Customizing BCM

Business Contact Manager for Outlook 2007 provides extensive customization capabilities so that you can tune it to meet the specific needs for running your business. These customizations can be applied across different feature sets of the product. You can customize the following in BCM –

·        Add new user fields to BCM items like Business Contacts, Accounts etc.

·        Edit list values

·        Customize the BCM home page

·        Modify BCM reports

·        Create new Search folders

·        Add new views or modify existing views for BCM items

·        Share above customizations with other BCM users

Let us look at each of the above in detail –

Adding new user fields

BCM items come with a fairly extensive set of fields. However, everyone will feel the need to add that one extra bit of information they would like to track about their business contacts. Now you can do that easily by going to “Business Contact Manager” on the Outlook toolbar and then selecting “Customize Forms” -> “Manage User-Defined Fields” -> “Business Contact”.  This brings up a nice designer dialog where you can decide what fields to add. You can even decide what type of field it is and how the fields should be grouped. Additionally, you can specify whether the field should be placed on the left or the right column on the form. By choosing the Page (at the top of the dialog) where the field should be added, you can have your new field show up either on a special tab called “User-Defined Fields” or one of the common tabs like “General” or “Details”.

The image below shows what the add user field dialog looks like –

Add new field


Edit list values

You can also edit the list of drop down values available on BCM items. For example, an Opportunity item has the following pre-defined Sales stages – “Prospecting”, “Qualification“, “Needs Analysis“, “Proposal/Price Quote“, “Negotiation/Review“, “Closed Won“ and “Closed Lost“. You may want to track some other sales stages or you may not use all the ones listed above and so may want to remove some of these values. You can accomplish either of these goals easily by opening an Opportunity and then clicking on the drop down for Sales Stage and then selecting the last value in the drop down – “<Edit this list…>”. This will bring up a dialog that will let you add/delete/modify existing values. You can also select one of the values as the default. This will set the field value to this default when you create a new item. The image below shows what the edit list dialog looks like –

Edit list


Customizing the BCM home page

You can also customize the home page to view only the data you are interested in. You can do this by going to the home page and selecting “Add or Remove Content” from the top right corner. This brings up a dialog that lets you choose what items you want to view in the home page. You can use this dialog to set your options for each of the four tabs on the home page – “Home”, “Sales”, “Marketing” and “Projects”. Below is an image of the dialog for customizing the home page –

Add/remove content


Modifying reports

You can customize any of the reports that ship with BCM. Once you open the reports from the Reports sub-menu under the BCM toolbar, click on “Modify Report” in the report toolbar. This brings up a nice task bar by the side of the report that lets you choose which columns to view (including any user defined columns you created), the header and footer information and fonts for the text and a custom filter to specify additional constraints for the data shown on the report. A very useful feature here is the ability to specify custom header and footer information. You can use this so that your company name shows up in the report header!

In addition, you can save your changes by clicking on the “Save Report” button. This will prompt you to save the changes as a .bcmr file. You can open this customized report file in future by going to “Business Contact Manager” -> “Reports” -> “Open Saved Report” and then browsing to the location where you saved the file.

The image below shows the UI for modifying reports –

Modify report


Search folders

Search folders are a powerful way to filter the data you want to see in Outlook. For example, you can use search folders to see only those opportunities that you won in the last 3 months. To create a new search folder, right click on the “Search Folders” on the Outlook navigation pane and then select “New Search Folder” (see image below).

New search folder

This brings up the new search folder dialog. Type in a meaningful name for the new folder, select the BCM items to view in this folder from the dropdown and then click on the button labeled “Filter…”. This brings up the filter UI. You can select what items you want to view in this search folder and click OK here and then OK again in the new search folder dialog. That’s it! Now you can see items defined by your custom definition under the search folders as shown below!

 Sample search folder


Modifying & creating item views

You can view BCM items in a variety of ways. For example, you can view Business Contacts by zip code or payment status. You can choose the view you want by going to “View” -> “Current View” in the Outlook toolbar and then selecting the view. This is an extremely powerful feature. You can even customize the current view by selecting “Customize Current View…” from the above menu options. This brings up the Customize View dialog that lets you pick which fields you want to see in the view, how the items should be grouped, sorted etc.

You can even create a completely new view for yourself by selecting the “Define Views…” option from the above menu. This brings up a “Custom View Organizer” dialog. Click on the “New…” button in this dialog and choose the name and type of view you want. Click OK and then this brings up the same dialog as the one for customizing an existing view. You can specify your filter, grouping, sort order etc. from here.

Custom view organizer


Sharing Customizations

Okay, so you have gone through and customized the different facets of BCM. Now how do you share them with your co-workers? BCM provides a variety of solutions to share all these –

·        New User fields and list values can be shared using import/export. From the Outlook File menu, choose “Import and Export” -> “Business Contact Manager for Outlook”. Select “Export a File” from the first page and then “Business Contact Manager Customizations (.bcmx)”. Then complete the wizard. This will export your changes to a file that you can give to your co-workers. They can go to this same wizard and then choose “Import a File” from the first page and then “Business Contact Manager Customizations (.bcmx)” in the next page. They can then point to the file you just gave them. BCM will then apply those changes to your co-worker’s machine!


·        While you are giving your co-workers the bcmx file, you can also hand them your custom report (.bcmr) files. They can copy the .bcmr file wherever they want on their file system. Then they can just open it from the reports menu and see your customized reports – that simple!

·        Deploying your customized views, search folders and BCM home page is a bit harder. Unless you are a developer and want to write a custom Outlook add-in, the easiest way to share these with your co-workers is to go over to their machines and help them set up the views exactly as you did on your own machine.

Advanced Customizations

For those who are willing to write some code, there are even more advanced possibilities for customizations in BCM. I will be posting a separate article on that in the next few days. If you are in a hurry to see what that looks like, you can go through the BCM SDK documentation on MSDN.


Comments (129)

  1. Neil Smith says:

    I have tried to customise the history view using Define Views… etc. but have not been able to get the view to show me who an e-mail is from and to whom it was sent. Both fields remain blank.

    To my mind the history should be able to show this as otherwise the display makes very little sense.

    Any ideas?

  2. Tushka says:

    How do I add new user fields with Outlook 2003?

  3. Jerry Blake says:

    Tushka, customization is not supported in BCM 2003. This is a new feature in BCM 2007.

  4. says:

    Hi All

    Is there a limit on the numbers of groups or fields that can be added when a user customize a form in BCM V3.

    Thanks & Regards

    Rahul Thomas

  5. Jerry Blake says:

    Yes, max is 40 fields per entitiy.

  6. says:

    Does the same limit apply for Groups as well


    Rahul Thomas

  7. Jerry Blake says:

    Groups don’t have any limit.

  8. GFIJustin says:

    Is there a way to lock certain fields so they can not be edited by certain people. For example I want to assign someone a contact (assigned to field) but I want to be the only one that can edit that field. This would prevent who I assigned it to to just change the assignment to someone else. there are other fields i would like to lock or make uneditable this is just one example. thanks

  9. seanhoytphoto says:

    I have several questions about BCM, first about customization, but I thought I may sneak in the rest to this comment.

    1) Is there any way to associate separate ‘user-defined fields’ for different type of business projects?  For example, I have a wedding photography project type that needs additional fields such as "wedding location", "approximate attendance"… but I do not need these fields in my Real Estate photography projects.  Can I link these user-defined fields to the category I assign to the project?  If not, doesn’t this sound appropriate?  I like that I can choose multiple categories for a project too.  I would assume that the user-defined fields for both would come along.  

    2) I’m using WM5 with BCM.  I wish wish wish that when my customers call, my WM5 phone would show me their names and likewise have their name show up in my missed call list.  Any chance of tighter integration?  I heard chapura copies BCM contacts into the default contacts list.  Can I get Sync Center to do that somehow?  

    3) I’m on Vista with Outlook 2007.  I was using version 2 of BCM for PocketPC.  I went to uninstall V2 so I could put on V3.  I followed the uninstall istructions on the download page yet Vista won’t allow me to uninstall the software.  It seems to want to, I give it the "allow" yet I get to an "Installation Incomplete" dialog that informs me that it was unsucessful "please run setup wizard again" then "Fatal error during installation".  Running BCMV3PPC.exe reports that I have a previous installation and I must remove the program and so the cycle goes.  Do I have to hack the registry?

    4) Priorities within BCM- Can you update the GUI so that I can drag and drop my projects, opportunities, tasks, etc to prompt priority reassignment?  For instance, with Projects, I can sort by due date or priorty (low, normal, high, custom), but it seems like it would be very intuitive that the level of priorty could be tied to the number of projects (say there are 5) so that the first one is priority 1, the second is priority 2 and so on.  Now, all of a sudden, my 3rd project takes top priority.  When I drag the 3rd project up to the top position, all other projects are demoted without having to open and reassign manually.  This could go for project tasks, too.

    5) Why does my projects sort revert every time I leave the BCM home? Can I set it to what I like and have it remember?

    6) Project % Complete- Within a project I have project tasks.  Within a task, I should be able to estimate the time it will take to complete this task.  A sum of total time should be possible by adding up all of the discrete times of each project task.  Therefore, the main project should be able to dynamically, without direct modification, update the % complete field based on the subsequent completion of the project’s tasks.  

    7) I love the heads up on the BCM Home screen in Outlook 2007.  I can’t figure out why an "all-day" appointment does not show up in my upcoming appointments list.  Any idea?

    Thank you so much.  I believe in this product and absolutely love the amount of integration it gives me.  Keep up the great work and integration work with Accounting 2007!

    Sean Hoyt

  10. Danedanes says:

    I would like to share Categories across our users, I cannot find a way to do this … can you point me in the right direction?  There is no Master Category as in 2003

  11. Jerry Blake says:

    GFIJustin, BCM doesn’t support the permissions at field level. It’s not possible to lock the fields.

  12. Jerry Blake says:

    Sean, Thanks for the valuable feedback.

    To answer some of your questions:

    1) User fields do not differentiate within the same entity type. You cannot use different user fields for different projects. There is no linking between user fields and categories currently.

    2) There is some workaround to add your bcm contacts to outlook contacts and then you can see the contact ID with phone call. The workaround is posted in comment here:

    3) You may need to find the download page of v2 BCM for Pocketpc application and then uninstall from it directly.

    4) That is very good suggestion. Thanks for the feedback.

    5) This is currently the behavior that customized views, sorting orders do not get saved when leaving the homepage. Again thank you for pointing it out to help us improve our product.

    6) You may want to use reports, such as "Project Tasks per Project" report to monitor all the tasks under a project. You can customize the report to show the work hours of each task and modify the project’s complete percentage based on the tasks’ progress. Hope this helps.

    7) I assume you are referring to the "To do" bar on the right hand side of the BCM home page? To do bar is controlled by Outlook and it is true that all day event do not get shown there.

    Thanks for using BCM and providing the valuable feedback. We really appreciate them and will continue to improve our product based on customers’ feedback.

  13. CedricM says:

    There is a problem with BCM custom fields.

    1. One can’t use a user defined field that has already been defined, the right part of the form is greyed out, as on your screen shot.

    2. When I try to insert a new field "Language" I get an error message telling me that the field can’t be used because it is already defined. Then how can I add this field "Language" to the BCM contact form? How can I add additional (not user defined) Outlook contact fields?

  14. bethfell says:

    My team wants to use the nelgected report, but i need to know what the nelgected time period is in the report.

    Is there any thoughts to allowing the users to set this filter?

    thanks in advance!

  15. Cindy Spinks says:

    My reports need the company name.  And there is no "Company Name" option to choose from in "Modify Reports".

    Is there any way to add this and/or other fields needed?  



  16. BWScott says:

    I have a couple questions.

    1. It seems I cannot add already existing fields into the forms.  For example, if I try to add "Customer ID" I am given an error message that a pre-defined field already exists.  I have tried this with other fields too.  Are there more fields already existing in BCM that I cannot access to put on forms?  Is there not an "All Fields" button like in Outlook?

    Also, I would like to link my business contacts to an MS Access database and have found user defined fields do not show up when I link to the BCM folder from Access.  Is it possible to have these custom/user defined fields link?  

    Thank you.

  17. alexalbuquerque says:

    I am trying to show PROJECT ID in BCM forms. I dont know why we cannot show this field easily, as any field in BCM. I saw inside SQL server and project ids are stored into ‘ProjectsTable’ table. So i think "Why dont show this field?"

    We need to index our jobs by ID, not by name. Are the any way to do it? I will apreciate any sugestion.

  18. Concreteseller says:

    Check the link to link to BCM from Access

  19. BWScott says:

    I tried the instructions of how to link to Access with the link above, and it won’t connect.  Any suggestions?  SQL just says connection failed.

  20. BWScott says:

    Error msg says server does not exist or access is denied.  The server name or instance won’t populate when using these instructions (linking to Access, the link above)… but I know the server and instance is there.  Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

  21. CBCheston says:

    Is it possible to edit/delete the pre-assigned fields in BCM forms (Account, Business Contact, etc.)? Also, can you re-arrange the pre-assigned groups, potentially to other pages (i.e. Details, History, etc.)?

  22. BWScott says:


    Customizing forms like you mentioned cannot be done.  At least this is what I was told by a Microsoft tech when I called about it anyway.  You can only add your own fields to pre-assigned areas on the forms.  Groupings (unless created by you) cannot be altered.  In other words, the only customizable part of the form is the bottom part where you will see your own custom fields added.  Bummer, because I would like to customize this.

    Who knows, maybe someon at BCM team knows more than teh person I talke to and this can be done.  Hopefully so.  I just thought I would drop a note about my experience.

  23. captbackfire says:

    I second CBCheston!  In BCM 4, there needs to be a way to add pages, add relationships to standard entities and fields, customize the layout of each page, and add new custom entities.  I know these are features of CRM, but some of that needs to come down to BCM.



  24. bcrisp says:


    My reports also need the company name.  And there is no "Company Name" option to choose from in "Modify Reports".

    Is there any way to add this and/or other fields needed?  

    Very frustrated,

    Brian C.

  25. Jerry Blake says:


    Could you be little more specific about your requirements? Are you looking to add Company Name in the report header? If yes, you can expand the header/footer to do that.

    If your comment is about adding company name column in the Business Contacts report, then I agree there is a problem. The only thing I can suggest is to create an Account representing the company of the contact and use Account Name field.


  26. lindquistc says:

    We have a BCM 2007 database that we are sharing from our file/Exchange server that many users access via their Outlook clients. Our users need to make customizations to the forms in BCM, but it does not appear that they have permission. How can we give end-users the ability to customize BCM?

  27. Jerry Blake says:

    lindquist, only dbo has permission to customize the form. That is, they need to be either the creator of the database or the administrator on the share server to conduct customization.

    One workaround is to let your shared users do customization on their own database and export the customization design to a .bcmx file and send the file to the shared DB owner. The shared db owner can then import the .bcmx file to apply the customization. Hope this helps.

  28. jgrimaldi says:

    Is there any way to insert user-defined fields into a mail merge?

  29. georgeza says:

    Further to CedricM’s comment. I also cant select a user defined field that has already been created, the right part of the form is greyed out and cant be selected.

    Has anybody found a solution to this?



  30. Grasshopper says:

    Open question regarding administrator rights:

    I understand only the database owner and other users who have administrator profiles (on the computer where the database resides) may customize BCM forms.  When I try to customize BCM forms as an other user with administrator rights I receive the message "To edit user-defined fields, you must be either the database owner or an admiistrator on the computer on which the database is located."  A check of the database tools from the database owner profile reveals that all other users are listed as "Administrator".  How do I fix this?  

    Thank you in advance for your input.

  31. GREGMIC says:


    Is there a way of defining calculated or derived  as user defined fields and then creating views based on them?



  32. Facileo says:

    Quicl question: Can I import a .oft for BCM contact instead of a .bcmx file?  It worked all the way where it stated at

    I successfully imported the customization file, But it does not change the form or show up anywhere. Where it suppose to be shown?


  33. rambcm says:

    Due to high data volume we need some automatic update of business contacts and oportunities. We found how to update contacts (msdn) BUT not enough on how to update Oportunities. We know and are able to automatic creation of Oportunities (basic data come in excel) but we don´t know hot to update an Oportunity for instance to change the selling phase.

    Can you post where to look at?


  34. cspaeth says:

    We are a small startup company in the UK.  I have used ACT! for the last 15 years at very least.  I have recently changed over to BCM 2007 and I am looking to achieve some basic functionality in BCM 2007 that is quite easily accomplished in ACT! but apparently not in BCM 2007.

    1)  I am looking to write letters to a single contact and have that logged in the history.  I have been researching and from what I am getting is that it is simply not available but I find that hard to accept being that BCM 2007 seems so comprehensive and this is such a common a basic requirement. Am I missing something?

    2) I am looking to customize the display/screen/form for each and every aspect of the contact.  I want to be able to change what fields are displayed on the standard forms,  I want to be able to change the colors, I want to be able to change the tab order, etc….and on and on.  This is quite easily accomplished in ACT! but all I can seem to come up with is that I can add customized or personalized fields in either the left or right hand column of the form.  I was looking for a "form editor" where I could pick and choose fields, their locations, colors of backgrounds, add some company logos, etc…..once again for such a robust program I feel I am overlooking something.

    3)  The update/change of data fields.  Once again, in ACT! I was able to change the values of data fields for an individual record or a query that I had created.  For example, as I enterd a new record I had a field that was called "literture status" and for new contacts I would set that to "Send Catalog"  At day end I would run a query on the "literature status" field and everyone with the status of "Send catalog" would pop up, I would print off labels, and the got to Edit/Replace and chang the status of that field to "Sent Version X" and I would update another date field to todays date for the most recent catalog sent.  Once again this is quite the simple procedure but I can’t seem to find an easy way to do it with BCM 2007.  

    4) I use a Blackberry and being able to interface with BCM would be quite wonderful.  From what I read this is soon to come.  How soon?

    Any input is appreciated.

    Thank you!


  35. BcmFutureUser says:

    BCM will be implemented in my company and I ahve the task to make it fit our needs.

    I am studying the report function AND I have seen that it is possible to customize reports using the modifying pane BUT is it possible to STORE thus customization and recall it each time I want to make a new report as report will ALWAYS require the same fields and I DO NOT (indeed my boss does not) want to open the modifying pane each time and select the same all check boxes.

    Thanks by advance for your help

    (I can code some html, so a coding solution is as welcome as any solution)

  36. brad.covell says:

    I am programmatically importing an Access database into BCM and using the following code:

    Outlook.ContactItem newAccount = (Outlook.ContactItem)accounts.Items.Add("IPM.Contact.BCM.Account");

                       newAccount.FullName = account["accountname"].Trim();

                       newAccount.FileAs = account["accountname"].Trim();

                     //  newAccount.AccountNumber = account["accountnumber"];

    However, it appears that AccountNumber, TypeOfBusiness and Active are not valid properties on the account object. What am I doing wrong? These are the only three properties I have left to import.



  37. Jerry Blake says:

    Hi BcmFutureUser,

    This is a good suggestion.  It is not supported currently.  The closest solution to your problem is to save and open the saved reports.


  38. Jerry Blake says:

    Hi Brad,

    Please refer to the documentation.

    The property names should be used "as is."  In your case above, there is no space between account and name.


  39. brad.covell says:


    Thank you very much for your suggestion, however

    I have looked at the documentation but I think I’m still missing something obvious. Was wondering if you could help me further? I have a snippet of my code below but could send you the whole thing if you like.

    The StringDictionary account object just contains some key-value pairs from the Access database that I’m attempting to import. When I attempt to set the Account Number property of the BCM account an exception is thrown. I have also tried newAccount.AccountNumber = some value but that also fails.

    Can you help please? I really appreciate it. Thanks

    /// <summary>

           /// Create a BCM Account

           /// </summary>

           private void CreateAccounts(ArrayList accountList)




                   Outlook.ApplicationClass _app = new Outlook.ApplicationClass();

                   Outlook.Application olApp = (Outlook.Application)_app;

                   Outlook.NameSpace olNameSpace = _app.GetNamespace("MAPI");

                   Outlook.Folders folders = olNameSpace.Session.Folders;

                   Outlook.Folder bcmRootFolder = (Outlook.Folder)folders["Business Contact Manager"];

                   Outlook.Folder accounts = (Outlook.Folder)bcmRootFolder.Folders["Accounts"];

                   Outlook.UserProperty userProp;

                   int counter = 0;

                   foreach (StringDictionary account in accountList)


                       Outlook.ContactItem newAccount = (Outlook.ContactItem)accounts.Items.Add("IPM.Contact.BCM.Account");

                       newAccount.FullName = account["accountname"].Trim();

                       newAccount.FileAs = account["accountname"].Trim();

                       newAccount.OfficeLocation = account["officelocation"].Trim();

                       newAccount.ItemProperties["Account Number"].Value = "2"; //fails object reference not set to an instance of an object


  40. Jerry Blake says:

    Hi brad.covell,

    Try this code:

    Outlook.UserProperty userProp;

    if (newAccount.UserProperties["Account Number"] == null)


                   userProp = newAccount.UserProperties.Add("Account Number", Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook.OlUserPropertyType.olText, false, false);

                   userProp.Value = "2";


    These examples are given in the Concepts section of the above developer guide.


  41. v-2rshai says:

    hi create a business contact

    click on customise forms

    iam unable to add the field TYPE

    I AM able to add any word to filed except the word TYPE.

    it says this user defined field already exists

    i tried to add it from general and user defined field

    same issue  and i removed all the contacts from outlook as well as bcm

    i just added only 1 contact still the same error

    any help will be appriciated

  42. BcmFutureUser says:


    It is me again. I have started to use the trail version of Outlook2007 with BCM and I have created a project with 2 new fields (Incredible !!) one is "amount of the transaction" and the 2nd is "Probability". I have make a report about this project and export it into Excel. Then in Excel, I had a lot of company logos and format and I have created a 3rd field "Weighted amount" which is the multiplication of the 2 others fields. I have saved it

    In 3 months I will have a better view of my project so the "Probability" field will change. So I will change it in my BCM project.

    How can I make to have it automatically changed in my Excel report? I mean I do not want to create BCM report, then export to Excel, then redo all my format and recreate the 3rd column.

    There should be a mean to link my Excel report to Outlook BCM databse, no? And if so how?

    If this is not possible, could it be possible to add  this 3rd field as a customized field of my BCM project form AND having this field filled automatically based on the values in the 2 other fields using a formula (as in Excel?)

    (just to sound less childdish, in fact, the fields I want to create are a bit more complex and it is not me who does not want to redo the Excel thing, it is my boss!!!)

  43. v-2rshai says:

    Hi All,

    When I try to insert a new field "TYPE" I get an error message telling me that the field can’t be used because it is already defined.This is the first contcat i have created in business contacts as well as outlook contacts there where doses this filed exists?



    Raffi Shaik

  44. ncsi says:

    I have created a custom report that adds a column for "Gross Profit" but can’t find a way to make the column total with BCM. Do I really have to export the file to Excel to get the totals for this column every time I run the report?

  45. v-2rshai says:

    hi can any one give me the link to download business contact manager hand book for version 3.



    Raffi Shaik

  46. Rsome84 says:

    Why in the world would you NOT want to display the Company Name of each business contact when using a report?  It seems to me that this program was written to allow business people to store, edit and find information about their business contacts – which in most cases, I think, includes the name of their company.

    How could something so simple be left out of program designed for this purpose???

  47. Jerry Blake says:


    Unfortunately this is not supported in this release. Will are considering this for our future releases.



  48. ivor1023 says:

    I want to use BlackBerry to sync the data in BCM.

    However, I found the customizied fields do not show up in the blackberry.

    Is there any way to let the BB display the customized fields?

  49. Jerry Blake says:

    What mobile application are you using to sync your blackberry with desktop? Microsoft BCM mobile application is not currnetly supported on  Blackberry.



  50. captbackfire says:

    Is there any code, project, or 3rd party application that will allow me to export or save custom views?  My customer lost all their views after their SBS crashed and their profiles were rebuilt.  Please advise.

    BTW, I now have 2 customers using BCM 2007 as their primary CRM and so far they’re all very happy (with the previous anecdote as the only exception).  Good product, so far, BCM Team.  Keep it up.

  51. Jon-Netvue says:

    Have just started top seriously work with BCM and I have three queries:

    1) When I customize the fields list for a project task, the change doesn’t stick. For example I add the Due Date field and arrange by Due Date, then close the project. When I re-open the project the Due Date field has gone and arrange order is back to previous.

    2) When I customize the Projects list by adding the Company field, that field is blank. Shouldn’t it display the Company name from the linked business contact’s Company field? If not, where is the Company field data meant to come from please?

    3) In case these are Service Pack issues I have tried to apply BCM SP1, because the version numbers of BCM files I have (3.0.5828.0) are lower than the version numbers indicated for BCM SP1 files on the release notes (3.0.6912.0). However I get a message saying "This Update has already been applied or was included in an update that has been applied". What gives here?

    Thanks, Jon

  52. pchaopricha says:

    How do I access the Assigned To field in the account from VBA?  I tried UserProperties("Assigned To") but that’s not valid.  I was able to use .owner property if I was dealing with an Opportunity item, but at the account level there doesn’t seem to be one. Any help would be great.



  53. Jerry Blake says:


    Please use UserProperties("Assigned To User") instead of UserProperties("Assigned To") to access the Assigned To field in the account from VBA.


    Vinit [MSFT]

  54. kflorian says:

    In what respective SQL table is the custom field data stored for Accounts and Contacts?

    I want to create queries in SQL/Access that are not possible in the BCM interface but I am not doing this through VBA right now.


  55. aaronshim says:

    Do you have any plans to lockdown BCM? For example – If a remote user leaves the company that person will have an offline copy of the BCM database :$

  56. chikkitta says:

    BCM will probably be implemented in my company and I’ve read that only the database owner or administrator has the permission to customize forms. What does this mean exactly? Can only the Administrator add new customized fields, customize the drop-down lists and customize the dahboard?  Can he also unable the e-mail auto-link bottom for the end-users?

  57. Jerry Blake says:

    Hi Chikkitta

    A database can be shared out to multiple people, however only the database owner (i.e. The person who created the database) or an Administrator (i.e. A person with administrative rights on a machine) can make customization modifications. Thus, both database owner and Administrator can add new customized fields, customize drop down lists and customize the dashboard.

    Emails are stored in your local outlook pst file and bcm just saves a link to it with 4 k of data. So, when you open the email from BCM history item we just find that email in your pst and launch it for you.


    Vinit [MSFT]

  58. Jerry Blake says:


    This looks like very specific to sql. i would recommend you going through to solve this problem



  59. Jim Lewis says:

    I notice BCM Project Tasks show up in the Outlook 2007 ToDo Bar/To-Do List but the BCM Project task priority is not the same as an OL Task Priority.  An interesting task management scheme, Total Workday Control, 2nd ed. by M. Linenberger, emphasizes grouping tasks by priority, sorting by start date in descending order, and not viewing only tasks with a start date of today or earlier.  I could apply that view to Project tasks if I could give each BCM task a priority.

    I am running BCM on 1.5 to 1.8 GHz Core Duo portables under Windows Vista SP1 (2 Gb memory), NIS 2008, and it’s pretty SLOW compared to OL 2007, especially slow when a copy is connected to the master dB – and I hardly have anything in my database.  The power of BCM is great but I think you’ll need to make it A LOT speedier or we’ll need true parallel processing with those 8 core chips to make it really usable.

  60. Jim Lewis says:

    The priority field on a BCM form is called Project Task Priority but the actual name of the underlying field is "Activity Priority!?"  Is this a bug or a feature?.  The Priority field available in the Search bar is the "priority" of an Outlook Task.  It is impossible to search on a Project Task priority because Activity Priority is not available in the Add Criteria box (although Activity Priority can be added to the Table View from the User-Defined Forms).

    If you do define a Custom Table View in the BCM Task Views section and add Activity Priority, you can group on this field and create a view that duplicates the Manage Your Now view recommended by Linenberger for Outlook itself (great!).

    For Outlook Tasks, there does not seem to be any simple way to add Activity Priority to an Outlook Task.ipm form.  If there were Outlook Tasks and BCM tasks might be grouped by priority in the ToDo Bar view.

    There does not seem to be a way to copy BCM Tasks or BCM Projects with associated tasks to use them as a template for a new repeat project (clone) with similar tasks.  If Task start dates could be taken relative to a Project start date, then one could reschedule all the subordinate tasks in a cloned project just by resetting the project start date.

    Some of this stuff one could say "Go use Microsoft Project" but Project is so incredibly clunky relative to BCM.  BCM has the tools to handle many small projects at once in one place (one Inbox).

  61. Jim Lewis says:

    Found that I could create a custom view but if I didn’t make all the changes to Fields, Grouping, Filters, Other Settings, Automatic Formatting, etc., right at the creation, that I could not reopen and modify the Custom View that I had created-after modification only the initial setup features were retained!?  Is this a feature or a bug?!  Seems like it needs to be fixed.

  62. Jerry Blake says:

    Hi Jim

    Thanks for you feedback on your previous post. We’ll definately consider this for our next release.

    Regarding your custom view, it works absolutely fine for me. BCM just inherits Outlook’s functionality as far as view is concerned.Make sure you have all the updates from Outlook and try it again.



  63. jdentremont says:

    How do i run a report for Contacts, that exposes custom user-defined fields from Accounts? In other words, how do i perform a join between Accounts and Contacts and set a filter on a custom field in one of the tables?


  64. Jerry Blake says:


    Business Contacts and Accounts are two different entities and currently we dont have any mechanism to join the two. Hence, we dont support this as of now but would definately consider this for our future releases


    Vinit [MSFT]

  65. hshaw says:

    Hi I’m having trouble customizing the view in BCM.  For example when I try to customize the current view I can add a column or a field but when I close outlook and start it up again the column has been removed.  Am I doing something wrong?



  66. Jerry Blake says:

    Hi Daniel

    Could you please make sure you have all the updates for Outlook AND bcm installed?


    Vinit [MSFT]

  67. hshaw says:


    I just installed SP1 for Office 2007 and i’m running Version 3.00.7311.00 of BCM.  Are there any updates available for this?

  68. hshaw says:

    Can anyone help with this?  We still can’t save customized views.  Outlook and BCM have the latest updates installed.  Anyone else having the same problem?

  69. bcmteam says:


    Sorry for the late reply.I cannot repro it on my test machines. Is it the same behavior with Outlook contact view as well?


    Vinit [MSFT]

  70. hshaw says:

    Hi thanks for the reply.

    No Outlook works fine.  If I click to add a new field to a screen it is there when I reopen Outlook.

    If I do the same in BCM, specifically the "Projects" tab, and add a field under "Open Business Projects" it is not there when I restart Outlook.



  71. Gary L says:

    I’ve been through View -> Current View -> Define Views etc etc trying to change the default view for any of the content in BCM, but have yet to find a way to save changes.  When I change views and come back the data is back to the original layout.

    Read in forums elsewhere that it’s not supported, but I can’t imagine why.  PLEASE tell me there is a way to customize default views (selected columns, column order, and width, for example).

    Using 2007 ver.

  72. hshaw says:

    That is exactly the same problem we are having!  We think BCM is great but unless we can customize the view it is totally useless to us.

  73. bcmteam says:


    Could you please give me exact repro steps for this and i’ll look in to it? As of now i cannot repro it on my test machines here.


    Vinit [MSFT]

  74. hshaw says:

    Well specifically we are using Outlook 2007 connected to Exchange 2003.  The BCM database is located on one of our file servers and each of our users connect to that.

    All we did was a default install of BCM, set up the database on the file server and added the relevant domain users.

    Workstations are a mixture of XP SP3 and Vista SP1 with a default install of Office Enterprise 2007 and BCM 2007.



  75. Gary L says:

    Clients are running Outlook 2007 on XP Pro, connecting to server on the local domain running Windows Server 2003 and SQL Server 2005 SP2.  Currently 3 clients are able to connect and view the shared sbcm db.  All are able to make changes to the db.

    Please let me know if you need any more info.


  76. nigel brown says:


    It seems that if I add new fields to the phone list for example, email or country region then although BCM shows that when you move the view to something else then it loses the customised phone list view I had setup. How do you alter a phone list and add fields which are then saved when you open it again??



  77. bcmteam says:

    Hi Nigel

    I have not been able to repro View problems that other people on this forum are facing as well. Could you please send me good repro steps? Also make sure you have all the latest updates for Outlook and BCM.



  78. nigel brown says:

    Ok. We are running server 2003 with exchange and there are 4 pcs running outlook/office 2007 with BCM.

    1. Go BCM Home/business contacts/navigation pane/current view(choose phone list).


    3. My objective here is to add two more fields,COUNTRY REGION,EMAIL.

    4. I do this by right clicking the top field toolbar and selecting CUSTOMIZE CURRENT VIEW/FIELDS/COUNTRY REGION=ADD/EMAIL=ADD.

    5 This puts these fields into the phone list and populates them with data.

    6. HOWEVER… soon as you leave that view it loses those settings. This is a critical customisation. SO… 1. How do we get it to save the customised view and  2. distribute it to the other users.??


  79. nigel brown says:

    Also, could you list the very latest updates that are specific to BCM and Outlook 2007 so that I can check.Would these be distributed to me via automatic updates normally?


  80. nigel brown says:

    Is Anyone Out there???? Submitted two queries two days ago above.

  81. bcmteam says:

    Hi Nigel

    Windows Update should take care of that for you. Could you Define a new view and see if your columns get persisted? For some reason it doesnt repro on my test box here.


    Vinit [MSFT]

  82. nigel brown says:

    ok new view defined using the zip/postal code. Add country region move away from that view and it is lost when I go back.

    This is not something that has to be done on the server is it? as i am doing it on a client machine. Or something to do with permissions?

    What is the difference between User Defined Fields and Customise current view?

    Also how would you distribute a default view of my own to other users as their default view??

    At the moment nothing is customiseable.Please advise asap.


  83. bcmteam says:


    it doesn’t seem that you are actually creating a new view, but reusing zip/code view. So, try this

    1. Go to Contacts/Business Contacts

    2. In the toolbar click View->Current View->Define Views

    3. Click ‘New’

    4. Enter the name for the view, select type “Table” and check radio button “Visible for everyone”

    5. In the appeared dialog select fields and add required fields

    6. Click ‘OK’

    7. Then ‘Apply View’

    8. This view should be available now

    Let me know if this view sticks


    Vinit [MSFT]

  84. nigel brown says:

    Hi, Yes that works. Thanks Very much. Is there a way of keeping the column widths as well as these resort to default when moving back and forth in the view?

    Thanks Again


  85. nigel brown says:

    Hi again,

    With ref to above,I can now create a new view list BUT the formatting of the columns does not stick. Things like the column width and the order the columns display constantly revert back to some kind of default view.

    So one down but I feel a few more to go.


  86. hshaw says:

    That works for me too but…why do we have to define new views?  Why can’t we customize pre-existing views?



  87. nigel brown says:

    Yes I agree. Can you get your column formatting to stick within the view?


  88. bcmteam says:

    Hi Nigel

    Can you go back to the view that you created i.e. In the toolbar click View->Current View->Define Views and select your view and hit Modify button. In the dialog, hit Format Column. Choose the columns you want to change the width for. Apply the changes. See if that persists the changes


    Vinit [MSFT]

  89. nigel brown says:

    Hi. Tried that a few times and it  reformats but only temporarily. ie you leave the view and return and it is back to original.

    Any other things we can try?


  90. Mazro says:


    I’m an IT – BDM and I’m facing the following show stopper:

    my sales year starts in july 2008 and ends in june 2009. Now if i have an opportunity with a close date on March 2009 then it wont show any where in the opportunity pipeline chart, obviously coz the BCM year ends 31st December 2008.

    is there a way to change the BCM year end in a flexible way? any ideas?


  91. Gary L says:

    So I’ve tried everything mentioned in this thread and still cannot persist any changes in BCM.  Sounds like this is only happening with client/server configuration.  Can anyone recommend a solution?  (Can be something other than BCM)


  92. Mazro says:

    whats going on guys? posted a customization inquiry couple of days ago with no answer ! is this thread still active?


  93. bcmteam says:

    Hi Maz

    Sorry for the late reply. This is something by design in BCM 2007. We do appreciate your feedback and would consider it in our future releases.


    Vinit [MSFT]

  94. bcmteam says:

    Hi Gary

    Did you try this?

    1. Go to Contacts/Business Contacts

    2. In the toolbar click View->Current View->Define Views

    3. Click ‘New’

    4. Enter the name for the view, select type “Table” and check radio button “Visible for everyone”

    5. In the appeared dialog select fields and add required fields

    6. Click ‘OK’

    7. Then ‘Apply View’

    8. This view should be available now

    Let me know if this view sticks



  95. Gary L says:

    Does not stick.  I set up a local sbcm test db on my machine just to rule out any client/server issues.

    Office 2007 SP1, XP SP3, BCM 3.00.7311.00

    If I leave BCM and return, the original view is active.  I can restore my newly created view by going to View -> Current View -> [Custom View], but I want to change the *default* view.

  96. nigel brown says:

    Hi, I posted an earlier enquiry and the following did work for us However you cannot get any formatting of column widths etc to stick so what is going on here. I cannot believe this was Excluded  as a design FEATURE!! due to the fact that all the workflow to make it happen IS there. : Anyway this one allows a user(me and 5 other clients) to create a view and the view sticks, is shared, but no column formatting.

    Did you try this?

    1. Go to Contacts/Business Contacts

    2. In the toolbar click View->Current View->Define Views

    3. Click ‘New’

    4. Enter the name for the view, select type “Table” and check radio button “Visible for everyone”

    5. In the appeared dialog select fields and add required fields

    6. Click ‘OK’

    7. Then ‘Apply View’

    8. This view should be available now

    Let me know if this view sticks



  97. Gary L says:

    No, that is the same procedure posted earlier.  Does not work on any of our client PCs.

  98. rhenard says:

    Hi Nigel/Gary/et al – If the problem of view layouts not sticking had not wasted such an inordinate amount of my time almost a year ago, it would be laughable. Here’s a program, which gives you infinite tools to customize the way the information is viewed (which obviously is the most critical part of the program to any user or the information is useless) and then can’t make the view stick. INSANE!! And then says it’s a design feature. (Microsoft has a very interesting definition of design. After probably at least 100 hours with tier 3 tech people & their managers, I’ve concluded it means it’s a bug in the program that we recognize and just can’t – or won’t spend the resources to – fix) Literally, I did spend at least 100+ hours on this very issue with MS a year ago. It’s a bug. It should be fixed so that the program retains the changes you make since you are given the ability to make them, and MS makes a big deal of this ability. But no, this hasn’t happened yet even though I was told it was one of the things that was a recognized problem that would be addressed in SP1. Right! So this post is long enough. I will post the solution in the following post.

  99. rhenard says:

    The work around MS sent me to fix the view not sticking problem:

    1.) In the Outlook Navigation Pane, expand the "Business Contact Manager" folder and right-click on "Search Folders"

    2.) Click "New Search Folder…"

    3.) Type "My Open Business Projects" in the Name textbox

    4.) Select "Business Projects" from the item type list

    5.) Click "Filter…" to define which projects will be displayed

    6.) Under the "Percent Complete" section, check the box next to "Condition", select Less Than (<) from the drop-down list and type 100 in the Value box

    7.) Click the "Review Results" tab to verify that the correct set of projects is displayed, then click "OK"

    8.) Click "OK" to create the search folder

    9.) Display search folder contents just created by clicking the Outlook Navigation Pane, expanding the "Business Contact Manager" folder and choosing the search folder just created. At this point make all revisions and changes until you completely have the view you want. See table next page.

    9b.) Create a new custom view from the Outlook menu by clicking "View | Current View | Define  Views…."

    10.) Click "Copy" and type a name for your view

    11.) Click "Modify" to adjust the fields, groupings, sort order, etc.

    12.) Click "OK", then click "Apply View"

    13.) Now go to the BCM home page, select the Projects tab, then click the "Add or Remove Content"

    14.) Uncheck the box next to "Open Business Projects"

    15.) Scroll down to the bottom of the list and check the box next to your new search folder, "My Open Business Projects Search Folder", then click "OK".

    This has worked pretty well. You can use basically the same idea to layout multiple views. E.g. My "My Open Business Projects – Home" view has two sections: One the "Open Business Projects"; and 2) The Open tasks view associated with these projects. I had to go throught the above steps seperately with the projects, and then the tasks. You can then chose both at the step 14 & 15 level above.

    If you want to make subsequent changes, go back to your search folder definition and make them there. They will then (cross your fingers usually) then show up in your final view.

    Good Luck, because now I have another issue, see next post.

  100. rhenard says:

    In the "Status" field for tasks, the <Edit this list…> option no longer appears. I’ve even tried manually putting in the text above, and it does not bring me to the editor. This feature still works for my "Projects", but not for my "Tasks".

    What gives? Please advise.

    (And see my above two posts, I hope this is not another "design" feature. I.e., "By design this functionality is only meant to be available for the first nn months you use BCM. After that it is designed to self destruct."

  101. purplepeche says:

    Hi – a BCM newbie –

    we just started out working with BCM outlook 2007 and we enjoy t a lot.

    But – we have some sync problems with user-defined fields that we have added to the business contact form.

    The shared database is on PC1

    The database was made on PC1

    PC2 is connected over LAN to the share BCM database

    The user-defined fields are made on PC1

    The userdefined fileds shows up perfectly on both PC


    When PC1 adds content/changes content to the u-fields – it doesn´t show up on PC2

    When PC2 adds content/changes content to the u-fields it shows up perfectly on PC1

    we have tried to restart, adding the u-fields from PC2,Working offline/online an what so ever.

    The changes made by PC1 are not synchronized.

    All other changes made by PC1 in the pre-configured Business Contact fields are perfectly synchronized. Everything is perfectly sync´ed – except the user-fields we have added.

    Would be very happy for a reply

    best regards from germany


  102. ToughD says:

    I’m having trouble getting certain customized reports created. Please tell me if what I’m trying to do is a limitation of BCM 2007.

    I would like to create an Opportunities Report by Account that includes the Service/Products in the Opportunity.  I would also like to have on the same Report certain customized fields from Accounts.  It seems BCM has a limitation that it cannot create a report that crosses information to include fields from Accounts, Contacts, and Opportunities on one report.  If this is a BCM limitation please consider it for the next release.  Having one detailed report is much better than having to look at multiple reports for the same thing.

  103. erubash says:

    Is there a way to get specific User Defined Fields within a contact to Auto Populate to linked accounts, opportunities, projects with the same user defined fields.



  104. Pkgsys says:

    I have just had BCM installed on our server, I want each of my sales reps to use it for thier daily sales activity. Currently the way it is set up each of the sales reps can see each others data, entries. As the sales manager I would like to be able to see everyones activity, but would like for each sales rep to only see what they are working on. Is there a way to set this up?

    My next question is ….when you assign a new project to someone, is there a way for them to get notification, such as an email to let them know that a project or something has been assigned to them?



  105. bcmteam says:

    Hi Chuck

    Unfortunately BCM is not designed to have access control on any specific BCM entities. You might want to look to MS CRM for that. For BCM, once a user has access to the DB, he/she can pretty much access all the data in the database.

    You should be able to assign project tasks to the specific project owner and they should see reminders with in their outlook

    Hope this helps


    -Vinit  [MSFT]

  106. ccgir says:


    I was wondering if it was possible to show the details on an activity list report?

    At the moment, when i create a report for recent activity, it only shows the title of all the activities done. Is there a way to show everything in each and every activity when creating the report? It would really help me a lot if this were the case. If not, how do i customize that? is there a way to create an add in that can do it?

    Thanks so much! 🙂


  107. carlosia says:


    Anyone can tell me how to view propietary fields, the "Notes" field for example, in the "Professional contacts" form? I mean I can’t see any of these fields because they are not visible in the the form when I open a "Professional contact"

    I tried to modify the form using the "Design this form" option but it shows the outlook contacts form when I select the "professional contacts" form

    Thank you!


  108. Pip Shirley says:

    Have a few questions and wonder if anyone could help please:-


  109. Pip Shirley says:

    Have a few questions regarding BCM 2007 and wonder if anyone could help please:-

    1.  How do I prevent people from making changes to user-defined fields – want them to be able to see them, but not change?

    2.  How do I make global changes to the colour categories, at the moment the I, as the administrator make them, but then the other 6 people that have access to BCM have to do it indivdually?

    3.  How do I change the standard general view on an account?

    Thank you v much.


  110. bcmteam says:

    Hi Pip

    1. Only a DB owner and admin can customize the fields in BCM. There is no way to control the access to the value for those fields once someone has access to the db since BCM is not designed to do so.

    2.Once the database is shared and you assign categories to BCM items, all the users should see the changes.

    3.You should be able to customize the Form/Form View if you are the DB Owner

    I hope this helps


    -Vinit [MSFT]

  111. Pip Shirley says:

    Thank you for your help.


  112. guggesn says:

    I’ve read lots of posts in the forum and everything on this blog, but one answer is v. elusive. If one wants to modify reports to include SUBTOTALS and TOTALS for various fields in any report, how does one do this? The answer I found so far is that one has to use Access or SQL on the BCM DB to create reports outside what report modification allows. Please confirm this is the case, or tell me how to do this natively,



  113. K.I.S.S. says:

    Has anyone tried RHENARD’s detailed work around addressing the problem of customized views sticking?

    I simply want to customize two separate views for Accounts and Business Contacts. BCM Team, will it work for this?

    I am running Office 2007 SP2 and Windows XP Pro SP3.

    Currently, I have  been successfully in defining two views (thru hours of trying different approaches) but the formatting only sticks for Business Contacts. The defined view for Accounts loses all formatting (column width, renaming of fields) whether using ‘modify’ or ‘new’.

    What insight can the BCM Team give on this issue…how close is the team to releasing a fix for this bug?

    Is it possible for the BCM Team to make the view and formatting I require and email it or show it here?

    Also, why is the ‘Accounts field’ empty when has information that should be displayed? The information shows in the Form but doesn’t translate to the Views

    Thank you,


  114. jobilinn says:

    May be I missed it, but I really would like to remove/edit a form.  I can’t seem to find that.

    Also, on business contacts, is there a way to remove an entire tab.  My company has no need for the "Details" tab.

    Any thoughts or advice would be helpful!



  115. jimmytetley says:


    I am trying to customise a report to include people’s home phone number on a report, however when I click on modify report, there is no option to modify the report with people’s home phone numbers

    What can I do to solve this problem??


  116. JustMe90069 says:


    I closed the BCM home page in Outlook.  How can I reopen it.  It no longer appears in the tree view on the left.


  117. jspiriti says:

    IN BCM 2010 beta, the new customization is great… An issue that I have is that you have customization to rename accounts and contacts.  Why did you not allow for the same customization for projects?  Would love to be able to rename projects as well, so that we can customize seperate project forms under each new individual name… As it stands, we have to make one big "generic" project form.  Let me know if this is gonna be corrected or if there is a bypass..


  118. bcmteam says:

    Hi jspiriti,

    Thanks for your feedback on entity customization for projects. We’ll definately consider this for our future releases.

    We appreciate your feedback so please keep it coming.


    Vinit [MSFT]

  119. Carl-Johan Larsson says:

    Hi, it seems that i cannot customize the contacts form (or any other form). The button "Customize Form" is disabled. I am using a shared database.

    How can i fix this?

  120. tjflemings says:

    I just installed BCM 2007 on my win XP,SP3 machine. I had to roll back to SP2 to get it to install. Everything is working now that all 35 updates have installed EXCEPT one thing. My reports do not contain closed opportunities and I cannot adjust the filters so that they are written to the reports. I was a long time BCM 2003 user. I cant get my work done if I cant create reports with closed opportunities in them. Any suggestions for what is wrong?

  121. greg1982 says:

    I am trying to customize my Account field titles, but after I do so and close out of BCM or go to another view, when I come back to BCM my changes to the fields are gone and it has returned to its default. My custom changes won’t stick. Any suggestions?? Thanks.

  122. wraith81 says:

    I’ve just come in to work today and all the custom defined views in our BCM 2007 database which were all fine yesterday (and previously) have disappeared. We can create new ones but can’t find the old ones anywhere. How do I go about recovering these? Thanks,

  123. pajics says:


    Is it possible to make an add-in for outlook bcm (2007 preferably, but 2010 is an option) that will control what contacts are shown depending on the user that is logged, or if a contact can be shown in read-only mode?

    Thanks in advance!

  124. pajics says:

    Sorry for duplicate post, I've seen on previous page this a bit late:

    Unfortunately BCM is not designed to have access control on any specific BCM entities. You might want to look to MS CRM for that. For BCM, once a user has access to the DB, he/she can pretty much access all the data in the database.

  125. Andrew Schoelkopf says:

    I have tried many times to customize the "Opportunities" section of Business Contact Manager but have had no success.  The dialogue box functions, the changes are seen on my screen and when I leave BCM and then come back in the next day, the customizations are always gone.  I have tried creating a new view and saving that as well and when I reenter BCM, it is always reset to the defaults.  I see from several blogs that a number of users have had this issue.  Is there a fix for it that any of the readers is aware of?  Thank you very much.

  126. Jerry Blake:  In the Opportunities default form their is a field "Expiration Date"  I've just begun to use this field to track contract expiration dates.

    However when I open an Opportunity Report and click choose columns to include in the report, Expiration Date does not appear.

    How can I make it appear?


    As an aside one item that is makes BCM 2010 very laborious to use in a SaaS or Cloud business environment is having to manually create an opportunity for every revenue opportunity.

    As MSFT knows in SaaS or Cloud business you will have a multi-year contract (generally 1- 3 years) with revenue billed monthly.  

    For an Account Opportunity it would be helpful to be able to create a master opportunity, with all fields filled in, then clone it say 36 tinmes for 36 monthly billings and ideally have a Delivery Date menu where you 1. select monthly 2. that day of Delivery for each of the 36 months going forward from the first date in the master.  

    A more laborious method, but less so than current method,  would be to edit the cloned 36 Opportunities' Delivery Date for each 36 Delivery Dates.

    Thank you in advance for your input


  127. RedRunRiot says:

    I'd like all my tabs to have the same columns, and in the same order, is there a way to standardise this? or Copy them?

    I saw the post about Adding or Removing from The homepage on the top right, but I can't find that option.Which exactly is the homepage, if this works for you, how about a screenshot? (hopeful)

    I've tried to set up sharing on a local network, I need to change the logon password, I can't see where I would do this, nor can I delete a computer that I share with, all I can do is uncheck them. Anyone know how to change this?

    All names and types of logons is confusing. I am sure it doesn't help that my coworker is has an email address that is somehow just appears to be hers, but is really the email of the person who held that job previously.

  128. Moshe Handler says:

    In BCM 2007 When we create new project, we can only link to ACCOUNTS and CONTACT NAMES Databases. I want to link to any Database I create in my system.

    I want that projects should give me the ability to link to TRADE NAMES (my custom database) or Contacts entered under the BUSINESS CONTACT MANAGER contacts as well. (see example below)

    How can I configure BCM 2007 to allow me to do this?


    BCM only allows me to choose from folders named ACCOUNTS and BUSINESS CONTACTS from the drop down menu.

    What I want is the ability to choose from all the available databases as seen below.

    Can this be done?

    If yes, How can I do it?

    Thank you for your help