What you Need to be a Great Microsoft Dynamics Developer

Becoming a Microsoft Dynamics Developer is like playing drums. Anyone can do it, yet it takes great skill and dedication to become an expert on the level of Keith Moon or John Bonham.

Let’s take a closer look at what it takes to be a great Dynamics Developer.

But before you do, see how simple can training to use Microsoft Dynamics be

A Great Microsoft Dynamics Developer Needs to Focus, Focus, Focus

Before starting, it is essential to develop the self-awareness that will allow you to navigate the labyrinth of Microsoft Dynamics with purpose and direction. What is your objective? Are you a Consultant who needs to be knowledgeable about a wide range of programs? A Solution Architect responsible for the vision behind development and problem solving? Or are you a Software Developer looking to improve your ability to create quality programs? Your position and purpose in familiarizing yourself with Microsoft Dynamics will not only play a huge role in the focus of your research, but also save you from wasting time once you begin the process of becoming a great Microsoft Dynamics Developer.

If you are new to the field, it is important to identify which skills you enjoy most and work on developing them. Be flexible but wary of losing yourself in the countless options the field offers. Envision what role you would like to have and develop the skills necessary to get it. Once you have determined your objective, you are ready to move on to the next stage.

 

Research is Power

In the beginning, you can choose to focus on either quality or quantity. Are you aiming to have wide range of knowledge in a variety of applications or a more in-depth understanding of one or two? The Microsoft Dynamics Developer Center offers programs that assist in two main areas: customer relations management and enterprise resource planning. In which area does your interest lie? Within each category, there are countless programs, each created for different needs within the online world. Researching and downloading programs is the first step to becoming familiar with them.

Before even entering the CRM, it’s a good idea to brush up on your basic skills. For example, developers should familiarize themselves with coding languages like JavaScript and C#. Sites like Pluralsight provide a wealth of information on almost any relevant topic. Once you are comfortable with those skills, start going through the CRM courses (which includes topics like applications, configurations, reporting, service scheduling, extending, and deployment). A simple google search will present you with the various course options offered.

It is also worthwhile to pick a few subcategories and acquaint yourself with them. Take plugins for example. They are easy to install, not overly difficult to develop, and an asset to almost any program. Some other examples of useful areas to improve in are JavaScript, CRM, WCF web services, dialogs, certifications, programming, and data imports (Scribe, SSRS).

 

Learn from the Microsoft Dynamics Development Experts

As Dale Carnegie once said, “Learning is an active process. We learn by doing. Only knowledge that is used sticks in your mind.” A series of interviews conducted in 2013 revealed that a good portion of Microsoft Dynamics Developers stumbled across their field and had to learn on the job. Simply being eager to learn, confident enough to ask questions, and open to learning from your (inevitable) mistakes goes a long way. One expert suggested that after getting certified, any aspiring Microsoft Dynamics Developer should answer at least 100 CRM and ERP questions on support forums as a motivation to jumpstart research and deal with practical issues. Acting like an expert gives you both the experience and authority to become an actual expert.

 

Whatever your purpose might be or wherever your interest lies, keep in mind that countless people before you have encountered the same challenges you will. Succeed in tackling them, and you will fall in love with at least one of the Microsoft Dynamics products. By turning your interest into discipline and staying up to date on all the latest advancements in this exciting field, you will find yourself a Microsoft Dynamics Developer expert faster than you ever thought!

Michael Taylor
Michael is the Lead Author & Editor of DynaMe. DynaMe is a blog focused on cloud based Microsoft Dynamics.
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