alysa Taylor, fresh back from the holidays. Alysa is the Corporate Vice President, Business Applications and Global Industry, responsible for the Marketing Pillar, which sits between the Sales Pillar, run by Hayden Stafford, and the Engineering Pillar, headed by James …

Steve Chats with Gavriella Schuster

In this episode of “Steve has a Chat“, I caught Gavriella Schuster, first thing in the morning, on her first day back at work of 2019. Gavriella is a Corporate Vice President for Microsoft, who has been looking after Partners for decades. She heads up the One Commercial Partner organization. …

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 …