Accelerators for Microsoft Dynamics CRM – Release: Enterprise Search

The Accelerators for Microsoft Dynamics CRM project on CodePlex has just released its latest update, which is the Enterprise Search 1.0 (R1) release, which provides methods via the Business Data Catalog to interact directly with data stored in Microsoft Dynamics CRM.
Information about the release from the release notes on the project page (linked below):
"This is Release 1 of 2 of the Enterprise Search Accelerator for Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

The enterprise search accelerator allows Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) customers to view and search for Microsoft Dynamics CRM data directly from their SharePoint portals. By combining these two technologies users from different areas of the business will be able to:

  • View and edit any Microsoft Dynamics CRM data such as accounts, contacts, opportunities, sales orders, invoices, service cases and any custom entity data through MOSS.
  • Launch a MOSS search which can return documents, emails, web content and Microsoft Dynamics CRM data.
The enterprise search accelerator provides one enterprise portal that users can search and view important customer information and documents from several sources within the organization. Additionally, the technology, Business Data Catalog (BDC), and techniques used with this accelerator can be employed to surface data from other line of business applications to further enrich the MOSS portal.

The BDC makes it easy for people to connect to, find, and act on information stored in structured line-of-business systems (such as Microsoft Dynamics CRM) by using a declarative framework to securely integrate them into search results. With the BDC customers and partners can configure actionable audience-specific portals, dashboards and mash-up interfaces for this data without writing any code.

Release 1 (this release) includes key documentation on how to deploy MOSS Enterprise Search connecting to Microsoft Dynamics CRM on the standard Microsoft Virtual PC demonstration image.

Release 2 will provide additional documentation and tools to allow you to customize your enterprise search solution for different customer and partner requirements"

View and download the project and source code from here:

About Geoff Varosky
Geoff Varosky is a Senior Architect for Insight, based out of Watertown, MA. He has been architecting and developing web based applications his entire career, and has been working with SharePoint for the past 15 years. Geoff is an active member of the SharePoint community, Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of the Boston Area SharePoint Users Group, co-founder for the Boston Office 365 Users Group, co-organizer for SharePoint Saturday Boston and speaks regularly at SharePoint events and user groups.

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