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Webinar 7/17/2018 July 2018 Update for Power BI Embedded with Ted Pattison

Join Charles Sterling and Ted Pattison as they walk through what is new and coming for Power BI Embedding in July 2018. 

If you are not fmiliar with with Power BI Embedded for application developers you can embed visual analytics in your products, so your users and customers can gain valuable insights, and you can get to market fast. To embed Power BI in your application or portal, you'll need at least one Power BI Pro account, which will serve as a master account for your application. This master account will allow you to generate embed tokens to enable your application to access Power BI. 

Where: https://community.powerbi.com/t5/Webinars-and-Video-Gallery/July-2018-Update-for-Power-BI-Embedding-with-Ted-Pattison/m-p/463628#M116

When: 7/17/2018

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Ted Pattison is an author, instructor and owner of Critical Path Training (www.CriticalPathTraining.com), a company dedicated to education on Microsoft technologies including Power BI, SharePoint and Office 365. Ted has been speaking at conferences for over 20 years and is a regular speaker at users groups including the Power BI User Group which started in April of 2016. Ted also maintains several open source projects in GitHub including the SharePoint 2016 VM Setup Guide, The Online Virtual Classroom setup Guide and the Power BI Party Pack with sample data and code for demonstrations.

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Independence Day July 4, 2018

Happy 4th of July.  To all the Founding Fathers and Mothers of 1776.

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Register now for the Microsoft Business Applications Summit – July 22–24, 2018 in Seattle!

We’re excited to announce registration is open for the first-ever Microsoft Business Applications Summit, coming to Seattle July 22–24! Combining the best of the Microsoft Data Insights Summit, Convergence, and the Dynamics 365 Technical Conference, this new event is designed to help you create the best, lasting solutions for your business. Don’t wait – secure your spot today!

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Uniting insights, applications and platform

This unique, multidisciplinary event brings together analysts and power users, solution architects and data scientists to break down silos and build community. Featuring hands-on workshops and breakout sessions for all levels of expertise, direct access to the experts behind Microsoft’s top tools, and plenty of networking opportunities, the Microsoft Business Applications Summit has something for you.

Why attend?

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What to expect at Microsoft Business Applications Summit

Two full days of learning and networking – plus an optional Pre-Day on July 22 – including:

  • Keynotes and general sessions featuring Microsoft executives and special guest speakers

  • Breakouts and workshops, ranging from 60-minute learning sessions to hands-on deep-dives

  • Dedicated networking events, where you can connect with your peers

  • Partner Expo, featuring innovative Microsoft partners

  • Ask the Experts – your chance to meet 1:1 with the engineers behind your favorite tools, including Power BI

The full conference pass ($ 895/person) includes access to all regular sessions, content, networking events and meals on July 23 and 24. Immersive Pre-Day sessions on July 22 are available to conference attendees for an additional $ 300/person, and include breakfast and lunch.

Join us to learn how Microsoft's end-to-end solutions can help you move your business forward. We hope to see you there – register today!

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It’s Time to Schedule Your Dynamics 365 July 2017 Update

It has been a long time coming for existing Dynamics 365 customers, but at long last, you can schedule your update to Dynamics 365 July 2017 update (Yes JULY 2017 Update!). Scheduling your update is quick and easy and will give you some much requested new features including

  • Multi-Select Option Sets
  • A clean fresh user interface
  • Updated Outlook Client
  • Virtual Entities for integration with other data sources
  • Improved Activity Timeline
  • Business Process Flow enhancements

Scheduling your update can be initiated by any user with a Dynamics Administrator Role or greater.

Here is a short video we created to outline the process of scheduling your update.

Scheduling Your Dynamics 365 July 2017 Update

Simply go to the Office 365 Administrator Portal, select Dynamics 365 from the left-hand navigation. You will see a list of all of your Dynamics 365 Instances.. Switch to the UPDATES tab and select the instance that you wish to update.

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The next screen allows you to choose the update date as well as an alternative date, at least 14 days later. This update must be in high demand as – as of this writing, you can only schedule updates for the last week in February.

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The final screen allows you to approve the dates that you have selected.

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You are finished once you have approved the update . You should receive an email from Microsoft confirming the update. As the date of your update approaches, you will continue to receive reminders. Finally the day of your update, access to Dynamics 365 will be restricted for about 15 – 30 minutes while the update is applied.

If you have questions about scheduling your Dynamics 365 July 2017 update enCloud9 is available to help you out. Contact us at 1- 844- 264-0729 for a complimentary analysis of your Dynamics 365 system.

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Dynamics 365 July 2017 Update: Unified Service Desk (USD) Reliability & Performance Updates

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As part of the July update there were some great enhancements to the Unified Service Desk (USD) with the focus being on three things: accessibility, reliability, and diagnostics.

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In order to align with Microsoft’s corporate commitment to accessibility there were two main items added that allow for greater agent productivity for users of all abilities.

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  • Full keyboard accessibility
    • Navigation through tabs in a streamlined fashion
    • Keyboard shortcuts for different toolbar buttons
    • Shortcuts to control UI
      • Expanding panels
      • Collapsing panels
      • Jumping to specific panel or tab
      • Support for JAWS Screen Reader

In addition to the accessibility enhancements, increased focus was put on reliability, performance, and diagnostics.

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  •  Reliability
    • Internal WPF Browser – Isolated browser instance to avoid hangs and freezes due to other long running scripts on the pages or due to memory constraints
    • Added USD monitoring process to the WPF mode – which was previously only available in the IE process
    • Added new Safe Dispatcher API that safeguards USD from errors and crashes in your own custom controls (Allows the ability to control what happens when there is an unexpected crash)
  • Performance
    • Prefetch CRM Page Data – Allows you to retrieve page data asynch even before the page gets loaded, thus eliminating delay due to waiting for the CRM pages to load
    • Asynchronous data creation – Create Entity action is modified to allow Asynch creation of data. All you have to do is add a new parameter (runasynchronous=true) to the Create Entity Action call. This eliminates freezing of the UI if the save takes longer than expected!

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  •  Diagnostics
    • Enhanced Debugger

      • Able to edit and run the action calls on the fly
      • Replay the different events in the debugger
      • Manage the actions and events by sorting and filtering them
      • Also added the ability to Add/Edit/Copy Paste Parameters
    • Runtime diagnostics data
      • Added improved crash management capabilities – collect full memory dump on a crash
      • Provided the ability to generate an on-demand memory dump by using a keyboard shortcut
      • Auto restart on crashes to save additional keystrokes by the agents

With all of Microsoft’s enhancements to Unified Service Desk, the reliability of the product should be increased and the amount of time used to debug issues should be reduced, all of which will result in increased performance.

To learn more about Dynamics 365 July Updates, check out our Update Webinar Series On-Demand!

Happy Dynamics 365’ing!

Please note: All content and information is presented on preview versions and not the launched product. Product is subject to changes per Microsoft’s discretion.

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China's Telecom Business Revenue Up 7.7% In July 2017

China’s telecom business volume maintained a high growth rate in July 2017 and the related business revenue increased by 7.7% year-on-year, according to statistics from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

In July 2017, China realized total telecom business volume of CNY222.4 billion, a year-on-year increase of 71.9%; and its telecom business revenue was CNY106.3 billion, a year-on-year increase of 7.7%, which was 2.8 percentage points higher than the previous month.

From January to July 2017, China’s total telecom business volume was CNY1.322 trillion, a year-on-year increase of 56.3%; and its telecom business revenue was CNY751.7 billion, a year-on-year increase of 5.9%.

At the same time, the ratio of mobile communications business revenue was at the same level of June 2017.

From January to July 2017, China’s three major telecom operators China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom realized mobile communications business revenue of CNY544.4 billion, a year-on-year increase of 5%, and it accounted for 72.4% of telecom business revenue. Their fixed-line communications business revenue was CNY207.2 billion, a year-on-year increase of 8.2%, and accounted for 27.6% of telecom business revenue.

In July 2017, China’s mobile data business revenue increased by 29.3% compared with the same period of last year. Over the first seven months of 2017, China’s three major telecom operators achieved revenue of CNY115 billion for the fixed-line data and fixed-line Internet business, representing a year-on-year increase of 9.3%. Their mobile data and mobile Internet business revenue was CNY320.9 billion, a year-on-year increase of 29.3%.

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Dynamics 365 July 2017 Update: Virtual Entities

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Virtual Entities are a new, easier way to create a quick view of external data sources in Dynamics 365.

For example, users need to be able to see a contact’s Social Security Number in CRM but the data cannot be stored in CRM. Using virtual entities allows the data to be visible in Dynamics 365 without it being stored in a CRM database and allows the external data to be read at runtime for the page load.

Virtual entities also provide the capability for System Administrators/Configurators to be able to configure a data integration, rather than solely relying on a developer to manage and implement data integrations.

The entities are stored in CRM with an internal metadata flag on the entity marked as virtual, which tells the system not to put a schema in the database. Virtual entities are organization owned, there isn’t any CRM role level security for virtual entities. Each virtual entity points to a row from the data source.

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Ways to connect data using virtual entities:

  • Initially OData v4 endpoint
  • Azure Cosmos DB for Document DB API (future enhancement)
  • Development team customization for web service hook with the framework to do pretty much anything

Here are a couple of things to be aware of with virtual entities: They do not support business process flow, portal to business logic, and cannot trigger workflows, since virtual entities don’t support or trigger an update of the data.

To learn more about Dynamics 365 July Updates, check out our Update Webinar Series on demand.

Happy Dynamics 365’ing!

Please note: All content and information is presented on preview versions and not the launched product. Product is subject to changes per Microsoft’s discretion.

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Dynamics 365 July 2017 Update: Customer Engagement Portals

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As we have seen so far, there are many exciting new features with the Dynamics 365 July 2017 Update. Well that excitement continues with the updates to Portals!

There are some new features that are being added for Customer Engagement portals, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of these features.

  • Portal Source Code Release
  • Administrative Wizard
  • Single sign-on configuration

Portal Source Code Release:

The SaaS offering does not give us the access to the source code, but there is still a lot we can do with the customizations provided out-of-the box for portals. As part of this update, Microsoft will provide a one-time drop for the source code.

Pros:

  1. Portals can be hosted independently for CRM on-premises deployments — this is a major advantage
  2. Asp.net pages can be modified as required since we own the source code, which means custom integrations can be performed and new asp.net pages can be added as well
  3. We can have our own telemetry against the portal and have various alerting and logging applied
  4. Deployment of this portal can be embedded with CICD process

Cons:

  1. This will be a one-time drop and there will be no updates further to it
  2. No support will be given by Microsoft for the on-premises hosted portals
  3. Any upgrades to the SaaS offering will not be reflected to this on-premises hosted portal
  4. Maintenance

This is just an addition to all the SaaS offerings provided by Microsoft.

Administrative Wizard:

Portals have a ton of configuration, and there is a lot that we can do with that. However, creating these configurations can be tedious and may create confusion due to the architecture. As part of the July Update, there will be an Administrative Wizard that will make it much easier to configure and create portal data.

Pros:

  1. Create portal config data from one window
  2. Quick questions on the wizard will help you create the required portal content
  3. Reduced time spent on configuration

Cons:

  1. No edit experience as part of this update

More information on this handy wizard will updated in the near future.

Here are a few screenshots of the Administrative Wizard:

1. Navigate to Portal Administration

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2. Create Portal Content

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3. Questionnaire screens

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4. Portal content created

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Single sign-on configuration:

Azure AD-B2C is the future of the Portal authentication mechanism and of the other functionalities in Dynamics 365. This means that there will be deprecation of the local logon authentication and everything will be via Azure AD-B2C.

You can learn more about Azure AD-B2C here.

Azure AD-B2C is an Azure service that does not require an actual subscription, can be started for free, and can go live in Production within certain service limits.

Pros:

  1. The entire logon experience can be configured from the Azure Portal
  2. Azure AD- B2C will do email verifications for local logons
  3. It can be configured for two factor authentication
  4. Multiple identity providers can be selected as part of the configuration
  5. On selecting a single identity provider, the portal will go directly into the identity provider’s logon page
  6. Azure AD-B2C login pages can be customized
  7. Fields that have to be on a sign-up page can also be selected in the Azure portal

Here are a few screenshots of the Azure AD-B2C Portal experience:

1. Azure Portal View – Identity Providers Selection

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2. Select the data that will be part of sign up attributes

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3. Customized Logon page

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4. The new sign out experience will sign out from the identity provider and is configurable for each identity provider.

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To learn more about Dynamics 365 July Updates, sign up for our Update Webinar Series – running now through August 22.

Happy Dynamics 365’ing!

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Dynamics 365 July 2017 Update: Field Service and Azure

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The Cloud is constantly evolving and adding capabilities. A company can build out resources in the Cloud and integrate them all together into one cohesive system. Microsoft Connected Field Service allows companies to leverage Azure with their Dynamics 365 Field Service deployment.

Until now, that meant you could create a new Azure Subscription for all of the components such as the Azure Service Bus and IoT Hub. Already leveraging Azure? With the July 2017 Update for Dynamics 365, you now have flexibility to bring in the components you need from one of your existing Azure subscriptions.

Prior to the July 2017 Update, the integrated environment looks like the image below. In particular, the Customer Azure Subscription section in the bottom right shows all of those Assets in one subscription.

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As of the July 2017 release the Customer Azure Resources section in the bottom right changes slightly. Instead of starting with a clean slate when creating the solution for the Customer Azure resource, customers can pull components from other Azure subscriptions they use which is great if these components have already been developed elsewhere.

Want to learn more? Here are some useful resources from Microsoft:

To learn more about Dynamics 365 July Updates, sign up for our Update Webinar Series – running now through August 22.

Happy Dynamics 365’ing!

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