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You have to love CodePlex. We’ve placed the first of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Accelerators on CodePlex and during our test phase have had hundreds of downloads. Just a quick reminder to those wondering what an accelerator is.

CRM Accelerators are a range of add-on solutions developed for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 customers and partners. Each accelerator is available at no cost and will showcase how the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 platform can be configured and extended to broaden marketing, sales and service capabilities. Microsoft Dynamics CRM customers and partners are encouraged to further extend these accelerators to meet their specific business needs.

Each accelerator may consist of the following:

  • Customizations (entities, forms, views)
  • Workflow defintions
  • Business Intelligence elements such as custom reports (.RDL’s)
  • Functional code samples (strictly adhering to SDK guidelines)
  • Documentation for installing, operating, localizing and extending the solution
  • An automated installer

The CRM notifications accelerator allows users to subscribe to the CRM “business events” that are significant to them, e.g. a salesperson is interested in new leads and opportunities assigned to them whereas a customer service representative is interested in new service cases assigned to them.

Once the user has subscribed (each user manages their subscription profile) to the types of events that are important to them they can elect how they want these event notifications to be delivered. Notifications are delivered via a Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feed and can be consumed with many desktop tools including Microsoft Outlook 2007 or the standard news feed Windows Vista® gadget.

Please Note: This first versions of these accelerators have been built for On-Premise only–we will visit other deployment models for future releases. Full source code is supplied to allow customers and partners to modify accordingly.

Accelerators for Microsoft Dynamics CRM

Nov 6 2008, Stable


Nov 4 2008, Stable

Event Management

Nov 4 2008, Stable

Extended Sales Forecasting

Oct 31 2008, Stable


Reuben Krippner

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