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    Riding Wave 14 with Microsoft Dynamics

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    Welcome to the new blog design! We've added new capabilities for you to share this content across various platforms (social media, RSS, etc). Let's kick it off with some key information regarding the tight connections between Microsoft Dynamics and Microsoft Office 2010.

    The business release of Wave 14 (Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010) is a significant event for Microsoft Dynamics partners and customers.  Learn more about the ways in which this release can empower people, simplify processes, and connect ecosystems. 

    The business launch of Wave 14 was on May 12.  This is a significant event for Microsoft Dynamics customers who can empower their people via rich visualization with Microsoft Office Excel 2010, simplify processes through coauthoring with Word 2010, and connect more seamlessly with their ecosystem using new SharePoint 2010 functionality such as External Lists. 

    We've aligned the Microsoft Dynamics business with the Wave 14 launch, ensuring our products are compatible with Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010, and creating marketing content on PartnerSource as well as a new public website to tell the better together story.

    I hope you enjoy the new site!

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Partner Network Quick Reference Guides for U.S. Microsoft Dynamics Partners

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    I know many of you continue to have questions regarding the evolution of the Microsoft Partner Network, and the requirements for Microsoft Dynamics partners. We've recently published some documentation to assist partners based in the United States with the changes.

    The new Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) requirements are designed to help you profitably grow your Microsoft Dynamics business—and achieve competitive differentiation for deep investments in training, marketing, and sales. The Microsoft Partner Network Quick Reference Guide will help you get started in meeting the new MPN requirements for Microsoft Dynamics.

    Also available for download is a training and certification guide on how to meet the technical and non-technical MPN requirements for Microsoft Dynamics. It also provides answers for the top ten most frequently asked questions (FAQ's).

    Please take some time to review this new content.

    --Kevin

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    Analyst Evidence Toolkit for Microsoft Dynamics Updated

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    Are you looking to build some key analyst evidence into your marketing materials sent to customers & prospects? Take advantage of the large amount of content available through the Analyst Evidence Toolkit for Microsoft Dynamics. The content was recently refreshed on 5/19/2010.

    All reports and quotes posted on the Analyst Evidence Kit are positive to Microsoft Dynamics, and have been purchased (where necessary) by the Dynamics Analyst Relations team. They are free for use by Microsoft partner sales staff with prospects as part of sales operations. Note that you will need to ask permission from the analyst firms to use excerpts in your external presentations, however.

    The updated Microsoft Dynamics Analyst Evidence Kit is available on PartnerSource.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Unveils New Functionality for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009

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    A question I hear a lot from partners is,  "When are you coming out with an integration between Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Microsoft Dynamics NAV?". Well, that answer, and much more is covered in yesterday's today's Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 R2 announcement on the Microsoft New Center...

    PRAGUE — May 19, 2010 — As part of Microsoft Corp.’s commitment to providing leading enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions to midrange organizations worldwide, the company today unveiled Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 R2 at Directions EMEA 2010. Because of the investment in architecture for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009, customers are able to take advantage of the benefits of the software-plus-services vision through the R2 release more quickly than scheduled, including built-in integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM and online Payment Service. Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 customers will benefit from the following:

    • Microsoft Dynamics CRM integration.
    • Online Payment Service for Microsoft Dynamics NAV.
    • RoleTailored interface access for remote or roaming users.
    • Microsoft Application Virtualization support.
    • Windows 7 user experience improvements.
    • Treemap visualization.

    Check out the complete Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 R2 press release on Microsoft News Center.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 What's New eLearning Available Now

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    Did you miss out on the partner briefings or the Convergence conference to gear up on Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010? Then don't worry, we have you covered with some new training opportunities.

    To Ensure you are trained and certified in the latest version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, and on your way to satisfying the new MPN requirements, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 eLearning courses are available now, beginning with Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 What’s New eLearning (sign in required). There are two courses--Applications and Installation & Tools--and they are each approximately two hours long. Short on time? We’ve added another form of training for you. Learning Snacks are short, interactive presentations about popular topics created by Microsoft Learning experts. Learn more about Learning Snacks here.

    Good luck with your ramp up on Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010!

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Introduces Microsoft Dynamics ERP Two-Tier Connector for SAP Business Scenarios

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    Please take some time to bring yourself up to speed on this important announcement communicated via Microsoft News Center this morning.

    REDMOND, Wash., May 17, 2010 — Microsoft Corp. today announced a new connector that accelerates two-tier enterprise resource planning (ERP) deployments between Microsoft Dynamics AX and SAP Business Suite. This new connector enables IT organizations to use Microsoft Dynamics AX across subsidiaries, divisions or branch entities to facilitate cost-effective business process integration and easily connect with SAP installations at the corporate headquarters location.

    Click here to view the complete press release.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics ISV Royalty Partner Recognition Resources

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    I wrote about SPLA Partner recognition resources back in March, and now ISV Royalty partners and their Microsoft Dynamics resellers can now receive credit for revenue and new customers in our Microsoft Dynamics partner recognition programs.

    ISV Royalty partners and their Microsoft Dynamics resellers can now receive credit for revenue and new customers towards Partner Recognition (President’s Club, Inner Circle and Partner Awards) and 12 month revenue roll (used to determine SPA discounts) by participating in the Microsoft Dynamics ISV Royalty partner recognition monthly reporting process.

    Both ISV Royalty partners and their Microsoft Dynamics resellers will receive credit for revenue and new customers for qualifying ISV Royalty licenses.

    To Participate:

    In order to provide this credit, ISV Royalty partners who license Microsoft Dynamics via the ISV Royalty Volume Licensing program are asked to provide additional information that is not collected during the normal ISV Royalty monthly reporting process, such as information regarding any Microsoft Dynamics Resellers involved with the implementation of the Microsoft Dynamics solution.

    Visit PartnerSource for complete details regarding how to receive credit.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0/ Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Connector Now Available!

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    Wow! That was fast!!! Typically in the past, partners, customers and prospects have had to wait for a few months after one of our Microsoft Dynamics ERP products has a major release launch before any updated integrations to other Microsoft Dynamics products roll out. But, with the launch of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 just a few weeks ago, it's really cool to see that our Microsoft Dynamics CRM Connector is already updated.

    For details check out this blog posting by the Microsoft Dynamics GP Product Management and Marketing team!

    --Kevin

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    FY10 June Renewal Partner Contest

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    Here's another great incentive program for you to leverage! This time it's focused on your existing customers, and their service plan renewals.

    Renew your Microsoft Dynamics ERP enhancement contracts due in June, 2010 to win an HD Zune.

    There are 2 easy ways for a guaranteed win:

    • Renew 90% of your FY10 Period 12 (P12) Microsoft Dynamics enhancement contracts (or)
    • Increase your FY10 P12 renewal rate by 5%.

    For additional questions regarding the contest, contact ecpromo@microsoft.com.

    For complete contest rules as well as full terms and conditions, visit PartnerSource.

    --Kevin

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    Statement of Direction for Microsoft Dynamics CRM - Updated

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    We released several updated Statement of Direction (SOD) document last month for the some of the Microsoft Dynamics ERP products as well as Microsoft Dynamics retail solutions. Now, it's time for the new SOD from the Microsoft Dynamics CRM team.

    The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Statement of Direction has been updated. Please leverage this document in conversations that require guidance on the direction of Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

    Updated in April 2010, this document outlines the future directions of Microsoft Dynamics CRM through to the next major release, Microsoft Dynamics CRM '5'. It includes updates about both On-Premise and On-Demand Microsoft Dynamics CRM and the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 accelerator roadmap.

    You can access the updated Microsoft Dynamics CRM SOD on PartnerSource.

    --Kevin

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