CRM Titan (4.0) Preview

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If you have worked with or implemented Microsoft CRM 3.0 (or even previous versions like 1.2), you will know that there are some features that could really help improve the implementation, development, and end-user experiences. CRM Titan (4.0) has the promise of bringing together some of these features in this third major release of Microsoft CRM (yes, they skipped 2.0). Along with multilingual capabilities, one of the main hot-points is the SaaS offerings. Microsoft CRM will be available in 3 architectural flavors: On-Site (Self Hosted) — as done in the past Hosted by Partners Hosted by Microsoft The SaaS offerings … Read More

Oracle Portal versus WebCenter

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I have seen a bit of confusion in the industry about Oracle’s Portal offerings. Specifically, with thousands of Oracle Portal customers, people want to know what the introduction of WebCenter means to them. Here is my statement on the topic, that is both obvious and the most realistic one you will get: Oracle Portal and Oracle WebCenter Suite are different products. I said it would be obvious. But this is an important foundation for the rest of the discussion, since many people want to convince themselves that WebCenter is essentially an upgrade of Oracle Portal. I believe the WebCenter offering … Read More

Affle, SMS 2.0 Creators – Web Site Launched

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The Challenge

Affle, a mobile media innovator based in Singapore has been working in stealth, start-up mode for a number of months and is ready to begin outreach to customers and partners as well as others following the fast-growing mobile media industry. Affle required the ability to manage content quickly and easily while presenting a unique site that was friendly to mobile handset users as well as large mobile operators that they partner with.

SQL Server 2005 Service Pack, Version, Edition

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Here is how I find out what SQL Server 2005 DB I am playing with: Log into any DB in your SS 2005 instance Run the following query SELECT SERVERPROPERTY(’productversion’), SERVERPROPERTY (’productlevel’), SERVERPROPERTY (’edition’)SELECT SERVERPROPERTY(‘productversion’), SERVERPROPERTY (‘productlevel’), SERVERPROPERTY (‘edition’)

IIS Error – W3SVC Not Starting – Event ID 115

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Did your personal IIS stop working recently — the one you run on XP perhaps? Did you get the following error in your event logs? Event Type: Error Event Source: W3SVC Event Category: None Event ID: 115 Date: 4/23/2006 Time: 12:28:08 PM User: N/A Computer: F4005 Description: The service could not bind instance 1. The data is the error code. For additional information specific to this message please visit the Microsoft Online Support site located at: This error is normally the result of another application/service on your machine listening on network Port 80. But you’re sure you don’t have any other … Read More

RDL and RDLC Conversion – SSRS (Reporting Services) and ReportViewer

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RDL and RDLC conversion is something that people who use both Reporting Services and ReportViewer have already done. For those of you who have not looked at these technologies, you really need to. Taking reports written for a full-featured reporting engine like SSRS and instead integrating that into a custom application (which does NOT require SSRS, let alone SQL Server) has huge market value along with technical value. Following is a good lesson on RDL to RDLC conversion as well as RDLC to RDL conversion: RDL and RDLC Conversion Note: of course, if you have any issues with this or … Read More

Move Outlook 2003 Configuration Settings to New Computer

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This assumes Outlook 2003, Windows XP Professional, and a default configuration. Email Messages If everything is stored in Exchange Server, then just configuring your Exchange profile should bring down all mail from the server. If you are using local email storage, you will want to move your .pst file(s) to the new machine. Signatures C:Documents and Settings[username]Application DataMicrosoftSignatures Rules Export rules from within Outlook (click “Options” button in the rules configuration area). You will save them onto your harddrive as [something].rwz. Import these rules to the new machine. Navigation Pane Settings C:Documents and Settings[user]Application DataMicrosoftOutlook[profile].xml Nicknames C:Documents and Settings[user]Application DataMicrosoftOutlook[profile].nk2