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June, 2011

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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Virtual Machine Now Available

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    The Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Virtual Machine (VM) is now available for partner consumption. Accelerate Your CRM Demos with SharePoint, Portals, Scenarios and more!

    This VM is intended to address three main objectives:

    • Accelerate customer-facing demonstrations by providing baseline infrastructure, enhanced data, and rich scenarios.
    • Reach markets where the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online service is not offered today and provide an effective alternative for demonstrations.
    • Enable development and testing of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 demos and solutions in an offline environments where an internet connection is not readily available.

    Access the VM on PartnerSource today!

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Product Release Training Web Seminars

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    The Microsoft Dynamics AX partner readiness team is pleased to offer a web seminar series highlighting the new features in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

    According to the team, these web seminars have been produced by Partner Technical Services and are available via the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Learning Plans on PartnerSource and the Partner Learning Center (PLC). Each web seminar includes a downloadable Workbook for additional learning. Courses range from 60 minutes to 90 minutes, with time specified in the PLC course description. Please check PartnerSource as new courses will be added regularly.

    At the end of each course, we have provided additional information on the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) benefit Partner Technical Services. After viewing the course, if you have additional questions regarding the training, they can utilize their Partner Advisory Hours for assistance to engage a Microsoft Services Specialist. Through the Partner Technical Services offering, Partner Advisory Hours are allocated to your organization based on membership/competency level. For more information on the Partner Technical Services benefit please sign into the Microsoft Partner Network.

    For readiness direction on Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, please see the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 role tailored learning plans.

    Course Titles

    • Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Organizational Model
    • Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Development
    • Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Supply Chain Management
    • Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Global Address Book
    • Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Financials Management

    For more information regarding the upcoming release of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, visit the launch portal on PartnerSource.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Fiscal Calendar Changes Beginning in FY12

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    Microsoft still has two weeks remaining in Fiscal Year 2011, but I wanted to ensure you are knowledgeable of the fiscal calendar changes starting July 1, 2011 by passing along this information from the Microsoft Dynamics Operations team.

    Beginning in FY12 (July 1, 2011), Microsoft will align its fiscal calendar to our external reporting rhythm.

    Microsoft's fiscal year will then be defined consistently moving forward as July 1 to June 30.

    Microsoft is aligning all lines of business to the Gregorian financial calendar in order to better streamline accounting, record keeping and reporting. For Microsoft Business Solutions, these dates are reflected on the FY12 calendar posted on the PartnerSource Ordering Homepage under the 'Ordering Resources' section.

    --Kevin

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    Try, Buy, and Go Live with Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online - Financial Offers Expire 6/30/2011

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    If you missed hearing the news last week from your Microsoft sales representative, I wanted to let you know the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online "Cloud for Less (April/May Edition) Offer" has now been extended to end on June 30, 2011.

    Until June 30, 2011, Microsoft will send qualified organizations $200 for each Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Subscription license. For instance, customers could buy 30 seats and get $6,000, or buy 100 seats and get $20,000. Customers can use the money to accelerate their Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online implementation. Whatever they want to do, Microsoft will send customers money to help them get started fast.

    In addition, organizations can license Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online for only $34/user/month- a special "Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Launch Price" which also ends June 30, 2011. It’s a great way to get started with one of the best CRM solutions in the industry.

    For more information, including terms and conditions for United States based customers, visit PartnerSource.

    --Kevin

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    New Whitepaper Released – Microsoft Dynamics CRM Horizontal Reference Architecture

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    If you missed the post earlier this month on the official Microsoft Dynamics CRM blog, the CRM team recently published a new white paper intended for enterprise architects within customer and partner organizations who are evaluating Microsoft Dynamics CRM from an architecture standpoint. It highlights architectural details on key components of Dynamics CRM, as it applies in an on-premises deployment model as well as in a cloud environment.

    The CRM Horizontal Reference Architecture provides architecture guidance in the following areas:

    • Key Architectural Components (System, Integration, Authentication)
    • Core CRM Components (Sales Force Automation, Customer Care Business Scenarios
    • Extended CRM (Role Based User Experience, Business Designer Layer, Managing Solutions
    • Dynamics CRM in the Cloud (Authentication)
    • Performance and Scalability

    You can access the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Horizontal Reference Architecture whitepaper through the Microsoft Downloads site.

    --Kevin

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    How to Participate in the US Launch of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

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    Many of you are aware of the multiple partner training opportunities we have associated with preparing your organization for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. We now have an update for your marketing staff to help assist them with their launch activities courtesy of the US launch team.

    Later this month we will launch our campaign landing environment which will serve as our platform for the September 13, 2011 September 8, 2011 Global Virtual Event. With this event you can participate in the following ways. Microsoft will provide the banners, template and other marketing materials to help with your launch efforts.

    • You can promote the this event on your website with web banners
    • You can email your existing customers and prospects
    • You can syndicate the event on your website, creating your own call to actions and using it as your own event
    • You can hold a launch event on September 13 for your existing customers and prospects

    In addition we would like for you to let us know about the activities you are planning after September 26, 2011 so that we can promote them on our campaign page. These activities can either be in-person events, web seminars, or trade shows that you are participating in. By following our simple guidelines, we will work to get them listed. Together we can work to make this the best launch ever!

    Visit PartnerSource for complete details.

    6/22/2011 Update from Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Team

    Great news!!  For what may be a first, we are moving the Virtual Launch of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 forward. That is right we are moving the date to September 8, five days earlier. Moving this event to this date and closer to General Availability of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 will allow us to create a bigger bang and maximize awareness in the market. It also helps us drive pipeline soon after GA and summer holidays worldwide.

    If you have scheduled viewing parties for September 13, you can move them to September 8 at 9:00 am Pacific or you can keep them on September 13. If your event is happening on the September 13, the virtual event can still be utilized on demand. The only difference will be the utilization of live online chat. Keep in mind that September 26 still remains the date for the listing of your activities on our launch site as discussed on the US Partner Launch Portal.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Dynamics – Resources for Partners

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    Yesterday, Steve Ballmer announced the worldwide availability of Office 365, Microsoft’s next generation productivity service. Office 365 is the culmination of more than 20 years of experience delivering world class productivity solutions to people and businesses of all sizes. It brings together Office, SharePoint, Exchange, and Lync in an always-up-to-date cloud service. Customers may try it and buy it here.

    Now, you may be asking…

    • How do the Microsoft Dynamics solutions work together with Microsoft Office 365?
    • Are there any resources for partners to tap into to tell the story to customers and prospects?
    • Where can I find these resources?

    Well, I’ve completed some preliminary research for you, and will be on point to provide more as it rolls out.

    Existing PartnerSource Content

    Additionally, visit Eric Ligman’s Microsoft SMS&P Partner Community Blog to find a robust listing of Office 365 information and resources.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail Classroom Training - Register now for August 15-18, 2011

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    Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail is an end-to-end retail solution for mid-sized retailers and two-tier enterprise scenarios. It is the first retail ERP solution designed with a fully integrated point-of-sale component, giving retailers more control over their retail chains. Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail provides capabilities to connect people, processes, and technologies, helping retailers create a "Connected Retail Experience" that can develop lasting customer relationships.

    For more information, visit PartnerSource.

    The course taking place in Atlanta, GA, held August 15-18, 2011, will cover Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail. This includes Hands-on experience and understanding of the retail industry and Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail Headquarters and Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail POS. This course is suitable for implementation consultants, presales consultants and developers.

    In this course, you will learn about the following elements:

    • System Overview, Store Setup and Management (incl. income/expense accounts)
    • Staff, POS Setup and Management, Inventory Setup and Management
    • Additional topics on Inventory Management (including Label printing), Price Mechanism and Promotions
    • Periodic Discounts, Infocodes, End of Day Procedures, Replenishment (including cross docking, buyers push), and OTB overview
    • Training in Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail Headquarters and Retail Store (incl. table distribution in the afternoon)
    • System Overview, Architecture, Setup and Configuration (incl. Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail POS), Customers, Loyalty, Transaction service and End of Day Process
    • POS Functionality (service modules, designing the POS UI, POS Operations, receipts, peripherals and etc)
    • Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail Headquarters Back End connection, if time permits will cover Translation, POS Controller
    • Programming assignments

    Learn more and register by visiting the Partner Learning Center.

    --Kevin

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    Learn about the Connector for Microsoft Dynamics in Less Than 20 Minutes

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    The Connector for Microsoft Dynamics is an integration solution which is targeted specifically at the Microsoft Dynamics product family. The Connector provides an out of the box integration between Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions.

    Watch this on demand recording of the Connector for Microsoft Dynamics Feature Pack 5 to learn more today!

    Please note, the demo is of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Online connected to Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010, however we tried to keep our demo points as ERP agnostic as possible so customers with Microsoft Dynamics AX and Microsoft Dynamics NAV will still find value in the video.

    Also, feel free to visit the Connector Product Team’s blog site for additional information and best practices related to the Connector for Microsoft Dynamics.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics Partner Community News Now Available Through Mobile App

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    Well, I’m happy to say I’m finally now using a Windows Phone 7 device thanks to the partnership between Microsoft and Verizon Wireless. I’ve only owned my HTC Trophy for a brief amount of time, but so far it is a pretty sweet device!

    One of the first applications I downloaded to my phone is a great new app courtesy of Microsoft’s Eric Ligman (Director of Worldwide Partner Experience) – the Microsoft Partner Info mobile app. This app connects partners to multiple social media and online resources driven by Microsoft at both the worldwide and subsidiary level. As of Friday, May 27, I was lucky enough to have the Microsoft Dynamics Partner Community blog included in v1.2 of the app.

    It is a common fact the world has become a very mobile workforce and it’s a no-brainer that Microsoft partners are leading the charge in these efforts, so why not deliver news to you in an easy to consume format via your mobile device.

    If you haven’t downloaded the Microsoft Partner Information mobile app yet, you can download the Microsoft Partner Info app for your phone in the following ways:

    • On your Windows Phone, go to Marketplace, click search, type in "Microsoft Partner Info"
    • On your PC, you can add it to your Zune Marketplace for download to your phone by clicking here
    • If you own an Android phone, you can install it from the Android Marketplace by clicking here

    After installing the app, please let us know your feedback as it will help with any additional updates.

    --Kevin

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