Kevin Machayya is a 15-year veteran of Microsoft and Great Plains Software. He has held various roles in technical support, customer service, and sales operations. For the last 11 years, Kevin has focused on the Microsoft Dynamics partner channel through partner account management, readiness, marketing, resourcing/staffing and development programs.
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Being a social and creative guy by nature as well as rather analytical, I simply enjoy seeing a cool infographic depicting great data in an easy to consume layout. So, I could hardly contain my excitement when I saw the folks over at the CRM Software Blog brought two of my favorite things together – Microsoft Dynamics and an infographic!
You can visit their website to learn more about 12 Great Reasons Companies Use Microsoft Dynamics CRM, and 24 Wildly Creative Ways Companies Use Microsoft Dynamics CRM.
It is exciting to realize the very creative ways customers and partners have taken the Microsoft Dynamics CRM solution outside of the traditional mold to manage their business processes. Not only a great read, but this white paper demonstrates innovation to move past the CRM core, and truly highlight adaptability across multiple situations.
These are fabulous resources to understand how Microsoft Dynamics CRM is scalable for deployment across a variety of industries and scenarios.
During the past year Microsoft has offered a series of live FREE one-hour webcasts designed to ensure customers have full exposure into how they can maximize and extend their current Microsoft Dynamics ERP investment. We want to ensure they are aware these webcasts are also available on CustomerSource “on-demand” for them to watch at their convenience.
The 2012 Summer Olympics have officially started. Many of the world’s finest athletes have converged on London, England!
Several of you also have well-conditioned professionals in your organizations. And with a new Microsoft fiscal year recently started, you likely have established new goals and commitments for your company regarding to your Microsoft Dynamics performance.
Being an active runner, I gravitate to the track & field events at the Olympics, and I’m reminded of a couple performances in the last four decades which relate to business success and challenges.
· 1972 Summer Olympics – While these Olympics were overshadowed by tragedy, one US athlete captured the attention of many individuals stateside. The University of Oregon’s Steve Prefontaine was a running phenom in the 5,000 meters. While he didn’t medal, his will and determination showcased a huge competitive sprint to stand tall against the world’s best.
· 1992 Summer Olympics – One memorable aspect of these games didn’t actually happen, and relates to over promising and under delivering. For months, Reebok hyped up a showdown between Olympic decathlon hopefuls Dan O’Brien and Dave Johnson. The advertising campaign was simply labeled – Dan & Dave. Unfortunately, Dan failed to qualify for the Olympics at the US trials, leaving Reebok rushing to switch out their original marketing plan.
· 2004 Summer Olympics – With the games based in London this year, I distinctly recall British runner, Dame Kelly Holmes’ double gold victories in the 800 and 1500 meters. Holmes laid the foundation for her stellar performance in the British Army, overpowered past personal adversity, and was given the honor of carrying the British flag at the closing ceremonies.
While there are countless events to highlight from over the years, they are too numerous to list here. What has captured your heart and attention?
Enjoy the Games of the XXX Olympiad!
Special guest blog contributed by Connor Marsden, Director of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, US Microsoft Dynamics.
With so many exciting, announcements around Microsoft Dynamics CRM – including an updated product roadmap – it can be challenging to fully understand what it all means to you. As always, the Community is a great resource. Another great resource – and one not to be missed – is eXtremeCRM 2012 Las Vegas coming up September 30 – October 3 in Las Vegas.
Like never before, Microsoft Dynamics will make a BIG splash at eXtreme CRM 2012. As a corporate sponsor, eXtremeCRM will be our #1 platform to share the latest Microsoft Dynamics CRM strategies and investments with our partners.
NOW is the time to REGISTER for this marquee event. Early bird pricing—a $300 savings—ends July 31, 2012.
There is something for everyone! You won’t see it anywhere else…
You won’t want to miss hearing about our latest strategies and investments Microsoft Dynamics CRM is making to win the hearts and minds of customers across sales, marketing and customer service. Come to extremeCRM to arm yourself with the tools you need to sell the value of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, both now and in the future.
This is a go-to industry event that shouldn’t be missed. Early bird registration ends Tuesday, July 31. To save $300, register today!
Connor Marsden Director of Microsoft Dynamics CRM US Microsoft Dynamics
Navigate to PartnerSource to access the latest comprehensive listing of the Microsoft Dynamics partner marketing campaigns that are active for FY13.
You’ll find information on the FY13 Dynamics Business campaign, CRM Online Trial and Office 365 Attach, ERP Volume in SMB as well as campaigns listed by product and industry.
The United States Microsoft Dynamics partner readiness team is excited to announce the availability of the Microsoft Dynamics AX – Fast TrAX Enterprise Academy for Microsoft Fiscal Year 2013!
Providing an end to end training program to focus not only on helping new individuals prepare for certification but provide them a opportunity to learn from Certified Trainers with real world experience, Microsoft Support Organization and insights from R&D. With the dawn of a new fiscal year we are excited to augment the program with a end to end case study to drive additional hands on experience!
The initial Foundation “Step 1” of the program for Consultants and Developers is a 18 day program that build comprehensive insights to the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 product. This will be coupled with “Step 2” Industry training approximately 2-4 months later and “Step 3” Advanced Training approximately 12-18 months build a great set of curriculum for success.
Training, in addition to mentorship within your organization for new professionals, will set consultants and developers on the road to being successful and contributing to your organization’s bottom line.
FY13 Schedule (all classes held on the Microsoft Fargo Campus)
Consultant Track – Click here to register
Developer Track – Click here to register
The agendas can be found within each registration link.
Great news for Microsoft Dynamics NAV partners seeking more information regarding the upcoming release of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013. If you missed WPC 2012, and with Directions 2012 coming this fall, this is an awesome opportunity to get ramped up in the meantime.
Join us August 28 & 29 for two days of online ‘virtual training blitz’ designed to ramp your sales and presales teams on the exciting new customer benefits of this release, and to provide an early technical preview of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 for your consultant and developer resources.
Content will focus on Microsoft’s small and midmarket strategy, landscape, and roadmap, selling the Microsoft Dynamics NAV story, demonstration best practices, positioning and selling the value of Cloud and Microsoft related technologies, key new product innovations and much more. During the sessions you will have access to Microsoft Experts on hand specifically to answer your questions and support your training experience.
Now is the perfect time to begin preparing for the new release of Microsoft Dynamics NAV!
For more information, including a detailed preliminary agenda, and to register, please visit PartnerSource.
Back by popular demand, the Marketing Services Bureau is once again offering Marketing Office Hours, a free service to help Microsoft Dynamics partners get more from their marketing, connect with a marketing expert before investing time and money, and receive fast help with the most common marketing challenges.
The Marketing Office Hours program is staffed by Nurture Marketing, a full-service marketing firm with over 15 years experience with the Microsoft partner channel.
Check out more details on the MSB Special Offers site and review all of the great FY13 services from Microsoft Dynamics-savvy vendors on the main MSB site!
Microsoft today announced the availability of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Trust Center, a website that provides in-depth information about the privacy and security practices for the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online service.
For more information, please review the announcements on the Microsoft News Center and CRM Connection blog.
We are happy to share with our United States partners a new incentive program to build your certification expertise.
Update Your Certifications & Accreditations Today For a Chance to Win
As an incentive to update and increase the number of certifications and accreditations across your organization, we are launching a certification contest to help you motivate your teams to complete this important activity in maintaining competency and credibility with your customers.
Between July 16, 2012 and September 30, 2012 for every exam passed from the list below your name will be entered into a drawing to win a great entertainment package via either a grand prize or first place prize. (Note: the (maximum number of three entries per individual.)
Prize packages include:
For full details and a complete list of Terms & Conditions, please visit PartnerSource.