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.
Onika Allen from our partner marketing team passes along this note about a fabulous new training program for marketers. So, spread your wings and get ready to fly!!!
Marketers! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to transform yourself into a Marketing Monarch. The FY11 Marketing Monarch program is for individuals enrolled in the Marketing Professional Community who have an interest in growing their marketing skill set. Whether you are a novice or a skilled veteran, the Marketing Monarch program will offer a week by week area of focus for you to educate yourself with web seminars, expose yourself to key resources, and receive tips and tricks delivered via LinkedIn.
We look forward your transformation!
Building off of the Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011 announcement from last week, I wanted to share with you the new centralized location for all Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011 partner updates and resources.
Visit PartnerSource to leverage launch readiness and demo tools, sales and marketing resources, and licensing updates to drive your Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011 launch activities!
Drive a Microsoft Dynamics CRM "Sneak Peek" event between October 15 to December 31, 2010, and receive incentives and resources from Microsoft to help you put on a great event!
Although the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Global Virtual launch isn’t happening until January, momentum is certainly starting to build. With the Partner Readiness Tour recently wrapped up, Dynamics CRM 2011 beta releasing last month, and the Early Access Program proving the value of Dynamics CRM 2011 to customers, we’ve never been more excited to start getting the word out to customers! We wanted to let you know what marketing opportunities are available for partners to plug into now and over the next months so that you can plan ahead and maximize the impact this launch can have on your business!
There are various ways you can participate in the customer facing aspects of launch. Visit PartnerSource to review next steps for hosting a Sneak Peek event as well as other upcoming launch activities.
I'd like to echo Andy Leapaldt's blog from last week - Welcome to Microsoft Dynamics 2.0! - and state I'm super excited to see the launch of the new Microsoft Dynamics Community website! The Community gives customers, partners, and Microsoft team members the ability to network and share best practices through forums, discussions, videos and blogs.
Please take a couple minutes to review Andy's post to understand all of the great features within this newly refreshed website!
Additionally, with the Dynamics 2.0 Community launch, we've added a private Partner Community area for partners to network and collaborate through a series of "partner only" Ask the Community discussion forums. Topics include:
Joining the Community is quick and easy! Simply log into PartnerSource using your normal Windows Live ID (WLID) authentication credentials. Then within your browser, open a new tab and navigate to the Community website, and click "Join Now!" from the upper right-hand corner. You should select that you already have a WLID, and your PartnerSource profile should carry over into Community. Next, you'll be asked to verify your account and complete a couple more profiling steps. Finally, navigate back to the Community homepage, click on Partner Community, and you now have access to submit discussions into the private partner forums.
Throughout the rest of FY11, we'll also be expanding the number of bloggers within the Partner Community to supply the latest insights and trends specific to Microsoft Dynamics partners. By participating in the Dynamics Community, we hope it enables you to further grow your business, connect with other partners, and uncover great opportunities!
Many Microsoft Dynamics NAV partners are coming back to the office this week refreshed and excited after attending the 6th annual Directions conference in San Diego last week. At the conference, a lot of the product messaging revolved around the Microsoft Dynamics NAV R2 release. To continue your product awareness and momentum, please take some time to review the training opportunities and resources in the US.
Visit PartnerSource to find the US Training Launch Page!
Do you have any of your customers running Microsoft Small Business Financials? If so, we have a great new offer to move those customers to a current Microsoft Dynamics ERP solution!
Microsoft is excited to announce the "MOVE NOW" offer- a Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, and Microsoft Dynamics SL US-based promotion for existing customers of Microsoft Small Business Financials.
DETAILS OF THE CUSTOMER OFFER
Effective August 30, 2010, and available until the end of the business day (11:59pm CST), December 23, 2010.
The promotion is comprised of up to a 100 % discount on your first 5 full system users and a 50% discount on users 6-10. In addition, limited A La Carte functionality is available at up to a 100% discount.
The following Microsoft Dynamics GP a la carte functionality is eligible for the discount:
Visit PartnerSource to review example order sizes and pricing scenarios as well as offer terms, inclusions, and exclusions.
Last week we officially announced the eligibility requirements for the CDF Program for FY11. Be sure to visit PartnerSource to review the program guidelines based on your specific focus as a Microsoft Dynamics ERP or CRM partner.
Yesterday, we officially announced the targeted launch for the next release of Microsoft Dynamics SL. Partners, existing customer and prospects can learn more about the new solution by visiting the Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011 launch portal. You can also review the full press release on Microsoft News Center (preview below).
REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 5, 2010 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011, its enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution designed for midsize project-driven organizations, will be generally available in the second quarter of 2011 in English in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Puerto Rico. Availability of a Spanish version for Latin America will be announced later.
The new solution, which is particularly well-suited for the construction, professional services, government contracting, architecture and engineering fields, features a broad range of new enhancements and innovation to support increased productivity, business value and insight across an organization, helping it become a more dynamic business.
There are many pieces to this new partner incentive program, so I wanted to provide the core messaging below, but please make sure you take the time to review the full details, inclusions, exclusions, additional notes, and ordering procedures on PartnerSource.
Microsoft is excited to announce "TWO WAYS TO WIN" - a Microsoft Dynamics (U.S.) incentive promotion to Solution Provider Agreement (SPA) partners who increase the number of customers added to their portfolios year over year for the period of the promotion, August 30, 2010 through close of business PST December 23, 2010, by building repeatable sales motions to scale their business models.
There are three components of the promotion, which are described more fully below:
The industries identified by Microsoft Dynamics are: Distribution, Manufacturing, Professional Services, Public Sector and Retail.
Through the support of Microsoft Dynamics ISV’s Key Solutions, listed on incentive program web site, reselling VARs certified to sell Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamics GP or Microsoft Dynamics SL may earn increased partner discounts on new customer license purchases when sale is accompanied by a solution from a Key Solution provider.
Later this month many Microsoft Dynamics GP partners will converge at GP Partner Connections 2010 in Orlando, FL. If you haven't made plans to attend this year's event, and want to know more, here are all the details courtesy of Liz Hallen from Dynamic Communities:
Attend GP Partner Connections 2010 – the 2nd annual conference for Microsoft Dynamics GP Implementation partners and ISVs. GP Partner Connections will occur October 23 to 25 at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld in Orlando, FL in conjunction with the Dynamics GP User Group Summit.
This conference is an ideal setting for Implementation Professionals, Consultants, and Technical Sales Engineers to enhance their Microsoft Dynamics GP Competency, Increase Customer’s Satisfaction, and Improve Profitability. This jam-packed agenda will bring together the best in the Microsoft Dynamics GP Community to learn from each other. The pace will be frantic. Although you may feel like you are "drinking from a fire hose" as you soak up this new knowledge, the conference leaders know it is important to get you back out into the field and chargeable again!
Click here to register for Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner Connections.
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