How to automate your release to D365O One-box environments?

VSTS Release

I wrote about VSTS release management and potential use in Dynamics 365 for Operations (D365O) projects in my previous post.

Today I’m glad to share the results of taking the first step. During last week I was so excited when finally deployed releases into one-box environments successfully.

It took few days and dozen trials to get it right, but it was elegant, simple and easy! My top 3 aspects of good automation.

In my next post, I want to go further and try to integrate release management with LCS for Tier 2 and above environments (UAT etc…) Continue reading “How to automate your release to D365O One-box environments?”

How much VSTS release management for your next Dynamics 365 Operations project?

In a classical ERP project, there is a list of known bottlenecks that organizations have used to, to the extent that it feels unusual when challenged.

Release management and automated deployment is one of these areas, as usually there is an IT team whose responsible to manually govern and deploy releases.

It’s all manual. Release notes generation is Manual. Release governance and authorization is Manual. Release deployment is… You guessed it, Manual. Continue reading “How much VSTS release management for your next Dynamics 365 Operations project?”

Am I back to blogging?

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Last post I wrote was 6 years ago. I remember stopping after moving from pure IT development to business seasoned IT consultancy.

Recently I wanted to share ideas and discuss my views on a platform but wasn’t sure whether the time will fit or will I post for few weeks and then drop the habit.

Also I’m reinventing parts of my self and learning new skills. Communication is a core skill I’m working on at the moment, starting with my verbal and written communication, hence I’m taking this blog as an opportunity and personal challenge to practice.

Perfection is the enemy! (?)

I have been hesitant to try new things, and even dropping things that I’m not the best at. Someone might think that’s for the best, as you focus on your strengths. But what about your weaknesses?

In my case this proven to be very hurtful as highlighted in these examples:

  • On the professional level, due to losing and eventually lacking good communication experience I couldn’t defend my ideas or reach my points easily.
  • On the personal level, due to being busy all the time and focusing on finding problems to build solutions for (day and night), I lost my self awareness and most of my emotional intelligence.

Blogging as a learning experience of lean communication

Here I am saying it out loud. This blog is my personal attempt to learn and experience new skills without being embarrassed. My goal is to enhance my written communication skills and introduce my ability to execute a project (this blog) in a lean fashion by doing just what’s really needed without any waste.

As my beloved reader, I am thirsty for your feedback. Your feedback will help me to self discover, enhance and keep going with future posts.

Thanks for your time reading this. Enjoy your weekend!