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    New Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Technical and non-Technical Learning Plans Now Available

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    The momentum for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 continues to build. Over the next next several months a variety of resources will roll out as we head toward August 2011. Keep in touch with the latest insights by following the Inside Microsoft Dynamics AX blog.

    We are pleased to announce the availability of new role-based learning plans for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. The role tailored learning plans are designed to provide readiness guidance to partners on how to prepare according to their role in the sale and implementation of a Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 solution.

    The learning plans are grouped according to expertise levels and by role:

    Non-Technical Roles

    • Leader
    • Marketing Specialist
    • Sales Specialist
    • Presales Specialist
    • Project Manager

    Technical Roles

    • Consultant
      • Application
      • Technology
    • Application Developer
    • Solution Architect

    Access the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 role-tailored learning plans on PartnerSource. Also, we are pleased to offer a web seminar series highlighting the new features in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

    Make sure to visit the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 partner launch portal for ongoing updates and resources.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics Sure Step 2012 Launched

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    Our development team shares this update regarding the continuous updates delivered to the Microsoft Dynamics Sure Step methodology. I continue to hear nothing but great comments about the latest content and services provided in this methodology whenever I casually bump into a Sure Step developer on the Microsoft Fargo Campus. As mentioned via the PartnerSource announcement:

    We are excited to announce the availability of Sure Step 2012! The primary focus is guidance for the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 release and new content for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 On-premises and Online. Updated content includes:

    • Accelerated Proof of Concept with CRM Online service – Provides scripts, demos, Delivery Guide, and related content for building a quick proof of concept or demo for a customer using the CRM Online 30-day trial. This supports rapid requirements definition and solution decision-making. Find this in the Decision Accelerator offering.
    • Upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 – tools and templates to support the Upgrade project type, reflecting an Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 upgrade scenario.
    • Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Implementation tools and templates are updated to reflect an Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 implementation scenario, including Fit/Gap analysis worksheet, estimator tool, requirements questionnaire, security configuration requirements template, and other valuable templates.
    • Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Updates – new CRM artifacts including Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Upgrade Assessment, Database Sizing Tool, and Design Best Practices.
    • Sure Step Optimization Offering – These services have been repackaged across all products to represent either discrete stand-alone services such as Developer Workshop or bundled services available to customers, such as Architecture Review, Project Governance and Delivery Review, and Upgrade Review.

    Download Sure Step 2012 or use the Sure Step Online version for the latest tools, templates, and content. Find complete details on PartnerSource.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics AX Fast TrAX Training – January-April 2012 Schedule

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    I know many of you are highly anticipating the early 2012 Microsoft Dynamics AX Fast TrAX training schedule, so we wanted to proactively share this announcement to ensure you can register and plan your travel accordingly.

    Focusing on certification preparation in addition to hands on experience these courses will help build the initial muscle for a successful consultant on the Microsoft Dynamics AX solution. This coupled with mentorship within your organization will set consultants and developers on the road to being successful and contributing to your organization’s bottom line.

    The target audience for these trainings is NEW Microsoft Dynamics AX Consultants and Developers with no previous Microsoft Dynamics AX experience.

    Register for one of the following tracks – Consultant or Developer. All classes are held on the Microsoft Fargo Campus.

    Act now as these courses fill quickly!

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Fast TrAX Consultant Training Program: November Class Date Added

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    We continue to have penetration into the Microsoft Dynamics AX channel on growing capacity and helping partners build a foundation for NEW consultants coming into the Microsoft Dynamics AX product line. Microsoft Dynamics AX Fast TrAX Training Program is a 4 week immersion program for NET NEW consultants who may be from the Industry, Competitive or Graduate pools to ramp and be immersed into the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 product and begin their success as a consultant.

    We are excited to announce we have added an additional track beginning November 7, culminating December 9, 2011. This will be the last course of Microsoft Dynamics Fast TrAX in this Calendar Year.

    Register for the class on the Partner Learning Center.

    Personally, I’ve had the chance to interview a few individuals attending these classes at our Microsoft Fargo Campus, and their feedback has been excellent. I’ll be sharing their commentary in future blog posts soon!

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Demo Tools and Materials Now Available

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    The tools and resources to help you throughout the presales and sales process associated with the upcoming release of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 keep coming!

    On this PartnerSource page you’ll find demo tools and materials which you can use to help familiarize yourself with the new application functionality and enhancements available in the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 release. The materials include videos, demo scripts, virtual machine image, documentation, and much more.

    --Kevin

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    Announcing General Availability for Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011

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    The Microsoft Dynamics SL product marketing team passes along this exciting news regarding the latest release of Microsoft Dynamics SL.

    We are thrilled to bring you the exciting news that as of April 1st 2011, Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011 is ready for purchase! In addition, starting on Monday, April 4th 2011 it will be posted to PartnerSource for download. Jeff Wallis, Microsoft Dynamics Product Unit Manager, and his team have been hard at work so it’s very fitting that he is featured below to share his enthusiasm for the rich functionality delivered in this new release. We also are seeing great momentum as we head into the launch activities and in particular Partner Events on our launch map.

    Keep driving hard and let’s make this a fantastic year for Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011!

    A few thoughts from Jeff Wallis:

    Every now and then a new software release feels more significant than others. Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011 is one of those releases. The SL R&D and Product Management teams set out to break new ground by enhancing the development process to significantly improve the customer and partner experience, product value, and overall end user enthusiasm. This is the first release in which members of our customer and partner Advisory Board not only contributed to detailed feature requirements, but also participated in prototype reviews and spec reviews from Milestone 0 through Milestone 4. Thirteen Advisory Board committees applied their in-depth knowledge of use case scenarios, pain points and vertical requirements, and then influenced designs and implementation throughout the life-cycle. It amounts to a huge, uncompensated contribution on their part which will greatly benefit the entire Microsoft Dynamics SL Community. As a result of this unprecedented collaboration, Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011 will launch with more customer and partner excitement and anticipation than any of us can remember.

    Why the excitement over Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011? It delivers significant, tangible value for new and existing customers. From a whole new user experience using MBS common controls to a new, game-changing Quick Query solution, to document/image attachments at the record level, and a new web services framework based on WCF. From delivering everything a Project Manager needs to perform his/her work at the job site to a dramatically improved and time-saving multi-company experience, as well as key improvements in managing project inventory and Sales Orders. From a new integration with Microsoft Project Server 2010 to new tools that enable accounting personnel to quickly and confidently reverse or copy GL transactions. Every one of these features was prioritized and shaped by the Microsoft Dynamics SL Advisory Board and Microsoft Dynamics SL User Group. They feel like it’s their release.

    We will officially launch Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011 during the SL General Session at Convergence 2011 on Monday, April 11th 2011.

    We are thrilled to bring you this new release!

    --Kevin

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    Payroll for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Overview

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    The Microsoft Dynamics AX and our partner readiness teams pass along this invitation for an upcoming partner training web seminar.

    We are excited to announce the upcoming release of Payroll for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. Please join us for an upcoming web seminar on February 23, 2011 at 11:00 AM PT. 

    The Payroll System was developed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics AX. The result is a payroll solution easily integrated into Human Resources, Accounts Payable, Projects and General Ledger.

    Improve information access and control - The Payroll System uses an extensive set of payroll reporting tools to provide information to managers, government agencies, and tax boards. Define reports as needed to meet the special needs when reporting earnings and deductions to union locals.

    Reduce payroll processing time - Provide real gross-to-net calculations during processing and allowing the capabilities to run payroll registers prior to posting, reducing the number of errors and payroll processing timeframes.

    Features include:

    • Time and Attendance
    • Earnings
    • Employee and Employer Withholdings and Contributions
    • Basic payroll calculations
    • Reports
    • AX Integration
    • Union

    Visit the Partner Learning Center to register.

    --Kevin

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    How to Sell Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Web Seminar Series

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    The online and on-premises products are now in market, and we want to ensure you are prepared to effectively sell Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011.

    The objectives of this course are to teach participants how to position and sell Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 in various business and competitive scenarios. The content is covered in two 2 hour segments.

    All MPN Sales Accreditation exam questions related to Selling Microsoft Dynamics 2011 are addressed in this course. This course also provides a review of key Microsoft Solution Selling Process (MSSP) terms and concepts but should not be considered a replacement for attending that course.

    How to Sell Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 (Part 1 of 2) Web Seminar

    February 28, 2011 at 9:00 A.M. PST

    Part 1 of this course covers the following topics:

    • What are the key customer pain points that can be addressed by Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011
    • What customer roles and decision makers generally experience these pains
    • What are the key benefits that Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 delivers to an organization
    • How to position Microsoft Dynamics CRM relative to the competition
    • What are the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Industry Opportunities

    How to Sell Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 (Part 2 of 2) Web Seminar

    March 1, 2011 at 9:00 A.M. PST

    Part 2 of this course covers the following topics:

    • What are the different deployment options for Microsoft Dynamics 2011
    • Quick Review of Microsoft Dynamics Licensing and Pricing (available in detail elsewhere in another On Demand Course)
    • Applying MSSP to selling Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 and how your process will be different depending on the deployment option (Cloud vs On Premise)
    • Why CRM projects still fail and how you can help your customers avoid failure

    Register today on the Partner Learning Center!

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Exams are Now Available

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    With the new release of Microsoft Dynamics GP general availability announced back in April at Convergence; today I'm happy to share that the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 exams are now here!

    Help showcase your technical expertise to your customers by certifying on the latest version of Microsoft Dynamics GP today. The Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 exams are available at Prometric Testing Centers.

    Exam Numbers are as follows:

    • MB3-859 Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Financials
    • MB3-860 Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Project Series
    • MB3-861 Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Installation & Configuration
    • MB3-862 Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Inventory & Order Processing

    Visit PartnerSource to find exam prep guides as well as training guidance.

    Good luck!!!

    --Kevin

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    Fiscal Year 2010 Distinction in Marketing Awards Winners Announced

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    Microsoft is pleased to announce the Fiscal Year 2010 Distinction in Marketing Award recipients. This honor is bestowed to companies who demonstrate a marketing campaign for Microsoft Dynamics products during Microsoft’s Fiscal Year 2010. Recipients were selected from nominations and the winners were chosen based upon their marketing objectives, plans, and results from the previous year.

    Partners Selected for a 2010 Distinction in Marketing Award:

    These five partners will receive two (2) Fiscal Year 2011 Convergence Passes that can be used for either customer or prospect attendees and a one year subscription to Access Hoovers.

    • Sunrise Technologies, Inc. – Best Overall Marketing Campaign
    • Tribridge – Best Lead Generation Campaign
    • The TM Group – Best Existing Customer Campaign
    • Enliven Software – Best ISV Marketing Campaign
    • Columbus IT – Best Industry Targeted Campaign

    2010 Honorable Mention:

    These two partners have been nominated for 2010 honorable mention.

    • Webfortis – for demonstrating P2P best practices
    • CAL Business Solutions – for their leverage of Social Media

    Watch PartnerSource and the US Sales and Marketing News Insights for an upcoming web seminar where our award winners will share insights to their campaign successes.

    --Kevin

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