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Desired Skill Set for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Technical Resources – Part I

Introduction

This is going to be a multipart series in which I will cover the following levels of Microsoft Dynamics CRM

  1. Microsoft Dynamics CRM Developer
  2. Sr. Microsoft Dynamics CRM Developer
  3. Microsoft Dynamics CRM Tech Lead
  4. Microsoft Dynamics CRM Architect

Please note that this is a guidance, not a rule book. There are exceptions everywhere and rules/guidelines do not matter to them.

With that said, let's begin with the first role: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Developer.

Ideal total years of experience – 1 to 3 years

Desired technical skills

  1. HTML (Level 200) – This is a basic building block of any web technology you will work with. Microsoft Dynamics CRM, at its heart is a complex Web application only and many of complex customization scenarios can only be handled by extensive usage of HTML.

     

  2. JavaScript (Level 200) – Again a basic building block and a *MUST* have today – does not really matter if you are targeting Dynamics CRM as a career path. JavaScript is omnipresent and there are arguments in favor and against it but as a Dynamics CRM Developer, you must have more than basic understanding of JavaScript. Additionally, if you are comfortable with popular JavaScript frameworks like JQuery, JQueryUI, AngularJS, KnockoutJS, ReactJS then it can help you develop amazing WebResources at a half(or even less in some cases) the effort.

     

  3. ASP.Net (Level 200) – This is a must have for *any* level of CRM Developer and while it is not directly related to Dynamics CRM development but it is a must have as many Dynamics CRM implementation require some sort of custom portal implementation or custom web development.

     

  4. C# (Level 200) – This is a must have for *any* level of CRM Developer and is essential in extending Dynamics CRM via Plug-ins, Custom Workflow Assemblies, Actions and various integration scenarios.

     

  5. Reporting (Level 100) – This is not a must have but it can definitely help you if you are considering career in Dynamics CRM. Dynamics CRM has ad-hoc reporting capabilities which are helpful to build simple reports. If you need to develop complex reports, SQL Server Reporting Services Report Builder tool is what you will need.

     

  6. Microsoft Azure (Level 100) – This is an optional area but having somewhat understanding of Microsoft Azure and its integration areas with Dynamics CRM can help you stand out in the crowd.

Your comments/inputs are welcome. Please wait and watch this place for the next parts of this series.

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