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September, 2012

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    Certification Exam Discounts, Plus Free Exam Retakes for Microsoft Partners

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    My counterparts on the United States Partner Team recently shared some excellent information regarding current competency requirements, and the new Microsoft Competency Exam Pack offer, so I wanted to ensure you are connected to those resources.

    Navigate over the Julie Golding’s post on the US Partner Team blog to learn more.

    --Kevin

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    Registration for Convergence 2013 to Open November 14!

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    According to the Convergence blog, in about a month and a half, registration for Convergence 2013 will officially open. (Be sure to check out the refreshed website!) This year’s conference takes place in New Orleans, LA on March 18-21, 2013.

    In the meantime, please sign up for email alerts, and stay tuned to this blog and the Convergence blog as more information is announced.

     --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011 Feature Pack 1 Now Available for Download

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    Per the Microsoft Dynamics SL Community Team Blog, Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011 FP1 is officially available for download.

    According to the blog post from Jeff Suwyn, Product Manager:

    The Dynamics SL 2011 FP1 feature set centers on continued Project enhancements, Time & Expense Web Services, and the inclusion of Business Analyzer for Dynamics SL 2011.

    Highlights of this Feature Pack:

    • Business Analyzer – with 30+ pre-defined financial and project reports and Microsoft Lync connectivity
    • Quick Query SSRS Report Generation wizard – Users can create their own reports to view in Business Analyzer
    • Project Web Services
      • Project Time Entry
      • Project Expense Entry
      • Support for Document attachments and project notes
    • Project Actual and Provisional Cost Reporting
    • Hard Close Restrictions by Module
    • Suppress Batch Control Reports by Module
    • Office 365 and SharePoint Online Support

     Access the new release today via PartnerSource or CustomerSource.

    --Kevin

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    Kati Unplugged: Microsoft Dynamics Envisions SMBs Will Lead the Way in Cloud Adoption—Via Partner Channel Expertise

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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 2004In our last post, we looked at several reasons why cloud delivery made sense for Kureha, a growing mid-size subsidiary of a Japanese manufacturing company that had outgrown its entry-level systems.

    This week we take a step back and look at the Microsoft Dynamics vision for small and mid-size businesses. In this fireside chat, Microsoft Dynamics GM of Product Marketing, Fred Studer, explains why we expect SMBs to lead the charge in adopting cloud business solutions—and why partners play a critical role.

     

    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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    If You Want to Grow Your Business, You’ll be in Las Vegas: Last Chance to Register for eXtremeCRM

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    Connor Marsden headshotIn just a few days I’ll be packing my bag and heading to THE KEY platform in practice development for Microsoft Dynamics CRM partners: eXtremeCRM 2012 Las Vegas! This premier event, September 30 – October 3, will offer connections, insight, and information that you won’t find anywhere else – anywhere. If you’ve been holding off on registering, don’t wait another minute. This is truly a can’t-miss event if you want to grow your Microsoft Dynamics CRM business.

    As mentioned earlier this month on the blog: if you have your doubts about attending, listen to what Dennis Michalis, General Manager, WW Microsoft Dynamics, has to say:

    “eXtremeCRM is a marquee event for Microsoft Dynamics CRM partners to get deeply connected to Microsoft’s product direction and strategic priorities. You’ll walk away with the technical and sales knowledge to help you win against the competition, grow your business and delight your customers! Don’t miss the chance to connect with and learn from peers, industry experts, and Microsoft business and technical leaders.”

    While there are oodles of great reasons to attend eXtremeCRM 2012 Las Vegas, here are three top reasons:

    • Four keynotes from Microsoft senior leaders who will provide an updated roadmap and strategy insights
    • Industry insights from Paul Greenberg, bestselling author of “CRM at the Speed of Light”
    • Connections with Microsoft, ISVs, and other partners; see who is attending

     Plus, eXtremeCRM Las Vegas features:

     This is a must-attend event. Don’t delay; register today! See you in Las Vegas!

    Connor Marsden
    Director of Microsoft Dynamics CRM
    US Microsoft Dynamics

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    Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Airlift 2012 Slide Decks

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    The Microsoft Dynamics GP product management team shares this great news as they gear up for the imminent launch of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013.

    The Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Airlift 2012 was held in Fargo, ND from September 12-14, and had a packed-house of over 430 partners. There was a high demand for the decks that were presented, so we are making them available on PartnerSource for your download and usage.

    --Kevin

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    Chicago Partner Affiliates with Master VAR to Grow Practice

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    Over the course of Microsoft FY13, we’ll share a variety of partner evidence highlighting the benefits of the Microsoft Dynamics Master VAR program. Since its inception last year, more than 30 organizations have affiliated with the three US Master VARs: SBS Group, Socius, and Tribridge. As the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) has evolved, Master VAR introduced an option for partners to collaborate to drive growth.

    Lakeshore Consulting wanted to take their business to the next level, but found it difficult to make the deep capital and human resource investments required.

    “We realized that, in order to grow, we needed to make a change somewhere,” said Paul Silvani, General Manager, SBS Group Chicago. “We wanted to get bigger, we wanted to grow, but it’s hard to try to get to that next level.”

    Silvani reached out to the SBS Group, and in 2010 became part of the SBS network of service providers, changing the name of his practice to SBS Group Chicago.

    Joining SBS Group has enabled Silvani to grow his practice, including hiring an additional consultant to handle the added workload. Using SBS sales resources has enabled Silvani’s group to close deals involving products they hadn’t previously sold, including Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Microsoft Dynamics AX.

    Regarding marketing, Silvani voices a challenge common to many smaller partner organizations. “When we had time, we would do it, and when we got busy, we would be very up and down. Now, because marketing is being done at the group level, we’re seeing more leads, and our customers are getting more involved in the process.”

    Access the complete partner case study on the Microsoft Case Studies website to learn more.

    --Kevin

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    Top 10 Reasons to Attend eXtremeCRM 2012 – Standard Pricing ends September 21!

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    We are less than 2 weeks away from eXtremeCRM 2012 Las Vegas, the marquee event for Microsoft Dynamics CRM. We have a host of people from Microsoft people attending as well as partners and ISV’s. Check out who’s attending here!

    I wanted to make sure you were aware that standard pricing ends September 21 so be sure to register now to save $100 on your registration fee!

    Those of you that follow this blog regularly know I am a big fan of top ten lists (and infographics, of course), so please refer to the list below for the most awesome reasons to register for the conference!

    Here are the Top Ten Reasons to attend eXtremeCRM 2012 Las Vegas

    1. The roadmap. eXtremeCRM is the chosen venue for Microsoft Dynamics executives to announce innovative strategies and investments, product releases, and both long and short-term roadmap goals.

    2. The specifics. More than 60 concurrent sessions, with in-depth CRM-specific information, are offered for every role in the CRM organization. Included are invaluable sessions for leaders, salespersons, consultants, and developers.

    3. The technology. eXtremeCRM offers hands-on learning with cutting-edge CRM technology. Attendees “roll up their sleeves” as they experiment with the applications that are most affecting the business.

    4. The connections. A meeting-place for Microsoft executives, industry experts, ISV’s, and CRM partners and their teams, eXtremeCRM is the industry’s hub. Learn from, grow together, and forge relationships with everyone in the CRM ecosystem.

    5. The competition. Back by popular demand, skilled developers face-off in the exciting eXtreme App Challenge. Prizes are awarded to the development team that creates the most compelling app in a 24-hour period.

    6. The Summit. For business leaders only and led by innovative industry experts, the eXecutive Summit offers strategic workshop-style sessions tailored to equip partners with everything they need to take their businesses to next level.

    7. The Academy. New this year to eXtremeCRM is the Training Academy. Attendees can make the most of their time in Vegas by arriving early to hone their knowledge of basic CRM technology and application add-ons.

    8. The APP -titude. Applications take center-stage via the App Launchpad, a vehicle through which partners share their own developments and announcements with the larger CRM community. In addition, one application will win the Innovative New App Award.

    9. The strategy. eXtremeCRM, at its core, offers strategy. Through product education, sales and marketing ideas, implementation methodology, and the cultivation of leadership, sessions arm each member of the CRM organization to approach their tasks strategically, intelligently, and ultimately, expertly.

    10. The future. eXtremeCRM equips the CRM organization for a future of excellence, of innovation, and of growth. Invest in the future of your organization by registering now.

    Don’t miss your chance to get in The Know! Register prior to September 21 to get in on standard pricing and save $100!

    --Kevin

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    Don't Forget, Cloud Easy Offer ends September 30

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    Cloud Easy allows eligible customers to earn subsidy payouts on qualifying sales that they can apply towards future purchases of Microsoft software licenses, Microsoft Online Services subscriptions, or associated services from their eligible Microsoft partner of choice.

    This is such an easy way to ensure services dollars to help set your customers up for success!  Access complete information on the MPN portal. Key dates to remember now:

    • All customers who have made eligible purchases of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online in the last 30 days should submit immediately to get the refund in process.
    • Customers purchasing between now and September 30 are also eligible; the last day to submit claims is October 30.
    • Customers must SPEND their subsidy check with their nominated Microsoft partner within 90 days of issue.

     If you have any questions, email cloudeasy@microsoft.com.

    --Kevin

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    Statement of Direction for Microsoft Dynamics AX - August 2012 Update

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    The Statement of Direction (SOD) for Microsoft Dynamics AX has been recently refreshed.

    The document will provide insight into our current Microsoft Dynamics AX development plans through the year 2015. Whether you are a new or existing customer or partner, this information will help you plan and get the most from your investments.

    The document comprises of the following main sections:

    • Vision: Building for the Dynamic Business
    • Microsoft Dynamics AX Roadmap
    • Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 SP1
    • Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012
    • Customer Support and Maintenance Policies
    • High-quality implementations with Microsoft Dynamics Sure Step

     

    Download the updated SOD from PartnerSource.

    --Kevin

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