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March, 2011

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    Catch Up on the Latest Microsoft Dynamics CRM News and Resources - March 2011

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    A variety of new articles and resources have recently been announced or published for Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Here's a few of them that you should definitely check out.

    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 & Office 365

    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 and Office 365 create a powerful pairing for customers. Learn how to advise your customers about Dynamics CRM, Office 365 and the Cloud by positioning the business value of each of these areas and the benefits of combining these together to maximize their productivity.

    Microsoft Dynamics System Integrator Business Guide

    Find out how the System Integrator can plan for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011. Get an overview of the partner strategy, understanding the opportunities, certifications, resources and much more.

    Century Payments Chooses Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Over Salesforce.com

    REDMOND, Wash. — March 3, 2011 — Microsoft Corp. today highlighted how Century Payments Inc., an emerging leader in the electronic payments industry and recently ranked 11th on the Inc. 500 Fastest-Growing Companies list, has saved more than $300,000 and counting since switching from Salesforce.com to Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online in 2009. Century Payments also helped increase end-user adoption and overall company productivity as a result of the switch.

    Customers Choose Microsoft Dynamics When Investing in Business Applications

    Read the current Executive Insight blog post from Michael Park, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Business Solutions.

    New Microsoft Dynamics CRM Partners Set to Deliver Breakthrough Productivity for the Telecommunications Industry

    REDMOND, Wash. — March 7, 2011 — Microsoft Corp. today announced its growing ecosystem of independent software vendors (ISV) and systems integrator (SI) partners within the telecommunications industry. Ericsson, Convergys Corp., MetraTech Corp., Redknee Inc. and Tech Mahindra Ltd. have all selected Microsoft Dynamics CRM as a customer care component of their existing business support systems solutions, helping ensure service provider customers worldwide are able to support the delivery of new services effectively and affordably.

    Microsoft Dynamics CRM Partner Community Call

    Become a part of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Community by attending the upcoming call on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 8:00am Pacific focusing on the CRM Software Advisor (CSA) Program.

    This one hour call will be an in-depth review of the CSA Program and Processes including the following:

    • Claim process for CRM Online
    • Claim process for CRM On-Premise
    • How to check the status of a claim
    • Reasons for claim rejection

    We will also review Frequently Asked Questions and provide tips and tricks to make the CSA program work for your organization.

    Enjoy the reading!

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics Partner Talent Strategy & Talent Acquisition Web Series

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    A few years back I spent a considerable amount of time focused on designing and managing various partner resourcing programs and offers to assist partners with their ability to recruit, hire, train and retain talent. So, it makes me extremely excited to see the availability of a refreshed set of resources concentrated on talent management.

    Industry research and practical experience show that finding, hiring, and retaining top talent are keys to your company’s success. The cost of making a great hire may seem high, but the cost of making a poor hire or no hire at all is even higher.

    Leveraging best practices and applying practical tools can turn need-driven reaction into an effective talent acquisition process. And in turn, streamline the time, dollars, and resources it takes to turn the talent you acquire into tangible value for your company.

    Recognizing the real-time challenges you face in running a competitive consulting practice, Microsoft has created a suite of business-specific tools and resources to facilitate your talent acquisition process.

    Visit PartnerSource to navigate through the variety of resources built on these key stages to effective talent acquisition:

    • Planning
    • Sourcing
    • Attracting
    • Maintaining
    • Onboarding

    Microsoft Dynamics wants to help you make the most of this new talent acquisition framework and resources. Starting in March, you can take advantage of an interactive, six-part webinar series—available live and on-demand—which will give you a thorough introduction to the framework, direct access to subject matter experts to answer your unique questions, and hands-on experience with some key resources and tools.

    The series of trainings kick off on March 17, and conclude in late April. Topics include:

    • Riding the Shifting Tide: Using Current Market Trends to Your Hiring Advantage
    • Your People are Your Success: Meeting Business Goals with a Great People Strategy
    • One Size Does Not Fit All: Identifying the People You Want and the Right Tools to Find Them (part 1 of 2)
    • Driving in the Fast-lane: Using the Internet to Find the People You Want (part 2 of 2)
    • If You Brand It They Will Come: Being an Employer of Choice for Top Performer
    • Keeping 'Em Warm and In the Door: Ensuring Your Top Choices Choose to Work for Your Company--and Stay

    Navigate to PartnerSource to register for these upcoming events, and good luck in your pursuit of the best and brightest talent!

    --Kevin

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    Bigger BAM Sales Offer: Breadth for Advanced Management - Microsoft Dynamics ERP Promotion

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    Two big offer announcements made earlier this week, one more to go!

    Microsoft is excited to announce the "BIGGER BAM OFFER" - a Microsoft Dynamics (US) promotion focused on US 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.

    For every new customer that purchases twelve (12) or more AM user licenses under this promotion, you will receive a maximum of four (4) additional AM user licenses at no additional charge.

    Effective March 1, 2011, and available until June 24, 2011, all US partners are invited to take advantage of a special pricing promotion for customers who purchase licenses to the Advanced Management (AM) edition of Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, or Microsoft Dynamics SL.

    Visit PartnerSource for offer notes, inclusions, and exclusions.

    --Kevin

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    Buy 1, Get 50% Off Sales Offer for Microsoft Dynamics GP

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    Continuing the momentum from yesterday's "Buy 1, Get 3" customer offer launch, we are happy to announce the second of three new offers this week.

    Microsoft is excited to announce the "Buy 1, get 50% Off " offer - a Microsoft Dynamics promotion for small and medium sized businesses located in the U.S. who are customers of Microsoft Dynamics US partners that wish to take advantage of the rich functionality offered by Microsoft Dynamics GP. This Offer applies to new purchases of licenses for the Business Essentials (BE) edition for Microsoft Dynamics GP only.

    The offer begins Monday, March 1, 2011, and ends on June 24, 2011.

    Please read the Terms and Conditions carefully to determine whether purchases made by your customers are eligible for the offer.

    Review the Offer Details and Offer Exclusions on PartnerSource for more information.

    --Kevin

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    Buy 1, Get 3 Customer Offer for Microsoft Dynamics ERP

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    Microsoft is on a mission to increase the profitability of our Microsoft Dynamics partner businesses while delivering value to end customers. Taking compelling offers to market is one way in which we can achieve this.

    Microsoft is excited to announce the "Buy 1, Get 3" offer: - a Microsoft Dynamics promotion valid March 1, 2011 through end of business June 24, 2011. This Microsoft Dynamics promotion is available in the United States.

    This promotion targets growing and medium-sized businesses that wish to take advantage of the rich functionality, low cost of ownership, and rapid deployment offered by Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamics GP or Microsoft Dynamics SL. The promotion allows a customer purchasing either the Advanced Management (AM) or Business Essential (BE) Foundation Pack (which both includes 1 user as standard) to then get two (2) additional user licenses. This offer applies to new customers making their initial purchase of Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamics GP or Microsoft Dynamics SL only.

    Partner Actions

    1. Review the offer page on PartnerSource for additional terms & conditions.
    2. Promote this offer by leveraging the through-Partner marketing materials available in PartnerSource by March 11 and through your social media channels!  Sample tweet:  Buy 1, Get 3 customer offer for Microsoft Dynamics ERP now available! http://bit.ly/hDZw0x #MSDYNERP #BUY1GET3
    3. Register for the Microsoft Dynamics Sales Professional Community Call: March into Savings with New Offers and Promotions web seminar happening on March 8, 2011 at 10:00 AM PST. Attend this sixty minute presentation to become more knowledgeable on FY11 Q4 offers and how you can leverage them to close the year strong.

    Also, stay tuned to this blog tomorrow and Thursday as we announce additional offers to support your new customer marketing and sales efforts!

    --Kevin

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