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.
With Convergence officially wrapped up, are your prospects seeking information regarding the upcoming release of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012?
We've recently launched the official campaign website on Microsoft.com with a variety of resources, including:
Check out the launch website for more information.
Attend an upcoming web seminar on May 3, 2011 from 8:30 – 9:30am PST to discuss the new Microsoft Dynamics Partner Service Plans which go into effect starting July 1, 2011.
Learn how to take advantage of the power you have with the new plans when using your Partner Advisory Hours (PAH) and Services Account Manager (SAM) hours. Realize the value of your new plan by understanding how 24x7 and Severity Response Times (SRT) will assist you when submitting support requests. Additionally, gain a better understanding of the difference between break-fix incidents and advisory services and learn when to use the appropriate benefit.
Register for this event through the Partner Learning Center.
Time is running out for Microsoft Partner Award nominations! With April 29 the deadline for all Award submissions, this is your last chance to gain the recognition you deserve for creating successful solutions built on Microsoft technologies. Differentiate your company from the competition with a prestigious Microsoft Partner Award! Gain onsite acknowledgement at the 2011 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, July 10-14, in Los Angeles.
Winning a Microsoft Partner Award – or placing as a finalist – provides many potential benefits, including new business and customer opportunities, market recognition and press coverage. In addition to acknowledgement at WPC 2011, you’ll have a comprehensive marketing and press kit to help leverage this honor and attract new customers. Click here for more information and submit your nomination today to become a Microsoft Partner Award winner at WPC 2011! Don’t wait: April 29 is the deadline for all Award submissions.
Partners are eligible to nominate themselves for as many awards as applicable – highlighted below are the specific Microsoft Dynamics categories:
I hope everyone is enjoying Convergence! Here is some great information I’d like to pass along from the Microsoft Dynamics Technical Support & Services Team.
The Professional Services Tools Library (PSTL) for Microsoft Dynamics offers a powerful suite of service tools which can help customers change their critical data quickly and accurately. The PSTL provides greater flexibility with customers’ solution, ensures data integrity, and increases the productivity and efficiency of their solution.
The entire library of Professional Services Tools offers a full range of data customization and control utilities.
From April 4, 2011 until June 24, 2011, Microsoft Dynamics GP customers will be eligible for a special purchase offer on the Professional Services Tools Library.
To learn more, email the Professional Services Team, call 888-875-9071, or visit CustomerSource.
Over the weekend, Convergence conference activities kicked off on Saturday night with a partner-only evening reception, and on Sunday with multiple pre-events sponsored by Dynamic Communities. Today officially marks the start of the conference with the opening keynote.
ATLANTA — April 11, 2011 — Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer and Kirill Tatarinov, corporate vice president for Microsoft Business Solutions, today opened a sold-out Convergence 2011 to more than 9,000 attendees, demonstrating how companies can use Microsoft Dynamics to maximize the value of their existing technology investments, remain agile as market conditions change and ultimately become dynamic businesses that can win in any environment.
At Convergence 2011, Microsoft’s premier event for decision-makers using enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM), the company shared its vision to take Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions to the cloud. It also gave customers a first look at the new Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 release and shared the strong momentum experienced by its portfolio of Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM solutions.
To view the complete press release, visit the Microsoft News Center.
Additional feature stories:
Over the next few months, I’ll be highlighting various marketing and sales efforts partners are making to drive more business throughout the remainder of FY11 by leveraging current Microsoft Dynamics ERP offers.
Microsoft partner, Business Solution Partners, recently launched a "Get a Quick Quote Now" banner on their homepage, and they are promoting the quick quote tool and the discounted offers by using a variety of Adwords campaigns.
As David Smooha, CEO, explains:
"The [Microsoft Dynamics ERP] Buy 1, Get 3 Promotion has been a great way to get smaller growing companies to move to Microsoft Dynamics GP now. When you tell a prospect they are getting 67% off of Microsoft Dynamics GP it gets a dialogue going quickly. [The] Buy 1, Get 3 Promotion is a great way to seed pilot programs at your larger prospects."
Business Solution Partners is a Microsoft Gold ERP and Silver CRM competency partner located in Roslyn, New York. They have been selling and implementing Microsoft Dynamics solutions since 1994.
Learn More about Offers
There a variety of promotions and offers available for a limited time between now and June 2011 for United States based existing customers and prospective customers. Visit PartnerSource to access the FY11 Offer Summary Sheets for complete details.
For more information regarding the Microsoft Dynamics ERP Buy 1, Get 3 Offer navigate to the offer homepage on Microsoft.com.
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Software Advisor (CSA) partners can now obtain access to Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online through a 12 month development account. This benefit allows partners to demo Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online to customers in a configurable, customizable manner. The offer is available in all countries in which Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online has been released.
For complete information and to sign up, visit the offer website.
Yesterday, the Microsoft Fargo Campus celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Microsoft acquisition of Great Plains Software. Today, I'm extremely happy to celebrate my 2nd year of blogging on the Microsoft Dynamics Partner Community blog. It has definitely been a great ride so far. I also surpassed my 13th year combined at GPS/MS on Friday, April 1, but enough about me! :-)
My rough estimate puts me somewhere close to 500 total posts since launching two years ago. For those of you crunching numbers, I try to blog once a day every weekday, but I still have to fit in some vacation time here and there. In March, the blog received over 10,000 combined views/visitors/visits ranking it in the top 10% of blogs hosted on the MSDN blog platform. A huge thank you to all of the regular blog followers!
Participate in the Community
As much as it would be great to just simply plug the Microsoft Dynamics Partner Community blog today, there are also a lot of great Microsoft employees and Microsoft partners managing blogs on a daily or weekly basis. One of the great ways to stay connected to these numerous blogs is by visiting the Microsoft Dynamics Community. The Community website hosts and syndicates 150+ bloggers across the Microsoft Dynamics ecosystem. Many of whom have been blogging much, much longer than me. Most of the blogs openly reside on the website, and are therefore accessible to the general public. We also have a few partner specific blogs found within the private partner community on the Community website.
Learn more today by visiting the Microsoft Dynamics Community!
With the release of Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011 this month we are introducing two new promotions to assist your sales efforts with both existing customers and prospective customers based in the United States.
Extending the Reach for Existing Microsoft Dynamics SL Customers
Microsoft is excited to announce "Extend the Reach for Existing Customers" - a Microsoft Dynamics U.S. promotion for growing and medium-sized businesses that wish to take advantage of the rich functionality afforded by Microsoft Dynamics Light Users or Microsoft Dynamics Business Portal for Microsoft Dynamics SL. This offer applies to customers who purchased their Microsoft Dynamics SL solution on or before 3/31/2011 and that make qualifying purchases, as defined by the rules of the offer, before 12/22/2011.
Offer Period: April 1, 2011 through the end of the business day on December 22, 2011.
Visit PartnerSource for complete offer details, requirements, exclusions and notes.
Extending the Reach for New Microsoft Dynamics SL Customers
Microsoft is excited to announce "Extending the Reach for New Customers" - a Microsoft Dynamics promotion for growing and medium-sized businesses in the United States that wish to take advantage of the rich functionality afforded by Microsoft Dynamics Light Users for Microsoft Dynamics SL. This offer applies to new customers who purchase a Microsoft Dynamics SL solution from April 1, 2011, until June 24, 2011.
The offer is summarized as follows:
As many of you prepare to travel to Atlanta next week for the Convergence conference, here is some great information from the Convergence planning team to help you stay connected to Microsoft Dynamics partner specific events.
There are two opportunities available to help you make the most out of your Convergence experience as a Microsoft Dynamics partner. Available today is the Virtual Partner Briefing and onsite in Atlanta, is the Partner Only reception. By attending these two events you will be even more prepared to host your customers and make the most of the event!
Access the Virtual Partner Briefing
We have an outstanding program waiting for you, including a keynote presentation delivered by Kirill Tatarinov, Michael Park and Doug Kennedy. In this briefing segment, Doug Kennedy hosts a discussion with Kirill Tatarinov and Michael Park about the key themes and major announcements that will highlight this year's event in Atlanta. In addition, our executives talk about the Microsoft Dynamics strategy, opportunities for partners, and the new tools Microsoft is providing to help partners be successful. This is a must-attend session!
We are also offering four Microsoft Dynamics breakout sessions focused on our ERP and CRM strategy, the launch of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, as well as a Q&A session between partners and Microsoft executives.
Thank you for your continued commitment to Microsoft Dynamics and we look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!
Don't Miss the Partner-only Reception
Convergence kicks off a partner-only reception on Saturday, April 9, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM in the International Ballroom at the Omni Hotel in Atlanta.
Doug Kennedy, Vice President of Microsoft Dynamics Partners, will kick off the event to welcome you. Do not miss out on the open bar, appetizers and networking with your fellow Microsoft Dynamics partners.
Follow Convergence through Social Media
Whether you are attending in person or if you are unable to make it to Convergence this year, be sure to follow the conversation on Twitter @MSDYNCOMM. Please use the official Convergence hashtag: #CONV11 to tag all of your tweets. Visit PartnerSource for additional social media guidance for the conference.