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February, 2012

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    Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail Technical Conference 2012

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    Retail Tech Conference - March 2012

    Michael Griffiths, Global Director, Microsoft Dynamics Retail and Distribution, shares this important update today regarding a partner training event being held post-Convergence 2012.

    We are pleased to invite you to participate in the upcoming “Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail Technical Conference 2012”. This conference will be hosted by the Microsoft Dynamics Retail Product Development team in conjunction with the Microsoft Dynamics Sales and Marketing organization.This event will be held on March 22-24 in Houston after the end of Convergence 2012. To address the varying needs of various roles and needs, we have structured this conference into two parallel tracks with varying focus, depth and timelines.

    Key details of the event and tracks are below:

    Track - 1:  Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail for Sales Professionals

    Track - 2:  Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail for Technical Consultants and Implementers

    When:

    March 22, 2012

    March 22 – 24, 2012

    Time:

    8am  to 6pm

    Day 1 & 2:  8am to 6pm

    Day 3:  8am to 4pm

    Where:

    JW Marriott,

    5150, Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77056

    JW Marriott,

    5150, Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77056

    Level:

    200

    200 and 300

    Target Audience:

    Sales and Pre-Sales professionals, Account Managers

    Functional and Technical consultants, Solution Architects, Developers, Product Support

    Cost:

    500 USD per person

    1,250 USD per person

    Meals:

    Breakfast, Lunch and snacks/beverages. 

    Breakfast, Lunch and snacks/beverages for all days.

     

    - Overview of Retail Solution and Architecture

    - Key solution differentiators, value proposition

    - Roadmap and momentum

    - Pricing and Licensing

    - Focused sessions on key areas of solution including:

    o Organization and Channel Management

    o Store and Terminal Management

    o Merchandising & Inventory Management

    o Pricing and Promotions Management

    o Point of Sale

    o Customer orders & End of Day process

    o Payment processing & Online Services

    o Reporting and Role Centers

    o Overview of Extensibility & key benefits

    - Overview of Retail Solution and Architecture

    - Key solution differentiators, value proposition

    - In-depth sessions on key areas of solution including:

    o Organization and Channel Management

    o Store and Terminal Management

    o Merchandising & Inventory Management

    o Pricing and Promotions Management

    o Point of Sale

    o Customer orders & End of Day process

    o Payment processing & Online Services

    o Reporting and Role Centers

    o Store Inventory

    o Store Connect and Transaction Services

    o Security, Performance and Scalability

    o Deployment, Troubleshooting and Monitoring

    o Hardware, OS/DB support, Upgrade

    o Locale specific capabilities

    o Overview of Extensibility & key benefits

    o Extensibility scenario – example in depth

    Trainers:

    Sessions will be delivered by SMEs from Retail Product Development team

    Sessions will be delivered by SMEs from Retail Product Development team

    Registration and Participation:

    If you are interested in this session, please send an email to dynamicsretail@microsoft.com with the following information, along with Track 1 – Sales in the email subject.

    • Full Name
    • Organization
    • Contact Information (e-mail and Phone)
    • Role Description

    You will be notified upon approval with follow up instructions to complete registration. 

    Space is highly limited and will be allocated on first come first serve basis

    If you are interested in this session, please send an email to dynamicsretail@microsoft.com with the following information, along with Track 2 – Implementation in the email subject.

    • Full Name
    • Organization
    • Contact Information (e-mail and Phone)
    • Role Description

    You will be notified upon approval with follow up instructions to complete registration. 

    Space is highly limited and will be allocated on first come first serve basis

    Miscellaneous:

    Access to Retail solution (VM) will be provided to participants for use during and post training day

    Access to Retail solution (VM) will be provided to participants for use during and post training day

    “Winning in Retail” is a very high priority for Microsoft, and we have seen great success over the past 18 months. We have a unique value proposition in the market, but with that comes unique requirements for resources and skills. Retail specific training is very important for successful deployments. Just knowing Microsoft Dynamics AX is not enough, nor is simply understanding the retail industry. There are a combination of skills required across the POS, store management, merchandising, supply chain and financials that are important to success. 

    We see this as a Must-Attend training for any partner serious about retail and planning to engage with us moving forward. The pace of our growth and roadmap acceleration means meeting customer expectations without this level of immersion will be extremely challenging. We will expect that people have participated in this training as a foundation for the deeper, direct engagements. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity and we look forward to working with all of you.

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    Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2012 Registration Now Open

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    Registration has opened four weeks earlier than last year for the biggest networking event for Microsoft partners – taking place in Toronto, July 8-12! Register early so you can save $300US off the WPC 2012 All-Access Event Pass. Early-bird pricing will be in effect through April 5, 2012.

    The Awards Nomination website will be open soon. In the meantime, please review the Award Categories and Questions document located on the Digital WPC website.

    Also, be sure to visit the US Community page which focuses on the US WPC experience for any relevant US-specific announcements and activities.

    Stay tuned to this blog for Microsoft Dynamics WPC content as it is rolled out.

    --Kevin

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    Kati Unplugged: How SaaSplaza & Tensoft Helped a Small Company Go Big Time—for Lower Cost—with Cloud-Based Microsoft Dynamics ERP

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    Countdown to the Cloud banner

    A Blog Series for Microsoft Dynamics Partners by Kati Hvidtfeldt, US Microsoft Dynamics ERP Cloud Lead.

    Kati color 2004Successful businesses understand the power of partnerships, and strong business relationships are especially important in delivering effective cloud-based solutions. We are finding that most partners are convinced that the cloud transition is the way to move forward, but few have the resources and infrastructure to handle all of the necessary elements of a solid solution that fits the unique needs of their prospects. In this week’s blog, Matt Casper, Marketing Communications Manager at Microsoft cloud partner SaaSplaza, tells the story of how partnering with Microsoft Dynamics partner Tensoft created a win-win-win situation: for the partners, the customer--and the cloud.

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    For SaaSplaza, it’s always about the partners, and the solution we put together for Syndiant is a prime example of the power and effectiveness of the right partnerships. Our partner Tensoft had the vertical solution for Microsoft Dynamics GP—Tensoft Fabless Semiconductor Management—and we had the capability to put it all in the cloud. Working together, with each company playing to its strengths, we were able to help a small company go big time through the power of cloud-based ERP.

    Syndiant had what most companies would call a “good problem.” A producer of light-modulating panels for high-res projectors, it had the right product and market to grow from $1 million in annual revenues to more than $20 million.

    But it was a small company with neither the IT team nor the technology to manage the myriad sourcing channels, complex distribution channels, and more robust accounting needs that come with this kind of growth. They knew they needed a full-fledged ERP system, but they could not make a capital expenditure on either the staff or the hardware to support it.

    After reviewing the options, Syndiant chose Microsoft Dynamics GP enhanced with Tensoft FSM, a web-based product for technology companies with outsourced manufacturing operations. The cloud delivery model was a no-brainer given the resource constraints. The partners and Syndiant selected SaaSplaza for our ability to provide a secure, reliable, high availability platform that is also flexible enough to enable proper customization on cloud-based solutions. According to VP of Operations Tupper Patnode, having the solution in the cloud with SaaSplaza is integral to its overall success. “By going with a cloud-based solution, we were able to implement and maintain a full ERP system without needing IT staff or having to invest in server hardware.”

    Syndiant is now able to easily support its ongoing growth, says Controller Cory Johnson: “It’s a scalable solution that we will probably take forever to outgrow.” He adds, “Because we can now focus on our yields, we have been able to reduce manufacturing costs.”

    SaaSplaza was named the 2011 Microsoft US ERP Hosting Partner of the Year. For more information on how your business can partner with SaaSplaza and its cloud platform to deliver reliable, scalable, and secure Microsoft Dynamics solutions, visit www.saasplaza.com.

    Interested in meeting SaaSplaza and other Microsoft cloud partners? Join Microsoft executives for food, hosted bar and networking at our 3rd annual Microsoft Dynamics ERP Cloud Structured Networking event at The Grove on Sunday, March 18, 5:00-7:00pm. Register today!

    To learn more about how to incorporate cloud-based solutions into your business plans visit the Microsoft Dynamics Countdown to the Cloud page on PartnerSource. Go to www.microsoft.com/dynamics/growyourbusiness for resources that demonstrate to customers how Microsoft Dynamics ERP cloud, hybrid and on-premise solutions can benefit their businesses.

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    Top 12 Reasons for Microsoft Dynamics Partners to Attend Convergence 2012

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    Can you believe Convergence 2012 is only 3 weeks away (March 18-21)?! If you haven’t registered, here are twelve compelling reasons to attend. If you are already planning to travel to Houston, be sure to add many of these activities to your schedule.

    1) With a new worldwide emphasis, Convergence 2012 has expanded the networking opportunities open to you with an even greater international presence.

    2) New Microsoft Dynamics ERP product offers were created for customers who attend Convergence. Visit the offer page to review full terms and conditions.

    3) You have the opportunity to hear Microsoft COO Kevin Turner, Microsoft Business Solutions President Kirill Tatarinov, and Ret. General Colin L. Powell speak during the keynotes.

    4) Tailor your experience with Connect and Schedule Builder. Convergence Connect is a structured networking tool that makes it easy to connect and network with fellow attendees. Schedule Builder enables attendees to make a customized Convergence session schedule, so that you can plan your time.

    5) Microsoft Dynamics partners can network and connect with other partners, ISVs, and Microsoft executives at the PreGAME events on Saturday, March 17 from 1:00-4:30pm.

    6) Rock out with Daughtry during the Convergence Reception!

    7) Participate in an ERP Cloud-focused networking event on the evening of Sunday, March 18. Hear the latest update on the Microsoft Dynamics cloud business and programs for partners from Microsoft Dynamics executives.

    8) Learn how the Microsoft Operations business unit within Microsoft Corporation transformed its business through the implementation of Microsoft Dynamics AX and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online during the A Case Study in Transformation: Microsoft Operations session on Monday, March 19 from 5:00-6:00pm.

    9) Help celebrate the 2012 Customer Excellence Award Winners! The Customer Excellence Awards recognize, honor, and celebrate customer organizations that are achieving outstanding success with their Microsoft solutions.

    10) Expand your solution footprint by chatting with almost 300 top partners who are experts in Microsoft Dynamics products, services and solutions from around the world during the Expo Experience.

    11) Gain deeper product knowledge in a one-to-one environment via the Microsoft Solutions Experience. Access through the middle of the Experience Center for Technical Support, Product Demos, Hands on Labs, and the AXUG, CRMUG, GPUG, and NAVUG User Groups.

    12) And finally… Microsoft is again holding an event just for you! You are invited to the Convergence Partner Only Event on Saturday, March 17 at the Hilton Americas. We will be hosting an Executive Q&A followed by a Partner Reception from 5:00-8:00pm.

    Now that you know the Top 12 reasons to attend Convergence 2012, make sure you and your customers and/or prospects are registered! We have made it easy for you to invite them by creating Demand Generation Materials that you can utilize on PartnerSource.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM Q2 CY2012 Service Update Tech Chat Series

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    The launch momentum continues to build as new capabilities are delivered to Microsoft Dynamics CRM under the primary theme of “CRM Anywhere”. To build Microsoft partner knowledge of this release, we’ve recently created a new training opportunity.

    As our US partner readiness team explains, this Tech Chat Series will provide an opportunity for ongoing discussion and Q&A between Partners and Microsoft, leading up to the formal readiness courses and materials which will become available closer to the release.

    The format for the Tech Chats is as follows:

    • Partners can send questions related to the upcoming topic to CRMChats@microsoft.com up until one day before the Tech Chat.
    • Microsoft will consolidate the questions and start off each Tech Chat addressing what is top of mind for the Partner Channel.
    • Microsoft will then take written and/or verbal Q&A live, from attendees.

    Upcoming Topics Include:

    • Mobility – March 1, 2012 at 8:00AM Pacific
    • SQL 2012 and Cross Browser – March 15, 2012 at 9:00AM Pacific
    • Social – April 5, 2012 at 8:00AM Pacific

    Visit PartnerSource for registration information.

    --Kevin

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    proMX Builds New Business with the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace

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    A Blog Series for Microsoft Dynamics Partners by Christian Lindberg, Solution Sales & Marketing, Microsoft Dynamics Partner Team.

    After hearing about the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace, Microsoft Partner proMX was quick to adopt. Says Peter Linke, CEO of proMX, “Across the events that we participate in, Microsoft was promoting the new Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace, and we saw that it would be a great opportunity for us to build further awareness and sales of our add-on, proRM.”

    And adopting has proven to be the right decision for the company, leading to 160 new leads in 10 months, of which around 10 percent have converted to sales. Says Linke, “Thanks to the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace, we are seeing tremendous growth in the number of leads we are getting. This is the future of how customers will be buying add-on solutions, so we see our success from the marketplace only getting better.”

    Read the full story: http://bit.ly/xEEUn2

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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Pricing & Licensing Guide – February 2012 Edition

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    The February 2012 edition of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 pricing & licensing guide is now available. The document includes guidance on following topics:

    • SPLA licensing model
    • Revised cancellation policy for Web Self-Service program
    • Activity feeds related licensing use rights
    • Enhanced CAL and SAL use rights matrix
    • Program / Channel summary

    This Guide provides an overview of the licensing structure and options for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011. Topics covered include Server editions, Client access licenses and external connector licenses, program availability, sales channels, pricing, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 upgrade paths, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online subscription licenses and programs, Software Assurance, Subscriber access licenses, and other important information that will help address Customer queries related to Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 licensing.

    Download the current guide from the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Price Sheets area on PartnerSource.

    --Kevin

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    PreGAME Events for Microsoft Dynamics Partners at Convergence 2012 – March 17

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    Dynamic Communities, the masterminds behind the professional associations and software user groups such as the AXUG, GPUG, CRMUG, and NAVUG, is once again extending their reach into the Microsoft Dynamics partner community by hosting their PreGAME events prior to Convergence 2012 in Houston, TX on Saturday, March 17.

    PreGAME gives Microsoft Dynamics partners an opportunity to focus on networking, education, preparation and strategy-building before customers start arriving in Houston. This year, PreGAME includes events for partners focused on Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, and Microsoft Dynamics AX. All activities will take place at the Hilton Americas from 1:00-4:30pm. Please click on the appropriate event link below for detailed agendas, and to register for the event tailored to your product area.

    GP Partner Connections PreGAME 2012 Houston

    PreGAME features sessions for Microsoft Dynamics GP partners in sales & marketing, consultant and developer roles. Sessions will be led by Microsoft Dynamics GP executives and will give partners an opportunity to learn about new features in Microsoft Dynamics GP “12” and what should be done now to prepare for this significant upcoming release.

    PreGAME 2012 for Dynamics CRM Partners

    PreGAME – hosted by the CRMUG Partner Council – provides an opportunity for you to make new connections in the Microsoft Dynamics CRM community, share knowledge and experiences, chat with Microsoft executives about Microsoft Dynamics CRM partner programs and products, and explore ways to get engaged with the CRMUG. Join us to connect with fellow Microsoft Dynamics CRM partners and build your game plan for conquering Convergence 2012!

    AXPAC PreGAME 2012 – Houston

    This year's PreGAME event will be three meetings in one! First off the VARs will meet, followed by a joint meeting with the VARs and ISVs. PreGAME will wrap with a session for the ISVs. Of course, all partners are welcomed to sit in all three sessions.

    Please note registering for PreGAME will not register you for Convergence. If you're attending Convergence, be sure to complete your conference registration via the Convergence website.

    Also, don’t forget to wrap up your day by attending the Microsoft sponsored Partner Only Event at Convergence for an Executive Q&A and Reception on Saturday, March 17 at the Hilton Americas from 5:00-8:00pm.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics February 2012 News & Highlights

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    Wondering what the hot topics are for the month of February? Worried you have to sift through volumes of articles on various websites? Don't worry. We have answers. Take a time out and watch our Microsoft Dynamics February 2012 PartnerSource North America Highlights video. You'll receive a quick update in 4 minutes!

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012: 300 Level Workshops Now Available

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    The Microsoft Dynamics partner training and readiness team provides today’s update.

    We are excited to announce workshops that will extend your skill sets with the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 product! These workshops are Level 300 an advanced level training that will continue to drive knowledge within the product. There are a number of prerequisites associated to these workshops and individuals are required to complete a survey to determine if you meet the qualifications to attend.

    The classes are scheduled for May 2012 and will be held in Seattle, WA. Please visit PartnerSource for complete details. For partners based outside of North America, navigate here on PartnerSource.

    --Kevin

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