This week we released a new edition of the Statement of Direction (SOD) for Microsoft Dynamics SL. As you know, this is a key document containing important information about Microsoft’s investment plans and product development roadmap for the next three releases. Not only is the Statement of Direction a valuable tool for us and partners to help plan business activities and speak confidently with customers and prospects about the future of Microsoft Dynamics SL, it can help differentiate our offering from the competition. Industry analysts tell us time and time again that most of our competitors are reluctant to share long-term product strategy details with their customers. With the information in the Statement of Direction, Microsoft empowers partners and customers with knowledge to help them plan their business for tomorrow’s opportunities.

One partner downloaded it already, and had this comment to share:

"it is awesome. Clearly a huge amount of work went into it (by you and the whole team), and it surely will put to rest any questions about the future of SL to say nothing about informing all of us what's up....Thank you for all your continued hard work to keep SL plowing ahead!! We certainly appreciate it."

The purpose of this document is to outline the broad strategy for Microsoft Dynamics SL, the specific product roadmap for the next major release Microsoft Dynamics SL "8," and the initiatives beyond that release with Microsoft Dynamics SL "9" and Microsoft Dynamics SL "10." This document is intended for companies considering purchasing Microsoft Dynamics SL, and for the value added reselling partners and certified consultants who sell, implement, and support the solution for our thousands of customers worldwide.

Insight into our current and upcoming investments are intended to help make the most of your own business software investments, and to drive greater productivity as you plan, deploy, use, and maintain your business-management solution.

You can use the document to prepare for your business as well to be able to speak with confidence to customers and prospect about the product future.

The document must NOT be distributed broadly in any form or on your Web sites.

Download the new SOD from PartnerSource.

Also, don't forget to check out an interview with Jeff Suwyn discussing Microsoft Dynamics SL and Microsoft Project on YouTube!

--Kevin