xRM and the Microsoft .NET Platform
Microsoft Dynamics CRM is one of the many .NET Applications sitting on the Microsoft .NET Platform. This is critical as it allows you to leverage existing .NET Applications to be more efficient. By educating yourself of the many applications sitting on the platform, you now have a repository of existing applications you can reference for your own needs. As you invest in the framework for your xRM environment you will also be able to use these developers to work on any other .NET applications in your environment.
For example, existing applications such as SharePoint, Bing Maps or OCS are already written with the .NET platform and you can embed them into your xRM environment. You can now look at existing applications before implementing any in-house solutions and as a result save time and money while improving the quality of the applications. Each of these .NET applications can also be customized to meet your specific business need as they are all written on the same platform. This allows you to focus on the business leaving the technology transparent.