Tag: Portals

First look at PCF on Portals

Over the past year we have seen the Power Apps Component Framework (PCF) evolve into a robust development framework for end user experiences.

Today the evolution continues with the official PCF support on Microsoft Portals with the Public Preview. I will be providing a first look at the upcoming PCF on Portals in this article and showing how you can get started with a quick start tutorial.

PCF Controls on Portals
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Enterprise CMSs to keep an eye on, and do they play nice with Dynamics 365?

 

Enterprise content management systems have certainly come a long way, with the lines between social, marketing and traditional online engagement platforms becoming more and more blurred.

Content management systems themselves have become more like a CRM and CRMs have become more like Content Management Systems.

Modern content management systems, are now more than ever being flexibly deployed as a CaaS (Content as a Service), have rich marketing automation functionality, in-built customer relationship management, workflow, invoicing, order and often inventory management – actually I’m not sure if you can even refer to them as just content management systems.

And at the same time CRM’s such as Dynamics 365, are no longer just about ERP or Customer Relationship Management, they promise to completely transform your back office through field servicing, artificial intelligence, resource management, and of course their old stomping ground of sales and service management.

Why don’t we have one solution that encompasses the best of both worlds you may ask? The reality for many enterprise organisations is that no two deployment scenarios will be identical. CRMs and CMSs are as diverse as business needs.

While Microsoft Dynamics 365 Portals does a pretty good job as a SME or a point-solution, it was never intended to replace a full enterprise CMS.

So that leaves us with a best of breed architecture for enterprise. A powerful CRM platform, matched with a suitably powered ECMS. And with two platforms, we now have an integration problem that needs to be resolved. So firstly …

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What to do with your ADX Studio Portal once Microsoft supports ends?

I’ve had several queries from my colleagues in the past couple of months about what they should do about their legacy ADX Studio Portal once official support ends.  So decided to summarise all the relevant options and facts surround this in a single blog post and capture it for future reference if others want to understand this further.  Most of the information you see here is presented in greater detail on Adoxio and Microsoft’s own websites (links are included below).  This will be a (very) quick summary with my analysis and interpretation of the options.

In September 2015 Microsoft announced the acquisition of the Adoxio Inc, the makers of ADX Studio Portals for Dynamics CRM and 365.  Break fix support continued to be supported by Microsoft.

However, as of August 1st 2018, Microsoft support for what is known as legacy ADX Studio Portal will be coming to an end.

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