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The recent shift to cloud technologies, has placed Microsoft at odds with many of its long-standing partners. It’s really amazing when you think about it. I do not recall ever seeing a ship the size of Microsoft, so quickly turn on a dime and steam ahead in a whole new direction like they did with cloud… but it happened. Let’s face it, Google and Salesforce.com were kicking Microsoft’s ass, and in classic Microsoft style, they were late to the cloud party. But once the giant woke up, they barreled down the cloud path like it was their idea. For a company like Microsoft, who has historically been dependent on their partner channel, this clearly presented some problems. Microsoft may have turned the ship hard to starboard, but most of their thousands of partners continued straight and shot right off the stern. It would be akin to Ford telling their dealer network the... (more)

Jessica Mordue joins Forceworks (Press Release)

Tampa, Florida— August 18 2014 — Forceworks, is pleased to announce the addition of Jessica Mordue as Director of Client Services. Jessica brings 14 years of business process improvement and SaaS administration experience to the Forceworks team. Jessica will be overseeing deployments of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, and Forceworks’ RapidStartTM for clients nationwide. About Forceworks: Forceworks, a 2014 Microsoft Partner of the Year, is headquartered in Tampa, FL, with an office in Nashville, TN. Forceworks supports Microsoft Cloud Solutions for customers globally. Forceworks ho... (more)

Dynamics CRM 2013 – Feature Dive – Multi Select Option List

So you probably found this post as a result of a search for “Microsoft Dynamics CRM Multi Select Option List”, or something similar. Well, I have bad news and good news. This feature is still not a part of the 2013 release, but there is a workaround. No, not that Javascript hack that you found in all the other search results, that’s just gonna break on upgrade. No, its not that Dialog Box trick that seems like a goofy, non-intuitive way to do it. There is a fairly simple way to do this, that is intuitive, and does not use any foreign code that might break later. Recently we were... (more)

Office 365 – Surviving Migration

Office 365 is one of the best solutions Microsoft has ever produced. Organizations are exponentially better off once they are fully operational on the platform. However, getting from where you are today, over to this utopia, can range from simple and painless, to the most excruciating thing you have ever done with IT. So what’s wrong with Office 365? Nothing, nothing at all. It works flawlessly, the problem will be on your end. Forceworks has migrated thousands of seats to Office 365. When there are issues, and there frequently are, they boil down to the user’s existing hardware... (more)

A closer look at Hosted Exchange from Microsoft

“Email is Email!”. This is what another Microsoft partner suggested to me, that I should say when presenting Office 365 to potential customers. He went on to say “A customer is not going to make the move to Office 365 for email, it will be for all of the other capabilities”. Well, he was absolutely correct. Using his sound advice, Forceworks has brought thousands of business users to the Office 365 platform. But I continued to have this nagging feeling, that even though users are coming on board at a rapid clip,  I was short-changing Exchange Online in the process. While it is t... (more)