Peter A. Jensen
I have been with Microsoft since 2002, but I have been with Dynamics even longer, starting out with a Dynamics NAV partner in 1992. I currently lead the Partner Programs team in the US Dynamics organization and look forward to keeping in touch with the US Dynamics Partner Community on this blog.
As a product or license seller to customers in the public sector, it’s important for you to be current on the latest pricing updates, to anticipate real-life customer scenarios, and to know how to share about Microsoft business opportunities. Our Sales and Licensing Excellence webcasts for our public sector partners can help you acquire this information and have more effectual customer conversations. The webcasts range from 100- to 300-level and cover a variety of Microsoft products and technologies. In our live webcasts, you’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions to our experts.
You can view the current schedule and access recorded sessions anytime at http://aka.ms/lspwebcasts. We’ll also share them in the Training Recommendations Yammer group, include the listings on the Hot Sheet training schedule, and post updates on Twitter.
Schedule of Public Sector On Demand Webcasts: SQL for Government Licensing Review and Best Practices (Level 200) Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Government (Level 100) Microsoft Azure Government (Level 100-200) Microsoft Azure Government Cloud Solutions Webcast and Executive Keynote (Level 100) Azure Government Licensing (Level 200-300)
New! Take the Sales Excellence Challenge
In addition to the sales and licensing updates you receive on our webcast series, preparing for and taking Sales Specialist assessments can round out your knowledge and improve your ability to talk with customers about Microsoft technologies.
Partners who both attend one of the webcasts posted on this blog post (live or on-demand) and pass an eligible Sales Specialist assessment between February 1 and April 30 will be entered* into a drawing for one of three Surface Pro 3 tablets. You can view offer details and links to the assessments after February 1 at http://aka.ms/saleschallenge.
*No purchase necessary. Open only to legal residents of the 50 U.S. + DC 18+ with an active MPN ID. Game ends 4/30/15. Official rules.
The 2015 Partner of the Year Awards program is your opportunity to compete for awards that showcase the solutions you’ve built on Microsoft technologies to benefit our mutual customers. Receiving a Partner of the Year Award positions your company for new business opportunities, generates positive press coverage and can lead to even greater market recognition. Here are the Microsoft Dynamics specific awards but feel free to see what other awards are applicable for your organization: Cloud Customer Relationship Management; Customer Relationship Management (CRM); Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Microsoft Dynamics – Industry. Reminder: Tool closes on April 14, 2015 at 11:59 PM PST.
Confirm your organization is ready for March 1, 2015 by completing the latest certification exams.
You can view that information by going into PartnerSource Business Center – Exam Results.
Make sure your organization reads the criteria for the FY15 President’s Club and Inner Circle criteria. It would be great to see your organization listed.
Join us to ramp up on the new features and functionality of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015. This virtual instructor-led course will focuses on both product knowledge and certification as key objectives. Key components will include self-paced lecture sessions and instructor led demos with Q&A sessions. Course will consist of self-directed weekly learning with corresponding weekly instructor-led 3.5 hour sessions with class hours of 6:30pm – 10:00pm CST.
Students taking this course will need to have access to the new Dynamics Learning Portal. To learn more about DLP, please see here.
Session 1 Introduction and Getting Started with Sales Management (80546) Session 2 Customer Service in Microsoft Dynamics CRM (80545) Session 3 Microsoft Dynamics CRM Customization and Configuration (80542) Session 4 Microsoft Dynamics CRM Customization and Configuration (80542) Session 5 Microsoft Dynamics CRM Customization and Configuration (80542) Session 6 Microsoft Dynamics CRM Installation & Deployment (80539) Session 7 Consolidated Test Prep for Certification Exams Target Audience: Competitive, Industry, Retool, or Young Professionals with NO Microsoft Dynamics CRM experience.
Every Thursday - $1750 April 23rd to June 4th 6:30pm-10:00pm CST REGISTER NOW
Social listening! Customer care! Marketing! It’s all coming in the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Spring release. Please join us as we overview the upcoming releases and show how you and your customers can help create amazing customer experiences with Microsoft Dynamics CRM.
We are offering both a sales and a technical track to help you get the content applicable for your role. These three-hour online events will include market positioning, licensing, overviews and demos of Microsoft Dynamics CRM.
Incorporating both recorded content and live chat-based Q&A with Microsoft Subject Matter Experts, the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Spring Readiness Blitz will be offered at two different times to provide attendance options convenient for your schedule.
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Spring release!
Microsoft Dynamics CRM partner marketers, sales specialists, pre-sales specialists, functional consultants, technical consultants, and developers.
Sales Track: Option 1 – March 5 | 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM PST Option 2 – March 5 | 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM PST
Technical Track: Option 1 – March 5 | 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM PST Option 2 – March 5 | 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM PST
Time is running out to register for the upcoming Microsoft Dynamics Technical Conference.
The Technical Conference brings together Microsoft Dynamics AX and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Technical Professionals in an experience designed to inspire and help you take your business further.
Looking to see the latest from Microsoft Dynamics CRM?
There hasn’t been a technical event like this before for Microsoft Dynamics CRM partners. Focusing on Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015, this is your chance to spend time with members of the R&D team and speak directly with the experts!
Working with Microsoft Dynamics AX?
Microsoft just released Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 CU8 in November, so this conference is well timed to help you learn the new features added with this cumulative update. This year we’ll present nearly 100 sessions, including the latest developments in Lifecycle Services, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 on Azure, warehousing and transportation functionality, and omni-channel capabilities for Retail.
Looking for more hands-on training?
You’ll want to check out the Deep Dive Workshops. Scheduled around the Microsoft Dynamics Technical Conference, these intensive workshops help you leverage your travel to Seattle to maximize your learning.
Make the commitment to learning in 2015 – register today!
We are on track to make the 2015 the largest Industry Summit yet, and we want you there as well.
Please be aware that Summit Registration Early Bird Pricing ends TODAY January 19th, 2015 at 12:00 CST.
We have an outstanding line up of speakers awaiting you at the US Microsoft Dynamics Industry Summit 2015:
- Nigel Montgomery, Research Director, Gartner Research
- Bob Stutz, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Dynamics CRM
- Simon Ellis, Practice Director, IDC
- Kate Leggett, VP Principal Analyst, Forrester Research Inc.
More details at https://www.usdynamicsevents.com/
Also note that the Terranea Hotel Block is filling fast – please book your room by January 26th, 2015 to assure the negotiated rate. Call the hotel for booking at 1.866.802-8000
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Government is an exciting new opportunity for partners to sell cloud solutions to government customers. This event is designed to help Microsoft partners understand this business opportunity, as well as to help the partners' technical employees understand the change in mindset required to deliver cloud solutions that leverage Office 365, Azure and CRMOL.
Partners who build solutions with Dynamics CRM and who want to understand the following regarding CRM Online Government:
a) the opportunity
b) how to shift from the approach to building on-premises solutions to the approach required for building great cloud solutions
Click Here to Register
Date: Thursday, Feb 12th, 2015
Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm EST
A Sample of the Topics to be Covered: