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July, 2012

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    Microsoft Dynamics FY13 Month-end Close Calendar: Understand the New Timing

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    Now that we are a couple of weeks into the start of FY13, the Microsoft Dynamics Operations team provides this important information regarding a change to month-end close timing.

    The Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) business has now aligned to the greater Microsoft/Volume Licensing (VL) business close dates and will now end the month processing at 4:00PM local Regional Operations Center (ROC) time on the day of the close. This means that MBS will no longer close at midnight local time the day prior to the Microsoft/VL close.

    Through great efforts across multiple teams, MBS is now able to support the aligned close date by overcoming previous challenges across the billing systems. This new alignment simplifies the month end close for partners by providing a consistent close timing schedule across Microsoft with better alignment of the end of processing times across lines of business. 

    Given the impact of this change, please become familiar with the new FY13 close dates and cut-off timing to ensure smooth month-end and quarter-end close experiences for your organization.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics Partner Marketing & Lead Generation Toolkit

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    The Microsoft Dynamics worldwide partner marketing team has created a new resource offering practical, simple and customized marketing support for partners. Earlier this month on the Marketing Dynamics blog, Fallon Emery shared details regarding the Microsoft Dynamics Partner Marketing & Lead Generation Toolkit.

    The Partner Marketing & Lead Generation Toolkit offers practical guidance for Microsoft Dynamics partners on how to plan, invest, execute and measure more effective marketing. Focusing on marketing strategy, the guide includes helpful tips, best practices, exercises and links to an extensive selection of Microsoft training and resources.

    Learn more about the toolkit by visiting the Marketing Dynamics blog.

    --Kevin

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    Start Planning Now to Attend the Microsoft Dynamics AX Technical Conference 2012

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    On the heels of two successful Technical Conferences for Microsoft Dynamics AX, we are expanding and repeating it as we approach the launch of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2.

    Make key business connections with the people that build Microsoft Dynamics AX, along with their colleagues from SharePoint, Office, BizTalk, Visual Studio and other areas of Microsoft. Hear new, practical and technical content, as well as best practices, delivered by Microsoft leaders and technology experts. Stay up-to-date around Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 and learn more about the simplicity in deployments, master data management and contextual business intelligence, along with new world class capabilities within Financials. Learn from and get inspired by your colleagues from around the world.

    Meydenbauer Convention Center, Bellevue, Washington
    October 22-25, 2012

    Registration will open in late July.

    Sign-up for email alerts today and be one of the first people to receive event updates on registration opening, agenda & content updates, and more!

    Visit PartnerSource for more information.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Airlift Early Bird Discounts Expire in 2 Weeks

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    The clock is ticking as the early bird discount for the Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Airlift is quickly approaching. Haven’t registered yet? Michelle Spitzer, Director of Marketing for Dynamic Communities, Inc., shares this update to provide you with the most compelling reasons to attend.

    Register for the Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Airlift before Tuesday, July 31 to save $100 on your registration. This year's event is focused on delivering advanced technical skills around Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 for implementation professionals, consultants, developers and technical sales engineers. With about 30 sessions scheduled for the 3-day event, it is one of your best opportunities to gain knowledge and training on the upcoming release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013.

    Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Airlift, Hosted by GPPC
    September 12-14, 2012 – Microsoft Campus – Fargo, ND
    Register Now!

    Breakout Sessions

    The breakout sessions are designed to dig deep into advanced technical skills around Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 for both consultants and developers. With a focus on workflow, business intelligence, SQL Reporting Services, and planning for security and compliance, the event will include sessions like:

    • Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 New Features
    • Deploying and Managing the Web Client
    • Intro to Microsoft Dynamics GP Customization Tools
    • RapidStart for Microsoft Dynamics GP
    • Enterprise Security for Microsoft Dynamics GP
    • Testing Your Product on the Web Client
    • Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Microsoft Office 365
    • And more!

    Click to see the complete session schedule and event agenda.

    Keynote Sessions

    The Airlift will kick off on Wednesday with an exclusive look at Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013, provided by a high-powered line-up of Dynamics GP product insiders. Errol Schoenfish, Director of Product Management for Microsoft Dynamics GP, will set the stage for the week and, more importantly, what the release of Dynamics GP 2013 will mean to you and your customers. Kevin Racer, the program manager responsible for many of the aspects of the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 web client, will provide a comprehensive overview of the new web client. He'll walk through the architecture, deployment model and UI changes that make up the web client. Daryl Anderson will join Kevin to dive into deploying Dynamics GP 2013, including on-premise, the web client, mixed mode deployments, and everything in between.

    Thursday’s keynote will focus on Windows 8, which represents one of the largest opportunities for application developers for the 21st century. Mark Hindsbo, Vice President of Microsoft’s Developer & Platform Evangelism Group in the US, will give a sneak-peak into Windows 8 and share insight about how you can take advantage of this new opportunity.

    Learn more about the event and sign up at http://www.GPPCTechnicalAirlift.com.

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    New Microsoft Dynamics MSB Offers to Start FY13

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    Our US Microsoft Dynamics marketing team has these very important announcements to enhance your marketing efforts as we enter the new Microsoft fiscal year.

    Kick off FY13 by checking out the new, improved Marketing Services Bureau (MSB) on PartnerSource! The MSB professional agencies have been carefully selected for their experience and effectiveness. Whether you need a list, consulting services, an outsourced marketing director or a social media solution, MSB can help fill your marketing gaps, accelerate your path to new leads and provide the marketing services you need.

    In addition to the great MSB marketing services, we’re starting FY13 with three special offers from N3 - Niche Cubed, Nurture Marketing and The Partner Marketing Group. These offers will help you effectively build an active sales pipeline, review and assess your current marketing and plans, and address a wide range of content development. But hurry: Some of the offers are time-limited. Visit the MSB Special Offers site on PartnerSource and return often for the latest deals from Microsoft Dynamics-savvy marketing vendors!

    --Kevin

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    Perpetual Licensing: NEW with Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 & Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013

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    The details of Perpetual Licensing are now available on PartnerSource, including a readiness video, pricing details and the licensing guide.

    For more information register for the live Ask the Expert session on Microsoft Dynamics ERP Volume Pricing on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 11:00AM PT.

    --Kevin

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    Congratulations to our 2012 Microsoft Dynamics President's Club and Inner Circle Members!

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    The results are in! Huge and appreciative congratulations to our FY12 Inner Circle and President’s Club partners for a very successful year.

    The Microsoft Dynamics Inner Circle represents an elite group of the most strategic Microsoft Dynamics partners from around the globe, with sales achievements that rank them in the highest echelon of the Microsoft Dynamics global network of partners. These partners are recognized for their exceptional overall company performance in delivering valuable solutions to Microsoft Dynamics customers.

    Microsoft Dynamics President’s Club honors high-performing Microsoft Dynamics partners with a commitment to customers reflected in their business success and growth.

    A list of the 2012 Microsoft Dynamics Inner Circle award winners can be found here.

    A list of the 2012 Microsoft Dynamics President’s Club award winners can be found here.

    Again, congratulations, and enjoy this well-deserved honor!

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Awards Top-Performing Partners at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2012

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    At the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) 2012 in Toronto today, Microsoft honored the strongest-performing Microsoft Dynamics partners for demonstrating significant customer impact by developing and delivering innovation solutions that help customers drive their businesses forward.

    At WPC 2012, 10 Microsoft Dynamics partners were recognized with the Microsoft WPC 2012 Awards. The Microsoft WPC 2012 award recipients are as follows:

    • Microsoft Dynamics CRM Partner of the Year: PowerObjects
    • Microsoft Dynamics Cloud Business Excellence: Zero2Ten Inc.
    • Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace Solution Excellence: ClickDimensions
    • Microsoft Dynamics ERP Partner of the Year: INFORMA Software Consulting GmbH
    • Microsoft Dynamics Manufacturing Partner of the Year: Edgewater Fullscope Inc.
    • Microsoft Dynamics Distribution Partner of the Year: Blue Horseshoe
    • Microsoft Dynamics Retail Partner of the Year: Ignify Inc.
    • Microsoft Dynamics Professional Services Partner of the Year: Systems Advisors Group
    • Microsoft Dynamics Financial Services Partner of the Year: Traviata
    • Microsoft Dynamics Public Sector Partner of the Year: Rock Solid Technologies Inc.

    For a complete list of winners and finalists, please review this previous blog post.

    Out of thousands of partners, Microsoft also honored 13 resellers with the 2012 Microsoft Dynamics Regional Reseller of the Year award, and nine independent software vendors (ISVs) were awarded the 2012 Microsoft Dynamics Regional ISV of the Year award. In addition, select top performers were honored from the Microsoft Dynamics channel, including Tribridge Holdings, LLC, named the Microsoft Dynamics Outstanding Reseller of the Year, and AXtension bv, named the Microsoft Dynamics Outstanding ISV of the Year.

    In the United States, mcaConnect, LLC was named Microsoft Dynamics Reseller of the Year, and TDCI Inc. took the Microsoft Dynamics ISV of the Year honors. Finalists for US Reseller were Armanino McKenna, LLP and Zero2Ten, Inc. Finalists for US ISV were Blue Horseshoe Solutions, Inc and ExactTarget, Inc.

    For a detailed list of Regional winners from across the globe, please visit the Microsoft News Center.

    Congratulations to all partners!!!

    --Kevin

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    Dynamic Business: Kicking it All the Way to Awesome (VIDEO)

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    This a fabulous new video from the Microsoft Dynamics marketing team. Enjoy!


    --Kevin

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    Mastering Complexity: Global Partners Choose the Microsoft Dynamics Platform

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    We have exciting Microsoft Dynamics news coming out of WPC 2012 today.

    TORONTO — July 10, 2012 — They are companies that support the most complex manufacturing, distribution and services industries in the world today. They help customers build submarines, manage large automotive dealerships and optimize sales effectiveness.

    Today in Toronto, Microsoft Business Solutions President Kirill Tatarinov discussed how enterprise partners that operate in highly specialized, vertical markets across the world are increasingly turning to software that has historically been seen as a midmarket offering — Microsoft Dynamics.

    To make his point, Tatarinov pointed to three global ISVs currently building solutions on Microsoft Dynamics platforms to serve large, complex organizations in different ways.

    To learn more, view the complete press release on the Microsoft News Center.

    --Kevin

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