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.
Jeff Suwyn from Plumbline Consulting as well as Product Management for Microsoft Dynamics SL provides these great updates related to the Microsoft Dynamics SL solution.
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The Microsoft Dynamics SL blog page is hosted on the Microsoft Dynamics Community website.
New Statement of Direction Available Now
The new Statement of Direction (SOD) can now be downloaded on PartnerSource or CustomerSource.
To stay in touch with the latest information regarding Microsoft Dynamics SL, visit the product homepage on PartnerSource.
Throughout the month, I’ve been sharing information regarding the latest Microsoft Dynamics Statement of Direction (SOD) documents. Up next we have Microsoft Dynamics AX.
This document will provide insight into our Microsoft Dynamics AX development plans through the year 2015. Whether you are a new or existing customer or partner, this information will help you plan and get the most from your investments.
Download the updated SOD from PartnerSource.
Also, don’t forget to register your prospects and existing customers as well as your own organization for the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 for Retail Virtual Launch Event on February 1, 2012 at 9:00 AM PT.
A Blog Series for Microsoft Dynamics Partners by Christian Lindberg, Solution Sales & Marketing, Microsoft Dynamics Partner Team.
Building its web presence, Webfortis adopted the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace, an online portal where customers can find partner solutions for Microsoft Dynamics. Says Marc Wolenik, CEO of Webfortis. “When customers can go to one place to find potential solutions, see the ranking of those solutions along with user reviews, and even try those solutions for themselves, there’s a real value to them. And when they see our solution at the top of those rankings, it’s certainly good for our brand and our business as well.”
Since adopting the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace, Webfortis has seen growing traction for its social-media add-on for Microsoft Dynamics CRM called Parrot. From this traction, the company has even closed new business. Says Wolenik, “Providing our add-on on the marketplace has opened the door for deployments of Microsoft Dynamics CRM that exceed 100 seats.”
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As many Microsoft Dynamics partners continue to gear up for Convergence in March, it’s not too early to start thinking about your participation at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) 2012 in Toronto, Canada (July 8-12).
Each year, WPC brings together Microsoft partners from all over the world with Microsoft executives and team members in a forum for mutual learning, networking, and celebration. It’s a place for you to get the information you need to plan future business opportunities, learn about Microsoft’s vision for new products and technologies, and understand the value of your membership in the Microsoft Partner Network.
The US Partner Team has kicked off the planning by delivering an ongoing series of blog posts to provide you with event background, tips, and logistics. They are also encouraging United States based partners to share your WPC plans through the annual US WPC Survey.
Visit the US Partner Team blog to learn more!
Following the same format introduced last year, Microsoft will be hosting a series of webcasts designed to increase customer awareness and help customers understand how they can extend their current ERP investment. Ultimately the objective is to drive incremental Existing Customer License revenue, as well as Services and Consulting opportunities for you.
Focus areas for the webcasts include:
There will also be events highlighting the Connector integration between Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Microsoft Dynamics ERP.
The FY12 H2 webcast schedule and Through-Partner email invitations for Q3 can be found on PartnerSource.
If you missed Paul White’s new video on the Microsoft Dynamics Community website, his team has rolled out a refreshed version of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Statement of Direction (SOD).
The Statement of Direction and roadmap for Microsoft Dynamics NAV gives you the overview of the roadmap and plans from 2011 and next 2-3 major releases.
Catch up on the exciting news by watching his video, and download the updated SOD from PartnerSource.
Once again, Nigel Frank International is conducting their annual Microsoft Dynamics salary survey. Complete the survey and gain access to the complete compiled results. With the demand for Microsoft Dynamics technical and non-technical professional very high, this is a great time to share your input and receive insight into the latest industry trends.
About the Microsoft Dynamics Salary Survey
The Microsoft Dynamics Salary Survey has been conducted for the past 3 years in its current form and receives over 6,000 responses each year. The annual Microsoft Dynamics Salary Survey report is highly revered by Microsoft Dynamics professionals as it provides them with the most in-depth insight into the salaries, opinions and demographics of their counterparts worldwide. This year’s report is to be revealed for the first time at Convergence 2012.
To take the short survey, click here.
After hearing about the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace, an online lead generation tool that helps partners showcase and sell their best add-ons for Microsoft Dynamics, PowerObjects was quick to join. Says Jim Sheehan, COO and Partner at PowerObjects, “Customers and partners alike were always approaching us to use our add-ons, but as a VAR, we didn’t have the resources or sales channel needed to effectively deliver. After the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace launched, however, we had a solution. It provided a place we could market our add-ons. And, we didn’t have to build out a sales channel, which let us continue to focus the efforts of our team on our consulting and implementation services.”
By using the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace, PowerObjects aims to earn U.S.$50,000 in monthly, recurring revenue and sees even its smaller sales leading to larger business. “What we have found with the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace is that even our small $1 to $2 sales can lead to 100-seat to 1,000-seat deployments of Microsoft Dynamics CRM,” says Sheehan.
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“Welcome to the team”, the new Microsoft Dynamics consultant was told by his manager the first day on the job. “This week you’ll go through an onboarding process with various individuals within the organization, and next week you are off to Fargo, North Dakota to attend a four-week training course,” the manager continued. “What?! Fargo for four weeks? Really?!” exclaimed the consultant. “Yes. Fargo. They have a great thing happening up there with the Microsoft Dynamics AX Fast TrAX training. I’m confident you’ll find it extremely valuable and rewarding to your career development,” explained the manager.
Yes, this is reality folks. But don’t take my words lightly. The Microsoft Dynamics Fast TrAX training held its inaugural classes in the second half of calendar 2011, and there are dozens of Fast TrAX graduates already sharing tremendous feedback…
Taking the Fast TrAX course sets aside a portion of your life, you learn Microsoft Dynamics AX. When else are you going to have four weeks of your life set aside for this purpose? Not all teachers are from Microsoft but they bring in, in this course, both Microsoft and non-Microsoft teachers who are fluent with the product. They bring in Microsoft people who have been involved in the development of the product and development of the documentation as well as people who have worked with the product since the early beta versions or even earlier. Our class received both overviews and substantial details of Microsoft Dynamics AX. We saw it from an overview point of view and significant details on finance and supply chain. We also learned support material related to Sure Step, SharePoint and Enterprise Portal intelligence. Every person on the planet is unique. We learned in different ways, so there’s different ways to take notes, and do your homework during evenings and weekends. The class time, make full use of the immersion experience and time. – October 2011 Graduate
I think a lot of the professors or instructors that we’ve had here have worked in the industry for a number of years so they provided some good life lessons, some good experiences that they’ve run into with partners or clients. You are just completely immersed in it, so there’s no way around it. You are going to learn Microsoft Dynamics AX. And that is what we’re all here to do and I just think it’s a very, very good opportunity for people to try and take advantage of. – August 2011 Graduate
I think one advantage is that it’s a technology platform and a skillset that’s transferable. It’s not just geared towards one industry. When you learn it, every company, every organization, public or private, is going to have transactions, is going to have sales, is going to be hiring people. So it’s definitely a skillset that can transfer across industries. It’s really the wide variety of individuals and peers that we have in there. We’ve got individuals you have been in the ERP world, not necessarily within Microsoft systems, but in the ERP world for a while then we’ve got fresh out of college and a lot of people right in the middle who have just been working for a while. Hearing their experiences and their sort of viewpoint on what they think they will be able to do with this system has been beneficial. We always hear that the Microsoft Dynamics community is really small so being able to build that camaraderie is a plus. From having no previous experience whatsoever, I think the immersion concept is good. I keep sitting back after going to the hotel room and thinking would I have read all eight of these manuals on my free time in addition to my job, on the weekends, 10 hours, whatever. And I would, I would be committed to it. But you’re not going to get the experiences of seeing the trainer troubleshoot the system and how they would go about troubleshooting. I think is a positive facet to this sort of training program, especially for those without any experience. – August 2011 Graduate
The class has been very different from what I thought it was going to be. I was really worried about coming up to Fargo and Microsoft being this huge entity. It’s really just felt warm and everybody was so welcoming. We’ve met about 15 different instructors from Microsoft and they’ve all been very open to our questions. The technology, it was a fast pace, but you’re able to learn it. There’s enough written material I can go back and study. I’m definitely preparing for my exams and getting ready to be certified but I know that when I go out into the field after I’ve had this class that I can confidently present to my clients here’s the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 product and here’s what it can do for your business. – September 2011 Graduate
If you are interested in Microsoft Dynamics Fast TrAX training, we’ve recently published our FY12 H2 training schedule for partners based in the United States. And since you are visiting the place where I reside (Fargo), I’ll definitely take the opportunity to pop into your class to say hello!
Here’s a great opportunity to learn more about the Windows Azure value proposition and ways to get started with development on Windows Azure.
The Windows Azure platform is a flexible cloud–computing platform that lets you focus on solving business problems and addressing customer needs.
Join Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist, Sanjay Jain (his blog), as he dives into Windows Azure and what it can do for your customer's business. Windows Azure relies on the three pillars: a simple, comprehensive, and powerful platform for the creation of web applications and services.
Visit the Partner Learning Center to register to attend this web seminar being held Wednesday, February 8 at 9:00AM PT.