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July, 2009

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    Microsoft Dynamics Breadth for Advanced Management Sales Offer (US Only)

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    Microsoft is excited to announce the "BAM OFFER" - a Microsoft Dynamics (US) promotion focused on businesses that wish to take advantage of the rich functionality offered by the Advanced Management (AM) edition of Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, and Microsoft Dynamics SL. The promotion is comprised of one (1) no charge AM user license for every three (3) AM user licenses purchased with a limit of three (3) no charge licenses.

    Terms & Conditions
    Effective Monday, July, 6, 2009, and available until end of business day (11:59pm CST) Wednesday, December 23, 2009, all new customers are invited to take advantage of a special pricing promotion when purchasing one of Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, or Microsoft Dynamics SL products Advanced Management (AM) edition.

    Click here for additional information.

    (PS - This is an early post for Friday since I'll be out of the office on July 17.)

    --Kevin

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    Sure Step - Now With No Partner Service Plan Required!

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    Implementation methodologies like Microsoft Dynamics Sure Step help improve your services delivery efficiency and profitability. Many partners today are already enjoying the benefits Sure Step provides. In order to help you be more successful and enjoy the same benefits other partners receive, Sure Step is now available to all Microsoft Dynamics partners – no Partner Service Plan required! Take advantage of Sure Step today to help drive increased productivity, better collaboration and improved customer satisfaction!

    Learn more at PartnerSource > Partner Essentials > Sure Step.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics License Model Transition Add-on Sales Offer (US & Canada only)

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    The start of Microsoft's next fiscal year (FY10) just kicked off this month. I'll be highlighting several prospect and existing customer offers over the next few weeks.

    Existing Microsoft Dynamics ERP customers will receive up to 25% discount on additional Business Ready Licensing users and Business Ready Licensing modules purchased at the time of a License Model Transition (LMT).

    Terms & Conditions

    • Offer valid from July 6, 2009 to September 25, 2009
    • Offer available to existing Microsoft Dynamics ERP customers transitioning from Module Base Licensing to Business Ready Licensing.

    Click here for additional information.

    --Kevin

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    FY10+ Microsoft Dynamics Partner Strategy

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    Make some time to review this important partner strategy communication from Doug Kennedy - Vice President, Microsoft Dynamics Partners. The following is an excerpt.

    At WPC this year we announced enhancements to the Microsoft Dynamics partner channel program, a critical step in more fully capturing the existing market opportunity for integrated ERP and CRM solutions. Horizontal solutions have become a commodity and it is no secret that our customer prospects value vertically-specific solutions. We have been talking about focusing on verticals for a number of years, but we are bringing higher levels of focus and investment than ever.

    Our strategy is aimed at increasing the scale and productivity of our current partners. It encourages small partners to grow and go vertical and it helps large partners succeed and grow more. The partner strategy supports partners during this transition with program changes and investment aligned with key goals. Partners that are vertical and growing will receive more benefits and investment from Microsoft. We will be more prescriptive and proactive in aligning vertically focused VARs with the CfMD ISVs that can provide them with repeatable, packaged solutions. By rewarding and investing more in the partners that are aligned to our goals we can transform our partner channel and gain market share.

    Access PartnerSource to find more details, including a Partner Presentation Deck and Q&A, Partner Strategy News, and additional Partner Links.

    --Kevin

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    New Research Guidebook: Maximizing Success Delivering Microsoft Dynamics

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    Nucleus Research, Inc. has recently released a new guidebook that outlines steps you can take to maximize success delivering Microsoft Dynamics solutions.

    The guidebook states that following a structured methodology to sell, deliver, and optimize Microsoft Dynamics solutions can reduce your cost and risk and while increasing profits and customer satisfaction. Additional benefits to following a structured methodology include: improved communication and collaboration, improved consistency and repeatability, better change order management, improved staffing and training, and better brand presence.

    Read the Nucleus Research Guidebook: Maximizing success delivering Microsoft Dynamics, today!

    --Kevin

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    The Partner Channel Magazine Interview with David Smith, GM Microsoft Dynamics US Partner Team

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    My team's general manager at Microsoft, David Smith, had the opportunity to sit down with The Partner Channel to discuss some of the key priorities, programs, and opportunities for Microsoft Dynamics partners as we enter Fiscal Year 2010. Here's a quick excerpt of the interview that starts on page 52.

    The Partner Channel:  Earlier this year, you created a partner-facing community team. Tell me about the value this team brings to partners.

    David Smith:  This new team has a mantra of "no partner left behind." We have an obligation to partners, and we will do what we can to help their business succeed. The goal of this team is to re-connect with partners who we've lost touch with over the years. Our intention is to get back into the game of nurturing and supporting their business in a programmatic way. The team has a lot of passion for ensuring that every partner feels connected to Microsoft. (con't)

    The Partner Channel Magazine focuses on sharing sales, marketing, and leadership tips to help partners build business skills. A copy of the Summer 2009 magazine, including the interview, will be available for download in the next couple of days!

    Also, I'll be off next week for a much needed vacation, and to have some fun in the sun. Catch up with me again on Monday, July 13th. Maybe I'll have plenty of Minnesota and North Dakota lakes area stories to tell!

    --Kevin

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    Social Media Web Sites to Boost Your Business - Which Do You Use?

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    I ran across this article thanks to The Partner Channel June newsletter and Cheryl Strege from The Partner Marketing Group. Personally, I've only used just over half of them. Feel free to provide comments on your experiences.

    Below is a quick overview. You can read the article in full >>> Social Media Web Sites to Boost Your Business.

    Professional Networking

    • LinkedIn -- post resumes, work history, and network with an extended reach of contacts.
    • MerchantCircle -- aids small businesses with their online advertising efforts and local marketing.
    • Xing -- manage business contacts, profiles, events, and community forums.

    General Networking

    • Facebook -- use your page to post press releases, promote events, or update your personal status.
    • MySpace -- use your account to post a profile, a blog, videos or other work-related material.
    • Twitter -- generate a profile page plus send and receive text-based posts ("tweets") of up to 140 characters.

    Posting Sites

    • Digg -- insert links to your own press releases, marketing communications, or sales notifications.
    • Flickr -- this photo and video posting site is a great place to store images.
    • Mixx -- users generate their own "mixx" of content by voting for or against what's been posted by the site's users.
    • Newswine -- use your account to determine which industry-related news stories are resonating with readers.
    • Small Business Brief -- post and find industry-focused news, advice, or resources.
    • Tweako -- submit and read original content or linked-to content such as reviews, how-to guides, product information, and more.
    • YouTube -- place to post sales videos or appearances you've made on local TV.

    Finally, remember to check out the Microsoft Dynamics Community to connect with other Microsoft Dynamics professionals.

    --Kevin

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