Archive for April, 2010

Use of cache to speed performance in Ax code

April 29th, 2010

Dynamics AX caches records by their primary key value.

 So, be aware that when a query has no joins, and has primary key in its where clause ,then it will hit the cache. Otherwise it won’t. Caching is not supported for the queries with joins.

Construction deaths

April 29th, 2010

There has been enough bad news in the construction sector over the last year but the most chilling statistics have just been released in  Abu Dhabi

Deaths due to:
Fall 28
Road traffic 27
Falling object 20
Electricity 13
Machinery 7
Drowning/submersion 4
Fire/flame or hot substance 3
Suffocation 3
Other transport 3
Total 108

That’s more than 2 a week , every week  in one city

Tihis is the first time such figures have been released by a UAE government body and  comes after the welcome  decision to prepare a federal plan setting minimum standards for construction industries in an effort to reduce the numbers of injuries and deaths. Dr Jens Thomsen, section head of occupational and environmental health at HAAD, said it was important to release the figures so “the community at large” were aware of the extent of the problem. We endorse this transparency and strict enforcement of international standards for health and safety.

It is too late for those who have already lost their lives  and there should be a speedy introduction. Such figures are scandalous and in Europe would be considered cause for criminal action.

New Metro stations

April 29th, 2010

Transport chiefs saying they have learnt from the “glitches” when the Metro launched in September, and expect the opening of seven new stations tomorrow to run smoothly.

Avatar – coming to an office near you sooner than you think

April 29th, 2010

Major advances in computer technology will soon see humans interacting with avatars and controlling computers with gestures similar to the ones seen in the film ‘Minority Report’, says Microsoft’s Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie

He added that all devices containing a chip would be improved following a breakthrough in processors that would allow home users to have access to technology previously only used in super-computers designed for important scientific research and that soon desktop computers could become obsolete He also said that that avatars could be commonplace in the offices of the near future.

XRM Discussion at Convergence 2010

April 27th, 2010

Dynamics CRM is a core application, with a powerful application development capability xRM.that allows for customized tools built on CRM, As one discussion leader at Convergence 2010 put it, “xRM stands for ‘anything relationship   Dennis Ambrose, vice president of operations for ADX Studio, presented four suggestions for getting started with xRM:

1. Start small. “I suggest an agile approach to solution development,” said Ambrose. “Start small and iterate quickly. Look for where the largest gain points are.”

2. Assemble a committed delivery team. “The delivery team is critical,” he noted. This means committed executives and a solid partner relationship.

3. Drive adoption and value. This means making sure to make the xRM program easily accessible by employee users, as well as external users, if it’s a special web site, for example.

4. Make use of “the cloud.” Off-site services and servers relieve the need for internal development and security. That doesn’t mean there won’t be a need for internal servers, relying on Sharepoint and premises CRM, Ambrose said. “Together, Sharepoint and CRM provide a rich palette,”

Free ebook-Introducing Microsoft SQL Server-2008-R2

April 26th, 2010

The book contains 10 chapters:

PART I   Database Administration

CHAPTER 1   SQL Server 2008 R2 Editions and Enhancements 3
CHAPTER 2   Multi-Server Administration 21
CHAPTER 3   Data-Tier Applications 41
CHAPTER 4   High Availability and Virtualization Enhancements 63
CHAPTER 5   Consolidation and Monitoring 85

PART II   Business Intelligence Development

CHAPTER 6   Scalable Data Warehousing 109
CHAPTER 7   Master Data Services 125
CHAPTER 8   Complex Event Processing with StreamInsight 145
CHAPTER 9   Reporting Services Enhancements 165
CHAPTER 10   Self-Service Analysis with PowerPivot 189

Next Generation of Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

April 25th, 2010

 Microsoft Releases Technical Preview of Next Generation of Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

Microsoft Corp. today announced the Community Technical Preview 3 (CTP3) for the next generation of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, code-named “CRM5.” This CTP is primarily aimed at software developers within the broad partner base of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, including independent software vendors (ISVs), global system integrators (GSIs), hosting partners and value-added resellers (VARs), giving them an opportunity to start early development and testing of their solutions for this new release.

More than 400 select partners are engaged in the CTP3 program, and that number will be expanded in the coming months.

Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 -watch it

April 25th, 2010

Watch Stephen Elop, President of the Microsoft Business Division, announce the launch of Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 on May 12, 2010 at 11 a.m. EST. The live Microsoft keynote focuses on the next wave of productivity that delivers:

 End user productivity across the PC, phone and browser

  • IT choice and flexibility
  • A platform for developers to build innovative solutions

Join the virtual launch event with Microsoft executives, product developers, partners and customers to:

 Find out how peers and partners are already seeing benefits to their business by leveraging the next wave of productivity.

  • Submit your questions through live Q&A.
  • Participate via blogs, tweets, social media networks, commenting, and more.

View on-demand breakout sessions showing how Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 meet the unique challenges people and businesses are faced with today, and provide the solutions they need for tomorrow.

Microsoft CRM 4.0 in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant

April 25th, 2010

Main strengths identiifed by Gartner analysts:

•Microsoft released Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 worldwide, followed by training of dozens of reseller partners and system integrators, along with the methodologies and templates to speed adoption.

• Microsoft has successfully described its vision of xRM, or application development that allows customers to extend the CRM platform for the needs of the enterprise.

• Customers can choose from a strong set of Microsoft products with which to integrate — such as BizTalk, Office Communications Server and Microsoft Office SharePoint — to foster tight integration and internal collaboration around the customer, and later to support customer communities. Microsoft CCF is now an integral part of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, and is better integrated into the product portfolio.

 • The user interface is intuitive and appeals to broad audiences familiar with the look and feel of Microsoft’s applications.

Infor FMS Query & Analysis 10.0.4.

April 24th, 2010

We are pleased to announce the general availability of a new service release Infor FMS Query & Analysis 10.0.4. (formerly known as Vision)

 It  ensure compatibility with the latest technology platforms including Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

 It also provides resolutions for a variety of customer reported issues and will address a number of problems that customers have identified when upgrading from Vision 5.

For more information contact the Synergy Software Systems,  Sunsystems Support Desk


April 22nd, 2010


Today marks the 40th Anniversary of the first Earth Day.

Help make Earth Day 2010 a turning point to advance climate policy, energy efficiency, renewable energy and green jobs.

Visit Earth Day Network, and join the more than one billion people in 190 countries that are taking action today

Contruction Seminar – 6 May 2010 Brix and Microsoft Dynamics Ax

April 22nd, 2010

On 6 May 2010 Synergy Software Systems will presenta Seminar at Microsoft Gulf Offices in the Internet City Dubei to showcase a Microsoft Certified, integrated Construction Software solution,  featuring BRIX from Aurigo Software Technologies and  Microsoft Dynamics Ax 2009.

click here to register now for this informative
FREE event or reach us at

Of the 1,035 infrastructure projects completed between 1992 and 2009 41 per cent faced cost overruns and 82 per cent faced time over-runs.

Currently, time delays on infrastructure projects are estimated to be over 40 per cent while the average cost overrun is estimated to be over 13 per cent in any infrastructure project 

Capital project management systems can completely automate the different facets of project management including, estimation, planning and construction management; and integrate this data into the company’s corporate IT (information technology) infrastructure including ERP (enterprise resource planning), document management systems, GIS (geographic information system), scheduling and other legacy applications, enabling enterprise-wide IT adoption. This helps companies streamline their processes, control costs and reduce delays

Read the full interview article with Balaji Sreenivasan, Founder and CEO, Aurigo Software Technologies in the The Hindu  here:


PowerPoint Images

April 21st, 2010

Its generally not  good practice to copy and paste pictures and other content from the internet into PowerPoint.

First make sure the image is not copyrighted - they often are!

Consider using a screen capture utility or otherwise

Right-click the picture, choose Save Picture As and save it to your hard drive.

 To add the image:

Insert | Illustrations | Picture in PowerPoint 2007

 Insert | Picture | From File in PowerPoint 2003 .

When you copy paste from the net, you may create a hard-to-remove link to the internet from your presentation. (Try a right mouse click and select rwmove hyerlink)

If nto removed then this may cause Windows to try to connect to the internet every time anyone opens the presentation. 

Don’t link images

When you insert pictures  you may notice an option to Link to the file. Unless you have a good reason for doing it, don’t. PowerPoint’s image links break very easily. It’s generally safer and more effective to embed the files (in other words, insert them normally, not linked).

Outlook Calendar printing

April 21st, 2010

Tip from the Microsoft Outlook product team

A printed copy of your Outlook calendar can be quite convenient. If the available printing options aren’t sufficient then  try the Microsoft Calendar Printing Assistant for Outlook 2007. The Calendar Printing Assistant supports a wide variety of layout templates and allows you to print multiple shared calendars at once.

The Calendar Printing Assistant is a separate program from Outlook. After you install it from the link above, you can find it in the Start menu under Programs | Microsoft Office | Microsoft Office Tools | Calendar Printing Assistant.

Free ebook: First Look Microsoft Office 2010

April 21st, 2010