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    NEW! Training Blitz update for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013


    You are invited to an online 2-hour Training Blitz update for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013.

    If you joined us for the July Readiness Blitz, you won’t want to miss this update! This session will provide an update on pricing and licensing, and the customer update experience. There will also be sessions on industry scenarios, compete, and the new customer resource portal.  

    During this event you will have direct LIVE access to Microsoft experts who will be there to answer your questions and support this training experience.

    With the product launch coming soon, be sure to use this opportunity to build your readiness capability.


    Register Today!

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    Goodbye, Microsoft Dynamics Partner Community, It’s Been a Blast!


    After 15+ years with Microsoft and originally Great Plains Software – the whole time focused on Microsoft Business Solutions & Microsoft Dynamics – I’ve decided to the leave the organization. I’ll be joining my new company later this month. They are a Microsoft ISV, so perhaps we’ll run into each other at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in the future. Today is officially my last day at Microsoft.

    My time here has been an incredible journey with a sense of “growing up” along the way, having joined Great Plains Software straight out of college like several other individuals before and after me.

    I’ve always been a super fan of the Microsoft Dynamics partner channel having worked with many of you in one shape or another throughout my career. Partners are the livelihood of our business. Where would Microsoft be without you?

    I’ve had the honor to work with the Microsoft Dynamics channel throughout my various roles in partner account management, readiness, marketing, resourcing, and development programs. It is fabulous to see companies I trained during New Partner Orientation years ago now in the spotlight as they earn the honor of President’s Club. This is a group which I feel completely blessed to have learnt so much from over the years!

    I am also a huge fan of our products and solutions. My first gig was working the Message Center in Technical Support for our DOS based product Great Plains Accounting v9. Going from GPA DOS to ramping the very first Microsoft CRM partners with v1.0, and then watching the shift to the cloud with CRM Online and ERP Azure has been phenomenal. We have totally awesome solutions that continue to innovate!

    For those of you who have been active followers of this blog, I want to extend a huge “thank you” for your support. The blog was started almost 5 years ago as an engine to help partners navigate through the plethora of communications shared by Microsoft. I hope the blog has enabled you to access key information faster or help you discover something new. As to the future of the blog, I expect a short interruption of service, and it to continue as strong as ever once the proper individuals and teams are aligned. You will be in good hands!

    Finally, I’ll leave you with a quote that I think of regularly to feel a daily sense of accomplishment. It was delivered by Jim Valvano 20 years ago at ESPN’s ESPY Awards – “If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special.”

    If you wish to stay connected, please reach out to me on LinkedIn.

    Take care,

    Kevin Machayya

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    Announcing Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2


    Earlier this week at the sold out Directions EMEA 2013 conference in Vienna, Austria, Microsoft announced the upcoming availability of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 in October 2013. This release builds on the great momentum we’ve seen since launching Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 last year and further reinforces the value of Microsoft Dynamics NAV as a business solution from Microsoft that is quick to implement, easy to use, and with the power to support your business ambitions.

    For more information, please read Paul White’s complete blog post on The Edge.

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    Important Announcement: Date Change for the Microsoft Dynamics AX Technical Conference


    In order to ensure that we can deliver the best event experience, the timeliest and most actionable information, and the highest level of participation for you at the Microsoft Dynamics AX Technical Conference, the dates for the upcoming event are changing from November 12-14, 2013 to February 3-5, 2014.

    For more information, please visit the event website.

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    Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Lifecycle Services Now Available


    The Microsoft Dynamics AX product management team is proud to announce the availability of Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services (LCS) for organizations implementing and running Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. These services provide tools to help customers realize business value from their Microsoft Dynamics AX investments.

    What is Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services
    LCS helps organizations model, manage, and maintain their Microsoft Dynamics AX implementations by utilizing Microsoft Dynamics AX meta-data and best practices to simplify and standardize the implementation process. The Windows Azure-based workspace provides a Microsoft hosted online environment that allows Microsoft Dynamics AX customers to collaborate with their implementation experts.

    For more information including documentation, online instructional videos, and the opportunity to test drive, please visit PartnerSource.

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    Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Airlift 2013 – Thoughts from Down Under


    If you are still debating whether or not to attend this year’s Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Airlift, you must check out this recent fabulous post about the event on the Developing for Dynamics GP blog.

    The blog’s editor, David Musgrave, has provided keen insight into the upcoming partner readiness activity, and includes a plethora of web links to content you may have missed promoting the conference.

    The event is scheduled for September 18-20, 2013 in Fargo, ND.


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    United States Microsoft Dynamics Field & Partner FY14 Kick Off Event



    Over 800 Microsoft team members, partners, and sponsors are gathered in Denver, CO this week for the United States Microsoft Dynamics Field & Partner FY14 Kick Off Event.

    This event is not only an opportunity to build momentum from FY13 but to connect & collaborate with Microsoft field teams, the Microsoft Dynamics partner channel and Microsoft Dynamics ISV’s. We are excited to build on the energy of the key messaging from Worldwide Partner Conference relative to driving success in the US Microsoft Dynamics business!

    Key Pillars of the Kick Off:

    · Celebrate our Fiscal 2013 Accomplishments
    · Collaborate to drive world class execution in FY14
    · Win, Drive, Grow Current and New Deals
    · Build momentum and share our FY14 priorities
    · Educate and share insights
    · Align & Connect with Microsoft and Our Partners

    Attendees will gain key insights from several Microsoft leaders including Dave Willis, Vice President of US Microsoft Dynamics, as he discusses how we expect to leap forward through strategy and execution. Jeremy Thies, US Microsoft Dynamics Partner Lead, will then share his vision of the partner & industry evolution. From there, we will break out into detailed solution focuses – Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Microsoft Dynamics AX, and Microsoft Dynamics ERP SMB. Additional guidance will be provided related to the Microsoft Dynamics brand and regional synergy.

    Partners will have several opportunities to connect with their various Microsoft stakeholders to collaborate on their FY14 business plans.

    Finally, we want to extend a huge thank you to our 44 Sponsors and 16 Premiere Sponsors for your participation in this event.

    We look forward to celebrating future success and building the momentum for FY14!

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    Orion Sessions Finalized for The Partner Connections Event 2013


    Orion is the next launch of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 after the December 2012 release, Polaris. This launch of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 is highly anticipated and right around the corner.

    As a Microsoft Dynamics CRM partner, it is now time to make plans to ramp up! Microsoft is making it easier by collaborating with this year’s Partner Connections Event to offer one of the very first in-person partner readiness training sessions in Tampa, FL on October 20. With sessions covering key platform enhancements, upgrade considerations, mobility options, and product leadership, partners will have a LOT to take away from this in-depth readiness event.

    We’re excited about this half day of CRM learning that all partners can benefit from. And it doesn’t stop there! After the Orion launch event, partners will partake in two information packed days filled with sales, marketing, leadership, consultant, and developer workshops.

    Visit the event website to register for this partner readiness event and see a full list of sessions.

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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Transition to Microsoft Online Service Environment: Customer Communications


    The transition of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online to the Microsoft online services environment will happen in phases for both partners and customers. These phases are designed to help ensure that all partners and customers are transitioned in the most efficient way possible.  Microsoft has carefully identified customers and partners for transition during each phase based on their solution and system restraints. 

    For details regarding the communications your customers will receive if they are transitioning in Phase II, please visit PartnerSource. For additional information on your role as partner of record in Phase II, please click here.

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    Create New Engagements & Increase Renewals with Microsoft Dynamics CRM Planning Services


    The Microsoft Dynamics team is adding a new benefit to Software Assurance—an SSDPS Planning Services engagement to help qualified partners work with Microsoft Dynamics CRM customers to create custom implementation plans.

    This new benefit will help create new opportunities, increase Microsoft Dynamics SA renewals, and deepen your engagement with current Microsoft Dynamics customers. Registration opens on October 1, 2013, and is available exclusively for Microsoft partners with a gold competency in Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

    For additional information and to learn more, please visit PartnerSource.

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