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    You are invited to join the IAMCP

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    I would like to invite you to join of the key partner networking communities, the International Association of Microsoft Certified Partners (IAMCP).

    Discover the Power of Partner-to-Partner Networking

    The IAMCP – United States is the preeminent networking venue for Microsoft Partners in the world. The IAMCP-US fosters mutual growth and business development for its members through networking and relationship building with local Microsoft offices.

    As a member of the IAMCP – United States, you can:

    • Network with other Microsoft partners.
    • Expand your business opportunities.
    • Connect with your local community.
    • Enhance your ties to Microsoft.

    The IAMCP includes nearly 4,000 companies in 33 countries, and over 80 chapters worldwide, with over 30 chapters in the United States. The IAMCP provides Microsoft Partners a voice into Microsoft programs, to the IT community at large, as well as a vehicle to facilitate business development among partners.

    Want to find out more? Visit www.iamcp-us.org to find the nearest IAMCP chapter in your area and stop by an upcoming IAMCP chapter meeting.

    IAMCP National Meeting – May 19, 2010 8:00 am PST

    You are invited to join the IAMCP’s National Meeting with keynote speaker Cindy Bates, Vice President of U.S. Partner Strategy, Marketing, and Programs (PSM&P).

    Partners who join IAMCP – United States can to attend their first virtual National Meeting on May 19, 2010, featuring Cindy Bates, Vice President, US PSM&P. IAMCP chapter members will simultaneously gather in meeting spaces across the US as they join each other to network locally and meet nationally.

    Kerry Gerontianos, President IAMCP – US, will host a 90-minute IAMCP national meeting, including a keynote session with a Microsoft Partner Network update from Cindy Bates, Vice President, US PSM&P.

    This is a partner-only event with content delivered by Microsoft exclusively for IAMCP members. For more information or to join IAMCP please visit: www.iamcp-us.org. To register for this event please go to: www.iamcp-us.org/CommunityCalendar.

    Flex Funds

    As an exclusive benefit of becoming an IAMCP – United States member, you’ll be able to request $500 in flexible marketing dollars from Microsoft. Join IAMCP – United States today and find out more!

    --Kevin

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    MSSP Sales Accelerator now available on PartnerSource

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    Cool news for Microsoft partners using Microsoft Dynamics CRM to manage your sales process as we have recently announced the availability of the Microsoft Solution Selling Process Accelerator...

    The Microsoft Dynamics Partner Readiness Team is pleased to announce the release of the Microsoft Solution Selling Process Accelerator on PartnerSource! This free tool is the first key milestone of the Partner Business Systems initiative and aligns with the Microsoft Dynamics Partner Readiness Strategy of providing partners with subsidized advanced training, guidance and systems to set a trajectory for profitable growth.

    The MSSP Sales Accelerator helps partners leverage Microsoft Dynamics CRM to drive revenue and grow their business by standardizing the sales team’s processes to drive opportunities through the pipeline more effectively and efficiently. To further enhance the sales experience, we are also pleased to announce a special Access Hoover’s offer to the MSSP Sales Accelerator early adopters.

    The MSSP Sales Accelerator is built on a proven sales methodology that helps partners:

    • Customize Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 to optimize the Microsoft Dynamics selling process.
    • Increase the sales team’s efficiency by providing exit criteria, tools and links at your fingertips, and guidance for each sales stage.
    • Ease of sales pipeline management by providing the sales force with a common terminology.
    • Realize seamless integration with the "Your Business Solution Roadmap" tool.

    Prerequisites:

    UPDATE AS OF AUGUST 1, 2012

    As you know, Partner Business Systems is owned, delivered and supported by QBT, a Microsoft Gold-Certified partner. For the last 24 months, Microsoft and QBT have worked to jointly develop and promote Partner Business Systems and to help deliver this solution to customers like you.

    What is changing?

    From August 1, 2012, QBT has assumed full ownership of development, promotion, implementation and support for Partner Business Systems. Additionally, Microsoft has retired PBS Basic and the MSSP Accelerator for Partner Business Systems which were previously available on PartnerSource. 

    Why are you changing?

    As the owner of Partner Business Systems, QBT is best placed to directly own the relationship with customers. By streamlining the promotional engines and ensuring all components of the solution are available via QBT, we will help to ensure high quality customer service.

    We are using PBS Basic. What should I do?

    PBS Basic will no longer be available from Microsoft. However, you can contact QBT via their website: http://www.qbtonline.com.au/

    How will I get Support?

    As an existing customer, you will continue to receive the same great service you have come to expect from Tony Banks and his team at QBT. You can contact the support team via the QBT website.

     

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics RMS & POS Partner Conference

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    I've just returned from a nice, relaxing vacation, and have plenty of updates to share from the Microsoft Dynamics team this week! Roger Demers from my own Microsoft Dynamics Partner Community team passed me a note on a great addition to the Convergence Conference for partners focused on Microsoft Dynamics RMS & POS...

    Microsoft Dynamics RMS & POS Partner Conference
    April 27 & 28, 2010
    Hilton Garden Inn; Oceanic A meeting room
    275 Baker Street
    Atlanta, Georgia, USA 30313
    Tel: 1-404-577-2001 Fax: 1-404-577-2002

    Register today for the Microsoft Dynamics RMS & POS Partner Conference, April 27-28, 2010 in Atlanta, GA.

    Partner Reception – April 27th - 6:00-10:00 p.m.
    This evening partner reception will provide you with the opportunity to reconnect, with fellow partners and the Microsoft Dynamics Retail team, for an evening of fun and socializing.

    Partner Conference – April 28th - 8:30 a.m. -4:00 p.m.
    Significant investments have been made in the Microsoft Dynamics Retail Portfolio over the past year. The Microsoft Dynamics RMS & POS Partner Conference will detail the Microsoft Dynamics Retail Strategy – highlighting the strategic importance of both Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System (RMS) and Microsoft Dynamics POS 2009. Come to learn about new functionality being delivered for both solutions as well as specific details on the road map; migration; and partner opportunity. You will have the opportunity to meet and provide feedback to key Microsoft Dynamics leaders while also engaging with fellow partners. In addition, this conference will provide you with the information and offers necessary to build momentum and energize your Microsoft Dynamics Retail practice.

    Microsoft speakers & attendees at the conference will include:

    • Michael Griffiths - Director of Retail Product Management
    • Dilip Popat – WW Retail Industry Principal
    • Will Roche – IMDM North America
    • Ashvin Mathew – GM Dynamics Retail & Online Services
    • Balaji Balasubramanian – Group Program Manager Retail
    • Larry Negrich – U.S. Retail Industry Marketing Manager
    • Ricky Gangsted Rasmussen – Director Software + Services
    • Jay Oberlander, Toni McQuilan and Todd Berger – Microsoft Dynamics Technical Support

    Join us Tuesday evening, April 27th through Wednesday, April 28th in Atlanta, GA for the conference. This Microsoft Dynamics RMS& POS Partner Conference will follow the Microsoft Convergence 2010 Atlanta—the Premier Microsoft Dynamics Event from April 24 – 27, 2010.

    Register today for the Microsoft Dynamics RMS & POS Partner Conference! Register Here

    --Kevin

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    New Significant Offer for Prospects to support Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Launch

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    Microsoft Dynamics GP partners, we have built some great momentum going into the upcoming product launch in May, and I wanted pass along an important message and offer from one of my co-workers, Brent Combest...

    Over the course of the last 18 to 24 months, we’ve all seen customers pushing off buying decisions based on the effects of the economy. This time has been challenging for many of you and Microsoft as well. That said, the clouds appear to be breaking. Economists are beginning to become mildly bullish on the recovery and as a barometer, the DOW has shown improvement.

    We saw tremendous growth in December and continue to see strong activity in the early portions of calendar 2010. Based on the feedback from many of you, we recognize that there are a large number of opportunities that have stalled over the past 18 months. With these signs of economic improvement, coupled with the number of companies that have been waiting on the sidelines to make a purchasing decision, now is the time for us to do something significant.

    Let’s be aggressive and grow this business together!

    We now face a unique opportunity to accelerate out of what has been an extremely painful recession. It appears the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 launch couldn’t have come at a better time. With all of the great new enhancements to the product and the activity we’re generating around this significant launch, Microsoft and our partners are in a prime position to make tremendous gains on our competitors.

    We are also very well aware that in order to grow our business, you must first grow yours. And to do so requires profitability. We recognize that increasing billable hours is a key component to the profitability equation. One fast way to increase this metric is to drive a strong pipe of new customers into your services business, and we’ve crafted an offer with this in mind.

    We’re expecting over 750 companies to attend our launch events around the country – and even more through the engagement of you, our partners in your own events. We want to help you capitalize on this momentum and to do so, we’ve put together a compelling offer for prospects.

    A compelling offer for customers

    Microsoft is excited to announce "Three Users for a Buck" - a Microsoft Dynamics (U.S.) promotion targeting growing and medium-sized businesses that wish to take advantage of the rich functionality, low cost of ownership, and rapid deployability offered by Microsoft Dynamics GP. The promotion allows customers to purchase up to 3 Advanced Management (AM) or Business Essential (BE) user licenses for $1 (US).

    This offer applies to new customers making their first purchase of Microsoft Dynamics GP and is effective Monday, March 15, 2010 through the end of business Friday, July 1, 2010 June 25, 2010. Please refer to PartnerSource for full details (Click Here). We’ll be integrating the offer into all aspects of our launch activity and I’d advise you to leverage it in the same way.

    NOTE: When placing orders, be sure to use the three year MESA agreement and include Promo Code NA-H2-10-27 to the Notes field for tracking.

    Taking full advantage of the offer to drive New Customers and Services Revenue into your business

    Given this offer is only around through July 1, 2010 June 25, 2010, I recommend being as proactive as possible in order to maximize its potential impact on your business. This is a very lucrative offer and is for a limited time only. That said, we recommend doing the following:

    Conduct your own launch event or drive prospects to one of ours. We have a full host of resources to assist you in conducting your own event, including overview decks, demo scripts, and more. You can find these on the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Sales and Marketing homepage.

    In addition to finding the content you need, you will see instructions on the PartnerSource page above for getting your event posted on the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Launch Portal.

    Connect with stalled prospects. Proactively reach out to your list of prospects who have put off buying decisions. An offer this significant may be the compelling event that gets them over the edge.

    Tip: If the prospect is still reluctant, you can use this as a proof of concept offer where they implement financials only with a fixed scope implementation that limits their risk and gets them into determining if this is a good fit. For a $1 investment plus the cost of your basic services, this might be a good way to approach some of the more challenging or reluctant prospects.

    Tip: Also, for those of you who have existing QuickBooks and Peachtree users reluctant to move, this can be pitched as an insurance policy of sorts. There is no limit on the users they have to take. For a $1 and then as little as $1.10 per day with a 3 year enhancement plan commitment, they’ll have the solution they need when the time comes.

    Include the offer in your marketing activities. Be sure to integrate the offer into all of your communication mediums to help stir up excitement. Additionally, as you can imagine we (Microsoft) are putting a ton of weight behind this offer. You’ll see it in much of what we’re going to market with. It’s on our launch pages, it’s in our social media push, it’s in every point of connection for Microsoft Dynamics GP. The bottom line is we want to drive as many customer adds into your hands as possible. Our goal is to flood you with activity and services revenue!

    We’re extremely excited about the upcoming launch of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 and want to help you take full advantage of this opportunity to increase the profitability of your business while delivering value to your customers. This offer can be a tremendous lever in helping you do so.

    Best regards and here’s to blowing out Q4!

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics SPLA Partner Recognition Resources

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    Some fantastic news coming for Microsoft Services Provider Licence (SPLA) partners and their Microsoft Dynamics resellers...

    SPLA 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 SPLA partner recognition monthly reporting process.

    Both SPLA partners and their Microsoft Dynamics resellers will receive credit for revenue and new customers for qualifying SPLA subscriptions. In addition, both SPLA partners and their Microsoft Dynamics resellers will receive a revenue accelerator on qualifying new subscriptions reported for new or existing customers. This accelerator is equal to 24 times the estimated monthly revenue of the new subscriptions. With this accelerator, the revenue credit for SPLA sales closely aligns with revenue credit a partner might receive if they had sold a perpetual license under the SPA.

    Visit PartnerSource to learn how to participate, and for more information.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Offers NetSuite Customers Incentive to Switch to Dynamics ERP

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    Continuing on the NetSuite compete themes from last week, I'm happy to pass along news of a brand new incentive for NetSuite customers to move to Microsoft Dynamics ERP...

    REDMOND, Wash. — March 11, 2010 — Microsoft Corp. is offering midsize businesses looking to benefit from advanced functionality, easy interoperability with other line-of-business applications, and strong business intelligence reporting options a new incentive to switch from NetSuite to Microsoft Dynamics ERP. Companies in the U.S. can receive a credit of up to $850 for every NetSuite user that switches to either Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV or Microsoft Dynamics SL. The new promotion is available until June 25, 2010. Businesses interested in learning more about the benefits and capabilities of Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions can attend a free educational Web seminar on March 30 by registering here. They can also visit the campaign website.

    Visit the Microsoft News Center for the complete announcement!

    --Kevin

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    Upcoming Microsoft Dynamics CRM Implementer/Consultant Training Opportunities

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    We have a great variety of upcoming Microsoft Dynamics CRM trainings for partners in Implementer or Consultant roles. The ones I've highlighted below are delivered through an Instructor Led Training format, and online. Therefore, you have the ability to take a course with a live instructor, and in comfort of your own office (or couch if you prefer!).

    Implementer/Consultant Instructor Led Training (click on the links below to register for each event)

    Visit PartnerSource for a complete list of upcoming Microsoft Dynamics CRM training opportunities for all partner roles.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics Sure Step 2010 Partner Academy

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    If you don't mind starting your trip to Atlanta, GA early prior to Convergence, then you should definitely consider attending some partner training! The Microsoft Dynamics Sure Step 2010 Partner Academy will be taking place on April 22-23.

    This two day partner academy will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to use Sure Step to successfully implement Microsoft Dynamics solutions. This course will focus on the implementation methodology model that provides the foundation of the Sure Step Methodology, and will demonstrate how to effectively use the Sure Step Methodology in small, medium, and enterprise-level implementation projects. Labs covered in class will be ERP centric; however, the core concepts also apply to CRM implementations.

    Microsoft Dynamics Sure Step Methodology provides you with end-to-end business process flows that guide you and your staff through a consistent set of Microsoft-delivered field-tested best practices, proven project management principles, and user-friendly tools to help you deploy, configure, and upgrade Microsoft Dynamics solutions. The Sure Step Methodology is designed to help you complete projects on time and on budget, reduce business risks for you and your customers, satisfy expectations, and win additional business.

    Visit the Partner Learning Center for complete details, and to secure your registration today!

    --Kevin

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    Introducing the Microsoft Channel Development Toolkit

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    After talking to our partners, we learned that many found it tough to build and sustain strong channel partnerships within the US and internationally. To help solve this, we created the Microsoft Channel Development Toolkit.

    The toolkit gives you guidance and resources to help you create a strong partner network. On the site, you’ll find support on every aspect of channel development, broken down into three key areas:

    Prepare

    Use our guidelines and templates to organize your legal documents, establish a global pricing strategy and select the right markets to enter.

    Recruit Partners

    Access a customizable recruitment kit and get guidance on creating a profile of your ideal partner, and prospecting and qualifying suitable candidates.

    Support your Partners

    Find best practices on how to keep partners up-to-date with your solutions, support partner marketing and sales strategies, avoid partner conflicts, and negotiate cross-border sales and margin splits.

    As you move through the process, you can mark each individual step as complete using the checklist, making it easy to track your progress. You can also view best practices webinars focused on each step of the channel development process.

    Visit the Channel Development Toolkit.

    --Kevin

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    Lifecycle Marketing Communication Strategy

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    With the Convergence conference right around the corner next month (April 24-27 in Atlanta), I wanted to reflect on some of the work that's done by Microsoft to connect with existing Dynamics customers. As you know, the largest number of attendees at Convergence are our existing customers.

    The marketing objective for Microsoft Dynamics is to develop and nurture a long-term relationship with existing customers and increase customer value by building incremental commitment to Microsoft solutions and services. By using a customer lifecycle relationship approach, leveraging predictive modeling and strategic segmentation, our goal is to deliver relevant communications and increased customer value in the benefits of software maintenance, resulting in a 1:1 customer experience with Microsoft and its business partners.

    Visit PartnerSource to learn more about Lifecycle Marketing including welcome communications, service plan benefit awareness, service plan renewal reminders, and lapsed enrollment notices.

    --Kevin

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