Monday, August 20, 2012

Barcodes, document flow and 100 points identification on MS Dynamics CRM 2011

I have just finished Proof-of-Concept for one of our customers. The PoC was a demonstration of capabilities to automate paper document flow based on a custom solution for MS Dynamics CRM 2011. It involves barcodes generation, bulk document printing, scanning of paper documents and automatic recognition of the barcodes and handwritten text within the documents. The solution uses QR Codes to identify the documents.

The most interesting is that we can produce some real documents (see photos inside!) and automate process using standard office equipment like printer and fast speed scanner. That was a big part of work and it have been successfully delivered within three weeks. Lets see how I have done this. 

Paper forms with barcodes

Friday, August 3, 2012

Scenarios of MS Dynamics CRM 2011 Online usage in Windows Azure hosted applications and Silverlight applications with cross domain access

Today we will briefly go through the usage of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Online data in external applications. The most interesting business case there is the usage of Windows Azure cloud hosting for our application. Windows Azure has some differences comparing to common dedicated server environment. That is why it requires another approaches to applications development and integration.

So, lets say that we have a web site which hosts fast and beautiful Silverlight application. And we would like to show some data within the application. Lets also say that we are a small company who would like to use all benefits of Windows Azure hosting environment.