IT Solutions Blog

Reference Data Migration: Using Data Transporter from xRM Toolbox

by Adam Throssell 10 May 2021

When deploying Dynamics 365/Dataverse applications we normally create multiple reference data tables. This data is generally setup in the development environment and then needs to be moved into various other environments including UAT/Pre-Production and ultimately Production.

Topics: Micrsoft Dynamics 365, xrm, Dataverse

Identifying at risk students with the art of simulation

by Emily Schilling 4 May 2021

In 2020Debut Careers found that an average of 6.3 percent of higher education students drop out of university in the UK. While many prestigious universities such as Oxford and Cambridge had much lower attrition rates, many modern universities had significantly higher rates, such as London Metropolitan University and University of Bolton which scored 18.6 percent and 15.4 percent respectively.  

Topics: data insights, higher-education

Improve tenant and staff visibility with contact data integration.

by Emily Schilling 20 April 2021

As of 2018, there were 1.6 million council provided homes in the UK, and approximately 60% of those homes are owned by housing associations. There is a government-led drive for housing associations to build more homes, both as a way to provide housing for those in need and for those making the step on the ladder towards home ownership. But with private rentals having a better reputation for customer service, housing associations must improve the quality and safety of homes, and handle complaints and issues more effectively.

Topics: PowerApps, Microsoft Power BI, Microsoft Power Platform, housing

What is the best way to interact with data across related tables?

by Megan Casey 20 April 2021

In recent weeks, there has been a lot of discussion in the Dynamics 365 world regarding the capability to display and edit data from one table into another related table within a model driven app. For CRM, this is a significant development which could revolutionise the way that we configure moving forwards.

Topics: Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Micrsoft Dynamics 365

Utilise Microsoft Canvas Apps to improve business efficiency

by Ben Curley 9 April 2021

Microsoft Canvas Apps are one of the available apps within the Microsoft Power Apps suite. Microsoft Power Apps has been around for a few years now, but Microsoft are constantly improving and adapting it to meet ever-changing business needs. Microsoft defines Power Apps "as a suite of apps, services, connectors and data platform that provides a rapid application development environment to build custom apps for your business needs".

In short, Power Apps gives users who have little technical knowledge the ability to build apps from scratch with little or no code required.

Topics: PowerApps, Microsoft Power Platform, Canvas Apps

Personalise the student attraction process with Dynamics 365 Marketing

by Emily Schilling 18 March 2021

The number of higher education students across the UK continues to rise year on year, with over 2.5 million students at higher education institutions in the academic year 2019/2020. The industry has been becoming more and more competitive since the 2012 coalition government, when the tuition fees Universities could charge increased to £9000. In 2014, the cap on student numbers was lifted, meaning that students didn’t have to compete for a limited number of spaces and Universities could enrol as many students as they could.  This growth in competition makes the student journey even more important. Facing a vast array of competing institutions means retaining them within this journey is increasingly more difficult. 

Topics: microsoft dynamics 365, higher-education, microsoft dynamics 365 for marketing

Microsoft Dynamics 365: 2021 Wave 1 release - What to expect

by Emily Schilling 9 March 2021

Microsoft Dynamics 365’s updates are categorised into either wave 1 or wave 2Wave 1 includes all features released from April to September, with features released from October to March in wave 2. The 2021 release wave 1 brings some significant additions that will provide some innovative benefits to businesses, across all Dynamics 365 applications.  

Topics: Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Micrsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Dynamics, Dynamics Update, Microsoft, Dataverse

Microsoft Power Platform: 2021 release Wave 1 – What to expect

by Emily Schilling 8 March 2021

Microsoft Power Platform – made up of Power BI, Power Apps, Power Automate and Power Virtual Agents – is the ideal Microsoft solution for data analysis and automation. The 2021 release wave 1, which was made available for early access on the 1st of February 2021 includes updates across the Power Platform product range, focusing on improving the flexibility of Power BI and enhancing the user experience 

Topics: Power BI, Logic Apps, Power BI, Microsoft Power BI, Microsoft Power Platform, Microsoft

Managing demand during the housing crisis: increasing sales productivity with Dynamics 365

by Emily Schilling 5 March 2021

In December 2020, Homes England reported that between 1st April and 30th September that year, the number of housing starts was the lowest since 2012-2013, at 11,313 homes. Housing completions had also decreased to 11,358 houses - the lowest since 2015-2016. The reduction of both starts and completions is partly due to the coronavirus pandemic, which caused significant complications for housebuilding activity. Affordable housing made up 79% of housing starts in this period, which has decreased by 32% from the previous year – putting the number of affordable homes at its lowest since 2017-2018. Housing associations are under pressure to provide affordable housing for those in need, and the pressure is greater during the current period of economic uncertainty, furlough, and redundancy.  

Topics: Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Micrsoft Dynamics 365, PowerApps, Microsoft Power Platform, Microsoft, Homebuilder, housing associations, virtual agent, enquiry portals, housing

Microsoft Viva Launch February 2021 - Making remote working easier

by Emily Schilling 5 February 2021

Microsoft solutions such as Teams, SharePoint and OneDrive have not only become more popular during the coronavirus pandemic, they have expedited remote working for businesses, schools, universities, local authorities and community groups. Without Microsoft’s cloud-based apps, working during the pandemic would have been a very different story.

Topics: collaboration and teamwork, office 365, modern workplace, teams, Microsoft, Remote Working, Company Culture, Covid-19, microsoft teams, Coronavirus