How to – Setup WhatsApp Channel (Preview) in Omnichannel for Customer Service


In the previous post, we provisioned the Omnichannel for Customer Service and had configured the Chat channel.

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In this post, we’d see how to set up the WhatsApp channel (preview)

Within the Omnichannel Administration app, navigate to Channels à WhatsApp and create a new WhatsApp account record.

Provide the required consent

As a first step, let us set up the Twilio sandbox account to be used for WhatsApp channel configuration.

Create Twilio WhatsApp account

https://www.twilio.com/whatsapp

Navigate to console and copy the value of Account SID and AUTH TOKEN

https://www.twilio.com/console

Specify Account SID and Auth token of the Twilio account created in the new WhatsApp channel record.

Saving the record will generate the Twilio inbound URL, copy that URL.

Navigate to Twilio Console à Programmable SMS à WhatsApp and activate the sandbox.

Follow the instructions to configure the sandbox.

On successful confirmation, select Sandbox in the navigation menu and paste the Twilio Inbound URL generated eariler in the “When a message comes in” text box

Back in our WhatsApp channel record, add the sandbox WhatsApp number configured

Specify the Twilio Sandbox WhatsApp number and select the out of the box WhatsApp workstream.

The default WhatsApp workstream

Next click on Validate to check the configuration

With validation successful now we are good to test it.

Send the message to the Twilio sandbox number

The agent will receive the notification from the WhatsApp channel configured.

On accepting the notification, Agent can now communicate with the visitor.

Thus, we saw how seamless it is to configure and get started with WhatsApp channel in Omnichannel for Customer Service.

Refer below blogs to learn in-depth about the Omnichannel

https://neilparkhurst.com/2020/05/29/omnichannel-for-customer-service-collection/

https://thecrm.ninja/omnichannel-for-dynamics-365/

along with Microsoft Docs

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/omnichannel/omnichannel-customer-service-guide

Hope it helps..

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Admin Center URL(s) in Microsoft Dynamics 365 ( Power Platform)


Listing down Administration Center URL(s) for quick reference à

https://admin.microsoft.com/Adminportal/Home?source=applauncher#/alladmincenters

Admin Center URL
Microsoft 365 Admin Center
https://admin.microsoft.com/

 

Power Platform Admin Center

https://admin.powerplatform.microsoft.com/

PowerApps Admin Center https://admin.powerapps.com/

 

Dynamics 365 Admin Center
<a href=”https://port..dynamics.com/G/instances/instancePicker.aspx”>https://port.<region&gt;.dynamics.com/G/instances/instancePicker.aspx

 

for e.g.

EMEA
https://port.crm4.dynamics.com/G/instances/instancePicker.aspx

UAE
https://port.crm15.dynamics.com/G/instances/instancePicker.aspx

North America
https://port.crm.dynamics.com/G/instances/instancePicker.aspx

India
https://port.crm8.dynamics.com/G/instances/instancePicker.aspx

Replace <region> with

Dynamics 365 Advanced Settings https://[orgname].[region].dynamics.com/main.aspx?settingsonly=true

 

Dynamics 365 Home
https://home.dynamics.com/

 

Power Apps Maker Portal
https://make.powerapps.com

 

Power Automate Admin Center
https://admin.flow.microsoft.com/

 

Power BI Admin Portal
https://app.powerbi.com/admin-portal

 

Azure Active Directory https://aad.portal.azure.com/

 

Hope it helps..

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How to -Provision Omnichannel for Dynamics 365 Customer Service


For one of our projects we are exploring capabilities of Omnichannel.

Below are the steps for provisioning the Omnichannel for Dynamics 365 Customer Service for quick reference.

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First, we need to make sure we have the Customer Service Hub already installed.

https://trials.dynamics.com/

Next, we need to have an active subscription of Chat for Dynamics 365 Customer Service or Dynamics 365 Digital Messaging

The other options

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/omnichannel/try-channels

Navigate to Microsoft 365 Admin Center

https://admin.microsoft.com/

Select Purchase services
à
Add-ons

Select Dynamics 365 Customer Service Digital Messaging Add-on trial.

And also assign the add-on license to the users who need to work with Omnichannel Service.

Login to Data access consent URL using the Global Tenant Admin account and give the consent.

We’d be presented with the below message.

Login to Dynamics 365 Administration Center and navigate to Applications Tab and click on manage for Omnichannel for Customer Service.

https://admin.powerplatform.microsoft.com/environments

This opens the Manage environment page for Omnichannel.

Click on Add Environment to add the environment.

Here we can select the environment to which we want omnichannel solutions to be configured.

Click on next and we can then add chat as one of the channels.

Click on Next to similarly setup SMS, Social, and Microsoft Teams as the channels.

Click on Finish to start the installation.

It will show the status as Installed after some time. (took around 1 and half hour in our case)

To manage the channels or delete the omnichannel we can use the same Manage option for Omnichannel for Customer Service in the Applications tab within Dynamics 365 Admin Center.

We can use the Delete button to remove the Omnichannel configuration à

We’d also see the Omnichannel Administration and Omnichannel for Customer Service apps in the list of Dynamics 365 Apps.

Get all the details here

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/omnichannel/administrator/omnichannel-provision-license

Hope it helps..

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Few points to consider -Status Reason transitions in Dynamics 365


We can specify Status Reason Transitions for Case as well as custom entities. Using the status reason dialog box, we can define (filter) which values are available to be set as next status reason.

Let us take a scenario where we have the following values defined for Status Reason for Active State in a custom entity named Test Entity.

Just to keep it simple we have a just on transition defined i.e. from A1 we can only select A2.

So now when a user creates the Test entity record with A1, the only other option user can select is A2.

Now let us try updating it through backend and set value as A3 for the same record with value A1 as status reason. (Here we have used SQL 4 CDS plugin)

Well, it updates the record with value A3 and doesn’t throw any error.

This would make us think that it only works from the client side and will not work from the server side.

Let us now create a workflow to update the value to A3.

Let us update the subject of the record to trigger the workflow for the below record.


Interestingly we get the error and are not able to set it to A3 as expected.

That was with the real-time workflow, for the asynchronous workflow also we get the error.

Let us give it one more try and update it through service.

Through the service call, we can update it.

So basically, the State transition rules will work as expected from user interface and workflows, however, through service we are still able to override it, which we need to be aware of before using this feature.

Hope it helps..

Differences between Subject and Category Entity in Dynamics 365


Subject entity \ feature has always been an integral part of Dynamics CRM at least since 3.0.

It gives a nice hierarchical way of organising and maintaining information.

To create or update Subject, navigate to Service Management area.

Similar to Subject entity, Category entity was introduced in CRM 2016 Update 1 (Service Pack 1 – On-Premise).

Navigate to Service Management area, to work with Category entity.

  • Can we customize Subject or Category Entity?

We cannot customize Subject. It is available for Case, KB Articles, Product Catalog items and Sales Literature.

We can customize Category Entity.

We can create forms, add fields, views, business rules, dashboards etc.

Can create 1 – N relationship from Category to other entities.

We cannot create N- 1 or N-N relationship.

It has N-N relationship with Knowledge Article entity

  • Is category User Owned or Organization Owned entity?

User Owned

  • How are they rendered inside form?

Subject are rendered as tree structure


Category are rendered as lookup

We can also specify Auto-numbering for Categories

  • What happens if a delete a Subject or category?

Deleting the subject will not delete its child record.

Deleting the category will delete its child record.

  • Can we run advanced find on Subject and Categories?

We can do it on Categories, not on Subject.

  • How does Subject render when used in advanced find filter condition? Tree view?

It renders like a lookup


Few considerations while migrating  Subject records

https://crmchap.co.uk/importing-exporting-subject-records-between-dynamics-365-customer-engagement-environments/

Hope it helps..

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Check Dynamics 365 App and Power Platform features availability at different geography


Recently we had to find out what all Dynamics 365 Apps and Power Platform features are available in our UAE region.

To get these details navigate to

https://dynamics.microsoft.com/en-cy/geographic-availability/

and open the report

Below are the different Products and Geography available.

Below is the report filtered for UAE for Power Platform.

For Dynamics 365 App

Hope it helps..

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