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    Plan for Tomorrow with the New Statement of Direction for Microsoft Dynamics NAV


    Our product management teams have been very busy over the last few weeks delivering updated Statement of Directions for Microsoft Dynamics SL, and Microsoft Dynamics Retail Solutions. And now here’s some more great SOD news…

    The Statement of Direction for Microsoft Dynamics NAV is a key document that contains important information about Microsoft’s investment plans and product development roadmap for the next three releases.

    What’s Inside

    In this latest version, you’ll find a description of our overall aspirations and goals for the product as we continue to build on the new technology platform and breakthrough RoleTailored user experience introduced in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009. Other highlights include details about:

    • More compelling application functionality in Microsoft Dynamics NAV "7"
    • Microsoft Dynamics CRM integration in Microsoft Dynamics NAV "7"
    • How we will move to a RoleTailored development experience in Microsoft Dynamics NAV "8"
    • Support for Unicode, 64-bit service tier and more!

    Go to the SOD landing page on PartnerSource and download the document today!


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    Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Launch Update


    Time is flying by and the release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 is right around the corner. In preparation for the launch, please see information below relating to marketing, readiness, and licensing.

    Partner Marketing – Get out in front of the official launch in May. Get ready to do prospect events after the official launch. For both, Microsoft is there for you to help your drive successful events.

    • Conduct a pre-launch "sneak peek" event around Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 for prospects and existing customers. Simply have an event for at least 15 people and we will give you a Zune HD to give away. Do an event for more than 30 people, and we will give you a Convergence 2010 pass to give away. See details on PartnerSource on the Sales and Marketing homepage for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010. This program ends on 4/16/2010, so do not delay.
    • Develop your own strategies for post general availability "Prospect Launch Events" (After May, 2010). For No Charge, you can get your prospect events posted on the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 launch portal. See details on PartnerSource on the Sales and Marketing homepage for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010. The launch portal is now live and we are ready to get your event posted.
    • Review the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 PartnerSource homepage. You will find links to sales and marketing material, technical readiness and demos, and pricing and licensing updates.

    Partner Readiness – We are focused on making sure you are informed of what is coming in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 and that you are in a position to begin conversations with existing customer and prospects. As such, here are a few key events to view on-line.

    Licensing Update

    There is a lot of opportunity out there to talk to customers about the changes in licensing. And there is a great opportunity to help your existing customers take advantage of the exciting new functionality in the Microsoft Dynamics Client for Office. For more information, see the links below:

    • Readiness: New licensing overview webcast recording
    • Readiness: Selling the Value of the New Dynamics Client for Office to new and existing customers.
    • Readiness: FAQ document
    • Existing Customer Offer: BRL and MBL customers will be allowed to obtain at a 100% discount an unlimited number of Business Portal or DCO users based on their specific situation. Offer will be available until 12/22/2010. Offer details.
    • Existing Customer Offer: BRL customers that own eConnect before 4/30/2010 will receive the External Connector. Offer details.

    That's a wrap. Good luck with your marketing and selling!


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    Microsoft Announces Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Nonprofits and NGOs


    Some hot off the presses news regarding Microsoft Dynamics CRM from our PR team today...

    REDMOND, Wash. — April 7, 2010 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of Microsoft Dynamics CRM for nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). The solution provides out-of-the-box constituent relationship management functionality as well as customizations for donation and pledge management, basic membership management, basic volunteer tracking, campaign management, dashboard reports, and support for online payment solutions.

    For nonprofits and NGOs interested in the on-demand deployment, the solution is available through Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online — an on-demand service hosted and managed by Microsoft. Pricing for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online for qualifying nonprofits and NGOs is $9.99 per user, per month. Customizations for nonprofits and NGOs are offered free of charge.

    “Nonprofits and NGOs are always challenged with doing more with less,” said Sarah Barnhart, senior program manager of community affairs at Microsoft. “We see technology being a key enabler of helping nonprofits to reduce administration and focus their resources on where they can have the biggest impact. Microsoft Dynamics CRM for nonprofits and NGOs includes customized features that simplify administration and management for organizations of every size.”

    To view the complete news press release, visit Microsoft News Center.


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    Dynamics CRM & GP Adapter Now Available for Dynamics CRM Online


    Check out this exciting news from the Microsoft Dynamics GP Product Management team regarding the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Adapter for Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 Feature Pack #2...

    We are pleased to announce the availability of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Adapter For Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 Feature Pack #2! With this feature pack, comes the power of CHOICE! The significance of Feature Pack #2 revolves around the support for integration between Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 On-Premise. You now have the option of integrating your hosted Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online application with your Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 On-Premise application.

    For complete details visit the official blog of Microsoft Dynamics GP.


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    Invigoration Station Radio Show – Wednesday April 7


    These monthly Invigoration Station broadcasts will address timely topics and share proven tips for marketing and selling Microsoft Dynamics effectively. There's no PowerPoint to watch or URLs to copy down. Attend the show, complete an evaluation and you will be entered into a drawing to win 1 of 2 NEW HD 16GB Zunes!*

    Click here to register!

    Take a listen to one of the UnRuly Ladies, Erin McGrane-Curran, as she explains the variety of topics we’ll be covering on this month’s show.

    Subjects include:

    • The News Desk
    • 3 for a Buck Promotion
    • Virtual Partner Briefing
    • Feature Focus
    • Microsoft Dynamics Case Studies & References
    • Great Microsoft Dynamics GP Customer Opportunities
    • And perhaps a jingle or two!

    NOTE: You must register in advance. You cannot join the show after it begins if you have not already registered.

    *Visit PartnerSource for complete rules.


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    Three Additional Marketing Services on RTG Site


    Bethany Foyt from The Partner Marketing Group passed along this great information about some new services that have been added to the Ready to Go Marketing Services site for partners...

    Three additional services that The Partner Marketing Group offers have been added to the "Ready to Go" site for partners. This is super exciting because it means partners can use Campaign Development Funds and the $1,000 rebate to help fuel additional marketing projects for which they may want our help.

    Marketing Plan/Strategy Development Services and Virtual Marketing Director Program have been on the RTG site for a while, click here.

    But, here are the 3 services that have been added to the program:

    Make sure to check out these services to help you build out your pipeline for 2010!


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    Updated Statement of Direction for Microsoft Dynamics SL


    This week we released a new edition of the Statement of Direction (SOD) for Microsoft Dynamics SL. As you know, this is a key document containing important information about Microsoft’s investment plans and product development roadmap for the next three releases. Not only is the Statement of Direction a valuable tool for us and partners to help plan business activities and speak confidently with customers and prospects about the future of Microsoft Dynamics SL, it can help differentiate our offering from the competition. Industry analysts tell us time and time again that most of our competitors are reluctant to share long-term product strategy details with their customers. With the information in the Statement of Direction, Microsoft empowers partners and customers with knowledge to help them plan their business for tomorrow’s opportunities.

    One partner downloaded it already, and had this comment to share:

    "it is awesome. Clearly a huge amount of work went into it (by you and the whole team), and it surely will put to rest any questions about the future of SL to say nothing about informing all of us what's up....Thank you for all your continued hard work to keep SL plowing ahead!! We certainly appreciate it."

    The purpose of this document is to outline the broad strategy for Microsoft Dynamics SL, the specific product roadmap for the next major release Microsoft Dynamics SL "8," and the initiatives beyond that release with Microsoft Dynamics SL "9" and Microsoft Dynamics SL "10." This document is intended for companies considering purchasing Microsoft Dynamics SL, and for the value added reselling partners and certified consultants who sell, implement, and support the solution for our thousands of customers worldwide.

    Insight into our current and upcoming investments are intended to help make the most of your own business software investments, and to drive greater productivity as you plan, deploy, use, and maintain your business-management solution.

    You can use the document to prepare for your business as well to be able to speak with confidence to customers and prospect about the product future.

    The document must NOT be distributed broadly in any form or on your Web sites.

    Download the new SOD from PartnerSource.

    Also, don't forget to check out an interview with Jeff Suwyn discussing Microsoft Dynamics SL and Microsoft Project on YouTube!


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    Virtual Partner Briefing Goes Live on April 22, 2010


    Here are some additional details regarding our move from a live in-person event for the Convergence Partner Briefing to a virutal format this year. 

    In an effort to better assist you in your preparations for hosting your customers at Convergence we’re offering a new way to brief partners prior to the customer event. The traditional live briefing day will transformed into the Virtual Partner Briefing. Our goals for this experience are to:

    1. Help get partners ready for Convergence 2010.
    2. Recognize the great work partners have done this year.
    3. Take a look at our business together, today and in the coming year.
    4. Provide focus for partners on key business objectives and our strategic view of the business moving forward.

    The Virtual Partner Briefing will be available beginning Thursday, April 22, 2010 with links from this PartnerSource page, no advance sign-up is required. While it is recommended that content be viewed prior to Convergence, all content will be available for on-demand viewing for a period of four to five months post Convergence as well.

    Structure for the Virtual Briefing will include one keynote, five general sessions and up to 15 breakout sessions. Content for these sessions includes information and updates on Microsoft Dynamics MPN; announcements on products, programs and marketing, strategies for Microsoft Dynamics ERP and Microsoft Dynamics CRM; a competitive outlook; and an update on our industry focus.

    Set aside time in your calendar to view all of the great content available on Virtual Briefing beginning April 22, 2010.

    For additional Convergence information visit PartnerSource.


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    You're Invited. WPC Registration is Now Open.


    Get the scoop on the Microsoft vision and strategic roadmap at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), July 11-15, 2010, in Washington, D.C.

    As a Microsoft partner, your exclusive invitation to WPC July 11–15, 2010, gets you information on the latest product innovations and solutions. Hear the story straight from Microsoft executives and discover new ways to grow your business with Microsoft.

    With thousands of partners and Microsoft team members from around the world in attendance, WPC is your top opportunity for networking this year. The first 1,500 eligible people to register for an All Access or Day Pass will receive a free copy of Windows 7 Ultimate*, so be sure to register soon!

    Register for WPC 2010.

    U.S. Exclusives

    Get your VIP Pass!

    Register before May 1, 2010, and you could win one of five VIP Passes, which include these fabulous perks:**

    • VIP seats at U.S. keynote speech
    • Meet-and-greet with senior Microsoft executives
    • Guaranteed ticket to the U.S. party
    • Free copies of Windows 7 Ultimate and Microsoft Office 2010
    • A free HD Zune or Windows phone
    • $25 Starbucks® gift card

    Learn more

    *Offer good only in the 50 United States (includes Washington, D.C.) for the first 1500 employees of actively enrolled U.S. Microsoft Partner Network registrants who register for an All Access or One Day conference pass to the 2010 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference. Limit on gift per person. This offer is nontransferable and cannot be combined with any other offer. This offer ends on May 1 while supplies last, and is not redeemable for cash. Taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the recipient. Gifts will be available for redemption at the US Lounge at the Worldwide Partner Conference July 12-15, 2010. Gifts not redeemed in the US Lounge will not be mailed. Due to government gift and ethics laws, government employees (including military and employees of public education institutions) are not eligible to participate.

    **No Purchase Necessary. Open only to US based Microsoft Partners. Winner will be notified by e-mail with instructions on how to claim prize no later than four weeks prior to date of event. Game ends 5/1/2010. For Official Rules including free alternate method of entry, click here.

    Also, the U.S. party is back--Newseum style! Hosted by Robert Youngjohns, Microsoft Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing in North America, this U.S. celebration will be one for the record books. Join 3,500 Microsoft partners and executives for cocktails, networking, and celebration.


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    Distinction in Marketing Partner Award Submission Guidelines and Entry Form


    The Golden Globes, Grammys, and Oscars have wrapped up. Now, award season in the Microsoft Dynamics channel is in full swing! Next month customers receive Convergence award recognition, and partners are up for awards in July at WPC. Today, I'm happy announce that we've opened the nominations up for the Distinction in Marketing Partner Awards.

    Microsoft will recognize up to five partner marketing campaigns that focus on Microsoft Dynamics business solutions as part of the 2010 Distinction in Marketing Partner Award. Partners awarded with this recognition will receive the following benefits in acknowledgment of their outstanding marketing results:

    • 1 Year Paid Access Hoovers Subscription for Up to 5 Users. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $3,000 USD.
    • Convergence 2011 Pass for a prospect or customer. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $1,295 USD.
    • Award Plaque: Winning partners will receive an award plaque to display at your organization that will commemorate your achievement.
    • Peer Recognition: Winning submissions will be featured in a dedicated Marketing Community Web Seminar.

    For more information on registering for the Marketing Professional Community visit PartnerSource and select Communities > Marketing.

    Questions regarding the Distinction in Marketing Award submissions can be directed by

    For complete award eligibility and submission requirements, visit PartnerSource.


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