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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM Cited as a Leader by Independent Research Firm

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    Once again, Microsoft Dynamics CRM proves it is one of the best CRM products for customers and prospects looking for a best of breed solution. Check out some of the highlights from the latest Microsoft News Center press release highlighting Microsoft Dynamcis CRM.

    REDMOND, Wash. — June 22, 2010 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Microsoft Dynamics CRM has earned recognition from Forrester Research Inc., a leading independent research firm, as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: CRM Suites for Midsized, Q2 2010 (June 2010) and The Forrester Wave™: CRM Suites for Large Organizations, Q2 2010 (June 2010) reports. According to Forrester, vendors in the Leader category have both a strong product and strategy.

    The Forrester Wave reports evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of 19 customer relationship management (CRM) suite solutions against 516 criteria reflecting the requirements of midsized organizations and 18 CRM solutions for large organizations against 516 criteria reflecting the requirements of large organizations. These criteria included, among other factors, offering a multifunctional CRM application suite, a solution targeted to multiple industries, and a product now in general release and in wide use by customers.

    Visit the Microsoft News Center to view the complete press release.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft and Retail Specialist Aldata Announce Agreement to Deliver New Solutions for Microsoft Dynamics AX

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    If you focus on sales of Microsoft Dynamics AX in the retail space, then this an announcement from the Microsoft News Center you don't want to miss.

    REDMOND, Wash., and HELSINKI, Finland — June 21, 2010 — Microsoft Corp. and Aldata today announced the details of a global agreement for Aldata to deliver a new set of vertical applications for midsize retailers to complement Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail.

    Aldata’s more than 20 years of retail best practice experience, combined with Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail, will provide a next generation of integrated retail solutions that include Replenishment and Merchandising Optimization, Store and POS Management, and Loyalty and Digital Marketing modules that are ready-made, fast to implement and easy to use for midsize retailers. The first Aldata Retail solutions on Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail will be available for home electronics, do-it-yourself, and sports and fashion retailers.

    Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail provides retailers with an out-of-the-box, end-to-end solution that combines logistics, supply chain and financials with point of sale and store management tools to help them streamline business processes and more easily connect with their customers. It is especially suitable for companies that operate in multiple countries because of its built-in multilanguage, multicurrency and multilegislative features.

    To read the complete Microsoft and Aldata press release visit the Microsoft News Center.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Professional Services Upgrade Promotions

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    With the release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010, we’re offering two great upgrade promotions! Receive a 20% discount on our NEW Express Update for Microsoft Dynamics GP 9.0 and receive a 10% discount on the Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade.

    The 20% discount on NEW Express Update for Microsoft Dynamics GP 9.0 is for updates from Microsoft Dynamics GP 9.0 SP4 to Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 only with up to 2 GB of data per database (maximum of 3 databases). As part of the promotion, there will be a one business day (24 hours) turnaround timeframe. This is a great fit for customers and partners who need their data upgraded prior to the discontinuation of Microsoft Dynamics GP 9.0 support on January 11, 2011. This service helps minimize downtime, reduce data integrity issues, lower costs and move customers to the most recent version, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010.

    The 10% discount on Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade includes updating Microsoft Dynamics GP to a supported version. Maximum database size varies by tier: 5 GB (tier 1), 20 GB (tier 2), and 50 GB (tier 3).

    To learn more or to engage resources contact Professional Services Team at ProfessionalServices@Microsoft.com or 1-888-875-9071.

    These offers are good in the United States and Canada between June 1, 2010 through August 30, 2010 only. Discount does not apply to updates performed on the weekend. Delivery times and Technical Advisory Services Hours charged may vary based on the upgrade and specific business needs. This offer is non-transferable and cannot be combined with any other offer.

    --Kevin

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    Drive Hard to Make President’s Club This Year!

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    As you know, the days are rapidly counting down to the close of Microsoft's fiscal year. Are you on track to be recognized as one of the top Microsoft Dynamics partner organizations?

    Do you know what you have to do to make President’s Club this year? Use the following resources to ensure you achieve recognition success this year!

    • Check your financial performance and service plan status in VOICE. Select "My location" for Presidents Club.
    • Check your competency status in the Microsoft Partner Portal and take the necessary steps to ensure you have an active MBS competency (or ISV competency if an indirect ISV).
    • Update the contact(s) that are designated as the Chief Executive Officer/Owner/President role in VOICE. We use these contacts to notify winning organizations after year end.

    Visit PartnerSource for more information on partner recognition guidance.

    --Kevin

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    President Bill Clinton Headlines WPC as Guest Speaker

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    As announced yesterday, President Bill Clinton, Founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States, is the official WPC 2010 guest speaker presenting "Embracing our Common Humanity" on Wednesday, July 14. Additional information passed along by the WPC team...

    WPC 2010 Keynote Guest Speaker Bill Clinton: "Embracing our Common Humanity"

    During the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2010, over 10,000 Microsoft partners and employees will convene in Washington, D.C. to hear from Microsoft key executives and presidents, as well as brainstorm innovative solutions in the IT sector to boost global economy and connectivity. This year, they will have the unique opportunity to be inspired by President Bill Clinton.

    President Bill Clinton served the United States of America for eight years during a time of unprecedented prosperity and change. Now, President Clinton is a powerful voice for progress as he shares his unique insights and observations with audiences around the world. President Clinton’s public speeches describe the challenge of globalization, emphasize our growing interdependence, and point the way toward a common future based on shared goals and values.

    President Clinton’s Foundation:

    The William J. Clinton Foundation was founded by President Bill Clinton with the mission to strengthen the capacity of people in the United States and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence. Today the Foundation works around the world to improve lives through several initiatives:

    • The Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative (now the Clinton Health Access Initiative, a separate nonprofit organization) is helping 2 million people living with HIV/AIDS access lifesaving drugs.
    • The Clinton Climate Initiative, the Clinton Hunter Development Initiative, and the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative -- are applying a business-oriented approach worldwide to fight climate change and develop sustainable economic growth in Africa and Latin America.
    • The Clinton Global Initiative brings together global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues.
    • In the U.S., the Foundation is working to combat the alarming rise in childhood obesity through the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and is helping individuals and families succeed and small businesses grow.

    We are very excited to welcome you and President Bill Clinton to WPC 2010 in July.

    We look forward to seeing you there.

    Sincerely,

    Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2010 Team

    This year's conference is selling out fast. Be sure to visit Digital WPC to register today!

    --Kevin

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    Help Us Improve PartnerSource

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    As you may know, I have a strong passion for improving the user experience for partners navigating PartnerSource on a regular basis. A few weeks back, I mentioned the changes to our Support pages and how we are continuing to make improvements. Now, it's your turn to provide us with additional feedback. The Microsoft Dynamics corporate team passed along this information...

    In response to partner feedback and an ongoing effort to improve our online experience, we will be conducting usability studies with Microsoft Dynamics partners. This is your chance to give us your feedback on the current redesign, and tell us where there might be pain points today, or what you would like to see in the future. The usability studies we are conducting will take place during the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Washington DC.

    The individual studies will last approximately 60 minutes. Each individual that qualifies to participate in the study will be compensated $150.00 in the form of a check to cover your time. Please note, you will only need to attend one session. You WILL NOT need to be there all day.

    To participate in the usability studies you must:

    1. Be an active Microsoft Dynamics Partner
    2. Have an active Windows Live ID
    3. Are a current user of PartnerSource.


    To Sign Up:

    To sign up for a one hour usability session please contact Kendall Granecki at KGranecki@usabilitysciences.com. After she receives your email she will contact you via email or phone, to work with you to reserve an available time.

    Thank you for your time and consideration in helping us with this study we look forward to seeing you at WPC in Washington, DC!

    Thank You,

    The Microsoft Dynamics Community Team

    If you are attending WPC, don't miss out on this opportunity to assist with the future designs of PartnerSource!

    --Kevin

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    Dynamic Business Week

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    Today, we are kicking off Dynamic Business Week, a five-day event hosted by the Microsoft Dynamics CRM team. The event consists of a series of interactive online discussions, led by Microsoft executives and CRM industry experts that cover topics ranging from Social CRM, Sales Performance Management, Marketing Management and Customer Service operations. As attendees are watching the pre-recorded sessions, they have an opportunity to network with select speakers as well as one another using both the interactive event platform and through social media like Twitter, using the #dynbizweek hash tag.

    The goals for this event are to help:

    • Decision makers understand and act upon emerging business trends and,
    • Drive awareness for Microsoft as a thought leader in the CRM industry.

    Presenters include, but are not limited to Paul Greenberg/ZDNet, Mike Ehrenberg/Microsoft Distinguished Engineer, Josh Greenberg/Enterprise Applications Consulting, and Scott Albro/Focus.com. A complete list of speakers and presentation schedule is located on the Dynamics Business Week website.

    Actions:

    • As appropriate, we recommend you invite your key customers and prospects to attend the event as well as all relevant individuals within you own partner organization.
    • Use the #dynbizweek hash tag to tweet about the event on your Twitter feeds.

    --Kevin

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    Policy Change Reminder for Microsoft Dynamics AX and Microsoft Dynamics NAV

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    Here's a quick reminder of the recent changes we made to the Microsoft Dynamics AX and Microsoft Dynamics NAV enhancement plan requirements.

    Enrollment in an enhancement plan is essential for customers to have access to the support and training they need as they purchase new functionality and users to expand their business. Beginning June 1, 2010, Microsoft began requiring all Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Microsoft Dynamics AX (Module Based Licensing and Business Ready Licensing) customers to be enrolled in the Business Ready Enhancement Plan when making additional license purchases, such as additional modules and users.

    This policy, which is consistent with our other Microsoft Dynamics products, allows us to extend additional value to our customers through innovative upgrades and updates. Remaining on a Business Ready Enhancement Plan is the right decision for customers to help them drive greater business value to their organization, leading to greater customer satisfaction over time.

    Actions for partners:

    • Continue to leverage the policy change in your renewal efforts to encourage at-risk customers to stay on plan.
    • Continue to remind customers who are already on a plan, but may be unaware of the change, that enrollment in a plan is a "must" to ensure they have access to the support and training they need as their business grows and expands.

    If you have questions or concerns, please send them to mbsservo@microsoft.com.

    Visit PartnerSource to view the original policy change announcement.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics at WPC - More Details!

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    I wanted to expand on the WPC 2010 blog posted on May 26, 2010 by including some more highlights related to Microsoft Dynamics at WPC I recently received from our corporate team. Linda Charge, Senior Marketing Manager, passed along this note...

    We are thrilled to welcome you to WPC 2010 and would like to highlight the Microsoft Dynamics line up waiting for you Washington, D.C.

    Business solutions are top of mind for organizations looking to reduce costs, improve operational inefficiencies and improve productivity. When it comes to delivering value needed to drive business forward Microsoft Dynamics partners are the best in the business – delivering innovative ERP and CRM Solutions based on the Microsoft Dynamics product line. The Microsoft Dynamics channel is currently undergoing an exciting transformation with significant investments toward helping partners be more successful in addressing a $60B market opportunity.

    Microsoft Dynamics has an outstanding program waiting for you:

    Two keynote presentations delivered by Doug Kennedy, Kirill Tatarinov, and Michael Park. Our executives will review our collective performance and provide key insights from last year.

    Microsoft Dynamics Breakout Sessions focus on effective sales and marketing, specific business strategies and market insights related to Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM solutions. Get details about the Microsoft Dynamics Sessions taking place on Monday and Tuesday at the Grand Hyatt and the additional sessions offering business value all week in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Check out the Session Scheduler at Digital WPC (need to be logged in with your Live ID to access).

    Microsoft Dynamics Hands on Labs 18 labs will provide hands-on experience with ERP and CRM solutions.

    Expo Hall Come by the Microsoft Dynamics Booth to gain exclusive access to the latest Microsoft Dynamics ERP product strategies, roadmaps, and demos. Explore Microsoft Dynamics CRM, including exciting opportunities around xRM. Ask questions about the Microsoft Partner Network, find out about new resources, incentives, systems and tools, and enhanced support and services available that can accelerate partner success.

    Microsoft Dynamics Lounge connects Microsoft Dynamics partners and Microsoft employees in an unstructured environment.

    With a few weeks to go, we will continue to upload new sessions into the session scheduler on Digital WPC so check back often to be sure you have all valuable keynotes, sessions, our Microsoft Dynamics booth and our Hands on Labs and in your event plans.

    We look forward to seeing you at WPC 2010 in Washington, D.C.

    The Microsoft Dynamics team

    Don't forgot to review the entire schedule of events so you can customize your conference attendance.

    Is WPC in your plans this year? Feel free to reply with your reasons for attending or not.

    --Kevin

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    Hurry! – the Three Users for a Buck Offer is about to expire (June 25th)

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    My fellow Microsoftie, Brent Combest - US ERP Channel Manager, wanted to share this important information regarding the Microsoft Dynamics GP 3 Users for $1 Promotion that is expiring soon on June 25, 2010. I hope many Microsoft Dynamics GP partners have taken advantage of this offer to hopefully reinvigorate some of your stagnant sales opportunities!

    The last couple of months have been great for Microsoft Dynamics GP. We’ve seen a tremendous amount of activity in the market. To see proof of this, you don’t have to look any further than the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 launch and the 4900+ people who attended! These events demonstrated the excitement that lies in the market place today and the unbelievable potential to go out and gain market share – not to mention the services revenue available to your business.

    Over the past couple of months this excitement has translated into a strong uptick in customer adds which has largely been driven by the Three Users for a Buck Offer. With the upcoming expiration of what has been the most lucrative offer run in recent memory – I wanted to take a moment to remind you that it will only be valid through close of business on Friday, June 25 (click here for offer details available on PartnerSource).

    Hopefully the offer has been a great aide to your business in generating a set of net new customers and a stream of services revenue. With the all of the activity that’s been generated around the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 launch and this offer, let’s make sure we’re capitalizing on this rare opportunity to bring in a wave of revenue to your business.

    Lastly, with the chaos that June brings, I also want to stress the importance of getting orders in sooner rather than later. With an offer as rich as this one, I expect June 25 to be a busy day, so if you have any questions pertaining to orders prior to that day, let us know as soon as possible so we can remove any barriers that may arise.

    --Brent

    You can direct your prospects to the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 launch site for promotion details. Also, don't forgot to review all active promotions on PartnerSource as you close out FY10!

    --Kevin

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