Kevin Machayya is a 15-year veteran of Microsoft and Great Plains Software. He has held various roles in technical support, customer service, and sales operations. For the last 11 years, Kevin has focused on the Microsoft Dynamics partner channel through partner account management, readiness, marketing, resourcing/staffing and development programs.
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Happy New Year!!! Here's to a very successful 2011.
In case you missed it before the holidays, Microsoft Dynamics AX received recognition from Gartner Inc. as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for ERP for Product-Centric Midmarket Companies.
You can find more information on the Microsoft Dynamics ERP "The Edge" Blog.
In the fall we launched an updated version of the Microsoft Dynamics Community. As part of the site refresh, we’ve included a private partner community for partners and Microsoft employees to network, collaborate and share ideas.
For more information, check out this blog posting by Andy Leapaldt as well as the video below.
There are several upcoming partner readiness activities happening throughout this month. Be sure to register today to secure your spot! We’ve conducted each of these events in similar formats beforehand, and partners have consistently held the subject matter, presenters, and content in high regard.
Click on any of the hyperlinks below to register for the events.
Microsoft Dynamics Sales Professional Community Call: Start Q3 Strong By Leveraging Sales Offers and Incentives
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 12:00 PM Pacific
Start calendar year 2011 strong by leveraging Sales Offers and Partner Incentives to influence your customer's bottom line. During this session, we will also feature partner stories of how they are successfully using offers.
Microsoft Dynamics 2011 Business Leader Roadshow
January 2011 in Irvine, CA, Chicago, IL, and Tampa, FL
You’ve heard the buzz in the market place about ’the Cloud’… but what does that really mean to you as a Microsoft Dynamics partner? Where do ERP and CRM fit and how quickly will customers adopt these solutions in a cloud environment? This year’s much anticipated Business Leader Roadshow continues to build on the tradition of the ‘not-to-be-missed’ series by taking partner business owners to the heart of what the Cloud means to their Dynamics practices. Led jointly by Microsoft and Salesworks the one-and-a-half day session will to help you chart a plan for a Cloud-based practice that makes the most of market opportunities today and in the future.
Microsoft Dynamics United States Regional Q3 Quarterly Partner Briefings
Friday, January 21, 2011 – Various Times
Stay connected to the latest Microsoft Dynamics news and events during this quarterly web seminar focused on providing you content from both the Microsoft corporate and regional field teams. This call is designed to help you prioritize key Microsoft initiatives and opportunities. Among the topics to be discussed:
East Region – 9:00 AM Eastern
Central Region – 11:30 AM Central
West Region – 12:00 PM Pacific
The Microsoft Dynamics GP Team passes along this great information regarding their upcoming conference happening in less than 2 months. Register today!
Happy New Year!
If one of your resolutions for the new year include increasing your knowledge of Microsoft Dynamics GP, you will want to make sure to reserve space in your 2011 calendar for a "can't miss" event: Tuesday, March 1 through Thursday, March 3 for a trip to Fargo, North Dakota. (Fargo can be beautiful in March; it really can!)
What’s the occasion? It’s the Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011! The conference is THE place to learn about "all things" Microsoft Dynamics GP. You’ll learn about the product itself, innovative development tools, best practices and more. There will be numerous opportunities to network and visit with the Microsoft Dynamics GP development, support and leadership teams as well as with other partners. Watch the Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011 website for more details.
Register Early and Save!
If you register before 11:59pm PT on Friday, January 21, you’ll save $100 and will attend the event at the discounted rate of $495. Registrations received on Saturday, January 22, until the start of the event will be charged at the full conference fee of $595. You can register today by visiting the conference website. The registration fee includes the sessions, conference materials, ground transportation via bus, and most meals. Your airfare, car rental, taxi fees, and hotel costs (room, tax, and incidentals) are your responsibility.
The conference, scheduled for March 1–3, 2011 at the Microsoft Fargo Campus, will provide insight, skills, and knowledge that will help move your business forward. The detailed agenda with sessions and speakers will be posted early next week. You won’t want to miss it!
Happy New Year, and see you in March!
The Microsoft Dynamics GP Team
As mentioned on this blog back in July, the MPN Competency Exam Packs give partners a great option for your re-certification efforts.
MPN Competency Exam Packs allow you to save up to 30% and come with free Second Shot exam retakes on all exams! By purchasing these exam packs, you can hand out exam vouchers to any individuals within your organization that need to take an exam. These packs will be available until June 30, 2011 and allow you to take your exams until September 30, 2011.
A Community Technical Preview of Microsoft Dynamics AX "6" is planned for February, and general availability is planned for the third quarter of 2011.
REDMOND, Wash. — Jan. 10, 2011 — Defining a new generation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions, Microsoft Corp. today revealed significant advancements to the architecture of the next version of Microsoft Dynamics AX, code-named Microsoft Dynamics AX "6," that will enable independent software vendors (ISVs) to bring solutions to market faster, and at the same time lower product life-cycle investments and expand market opportunity.
"Building on the proven strengths of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, Microsoft Dynamics AX ‘6’ brings rich functionality, advanced architecture and the full power of the Microsoft stack to the business application developer," said Hal Howard, corporate vice president, Microsoft Dynamics ERP Research and Development. "As we introduce these powerful new innovations, we maintain our focus on simplicity by streamlining application deployment, maintenance and upgradability."
For more information access the press release on the Microsoft News Center.
The next release of Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail is only a few weeks away. Current solution content for partners is accessible on PartnerSource, and I expect the page to be updated with new materials soon.
NEW YORK — Jan. 11, 2011 — Today, at the National Retail Federation’s annual conference, Microsoft Corp. announced the upcoming release of Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail R2, the next iteration of Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail, which was made generally available in August 2010. Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail R2 will be available in more than 50 countries starting Feb. 1, 2011.
Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail offers midsize and enterprise specialty retailers point-of-sale, store management, supply chain, merchandising and financials capabilities to deliver business productivity and customer service in a single, integrated solution.
For more information, access the complete press release on the Microsoft News Center.
I've had the great opportunity over the last couple of months to collaborate with the worldwide and United States Microsoft Dynamics CRM partner and marketing teams to assist with the building out of new partner online portals across both PartnerSource and the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) websites. Many gears were and continue to be in motion, so I hope partners find these resources beneficial. We are all systems go in anticipation of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 launch!
We are pleased to announce a new set of MPN pages to enable partners to more easily find the right resources. In addition, we have a dedicated page for the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 product content which has everything from presentations to demos.
You can now find the new Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Launch Portal on PartnerSource. This succinct page should help partners quickly access the resources associated with the launch of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011. On the launch portal you'll also find quick links for US partners directing you to partner launch engagement opportunities and partner training & training promotions.
Partners who want to drive their own customer demand to launch can leverage content and banner for marketing activities here. In particular, there is the new launch widget partners can host on their website. Visit this page to access the widget and find the embedding instructions.
This web seminar series kicks off on Wednesday, January 19 at 10:00am Pacific, and continues on a monthly basis, so lock down your registration today. Todd Bergeson from our Microsoft Dynamics US product marketing team passes along this event information.
We understand that customers are demanding more from their solutions and you, the professionals that install them. These customers are not only expecting you to understand their business but also share the industry knowledge garnered from your experiences. As part of our continued effort to help you gain this insight, while providing you with a platform to learn from others we are introducing Rally Groups specifically for Microsoft Dynamics NAV.
What do you gain by participating?
Visit the Partner Learning Center to register.
Since the October 2010 partner strategy announcement, we have received and heard various questions or myths about the announcement. This document on PartnerSource should provide additional clarity around the important notice. Make sure you are preparing your organization for these important changes.