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FMT's Custom NetSuite Solutions: Serialized Number Tracking
Over the years FMT’s NetSuite team has produced a number of innovative solutions that can be characterized as a combination of configuration, custom scripting, and custom workflow development. Most of the time, these customizations are driven by real and unique customer needs that cannot be satisfied by NetSuite’s out-of-the-box functionality. The Need Recently, we were contacted by a client who was frustrated by their inability to track serial numbers in NetSuite. This client did not know how to manage warranties within their system and asked for our recommendation on how to solve this issue. We immediately scanned NetSuite for available Saved Searches/Reports relative to serial number tracking. Unfortunately, the results of our query were disappointing; there were no out-of-the-box reports related to serial numbers that we could find. We determined that we could build a Saved Search for our customer, but this solution proved to be lacking relative to their unique needs. […]
Creating a Visual Studio Extension Part 2 of 2
One of the reasons why Visual Studio is such a great development environment is its fluidity when it comes to customization. In my previous post, Creating a Visual Studio Extension Part 1, we discussed the preparation process for creating a Visual Studio Extension. In this post, I will explain the basic steps needed to create a very simple Visual Studio Extension to access text from the currently opened Editor on Visual Studio. If you have not installed the Visual Studio SDK, see my previous Blog post. Creating Your First Project Once the setup is complete, we are ready to get started. First, start your Visual Studio Version and create a new project. Next select VSIX Project under Extensibility, choose a name and location for your new extension and press ok. When done correctly, this is what you should see in Visual Studio 2015: You should also get this nice Getting […]
Optimizing SQL Server Files and File-Groups Made Easy
Recently I had the opportunity to work with a client on a very large Web Application; the database for this application was composed of hundreds of tables, indexes, file-groups, and files; including a dozen partition-functions and as many partition-schemes, spanning both clustered and non-clustered indexes. The client was requesting to improve performance in their database as they moved this massive application to Azure Services. In order to accomplish this, I had to complete three of the following tasks: Move all clustered indexes into fewer file-groups, with a minimal number of files in each group. With a current configuration of 150+ file-groups the client was looking for a better management strategy, which aligned the number of file-groups with their Azure hardware. Clean up the file and file-group naming conventions and make recommendations on best practices. Over the years many developers have created new SQL file-groups, with no clear convention in mind, […]
Performance and Development Workflow Updates in SharePoint 2013
SharePoint 2013 introduced exciting workflow updates that increase the reliability and scalability of workflows. Before we discuss SharePoint 2013 workflows it’s important to first understand the 2010 workflows. The 2010 workflows are not as reliable as the new 2013 workflows due to their lack of scalability and availability. However, one of the major benefits of SharePoint 2010 workflows is that you can send emails across domains which wasn’t carried over in SharePoint 2013 through the send email action. Microsoft improved SharePoint 2013 workflows in two ways: Performance and Development. Development Updates Let’s discuss development first, and then we will look into the performance part later. Two major features in 2013 workflows was adding loops to the workflow actions in SharePoint designer, and supporting workflow designer in Visual Studio. Leveraging visual diagrams makes it a lot easier to present and understand workflows. (Please note that visual designer needs Visio 2013 professional). […]
Step-by-Step Guide to Portal Development for Microsoft Dynamics CRM
The Challenge Oftentimes in the world of Dynamics CRM, the need arises for non-CRM users to gain access to CRM data. A common solution is the implementation of a web portal which allows these users to perform certain actions on applicable CRM data. Microsoft offers two portal solutions: the Customer Portal and the Partner Relationship Management Portal. These are managed solutions, can be easily imported into any CRM environment, and come with detailed instructions on how to quickly and efficiently deploy. However, like any construct that is general in its scope, the aforementioned portal solutions do have some caveats. The two solutions install extraneous features onto CRM that are not necessary for portal development, often confusing CRM users and requiring the need to go back and hide all of the excessive customizations. Furthermore, by default, the two portals both use Windows Live for authentication (requiring users without Windows Live to register […]
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