Peter A. Jensen
I have been with Microsoft since 2002, but I have been with Dynamics even longer, starting out with a Dynamics NAV partner in 1992. I currently lead the Partner Programs team in the US Dynamics organization and look forward to keeping in touch with the US Dynamics Partner Community on this blog.
One more news tidbit from last week to pass along. I promise to deliver some "new" news soon! I was only out of the office for one week of vacation, and the Microsoft Dynamics team pushed out a lot of great resources for partners in that short week. Here's an update from the Microsoft Dynamics GP guys and gals...
Are you thinking about offering Microsoft Dynamics GP in the cloud? This new White Paper discusses the best practices for planning, building, and deploying a hosting service for Microsoft Dynamics GP.
For additional information, be sure to read Andy Westby's "We've got our head in the clouds..." posting on the Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog.
Here's another "in case you missed it" news item that was announced last week on Tuesday, August 3. Congratulations to the Microsoft Dynamics AX and Retail teams for the release this new solution! I've included a snippet from the announcement below from Michael Griffiths, Global Director of Product Managent, Microsoft Dynamics Retail. Visit The Edge blog to review the complete details.
This week marks the worldwide general availability of Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail, a new solution for midsized specialty retailers that offers a deep level of integration across point of sale, store management, supply chain, merchandising and financials to address business productivity while enhancing customer service in a single solution. It’s an exciting time for Microsoft and our retail team, because we are delivering the end-to-end solution, innovation, and value that our customers and partners have been asking for to meet the needs of today’s retail environment.
Please vist the Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail homepage for more information.
There are several cool announcements that popped in my inbox over the course of my vacation last week. Hopefully, I can track them all down and provide some key updates to the blog this week! Let's start with some Microsoft Dynamics CRM training news...
The release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011, formerly ‘CRM5’, is coming soon and promises to deliver The Power of Productivity to customers and partners through familiar, intelligent and connected experiences. We are excited to host our partners and begin to prepare them for this monumental new product – both for online and on premise sales and deployments. The information-packed day kicks off in a general session learning about the power of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 and the afternoon will be split into two tracks, Sales & Marketing and Technical Presales.
The training takes place September through October 2010 in multiple cities across the United States.
Visit PartnerSource for complete details, locations, and registration information.
Do you have any prospects interested in taking a hands on look at Microsoft Dynamics NAV? If so, direct them to the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Test Drive website to learn more!
Here's another fabulous WPC 2010 video now available on demand courtesy of Digital WPC.
The Microsoft Dynamics business is built on partners as a foundational element of success. In this session, Corporate VP Kirill Tatarinov and Corporate VP Michael Park will paint a vision; a vision for business customers, a vision for challenging the competition and beating them at their own game. You’ll have the opportunity to preview unparalleled innovation in ERP and CRM, find compelling opportunities to grow your partner business, and see firsthand that the best partners are Microsoft Dynamics partners.
Looking for additional WPC 2010 info? Then check out the Post-Conference FAQ on Digital WPC.
The Microsoft Dynamics AX Statement of Direction and the Microsoft Dynamics AX Vision and Roadmap presentation have been updated (July 2010), and are now available on CustomerSource and PartnerSource. This document will give you an insight into the Microsoft Dynamics AX development plans through the year 2018.
Also, The Microsoft Dynamics AX recently launched their own blog - Inside Microsoft Dynamics AX. Visit it today to keep up on the latest news.
Effective August 1, 2010, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Software Advisors can qualify to receive a fee of 40 percent—up from 18 percent previously—on new subscription sales of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. This offer does not apply to Microsoft Dynamics CRM on-premise sales. Offer expires June 30, 2011. Read the answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) for details.
Also, the FAQ document makes reference to training opportunities from a global perspective. If you are a partner based in the United States, please visit PartnerSource for the latest US classroom training schedule including courses to prepare you for Microsoft Dynamics CRM certifications.
I'll be on vacation next week, but I'll include a few posts will I'm out.
As an extension to the Fall and Winter training schedule that I wrote about last week I wanted to pass along some information on the recently scheduled Microsoft Dynamics AX Industry and Advanced Classroom training that is now available.
Microsoft is pleased to announce Microsoft Dynamics AX advanced training offerings including industry training in Process Industries and Professional Services. Help increase your technical expertise and gain in-depth knowledge on Microsoft Dynamics AX.
For additional training guidance on Microsoft Dynamics AX, certifications, and industry assessments visit the training roadmap for Microsoft Dynamics AX here.
Click on the course titles below to register and learn more.
Microsoft Dynamics® AX Professional Services Classroom Training
This four-day instructor led training offering will explore functionality, set up parameters and business processes necessary to understand the Professional Services for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 solution. You will become familiar with the various features and capabilities this solution provides, as well as develop an understanding of setup and techniques necessary to successfully demonstrate and implement the solution. With flexible, industry-specific enhancements for project management, you can gain new insight into project, task and financial data to increase profitability and complete projects on time and on budget.
Microsoft Dynamics® AX Process Industries Classroom Training
This three and a half day instructor-led training offering will explore basic elements and functionality necessary to understand the Process Distribution and Process manufacturing modules for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. You will become familiar with the various features and capabilities these modules provide, as well as develop an understanding of setup and processing techniques necessary to successfully implement Process Industries for Microsoft Dynamics AX. You also gain an understanding of how these modules integrate with other module within Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. The course content is based on Process Industries for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 and leads directly to certification. The instructor-led offering in addition to the assessment is required to achieve certification.
Microsoft Dynamics® AX: Advanced Applications- Best Practices and Troubleshooting
Take your knowledge to the next level with the Advanced Microsoft Dynamics AX Finance and Install Course. Join us for a week long session that focuses on maximizing the solution, best practices troubleshooting, configuring, and tips and tricks. Following the session we will have 4 mentoring sessions to continue to the knowledge transfer of the Microsoft Dynamics AX solution beyond certification.
Microsoft Dynamics® AX: Advanced Technology - Best Practices and Troubleshooting
LEARN MORE! Take your knowledge to the next level and dive deeper into the technical architecture of Microsoft Dynamics AX. Join us for 4 days to focus on maximizing the solution, troubleshooting, configuring, and tips and tricks. Following the session we will have 4 mentoring sessions to continue to the knowledge transfer of the Microsoft Dynamics AX Solution.
As a reminder, review this post for an additional training update.
While I was not in attendance at WPC this year, I've heard from a few individuals that this keynote provided some very informative content.
What do superstar athletes have in common with top performing sales people? The secrets are revealed at this value keynote. Join VP Doug Kennedy to hear about sales confidence and how to drive sales success. Understand your competition and win with existing and new customers. Learn firsthand how to set up a winning team and how to organize your team more effectively to evolve your businesses and drive success. This is a must-attend session for business owners and senior management looking to optimize the bottom-line.
Also, if you are a partner based in the United States, many of the resources highlighted reference the PartnerSource Global website. You'll want to make sure you navigate to PartnerSource North America for US specific content.
As previously announced, there are several changes coming to the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) as we head toward October 2010. Many of these changes impact your certifications. To assist you with your potential re-certification efforts we've launched the MPN Competency Exam Pack offer.
This offer is exclusively available for Microsoft Partners and is designed to make it as easy as possible for you to meet competency requirements and showcase your organization's skills.
MPN Competency Exam Packs allow you to save up to 30% and come with free Second Shot exam retakes on all exams! By purchasing these exam packs, you can hand out exam vouchers to any individuals within your organization that need to take an exam. These packs will be available until December 31, 2010 and allow you to take your exams until June 30, 2011.
Choose the MPN Competency Exam Pack that works for you:
Terms and Conditions:
I hope this offer provides a great cost savings to your organization.