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16 08, 2016

How to…. Assign SharePoint Farm Admin Rights to an Active Directory User Account

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When supporting an on-premises SharePoint environment SharePoint admin rights are normally given to the support administrator or the password of the SharePoint farm's admin service account is shared with them. Some organizations have a policy of not sharing the service account password and instead provide similar rights to the support user’s admin account. To generate a user as a SharePoint farm administrator, one who can complete all SharePoint server related tasks no matter if they are using the SharePoint Central Administration website or Windows PowerShell, you should follow these steps. Add the user or the group to the Local Administrators security group and WSS_ADMIN_WPG group for each server in the

16 08, 2016

Dynamics 365 Brings It All Together

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When we see people bundle up, we can safely assume that fall is near. Microsoft bundled up their CRM and ERP offerings a bit early this year, to be ready for the release of Dynamics 365 this fall. But what is Dynamics 365? And what choices are available? Let’s answer those questions in the blog below. Bundled up? Let’s go! Dynamics 365 is Microsoft’s latest offering to deliver end to end business applications (apps) in the cloud. In essence it combines Microsoft's current CRM and ERP cloud options into a new integrated solution with purpose built apps that manage and support business functions and processes like finance, sales, project services

9 08, 2016

Microsoft Dynamics AX – Task Guides

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Task Recorder has long been a trustworthy companion throughout many versions of Microsoft Dynamics AX. In the latest version of AX there have been some useful extensions added. One of these new functions is titled 'Task Guides', I'll cover this function in this blog post. Task Recorder is a valuable tool to record tasks and processes in Microsoft Dynamics AX to create documentation or videos, which can then be used as training material or for working instructions. In essence the Task Recorder has not changed. Creating a script (what, how, and in what order) is still preferred, start the task recorder and walk through the task or business process from

5 08, 2016

Microsoft a Gartner Leader in Cloud Computing (IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS)

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IDC considers 70% of CIOs to be embracing a cloud strategy this year, and recently Gartner named Microsoft Azure as a leader in its Magic Quadrant for Cloud IaaS (for third consecutive year!). Azure continues to impress me as it has the largest cloud VMs and some of the best performance numbers. It supports 32 TB SAP HANA workloads that’s a lot! Azure is easily a world class cloud platform for Windows but it also provides industry-leading Linux support amongst other platforms too. As Microsoft is the only vendor recognized as a leader across Gartner’s Magic Quadrants for IaaS, PaaS and SaaS solutions for enterprise cloud workloads, I’m pleased every

14 07, 2016

Webinar: All About Web Application Development from A to Z

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A guide through the technology path of web application development Are you a web application developer or just excited about web technologies? Effective modern web development is fun, and it requires a good understanding of a lot of technologies and terminology. How do you separate the current fad from the language of the future? Our panel Sierra Systems experts guide you through the technology path of web application development. In this webinar we discuss key technologies and show case studies to help you make the decisions that will keep your web development alive for the years to come. We will also show some cool demonstrations, which will lead you to

22 06, 2016

Avoid List Workflow Copying Pitfalls, Simply

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A common problem SharePoint developers or power users encounter is a need to copy SharePoint Designer list workflows from one list to another in the same site collection or a different site collection. I encountered this scenario, a need to copy multiple SharePoint Designer 2010 list workflows from different SharePoint libraries to a single library in the same site collection. This is a very common scenario for developers creating SharePoint Designer 2010 workflows in a SharePoint 2013 site. To add spice, my workflows had custom initiation and task forms which needed to be migrated as well. Follow my steps below to copy a list workflow (along with custom InfoPath forms)

2 06, 2016

Webinar: Creating Line of Business Applications with Microsoft Dynamics CRM

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Uncover the hidden benefits of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Sales, service and marketing professionals use a CRM solution as part of their everyday business tools. But are you aware that Microsoft Dynamics CRM is also an extremely flexible platform for extended application solutions? Whether deployed in the cloud or on premises, the Microsoft CRM platform provides a flexible and powerful business application platform that can be integrated with your existing solutions. This in-depth webinar explores the following: Capabilities of CRM including Field Services and Web Portal Flexibility of the Dynamics CRM platform and an example of how to create an application Cost effective options for modernizing legacy applications Integration and customization

17 05, 2016

Web Component Based Decision Support

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Recently I have been using Angular TypeScript to build some decision support components in an enterprise-scale web application I am working on, and I'm starting to understand how the Angular's Web Component architecture might be really useful for rich internet Clinical Decision Support applications (which this application is not). This post details some lessons learned, and I hope to follow up with a future article more specifically about how to apply these approaches to Healthcare use cases. Angular allows you to develop custom directives, which are really like custom HTML tags, binding together an HTML template with some behaviour. Another way of describing custom directives is web components. Once you

16 05, 2016

Webinar: How to transform your company’s data with Microsoft Power BI

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Knowledge is power, but timing is everything. As the world’s data volumes ever increase so does the demand to tap into that data and extract valuable information to drive performance and give your organization an edge. However, this edge is lost if the information cannot be acted upon because too much time has passed. The ability to rapidly explore data and obtain valuable information in a timely manner is critical to gaining business value out of your analytics solution. With Power BI you can meet this demand and foster a culture of data driven decision making by empowering business users with visually stunning reports and dashboards that present them with