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.
Last month Microsoft held the largest Convergence ever with over 10,000 attendees. To continue the exciting momentum from the conference, the Microsoft Dynamics NAV product management team has recently launched the new Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 partner launch portal.
The launch portal includes a variety of resources to help Microsoft Dynamics partners get ready for the planned Q4 calendar year 2012 general availability date, including:
Visit the launch portal on PartnerSource to learn more today!
The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Product Marketing team is excited to share this update.
Build a demo your prospects will love!
Great stories make memorable and compelling demos. To deliver a great story you need to tailor it to your prospects unique industry and business requirements. This story must highlight how people can be more effective in their jobs by effectively connecting to the people and data they need to develop and maintain meaningful relationships with their customers.
Microsoft’s mission is to help our customers realize this vision through tools such as Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, Microsoft Office 365 (SharePoint Online, Lync Online, Exchange Online), and Windows Azure. Telling a story that spans these technologies can be complicated, especially if you don't have expertise in each. But, if you only focus on your primary area of expertise, we probably aren’t showing the best solution Microsoft can offer. That’s why we're here to help!
Introducing Demo Builder
Demo Builder is a ClickOnce application implemented in Windows Azure that automatically deploys a “Business Solution from Microsoft” showcasing Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, Microsoft Office 365, and Windows Azure. Now, you can easily tell a story about how people can leverage social, mobile and cloud-based business applications to amplify sales and drive productivity with just a couple of clicks.
Visit PartnerSource for complete details.
To build excitement, awareness, and to help prepare our partner community, the Microsoft Dynamics GP product management team has recently launched the new Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 partner launch portal.
The launch portal includes a variety of resources to help Microsoft Dynamics partners get ready for the planned Q4 calendar year 2012 general availability date.
The portal is the place for partners to find the latest news and information about the release. It’s also the best place to access the most relevant collateral, technical resources, tools and training materials as they are made available.
4/3/2012 UPDATE – DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
If you are a Microsoft partner focused on Office 365, and have a keen interest to learn more about Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, you’ll definitely want to attend this upcoming web seminar on Wednesday, April 4 at 9:00AM PT.
This 60-minute live web seminar goes deep on the opportunity for Microsoft Office 365 partners to sell Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. The course explores why Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online matters to customers as a catalyst for being more effective, and why Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online matters to you as a partner. The course also outlines best practices and business modeling for how Microsoft Office 365 partners can be successful and profitable selling Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online.
Register for this web seminar on the Partner Learning Center.
In anticipation of the next Microsoft Dynamics CRM release, our partner readiness team requests you to Catch the Fever!
This new training is designed for Microsoft Dynamics CRM partner professionals involved in the selling and demo process. Build out your skill sets over the course of two half-day training opportunities.
Education of our partners is a key component to a successful launch and with the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Q2 CY2012 service update we are bringing you the return of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Blitz Day! Join us May 17 & 24 for two blitz days of content.
Microsoft will provide content focused on selling the story, conducting effective presentations, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, and winning sales strategies of the new release, augmented with a team of Microsoft Experts available through Q&A. This will be a great benefit for your organization to build up skillsets around this release and have your questions answered by Microsoft Experts.
Part 1 - May 17, 2012 starting at 8:00 AM Pacific
Part I topics include:
Part 2 - May 24, 2012 starting at 8:00 AM Pacific
Part II topics include:
Register today via the Partner Learning Center.
Our partner readiness team has successfully graduated two groups of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Fast TrAX students thus far in 2012, representing both the Consultant and Developer tracks, and we recently kicked off a new class for consultants this week on Monday.
For new Microsoft Dynamics AX partner professionals with high interest in the class, yet haven’t had the opportunity to attend the training, there are still a couple of opportunities left in FY12.
For complete details and to register, visit PartnerSource.
Please join us for a series of interactive webcasts with SBS Group, Tribridge, and Socius. Each Master VAR will provide an overview of their unique program and answer your questions. These calls will not be recorded, so be sure to attend live to learn more about the Master VARs, how to work together, and whether the program is right for you.
Agenda (click each specific link to register)
SBS Group – May 1, 2012
Tribridge – May 2, 2012
Socius –May 3, 2012
In fall 2011, the Master VAR program officially launched in the United States – find more information on PartnerSource.
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What else do you need to plan to prepare for Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) 2012 in Toronto, Canada during July 8-12?
Join our panel of experienced Channel Veterans as they share recommendations for getting the most out of this year’s WPC. This group has experience as attendees, presenters, exhibitors and trainers. The session will focus on how to use WPC to start, restart or accelerate practice areas.
For your convenience, we’re offering two sessions to choose from:
Monday, April 23, 2012 (10:00AM PT) – Register Here
Thursday, May 10, 2012 (10:00AM PT) – Register Here
The “Road to Repeatability” Rally Group web seminar series is designed to provide you with dedicated updates on tools, resources, and best practices that Microsoft has available to help drive your business to be successful leveraging the Road to Repeatability model. Additionally, we will use these calls to get your feedback into where we can help more and allow you to share best practices with each other.
Please join us for a two-part series of best practices and key tips for driving a repeatable volume practice in the SMB volume space. These sessions will highlight five key tactics in each functional area plus feature our Convergence ERP Volume partner award winners.
Register for the events on the Partner Learning Center.
Part I – April 18, 2012 at 11:00AM PT
Part II – May 16, 2012 at 11:00AM PT
We’ve officially hit the last quarter of Microsoft’s Fiscal Year 2012. Please take the time to review the month-end ordering deadlines for April, May, and June as provided by the Regional Operations Centers. Locate the complete schedule on PartnerSource.
Visit the Ordering homepage on PartnerSource for additional recent news and information.