Build 3D Charts in Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Powertrak Portal

Give your Charts and Graphs a makeover with Powertrak. Add a little SIZZLE and make them POP with 3D capabilities.

 Over the years, we have heard from customers about enhancing the look of charts in CRM. We heard you. I am excited to share that Powertrak now offers 3D charts. Powertrak Charts brings extensive charting and dashboard capabilities to both Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Powertrak Portal.

It’s the perfect example of using the Powertrak API to read Data from Powertrak Data Sources. This application uses the .NET 4.0 Charting Control to actually build the Charts; however, the data is retrieved from the Data Sources defined in Powertrak.

View a 3D chart in Microsoft Dynamics CRM's dashboard

CRM Dashboard Chart in 3D

 

Build the same 3D Chart/Graph and view it in Powertrak Portal

Powertrak Portal 3D Chart

Charts have the following settings configured in Powertrak:

  • Charts
  • Chart Border Skins
  • Chart Titles
    • Chart Title Element Positions
  • Chart Legends
    • Chart Legend Element Positions
  • Chart Annotations
    • Chart Annotation Smart Label Style
  • Chart Areas
    • Chart Area 3D Style
    • Chart Area Axis X
    • Chart Area Axis Y
    • Chart Area Axis X2
    • Chart Area Axis Y2
  • Chart Series
    • Chart Series Custom Properties

If you have any questions or would like to add this to your CRM dashboard, please contact us at [email protected].

By Axonom, Global ISV for Microsoft Dynamics CRM

2 thoughts on “Build 3D Charts in Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Powertrak Portal”

  1. Oh, please, folks. If you publish a tool to create charts, please do your homework and make it to create USEFUL charts instead of useless eye-candy. Edward Tufte and Stephen Few spring to mind. 3D charts are the most useless charts ever invented. They are misleading, and hard to interpret by the reader. Do us all a favour and read Stephen Few’s “Show me the Numbers” and his other books and then change the tool to produce effective charts. It’s really not all that hard. Regards, Ingeborg Hawighorst, Microsoft MVP (Excel)

    1. Ingeborg,
      While your comment about creating useful charts is valid, the tool does not limit the chart creation to 3D charts.

      Perhaps the title was a little misleading as 3D is just ONE OF MANY types that can be created with this tool. Simply, a few of our customers have pushed us to provide 3D charts and this post was to announce that we now offer it.

      Again, this tool allows you to create charts based on any data held in your systems through the capabilities provided by the Powertrak Platform. The charting component is actually the .Net 4.0 Charting Control which Powertrak structures using a meta driven configuration and provides data to using the Powertrak Data Adapters technology. The tool can deliver the types of charts you are describing. Hopefully, that better describes the functionality we are delivering with this tool.

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