Storyboard your ideas using PowerPoint

A great tool which can help you in all your ALM stages, more at the link below:

With storyboarding, you turn your ideas and goals into something visual. Your ideas are easier for other people to understand, so they can give you constructive feedback, sooner. You can bring your ideas to life with storyboard shapes, text, animation, and all the other features that PowerPoint Storyboarding provides.

Storyboard your ideas using PowerPoint

August 27, 2015 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
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Announcing availability of SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview and cloud hybrid search

You can download SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview today via the Microsoft Download Center and share feedback directly with our engineering teams through the new SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview forum. We also welcome feature requests and feedback via the SharePoint Server suggestion box on UserVoice, @SharePoint on Twitter, and in the comments below. We’re eager to hear your feedback and use it to make SharePoint Server 2016 the best experience for information workers, IT professionals and developers alike!

Announcing availability of SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview and cloud hybrid search – Office Blogs

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Sign Up for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Fall 2015 Preview Programs

Signups are open to all org types and individuals and facilitated through the Microsoft Connect site.  The sign-up survey supports self-signup only – signup-on-behalf-of scenarios are not supported.

Sign Up for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Fall 2015 Preview Programs – Microsoft Dynamics CRM Team Blog – Site Home – MSDN Blogs

August 6, 2015 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
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Magic Quadrant for Application Development Life Cycle Management

Gartner evaluated ADLM providers to help application development managers and other IT leader select appropriate technology…more at the link below:

Magic Quadrant for Application Development Life Cycle Management

Magic Quadrant

Figure 1. Magic Quadrant for Application Development Life Cycle Management

Figure 1.Magic Quadrant for Application Development Life Cycle Management

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Source: Gartner (February 2015)

    Microsoft

    Consider Microsoft if you are heavily invested in the Microsoft development ecosystem. The vendor offers a broad suite of functionality available either on-premises or in the cloud. Growing support of open-source technologies and community participation aides in opening up the tools for a broader set of platforms. With strong support for project-level agile, Microsoft can handle almost all your needs to manage a .NET development process.

    Strengths

  • The vendor has a clear strategic direction, and offers ADLM functionality that is easy to implement.

  • The Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) provides a significant pool of training materials and access to software.

  • Microsoft frequently rolls out additional and enhanced functionality in an agile fashion via SaaS, but uses a less frequent cadence with on-premises installations to avoid disruptions.

  • The vendor understands agile principles better than most of the integrated ADLM suite vendors.

    Cautions

  • Despite credible support for other platforms, Microsoft struggles to penetrate development organizations outside of the .NET world.

  • The shift toward mobile as a dominant platform presents an opportunity for competitors to undermine the "all-Microsoft" approach.

  • The vendor lacks a stand-alone requirements management approach. Instead, it takes an enhance-and-integrate Office approach, as well as relying on partners (e.g., eDevTech’s 4TFS product line).

  • Microsoft lacks the agile depth of pure-play vendors around the enterprise agile capabilities of project portfolio analysis, and support of SAFe.

July 27, 2015 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
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Dynamics CRM Developer Extensions

An alternative to developer toolkit that ships with CRM SDK, and it works with VS 2012/13/15.

Dynamics CRM Developer Extensions

July 27, 2015 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
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Visual Studio 2015 and Visual Studio 2013 Update 5 Released

 

Visual Studio 2015 and Visual Studio 2013 Update 5 Released – The Visual Studio Blog – Site Home – MSDN Blogs

July 21, 2015 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
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Cloud Certification now available for Microsoft Dynamics CRM

Long awaited capability now available…

Businesses are moving to the cloud at an increasingly rapid pace.  We’ve seen it first-hand with the popularity and market momentum of Dynamics CRM Online. Last quarter we reported that CRM Online revenue nearly doubled…more @ the link below:

Cloud Certification now available for Microsoft Dynamics CRM – Microsoft Dynamics Blog

July 20, 2015 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
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Navigating the Dozens of Different Strategy Options – HBR

Interesting article on strategy frameworks….@ the link: https://hbr.org/2015/06/navigating-the-dozens-of-different-strategy-options

In this adaptation from the new book, Your Strategy Needs a Strategy (HBR Press, 2015), BCG strategy experts make sense of the all the different, and competing, approaches to strategy: Which strategy is right for your business? When and how should you implement it? The practical tool offered here helps executives answer such questions as: What replaces planning when the annual cycle is obsolete? Where can we — and when should we — shape the game to our advantage? How do we simultaneously implement different strategies across different business units?

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Navigating the Dozens of Different Strategy Options – HBR

June 24, 2015 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
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About the Australia datacenter

 

You may request migration to the Australia datacenter upon datacenter availability (Q1 CY2015).

If you’re an existing Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online customer with a billing address mapping to a new data center region, review the information in this topic to understand the move process.

About the Australia datacenter

April 5, 2015 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
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Insights for Microsoft Dynamics CRM – powered by InsideView

 

Boost your sales close rates with information that will help you find, understand, and engage more qualified buyers. The Insights pane lives on your Microsoft Dynamics CRM accounts, contacts, leads, and opportunities forms, where it pulls in company, contact, and social data from thousands of constantly-updated sources.

Insights for Microsoft Dynamics CRM – powered by InsideView

March 31, 2015 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
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