Microsoft's Guide to Building Business Applications with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011

If you're a Microsoft Dynamics CRM ISV or developer, and you still haven't checked out what's new in Dynamics CRM 2011, Microsoft's white paper Building Business Applications with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 is probably a good place to start.

Released in November, this document covers a wide range of capabilities in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 including the xRM Application Framework, the overall conceptual model of the application, modelling business data, the role-based UI, data visualization and reporting, utilizing Windows Azure and App Fabric, and other developer-focused capabilities like OData, WCF Web Services, LINQ, and workflows at varying levels of detail.

If nothing else, it is a good starting point on the application's landscape, giving a point of reference to both new and experienced Dynamics CRM developers.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 ISV White Paper