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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Editable Grid now available

AdvantageWorks would like to invite you to download a trial of our editable grid control for Microsoft CRM 3.0. As part of our Software Development Kit (SDK), the editable grid allows the end user to edit the contents of a grid directly in the grid by the click of a single button.

The grid supports editing of the following CRM data types:
  • Picklist
  • Date (no time)
  • Lookup
  • Integer
  • Money
  • Float
  • Boolean
  • Status
  • Customer
  • Owner
  • Decimal
  • String
Additionally, the grid enforces Microsoft CRM's built-in security model and prevents users from editing the following types of data:
  • State attributes
  • Fields with a display mask of ObjectTypeCode
  • Fields marked as read-only
  • Fields disabled on their associated edit form
  • Fields with an active OnChange event on their associated edit form
  • Fields the user does not have write privileges for (both record and entity level)
The AdvantageWorks Editable Grid for Microsoft CRM 3.0 is designed to work in conjunction with our Split View control. However, it can also be used as a stand-alone component in your own custom ASP.NET 2.0 pages.

If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the editable grid, please visit our download page to submit a download request.

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Monday, May 21, 2007

Technology Adoption in Commercial Real Estate

A very interesting article was recently posted on the "RealComm Advisory" site regarding the reluctance of commercial real estate companies in adopting technology solutions.

Basically, the take is that unless the IT department drives the project, many firms have been very slow to adopt technology solutions due to culture, familiarity with proven (low tech) tools, reluctance to change or failure to get the many involved parties in the real estate cycle on the same page.

I can’t find fault with their take so far. True, many successful real estate professionals are traditionalists and can still meet their lease or acquisition quota by networking, making calls and speaking at events, all coordinated by the telephone, Big Chief and crayons.

The interesting point of this article (although like my blog post, it takes awhile to get there) is that there is an impending event that will force the corporate real estate industry (perhaps even other laggard industry segments in corporate America) to embrace technology solutions ....

The energy crisis

As the article puts it, wasted space, unaccounted for assets and other inefficiencies will be more and more painful to the bottom line in the face of globalization and pressure on more efficient uses of natural resources.

"Lean, mean, and well-managed real estate will be required to survive - and trying to achieve these new objectives without the strategic use of technology and automation is almost impossible."


Friday, May 18, 2007

Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2007

AdvantageWorks will again be attending the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference this year. We are looking to forward to seeing what Microsoft has in store for us, but mostly we are looking forward to putting faces to the many people we have met since last year's event.

What:Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2007
Where:Denver, Colorado
When:July 10th - July 12th

If you will be attending the conference and want meet with us, please set up a meeting with AdvantageWorks via the WPC Connect site and we will see you there!

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Inline Grid Editing

AdvantageWorks is excited to announce the upcoming release of our CRM Grid control, now with inline editing! These screenshots are just a preview of the control in action, which we plan to release in June to our current customers with a trial version following shortly.

Figure A – AdvantageWorks Grid control within our Split View component

Figure B – Enabling Inline Grid editing

Figure C – Applying Changes

Want to know more? We will be posting additional information in the coming weeks here and on our web site at http://www.advantageworks.com, so check back later for updates.


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