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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I’m excited to announce the launch of the guidelines for the 2013 Partner of the Year Awards. Please take dedicated time to review the criteria as the award nominations officially open on February 22 and close on April 5.
This year there are four awards specifically for Microsoft Dynamics:
· Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Partner of the Year · Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Partner of the Year · Industry Partner of the Year · Cloud Partner of the Year
· Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Partner of the Year
· Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Partner of the Year
· Industry Partner of the Year
· Cloud Partner of the Year
On the awards homepage you’ll find documentation related to guidelines, FAQ, guidance from the judges as well as the official rules.
You can find last year’s Microsoft Dynamics winners here.
While you on the awards homepage be sure to also check out the newly redesigned Digital WPC website.
Convergence is the premier Microsoft Dynamics customer event, and you play a vital part in hosting our customers at the event. While the focus is on customers for our week in New Orleans, we wanted to set aside time to greet all of the Microsoft Dynamics partners before the festivities kick in.
The Convergence Partner Only Event is scheduled to be held on Sunday, March 17, 2013 at the Hilton Riverside, New Orleans, LA. We will be hosting an Executive Q&A followed by a Partner Reception from 5:00-8:00PM hosted with appetizers and beverages so you make the most of this networking opportunity.
The live Q&A session is your opportunity to get your strategic questions answered and validated. To have your questions included in the session please send your questions to us no later than February 15 to the MBS Events Inbox. The Q&A session will only be as useful and impactful as the questions you submit, so please take a few moments to think of how the Microsoft Dynamics Partner Team can support your most critical and strategic business questions.
This event will be open to Microsoft Dynamics partners and Microsoft team members only. Use this time to connect with Microsoft team members, including the Microsoft Dynamics senior leadership team as well as to establish connections with your fellow partners.
In case you missed it, Redmond Channel Partner recently published a great article featuring Microsoft Dynamics partner, Altico Advisors usage of social media and blogging as part of their marketing mix.
The article is a quick read discussing content curation, and how to factor in tools like Butterfly Publisher.
For the latest marketing resources for US partners, please visit PartnerSource.
My peers on the US Partner Team have recently published some great guidance dedicated to the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) membership renewal process.
If you are up for renewal soon, please review the information posted to the US Partner Team blog today!
Our Industry Architect team shares information regarding an upcoming web seminar.
In this web seminar, we will provide an overview of the new starter kit available for building Windows 8 Store apps powered by Microsoft Dynamics AX. Discover what the starter kit offers to help developers build beautiful touch first applications for Windows 8 that build upon the agility of Microsoft Dynamics AX. Take a walk through a day in the life of a developer building a Windows 8 companion app for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Learn best practice design patterns focused around usability, integration, and security.
This web seminar will be held Friday, March 8 at 8:00AM PT. Please register to attend via the Partner Learning Center.
So don’t wait, register now.
Convergence 2013 is taking place in New Orleans, LA, March 18–21, and discounted pricing is only available through tomorrow, January 25. Take advantage of the early registration discount and encourage your customers to do the same.
See you in New Orleans!
In case you missed the news earlier this week, please navigate to the CRM Connection blog for the latest release announcement regarding the Microsoft Dynamics CRM December 2012 Service Update.
Bob Stutz, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, shares guidance on new features and functionality your customers and prospects can expect.
The Microsoft Dynamics NAV product management team shares this update. These videos can be used on your websites, as social media assets or as short appetizer build into your presentations the first time you meet with a prospective customer. The videos fit into the first phase of the sales process - to give prospective customers a great feel for the solution.
Topics covered included:
Access and download the videos on PartnerSource.
Earlier this month I highlighted the availability of a new FAQ document to assist partners with better understanding the transition of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online to the Microsoft Online Services environment.
Now, I wanted to announce we have launched a full microsite within PartnerSource dedicated to this subject. Within the site you’ll find information such as:
Transitioning to the same environment used by Office 365 will open new cross-sell and up-sell opportunities between the two solutions. Learn more today!
Convergence 2013 is coming to New Orleans, LA, March 18–21, and discounted pricing is only available through January 25, 2013. Take advantage of the early registration discount and encourage your customers to do the same. Then plan ahead and come a day early to attend the partner only event on Sunday, March 17.
Register early to:
New for 2013!
This year we're reinventing networking by introducing the Convergence 2013 Live Wall, which aggregates social media postings about #CONV13 into one spot, a Microsoft technology experience that includes a Skype bar where you can connect with family and teams back home, and an enhanced mobile experience, putting event tools at your fingertips and connecting you with folks who matter. Plus, you don't want to miss the Closing Keynote featuring Kofi Annan, and the exciting Closing Celebration on March 21 —highlighted by a performance from Matchbox Twenty! Register today, and save! Remember, the early registration discount is only available through January 25, 2013, so don't wait. Register today, and encourage your customers to do the same.