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Microsoft Dynamics Partner Events, Information and Tips

July, 2012

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


    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!


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    REGISTER TODAY: eXtreme CRM 2012 Las Vegas. Early Bird Pricing ends July 31


    Special guest blog contributed by Connor Marsden, Director of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, US Microsoft Dynamics.

    Connor Marsden headshotWith 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…

    • Keynote addresses from:
      • Paul Greenberg, CRM industry Analyst, Influencer, Best Selling Author, and Blogger
      • Seth Patton, Senior Director Microsoft Dynamics CRM Product Marketing
      • Bill Patterson, Director, Dynamics CRM Strategy & Planning
      • Connor Marsden, Director, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, US
    • An entire track of presentations and interactive discussion dedicated to our priority industries
    • An all NEW! eXecutive Summit designed specifically for business owners and executive leaders which will include roundtable discussion hosted by our Dynamics CRM leadership team
    • Over 60 interactive concurrent sessions, 20 of which will be delivered by our own product marketing, and development experts. You’ll find specific tracks dedicated to leaders, sales, implementers and developers.
    • The all new Apps Challenge, where Developers increase their skills using the rapid application development environment of Microsoft Dynamics CRM while competing in teams to create the most compelling app!

    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

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    Microsoft Dynamics AX – Fast TrAX Enterprise Academy 2013


    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 TrackClick here to register

    • August 20 – September 12, 2012
    • September 24 – October 17, 2012
    • November 5 – December 5, 2012
    • January 28 – February 20, 2013
    • April 1 – 24, 2013

    Developer TrackClick here to register

    • September 13 – October 5, 2012
    • January 2013 (TBD)
    • March 2013 (TBD)

    The agendas can be found within each registration link.


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


    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.


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


    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!!!


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    Microsoft Dynamics Partner Marketing & Lead Generation Toolkit


    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.


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    Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 Online Launch Training Blitz


    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.


    • Selling & Demonstrating Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 | August 28, 2012 | 8:30AM – 12:30PM PT
    • Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 Deployment, Architecture & Feature Enhancements | August 29, 2012 | 8:30AM – 12:30PM PT

    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.


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    Creative Ways Companies are Using Microsoft Dynamics CRM


    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.


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    Live Tweeting of Microsoft Dynamics Sessions at WPC 2012


    If you are planning to attend Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) next week, be sure to follow @MSDynamicsLive on Twitter for live tweeting of Microsoft Dynamics sessions and event updates.

    Make sure to also follow @MSFTDynamics for customer stories, general news, product announcements and more.


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


    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.


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