Peter A. Jensen
I have been with Microsoft since 2002, but I have been with Dynamics even longer, starting out with a Dynamics NAV partner in 1992. I currently lead the Partner Programs team in the US Dynamics organization and look forward to keeping in touch with the US Dynamics Partner Community on this blog.
Excitement is building over the upcoming release of Microsoft Dynamics POS 2009! This next-generation point-of-sale application, which is scheduled for general availability on August 1, 2009, is part of our continued long-term investment in the Microsoft Dynamics roadmap for retail.
Microsoft Dynamics POS 2009 will offer your customers new and improved features and functionality—like easier navigation, unparalleled sales insights and better inventory management—which they can use to deliver truly outstanding service.
Get Ready to Start Selling and Get Certified!
We are sure you share Microsoft's excitement about this new release and are eager to begin selling it. To ensure a smooth introduction, please take the following steps to ensure that you're ready when Microsoft Dynamics POS 2009 becomes available on August 1, 2009:
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.
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
GP Partner Connections is pleased to announce the dates for the 2009 Conference. For its inaugural year, the Conference will occur in conjunction with the Dynamics GP User Group Summit, providing the greatest opportunity for partners attending the Summit to get involved in the GP Partner Connections Conference.
Taking place Saturday, September 12 through Monday, September 14 at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois, the GP Partner Connections Conference will feature:
Click here to learn more about GP Partner Connections and the Conference.
Microsoft is making a number of changes to its U.S. and worldwide Small and Midmarket Solutions & Partners (SMS&P) divisions that are set to take effect July 1.
In the U.S. SMS&P group, Michael Park, current corporate vice president, will assume a new role as corporate vice president of Microsoft Business Solutions Sales, Marketing and Operations. Park joined Microsoft in 2005 after stints at SAP and Siebel, and in May 2006 engineered a shakeup in Microsoft's partner program that saw Robert Deshaies take over for Margo Day as the head of Microsoft's U.S. Partner Group.
Phil Sorgen, who spent the last three-and-a-half years as president of Microsoft Canada, will take Park's place. Eric Gales, who for the past three years has headed up Microsoft Canada's SMS&P Canada operations, will fill Sorgen's vacated post.
Gales previously spent seven years in the United Kingdom as a director in the Microsoft U.K. SMS&P business, and he'll report to Robert Youngjohns, Microsoft corporate vice president and president of Microsoft North America.
Changes are also coming to Microsoft's Worldwide SMS&P group. Birger Steen, current vice president of Microsoft Russia, will take over the role of vice president of Worldwide SMB and Distribution.
Steen has been with Microsoft Russia since 2004 and has worked to raise the profile of the company within that country. In his new role, Steen will report to Eduardo Rosini, Microsoft corporate vice president.
Also reporting to Rosini will be Max Long, who will take over the new Worldwide SMS&P role of vice president of SMS&P Corporate Accounts. In his new role, Long will be tasked with boosting overall customer satisfaction.
(Published by ChannelWeb, June 17, 2009)
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).
Directions 2009 celebrates its 5th annual conference, as a channel driven event focused 100% on partners and Microsoft Dynamics NAV. The content is created as a result of partner feedback to enable the channel to drive sales, enhance their product knowledge and skills, explore the latest ISV solutions, learn and apply "Best Business Practices", as well as interact with peers to compare notes and learn what is working for others.
Partners are all operating under the current cloud of a challenged economy and are carefully evaluating each business investment they make. It is with this in mind that this year’s Directions is focused on strategic content that will make your investment and participation in Directions a wise and profitable choice.
The theme of "Fueling Success" and the enriched strategic content they are creating will provide ideas, knowledge, and tangible tools that will make this event the best conference you could attend. Your participation in Directions 2009 will enable you to learn from the best and brightest in they industry and energize your thinking to achieve a more successful business.
Register today to join the event in Austin, Texas, November 11-14 at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort and Spa.
Many of you have known for years that Sage has been challenged to properly invest in updating its MAS 90 and MAS 200 product lines. This was perhaps acknowledged by Sage itself in May when Sage North America CTO Motasim Najeeb was reported as saying "some of our products have fallen behind the technology curve and need increased R&D investment" (source: Sage Challenge: Update Aging Products to Attract New Buyers, CRN, May 12, 2009).
Many customers have already realized the benefits of moving from Sage MAS 90 or MAS 200 to Microsoft Dynamics GP, but we know there are many more such customers out there. To help you evangelize the benefits of Microsoft Dynamics GP, we have created a number of new tools for you, available on PartnerSource, including:
Take a look at these new tools today and use them to help even more Sage customers realize the value of Microsoft Dynamics GP!
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:
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.
For the past 4 months, my team delivered a great series of web seminars that discussed various areas of ramping your Microsoft Dynamics business practice. Topics covered business planning, marketing, sales, and supporting your customers. These events are now accessible through the Microsoft Partner Learning Center on demand. Click on the link below to register and access these trainings:
Microsoft Dynamics Partner Community - Weathering Economic Storms