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  • Podcast Episode 7 – Understanding the Instant Dynamics Developer Fallacy

    In this episode of the Dynamics Mechanics podcast, we discuss the challenges faced by customers who try to build a greenfield Dynamics 365 business application with in-house developers without guidance or direction from an experienced consulting partner or individual. While there is development involved when building complex systems there is a learning curve that must be taken into consideration. Project teams that attempt to learn the Dynamics platform and meet project deadlines tend to get their experience at the customer’s expense.

  • Podcast Episode 6 – Introduction to Data Integration Patterns

    In this episode of the Dynamics Mechanics podcast, we discuss data integration strategies and considerations when building Dynamics 365 systems. Integration is a very significant topic when it comes to more complex and intricate systems that require interaction with other corporate systems. When we migrate and deploy systems to cloud environments we must take even more care as the consequences of poor decisions become more severe.

  • Dynamics Careers: How to Create Your Dynamics 365 Learning Path

    The two questions I’m asked most often is what’s the best way to learn Dynamics and how do I get a job with Microsoft? Let’s address the first question and we’ll talk about the second one after you’ve become a Dynamics Jedi master. When someone asks me how I learned my usual response is “the hard way”. These days the amount of content available is much more significant than it once was back in the day, but at the same time, there is significantly more to learn. This is a basic perspective of how I look at education and knowledge maintenance efforts.

  • Podcast Episode 4: The System Partitioning Strategy

    In this episode, we discuss the System Partitioning Strategy and the challenges of managing global deployment scenarios. As the number of enterprise customers adopting Dynamics grows, we’re beginning to see an increased number of large-scale global system deployments. In order to accommodate geographically distributed users, we need to consider system architecture strategies that can meet the performance expectations of business stakeholders and users.

  • Implementing Dynamics 365 Using the Scrum Framework Technical Lead Perspectives

    I was listening to Neil Benson’s Scrum Dynamics podcast on implementing Dynamics 365 using Scrum on my way to the office this morning. I started to recant my own project experiences over the past several years and the challenges I’ve faced. Neil made some interesting points and I thought it would be nice to augment his content with some stories of personal experiences I’ve had using Scrum on my own projects.

  • Podcast Episode 3: Integration Performance w/Joel Lindstrom and Tim Huemmer

    When integrating data with Dynamics 365 and other business applications, your integration methods and design choices can have a significant impact on your system performance. In this episode, Stephan Smith and Joel Lindstrom talk with Tim Huemmer about integration performance best practices. Tim is a Development Principal focused on integrations, and has ten years of Dynamics 365 integration experience.

  • Podcast Episode 2: Workflows, Performance and Process Execution Modes

    In this performance episode (brought to you by KingswaySoft), Stephan Smith and Joel Lindstrom talk about the performance impact of workflow in your Dynamics 365 deployment.