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Dynamics 365 for Sales Professional
Jimmy Brady

Dynamics 365 for Sales Professional

In my last post I discussed Microsoft's Dynamics 365 for Sales offering. That app was geared towards enterprise-level CRM customers, and while it is significantly cheaper than its main competitor, Salesforce, it is still too expensive for many sales teams in the SMB (Small and Midsized Business) market. Almost two years after the original Sales app was released, Microsoft rolled out the SMB version of their sales app, Dynamics 365 for Sales Professional. The Sales Professional app is...

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5 Ways DMC Engineers Ensure Project Success with Critical Support
Jesse Batsche

5 Ways DMC Engineers Ensure Project Success with Critical Support

To ensure broad-based project success, DMC places a significant focus not only on the technical and engineering aspects of our projects, but also on following well-formulated project communication, management, and quality practices. Thus, as part of DMC’s standard project process, there are many critical supporting services that DMC performs for our clients. Here are five ways DMC ensures the success of projects:  Design Reviews Application Testing and Project Quali...

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DMC Achieves Microsoft's Gold Data Analytics Competency
Rick Rietz

DMC Achieves Microsoft's Gold Data Analytics Competency

DMC is proud to announce that we have earned the Microsoft Gold certified competency for Data Analytics. This certification recognizes DMC for excellence in helping clients gain insight into their data and make predictions and recommendations through the application of Microsoft Power BI and SQL Server technologies. DMC joins an elite tier of Microsoft Partners by adding this Gold competency to our book of six Microsoft certified competencies. Through the Partner Network program, DMC has acce...

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DMC Presents at the 2018 CSIA Executive Conference
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Presents at the 2018 CSIA Executive Conference

DMC has been attending the annual Control Systems Integrators Association (CSIA) Executive Conference for over a decade. It's a wonderful opportunity to connect with fellow integrators from around the world and share best practices. This year, CSIA set a record of around 600 attendees to the conference! DMC was proud to be part of the record-breaking event by leading two presentations.  The 2018 CSIA Executive Conference took place at the Hyatt Regency in San Fran...

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DMC Travels to Washington and Advocates for Technology Policy Changes
Rick Rietz

DMC Travels to Washington and Advocates for Technology Policy Changes

This Spring, I traveled to Washington DC and met with a congregation of other leaders in the technology industry at the invitation of Microsoft’s advocacy organization, Voices for Innovation. The occasion was an “advocacy blitz” that the group had planned for the following day to inform senators and representatives from all states about issues that directly affect the technology industry. I received an invitation to join the three member delegation from Illinois in DC to adv...

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DMC Joins Salesforce Partner Program
Dan Mitchell

DMC Joins Salesforce Partner Program

DMC is proud to announce that we have joined the Salesforce Partner Program! Rick Rietz, DMC’s Director of Consulting Services, is thrilled about the new partnership.“Our team is very excited about joining the Salesforce partner program, and our clients are too. We’ve been helping clients with Salesforce development for quite some time, but we never marketed our ability to provide these services. With newly acquired access to training that is exclusive to Salesforce par...

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DMC Presented at Beckhoff IoT Seminar
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Presented at Beckhoff IoT Seminar

DMC, a member of the Beckhoff Integrator Network, led two presentations at Beckhoff's recent IoT Seminar. The event was held at Beckhoff's Chicago Field Office on March 16, 2018. The educational seminar focused on the world of IoT and its opportunities for industrial automation.  Program The program began presentations from Beckhoff breaking down IoT into its basic components and services. Attendees learned how to connect real-world applications, machines a...

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DMC to Host IAMCP Chicagoland Event on April 19
Rick Rietz

DMC to Host IAMCP Chicagoland Event on April 19

DMC Chicago will host area Microsoft Partners at the Chicagoland International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP) April meeting. IAMCP members will gather at DMC on Thursday, April 19 from 3 - 5 p.m. to learn about Microsoft PowerApps and Flow.  Event Information Using Microsoft PowerApps and Flow to Quickly Address Business Process Needs Did you know non-programmers can quickly build line of business solutions to collect data, eliminate manual...

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Onboarding Employees using SharePoint Workflow
Michael Dannemiller

Onboarding Employees using SharePoint Workflow

Click here to see our latest onboarding workflow solution. Here at DMC, we take great pride in our onboarding process for new employees. We love that all new hires feel welcome and hit the ground running their first week. Have you ever arrived at a job and spent the first few days waiting for system access? Or for a manager to figure out what to do with you? That doesn't happen here. But as our company continues to expand the process is becoming difficult to manage. With each new emplo...

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How to Create a SharePoint Online Provider-Hosted App
Curtis Weir

How to Create a SharePoint Online Provider-Hosted App

Provider-hosted apps allow us to run powerful processes and access data externally from SharePoint. This guide is intended to provide a clear, and easy-to-follow process for configuring an application that can utilize data from both SharePoint Online and Microsoft Azure. If you are unfamiliar with the differences between SharePoint-hosted and Provider-hosted add-ins, please read Microsoft's guide on how to choose a development pattern for your add-in. Requirements Microsoft Az...

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6 Best Practices for SharePoint User Adoption
Rick Rietz

6 Best Practices for SharePoint User Adoption

You've invested valuable time and resources into your organization's SharePoint / Office 365 solution but have you thought about user adoption? User adoption planning is critical to SharePoint implementation success. Even the most powerful and well-designed SharePoint portal will flounder if employees aren't properly introduced to this business productivity tool. Upfront planning, communication, and leadership alignment can simplify your SharePoint deployment and adoptio...

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Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales
Jimmy Brady

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales

Microsoft Dynamics 365 is Microsoft's recently rebranded CRM Online platform. Microsoft combined many of the features of their CRM and ERP offerings and changed the licensing model by breaking down their functions into category-specific apps for purchase individually or as part of a bundle. I will explore all of the different applications in a series of blog posts, but today I will focus on the Dynamics 365 for Sales app.  Pipeline Management The Dynamics 365 for Sales app is a...

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Switching to Host-Named Site Collection in SharePoint
Timothy Johnson

Switching to Host-Named Site Collection in SharePoint

Host-named site collection (HNSC) allows you to assign a site collection with a unique DNS name behind it.  HNSC differs from a path-based site collection, which requires you to use the same DNS name assigned to the web application as to all site collections beneath it.  Deciding when to use host-named vs. path-based site collections is a matter of your specific needs. Microsoft has a recommended a maximum of 20 web applications per farm, so host-named site collections ca...

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CRM Showdown: Microsoft Dynamics 365 vs. Salesforce
Jimmy Brady

CRM Showdown: Microsoft Dynamics 365 vs. Salesforce

Do you need a CRM? Customer Relationship Management systems (CRMs) have a place in almost every organization that works with customers and partners. A fully featured CRM system provides benefit to just about everyone in an organization, especially those in Sales, Customer Service, and Marketing roles. Successful organizations will reach a point where they outgrow spreadsheets and simple contact management systems. They then require a fully-featured CRM that provides critical capabilities: ...

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Roll Up Your Data by Month Using Date Tables in Power BI
Michael Dannemiller

Roll Up Your Data by Month Using Date Tables in Power BI

One of the most common complaints regarding the capabilities of Power BI and other reporting platforms at large is the ability, or lack thereof, to easily roll up data by month. Power BI, by default, has some capability to do this in the form of date hierarchies.  When you select a DateTime field as a dimension in a Power BI visualization, Power BI utilizes date hierarchies by default. This rolls up the measures to the year level and then enables drill downs into each quarter, month,...

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DMC Featured as Microsoft Power BI Showcase Partner & AppSource Provider
Rick Rietz

DMC Featured as Microsoft Power BI Showcase Partner & AppSource Provider

Following our acceptance into the Power BI Red Carpet Program in 2016, DMC has now earned membership as a Microsoft Showcase Partner, a premium partner group for Power BI. By participating in this program, DMC receives access to training opportunities that are reserved exclusively for Microsoft Power BI Showcase Partners. Program Requirements To be eligible for the Partner program, companies must be a Microsoft Partner with the Data Analytics competency, which requires that multiple indivi...

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Selecting a Pricing Tier in Azure: Virtual Machines
Peter Rijks

Selecting a Pricing Tier in Azure: Virtual Machines

Azure Virtual Machines are a powerful Infrastructure-as-a-Service product that offers a quick path to the cloud and a flexible solution to a number of scenarios. One nice thing about Azure VMs is that you can easily scale them up or down as needed. So, as your needs change, you can ensure you have sufficient resources without paying for computing power you’re not using. There is one important thing, however, to be aware of when choosing a VM size. Scaling a VM to another size within...

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DMC Achieves Microsoft's Silver Cloud Platform Competency
Rick Rietz

DMC Achieves Microsoft's Silver Cloud Platform Competency

DMC has earned the Microsoft Silver competency for Cloud Platform (Azure). This certification recognizes DMC for its expertise in helping customers modernize their infrastructure and migrate applications and data to the Microsoft Azure cloud. The Cloud Platform competency is awarded to an elite tier of Microsoft Partners who demonstrate technical certification, market influence, and customer satisfaction in the delivery of Azure solutions. This certification enables DMC to receive e...

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DIY Dog Tracker Using Bluetooth and Power BI
Matt Goedke

DIY Dog Tracker Using Bluetooth and Power BI

DMC routinely completes projects involving a variety of technologies including Bluetooth connected devices and web-based API’s. During a recent FedEx Day, where everyone in the company works on a project that interests them and that they think will improve DMC, we decided to combine a few of those technologies and create a system for tracking the locations of our many office dogs! Getting Started FedEx Day requires that a project is completed in the span of FedEx day. Depending on th...

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DMC to Present at the Allinial Global 2017 Technology Fly-In & Roundtable
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC to Present at the Allinial Global 2017 Technology Fly-In & Roundtable

DMC's Director of Consulting Services, Rick Rietz, will lead a presentation at the Allinial Global 2017 Technology Fly-In & Roundtable. The session will be held on September 19 from 8:30-10:00 a.m. at The Westin Denver International Airport in Denver, CO. Rick's presentation will provide guidance on planning and implementing Microsoft’s cloud solutions, including Office 365, Dynamics 365, and Azure. Attendees will learn how to evaluate...

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