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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM ISV Trial Program for Prospective Customers

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    Microsoft is providing a 6-month free trial of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online or On-Premise to customers with 250+ PCs and/or 500+ employees, and we are inviting ISV partners to match this 6-month free trial of their ISV solution. Through this program, partners will have a chance to:

    • Receive customer referrals from Microsoft
    • Provide complete solutions to their existing and potential customers
    • Gain further insight into their customer needs

    Top of Mind Details
    Specific steps for participating in the program are outlined on PartnerSource.

    --Kevin

    PS - I'll be out on vacation Thursday & Friday, so expect the next blog posting on Monday!

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    New Customer Study Helps Prove Scalability for Microsoft Dynamics GP

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    The Microsoft Dynamics GP team is excited to announce the availability of a new white paper documenting the successful Performance Benchmark Testing of Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 with SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008. The team tested the scalability of Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 running with 1,000 constant concurrent users in heavy transaction processing and analysis activity across various functional areas of the solution. This document details a sample customer environment that was able to process nearly 3.3 million business transactions (with a total of more than 10.6 million transactions line items) in an 8-hour day. The paper also details real-life customer performance results of existing Microsoft Dynamics GP Customers. Download the white paper today for all of the details.

    --Kevin

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    Finally a Dedicated Partnersource Page for ISV Solutions!

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    ISV solutions are essential to the Microsoft Dynamics strategy. More and more customers choose a solution because of the value that an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) has added to a Microsoft Dynamics product by developing a packaged software for a very specific industry or business need. To show this commitment, Microsoft has created a new Partnersource landing page to support ISVs with developing and selling software solutions. This page also helps resellers who are interested in connecting with ISV's and selling their solutions.

    The new website includes:

    • Microsoft's ISV Strategy
    • Programs and Services to Support ISV's
    • ISV Demos and Case Studies
    • And much more!

    Also, don't forget about Ready-to-Go Campaigns for ISVs.

    Take advantage of newly revised and customizable Ready-to-Go Campaigns for independent software vendors (ISVs). These marketing campaigns give you a simple, fast, and inexpensive way to expand your marketing power.

    Special Offer: Receive U.S. $250 towards your marketing efforts.

    Use promotional code RTG250 to get a US$250 discount on Ready-to-Go campaign costs, such as list rentals, printing, or shipping or US$250 rebate on Ready-to-Go services, when you place your order between now and December 31, 2009.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics xRM Partner Readiness Workshops

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    Demand for solutions built on the Microsoft Dynamics xRM platform are accelerating around the world. Customers and partners alike are harnessing the power of Microsoft Dynamics xRM to rapidly build relational line-of-business applications. Understanding the capabilities and value of Microsoft Dynamics xRM is critical to your success.

    Microsoft Dynamics xRM Sales & Marketing Workshop
    1 Day: 9:00am - 4:00pm

    • September 24 - Reston, VA
    • September 28 - Dallas, TX
    • West Region - TBD

    Target Audience

    This workshop is snapshot geared for any Microsoft partners interested in learning more about the selling and marketing the Microsoft Dynamics xRM platform. To build upon this workshop we recommend Microsoft Dynamics xRM training with more advanced, hands-on coursework in the form of Academies coming later in the year.

    Agenda

    • Microsoft Dynamics xRM Introduction & Demo
    • Microsoft Dynamics xRM Capabilities
    • Microsoft Dynamics xRM Marketing
    • Selling Microsoft Dynamics xRM

    Microsoft Dynamics xRM Technical Sales Workshop
    2 Days: 9:00am - 4:00pm

    • September 24-25 - Reston, VA
    • September 28-29 - Dallas, TX
    • West Region - TBD

    Target Audience

    This workshop is a snapshot geared for any Microsoft partner interested in learning more about the selling and deploying on the Microsoft Dynamics xRM platform. To build upon this workshop we recommend Microsoft Dynamics xRM training with more advanced, hands-on coursework in the form of Academies coming later in the year.

     

    Agenda

    • Microsoft Dynamics xRM Introduction & Demo
    • Microsoft Dynamics xRM Architecture
    • Selling to the Technical Decision Makers
    • Selling to the Technical Influencers
    • Giving a Demo with the Microsoft Dynamics xRM VPC
    • Environment
    • Rapidly Building the Customer Prototype
    • Extending & Integrating the Customer
    • Prototype
    • Technical Q&A

    Coming Soon!  Microsoft Dynamics xRM Partner Academy
    3 Day: 9:00am - 5:00pm

    • November 2009 - February 2010 - Locations TBD

    Target Audience

    This offering is a technical deep dive partner academy for IT Professionals and consultants of Microsoft Dynamics partners who sell Microsoft Dynamics xRM.

    By attending this training, you will:

    • Understand out-of-the-box features and functionality
    • Customize Microsoft Dynamics CRM entities, relationships, security, forms, views, workflows, and scripts for different business sectors.
    • Discuss dashboards, custom reports, views, and use Excel as a reporting tool including Pivot Tables.
    • Learn how to extend the Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform with plug-ins, custom workflows, IFrames and integration with other internal and external applications (e.g. SharePoint and ISV products) to create solutions specific to common industries.
    • Understand Microsoft Dynamics CRM Security and System Administration.
    • Acquire a high-level understanding of Microsoft Dynamics CRM deployment architecture considerations including topology, relationship with Active Directory and Exchange Server, scalability, and failover.

    For more information and registration updates, click here.

    --Kevin

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    Analyst Evidence Toolkit for Microsoft Dynamics & PR Materials

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    The Microsoft Dynamics Analyst Evidence Kit contains third party evidence and other resources for you to use in your sales and marketing activities. Each month, where relevant, we will update you with additional analyst reports and fresh media quotes as coverage posts.

    All content is ready for you to distribute broadly as part of your sales and marketing activities. The analyst reports come with links to the reports which can be forwarded to your customers & prospects. The quotes from analysts in recent news articles may be forwarded, used in presentations and copied into marketing materials. The pre-made media quotes contained in this kit and can be plugged into your presentations.

    For Partners who have news to share and are interested in creating awareness, Microsoft has created Public Relations (PR) Win Release materials designed to help you promote customer wins through the news wire. What better way to create awareness of your expertise with Microsoft Dynamics than through a PR Win Release that highlights important quotes, wins and facts from customers who will experience key benefits within their industry. You can promote your win release with Microsoft or on your own with step by step guidelines which are included in our PR Win Release Kit. Generating awareness of new customer wins through PR Win Releases is a great vehicle to promote success and should be added to your overall marketing plan.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics NAV Technology Adoption Program (TAP) – Open for Nominations

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    The Microsoft Dynamics NAV Technology Adoption Program (TAP) team is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for participation in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV ‘7’ Technology Adoption Program. We are looking for enthusiastic participants to provide detailed feedback on our product beginning October 2009. Participation in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV ‘7’ TAP requires a customer willing and able to Go-Live in production prior to Microsoft Dynamics NAV ‘7’ RTM.

    Find more information about the program, requirements for participating and how to nominate your company by clicking here.

    Space is limited and the nomination process will close on September 30, 2009. We hope that you will join us in validating Microsoft Dynamics NAV ‘7’!

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics Advanced Technical Workshops and Web Seminars

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    US Partner Training is excited to be partnering with our Microsoft Dynamics Technical Support Team and the Technical Advisory Service Team to bring to market Advanced Technical Training for Microsoft Dynamics partners.

    • Microsoft Dynamics TAS Series: These web seminars are 100 level content that are 60-90 minutes in length and focus on key support issues or niche topics within Microsoft Dynamics products.
    • Microsoft Dynamics TAS Extended Series: These web seminars are 200 level content available to GOLD partners and are eligible for use of the partner’s MSPP Advisory hours benefit.

    Click here to view the Microsoft Dynamics TAS Series.

    • Microsoft Dynamics Advanced Technical Remote & Classroom Workshops: Both remote based and classroom workshops are available for partners. These offerings are trained by our technical support team and are based upon key areas of the product that come through our support queues in addition to niche areas of the product. Moreover, remote based technical training allows you to leverage the content and have a live instructor without having to leave the comfort of your home or office. Most classroom training will be facilitated in our Center of Excellence in Fargo. 

    Click here to view available workshops.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Learning Plan Tool Enhancements

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    The Microsoft Learning Plan Tool is a FREE tool that dynamically builds prescriptive learning plans of recommended training broken out by Specialization, Product, Role or Exam. Partners should use this tool when preparing for an exam to gain a Competency or Specialization, ramping new employees, reviewing launch product information, deepening technical skills, needing new sales strategies, or learning new ways to market to your customers.

    Based upon your feedback, we have made enhancements to the learning plan tool, which include:

    • Ability to pass or share ownership of a learning plan.
    • Excel integration to accommodate for uploading a large number of individuals, deleting trainees and the ability to categorize multiple trainees.
    • Events will be labeled "Free" if there is no cost.
    • Notifies partners of plan updates allowing owners to adopt or ignore changes made by Microsoft.

    The ongoing benefits of using the learning plan tool are:

    • Eliminates searching through multiple systems.
    • Ability to export learning plans to Excel.
    • Direct links to view and download packages without creating a plan.
    • Numerical and/or category grouping available to help plan progression.
    • Provides Microsoft recommendations on key, high value training.
    • Communicates consistent training to all participants.
    • Ability to manage your plan as a manager and/or participant.

    Start using the Learning Plan Tool today!

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics Partner Academies and the Fargo Center of Excellence

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    US Partner Training is excited to announce the general availability of both Online Partner Academies and Classroom Partner Academies through our Fargo Center of Excellence! Courses are now available through December for registration on the Partner Learning Center.

    Our Online Partner Academies combine the convenience and cost savings of not having to travel or be out of the office for long periods of time while receiving the in-depth technical training they need to prepare for customer scenarios and exam preparation. Online partner academies also provide student and instructor interaction to be able to ask questions and have dialog about key areas of the product.

    The Fargo Center of Excellence for Classroom Training will allow us to continue to bring the best in class trainers to help your learn and understand the product in a hands-on environment both from certification preparation aspect as well as the trainer’s real world experience. In addition, our Technical Support organization will visit for Q&A’s based on key areas of the product that you may be interested in. This will also allow us to provide students with the complete Microsoft Experience as we roll out the red carpet for them in Fargo as our guest.   

    Click on the links below to learn more. (Hint: Bookmark this link to always have the schedule at your fingertips.)

    Partner Academy Link

    To view other available Microsoft Dynamics partner training, please visit the Partner Learning Center. Don’t forget about the Learning Plan Tool where you can customize your own learning plan with available training.

    --Kevin

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    The VAR Rebate Program is Back

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    Earn up to 20% in rebates on your new Open Value and Online Services sales. A partner can earn 6% on Microsoft Dynamics CRM sales.

    The VAR Rebate Program is Back

    The Open Value and Online Services rebate program delivers great value for you to grow your business with Microsoft. This program pays on most products sold through the Microsoft Open Value, Open Value Subscription, and Online Services programs. With this offer, each partner can earn up to 20% of Microsoft Estimated Retail Price ("ERP") in rebates from Microsoft for qualifying purchases.

    This Offer is Time-Limited and Exclusive

    The rebates are exclusive to U.S. Value Added Resellers ("VAR") that purchase Open Value and Online Services through Microsoft Authorized Distribution Partners. To find a Microsoft Authorized Distributor, visit here.

    Now through January 1, 2010, VARs can earn up to 20% in rebates on new Open Value and Online Services purchases. Simply sign up for this promotion, purchase a qualifying agreement(s) and start earning your rebate dollars. For details and restrictions, see the Terms and Conditions.

    Sign Up to Receive Your Rebate

    Carefully review the complete program terms and conditions, and sign up for the rebate program before or after placing an order from the Open Value 2.0 Price List. You will need a Windows Live ID (Microsoft Passport) to access the site. Provide your reseller name/address and select the email permission information check box. Microsoft will send you a confirmation email within 24 hours.

    Click here to sign up now.

    (By signing up, I agree to the Official Terms and Conditions of this program as well as receiving communications, which include emails as well as postal mail from Microsoft.)

    --Kevin

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