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June, 2009

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    Magic Quadrant for Midmarket and Tier 2-Oriented ERP for Product-Centric Companies (Gartner)

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    Microsoft Dynamics AX Positioned as a Leader in Midmarket and Tier 2-Oriented ERP Magic Quadrant.

    Despite mergers and acquisitions, there are many ERP offerings for midmarket companies and firms deploying Tier 2 ERP systems. This Magic Quadrant evaluates products that have a global presence and are specifically tailored for product-centric midmarket companies with roughly 100 to 1,000 employees.

    View the full report.

    --Kevin

    About the Gartner Inc. Magic Quadrant: The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted May 2009 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner’s analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the “Leaders” quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

    (1) Gartner, Inc. "Magic Quadrant for Midmarket and Tier-2 Oriented ERP for Product-Centric Companies" by C. Hestermann, R. Anderson and C. Pang, June 4, 2009

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    Partner Community Call - June 16 Web Seminar

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    Tomorrow's Microsoft Dynamics Partner Community Call features Craig Crescas, Microsoft Partner Technology Specialist, West Region.

    Creating Killer Proposals to Help You Win Deals!

    Transition your standard Microsoft Dynamics discovery and demonstrations into meaningful, relevant sales proposal presentations. Create separation between you and your competition – especially our toughest competitor lately - no-decisions. Convert your proposals from engagement letters back to bona fide sales tools. This session will teach you how to show:

    The economic impact of a prospect’s investment in Microsoft Dynamics. Why is a software purchase the most important capital investment today?Demonstrate the cost justification of a new ERP or CRM solution. Sales proposals that act as sales tools. Executive summaries providing TCO and capture financial gains/savings with investments in Microsoft Dynamics.

    This web seminar will be held on Tuesday, June 16 at 9:00am Pacific.

    Click here to register.

    --Kevin

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    Updated Versions of the Nucleus Research ERP ROI Tools

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    To close deals in today’s economic environment, it’s even more crucial to identify the precise business impact our solutions will have for each and every customer. The updated versions of the Nucleus Research ERP ROI Tools can help partners clearly demonstrate the business impact of a Microsoft Dynamics solution. You’ll find the ERP ROI tools and reports to develop a credible business case that confirms the business value of Microsoft ERP products.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics GP and 2007 Microsoft Office Suite Partner Resource Kit

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    In the face of an increasingly competitive and challenging marketplace, your customers are constantly forced to do more with less. As a result, they are demanding solutions that work smart—and lean. By educating them on how to effectively harness the power of their ERP systems, you can help them move their business—and yours—more securely into the future and even gain a competitive advantage.

    To work smart, businesses need software that reflects the way their people really work, so they can be more productive—and meet complex challenges. As a Microsoft partner, you are in a unique position to respond to these needs by offering solutions that can help your customers extend the reach of their technology to connect people, processes, and information, so they can respond quickly and with confidence to the changing demands of their business.

    With Microsoft Dynamics GP, you can help your customers to build a foundation for the future that goes beyond standalone applications, to extend their traditional ERP systems throughout their organization and transform their business. These resources have been created for you to help communicate, demonstrate and validate the combined power of Microsoft Dynamics GP and the Microsoft Office System.

    Also, make sure to visit the Extending the Reach website.

    --Kevin

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    The Partner Event - Sept 20-22

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    The Partner Event provides partners with an excellent opportunity to network, learn, and share ideas in an open and inviting atmosphere. The next event scheduled for September 20-22, 2009 in Fargo, ND.

    Registration for The Partner Event 2009 is available now!

    The Partner Channel's regular speakers plus some new faces are working on session content right now. On Thursday, June 18, partners will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite session ideas, helping The Partner Channel make sure that The Partner Event is delivering what partners want. Final event content will then be shared on Thursday, June 25.

    In the meantime, you can view the agenda and read about the Keynote Sessions.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 vs Intuit QuickBooks Enterprise version 9.0 analysis

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    A NEW Accounting Library comparison of Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 and Intuit QuickBooks Enterprise version 9.0 is now available! Discover the high-level functionality differences between these two applications to help prospects and partners understand why moving to Microsoft Dynamics GP continues to be a Smart Move.

    To download the analysis, navigate to the Partner Resource Kit for Competitive Migration for Microsoft Dynamics GP on PartnerSource, then look under the "Evaluate" section and you'll find:  The Accounting Library review of GP vs. QB Enterprise (Updated).

    --Kevin

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    Partner Community Call - June 9 Web Seminar

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    Tomorrow's Microsoft Dynamics Partner Community Call features Barbara Pfeiffer from The Nurture Institute.

    Marketing Execution on a Shoestring

    Over the past few months, our marketing focused community calls have covered your marketing plan, your online presence, and relationships and referrals. Now we will bring these core pieces together with a focus on AFFORDABLE, impactful demand generation.

    This web seminar will be held on Tuesday, June 9 at 9:00am Pacific.

    Click here to register.

    --Kevin

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    Enhanced Ready-to-Go Campaigns for Microsoft Dynamics

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    We’re pleased to announce updates for two key Ready-to-Go campaigns:

    Microsoft Dynamics CRM Ready-to-Go Campaign  

    Microsoft Dynamics GP Ready-to-Go Campaign (Formerly Microsoft Dynamics Financial Management Solutions)

    Our Ready-to-Go Campaigns for Microsoft Dynamics give partners guidance and targeted resources for marketing and selling solutions to small and mid-sized businesses. Over the past year, our partners have made extensive use of campaign offerings, and we’re committed to meeting their requests to enhance the site. These new updates deliver enhancements to Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Microsoft Dynamics GP campaigns that we’ll continue to build on through FY10.

    What’s new for both campaigns?

    For both Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Microsoft Dynamics GP campaigns, we’ve added key offerings that topped the list for partner feedback:

    • Fully customizable direct marketing and event templates: Partners can now quickly and easily modify ALL content, including copy and creative graphics, for their direct mail and event communications. We’re still providing strong messaging copy, great design templates, and the ability to add partner branding and information—but now partners have new flexibility that ensures their materials meet unique needs.
    • Simplified navigation and access to resources: Partners now have at-a-glance views of campaign processes, offered at the top of the page in a "Table of Contents," along with the ability to quickly navigate to specific resources and tools. Our goal is to lay out a clear process that partners can choose to follow start to finish, while giving them the option to explore and utilize areas most relevant to their sales and marketing needs.

    --Kevin

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    The GET MORE! Microsoft Dynamics GP Sales Webinar Series

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    Didn’t get a chance to attend the most popular Microsoft Dynamics GP partner event of the year? Not to worry! After exceeding the maximum registration in nearly every city visited across the United States and Canada (twelve in all), the Microsoft Dynamics GP Product Management and Marketing teams have recorded the Get More! Microsoft Dynamics GP Sales Seminar into a 4 part web seminar series for you to view on demand! One of the highest ranked series of events based on completed evaluation this year, over 250 Microsoft Dynamics GP partners resoundingly stated they would recommend this seminar to others.

    Register to access these on demand web seminars through the links provided below:

    --Kevin

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    Questions? Online Chat is Available Now!

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    Our Chat Now service is now available on the Partner Community website for all Microsoft Dynamics Partner Community members. This service allows users the ability to chat online with a live Microsoft Dynamics sales representative. Try the Chat Now service for the fastest resolution to your presales, sales, and marketing questions.

    Chat Now gives partners personal service in a convenient, instant-message style format. With one click, you can start a chat conversation to get marketing and sales questions resolved in real time without delay.

    Normal service hours are 8:00am to 5:00pm Central Time.

    --Kevin

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