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    Jump on the Spring edition of CRM 2013 Virtual Foundation Training


    I am excited to announce new availability of the Microsoft Dynamics® CRM 2013 Virtual Foundation Training Program

    With the recent release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 exams, we are excited to offer the second iteration of our Virtual Foundation Training course.  The first class that is currently being held is our highest-attended virtual instructor-led training ever! 

    This course is an evening, instructor-led course consisting of eighteen 3.5 hour sessions. This training is delivered virtually through Live Meeting and CRM 2013 online trial licenses for students to complete Hands on Labs. This training will provide you with the knowledge you'll need to become a Dynamics CRM Applications Consultant and prepare you for 3 CRM 2013 exams, and includes Prometric exam vouchers:

    • MB2-700: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Applications
    • MB2-703: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Customization and Configuration or MB2-721: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Fall ‘13 Customization and Configuration
    • MB2-702: Deploying Microsoft Dynamics CRM or MB2-722: Deploying Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Fall ’13. 

     The course will run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from March 25th through May 21st.

    Why is this Training Program Different?

    • You will become certified on the latest version of Microsoft CRM
    • You will meet your Microsoft Dynamics Partner Competency Requirements by the deadline
    • You will save time and money with no travel expenses, this training is delivered during week day “off hours” to eliminate out of the office coverage

    Providing a training program to focus not only on helping new individuals prepare for certification but provide them an opportunity to learn from Certified Trainers with real world experience.  We are excited to offer this program with a case study to drive additional hands on experience!  The program for Consultants build comprehensive insights to the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 product. This training will set consultants on the road to being successful and contributing to your organization’s bottom line.

    Click here to Register Now!

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    Microsoft Dynamics GP: Now & Next Tour!


    Microsoft Dynamics GP: Now & Next Tour!

    In just a little more than one year since its release, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 is showing strong market demand and continued innovation on an already robust feature set. With more than 60 new features in the combined Service Pack 1 & 2 releases, and the new Business Analyzer App, the solution available to your customers NOW is stronger than ever. And the business opportunity only gets better! The NEXT release of Microsoft Dynamics GP offers you compelling and unique competitive advantages to grow your Microsoft Dynamics GP practice by giving customers even more functionality and technology advancements. With seven stops on the Now & Next Insights Tour, you have multiple opportunities to engage with your Microsoft R&D and Field teams. There is no registration fee, but space is limited so register early to ensure a seat!!

    Tour Dates and Cities - Register Today!

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    Microsoft Dynamics US AX Partners: Enterprise Sales & Marketing Excellence Workshop


    We only have a few spots left - REGISTER NOW!

    This is the Sales and Marketing training that early adopting Dynamics AX Partners are raving about:

    “ sales session we have ever had as a company.  We obtained many great ideas and tangible action items that I believe will really help us close a higher percentage of business.”

    “…Couldn’t say enough positive things about Mark Stuyt. He was remarkably professional, a very sophisticated trainer and made us really rethink our sales process.”


    Partners, this workshop is a unique opportunity to develop your strategies around selling into the Enterprise and in Verticals. Understanding how customer purchase behaviors are changing is key to making the right adjustments to your Sales & Marketing strategy in light of the changes happening in the marketplace.

    As an outcome of the course you will walk out with a very specific and concrete action plan outlining changes you need to make to maximize your organizations revenue potential.

    The 2.5 day Enterprise Sales & Marketing Excellence Workshop is an immersive experience in building a marketing and sales approach for reaching and engaging customers in the Microsoft Dynamics AX markets. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the buying psychology motivating today’s prospective buyers, and how — by offering high-value prospective customer experiences and aligned sales engagement you can accelerate sales results. During the course of the workshop your team will work together to build out a library of strategic marketing and sales assets (tools) customized to your business which can be immediately leveraged by your organization upon returning to the office.


    • An understanding of changing buying behavior and the underlying buying psychology which is impacting how customers want to work with you
    • A new model for marketing and sales process integration
    • The ability to uniquely differentiate yourself in target markets by tapping into what is driving customer to buy
    • An integrated plan to drive your Dynamics AX practice over the coming year and beyond


    Audience: Dynamics AX Sales & Marketing Professionals

    When: December 4-6th

    Where: Tampa, FL

    Cost: $629 per person (Min of 1 Sales and 1 Marketing Professional Required per Partner Organization)




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    eXtremeCRM 2013 Anaheim chosen by Microsoft as Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Global Premier Launch Event!


    Knowledge is power; a phrase sometimes overused, but it really is true. There is not a more opportune time to plug into eXtremeCRM 2013 Anaheim. Chosen by Microsoft as one of the few destinations for a Global CRM 2013 Premier launch Event, eXtremeCRM Anaheim will unveil for you why this Dynamics CRM launch will define Microsoft’s future CRM business.

    eXtremeCRM will go beyond the features, providing rich content that takes you to the next stage in your readiness journey. You will be face to face with the Microsoft Dynamics R&D team and experts in the Microsoft Dynamics CRM channel so you will get all your questions answered.  In addition to the Deploy, Extend and Sales tracks, there are three great new tracks to help drive success in all areas of your business. These include Marketing, Demo for sales engineers and an Accelerate track designed to help emerging companies develop successful practices. Also, back by popular demand, is the Executive Summit where owners and executive leaders connect with Microsoft executives and industry leaders to discuss strategic business topics in a facilitated peer group environment.

    There is no better place to equip your entire organization for the opportunity ahead. You can check out the full agenda and register on their website

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    Special WPC 2014 Registration Offer Thru October 31, 2013 ONLY --Act NOW!


    Don’t Miss Early Registration Rates!

    More than 1,000 Microsoft Dynamics partners from around the world took advantage of the learning and networking opportunities offered at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference this past July—we’re looking to invigorate just as many at WPC 2014 in Washington DC.  Join Us!

    Register by October 31 for a Special $1,695 Price

    Be part of WPC 2014 July 13-17, 2014 to make connections, build your business, share experiences and be recognized.


    Hurry to register now for a special WPC price of $1,695 – registration fees will increase on November 1, 2013.

    Details, terms and conditions online at

    Thank you!

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    Register Now! Prepare for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 at eXtremeCRM Anaheim


    Posting on behalf of Bill Patterson, Prinicipal Architect on the CRM Product Management team:

    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 is, without a doubt, the most important launch of Microsoft Dynamics CRM since we first created our online service. It brings to you a host of capabilities, empowering you to reimagine how CRM can increase your customer’s competitive advantage.

    Because of the scope of this release, consuming it in a way that brings innovative solutions to customers will take diligent effort. We have begun that journey with the training blitzes, the FY14 kickoff event and other launch readiness resources. But the first 30 days in market will spur a whole new set of questions you haven’t anticipated. eXtremeCRM Anaheim is the place to get your real-world questions answered. It is where the Microsoft Dynamics CRM community comes together to deepen their knowledge. The R&D team as well as others who have been working with the product since pre-release will be there to fill in all the gaps.  

    In addition to great readiness on our current release, I’ll be presenting the closing keynote at eXtremeCRM on Wednesday, November 6th, providing you with unique insight to where our roadmap is headed. If you think Orion is a great release, wait until you see what other constellations are in the sky.

    eXtremeCRM Anaheim, created by CRM partners, for CRM partners, presents you with a unique opportunity to rise above others in your field by equipping you with information you can’t find anywhere else. 

    If you haven’t registered, I urge you to check out their website to see a full agenda

    I’ll see you there!!

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    Introducing the Microsoft Dynamics® CRM 2013 Virtual Foundation Training Program


    First of it's kind - It's never been easier to get your team trained and certified!

    Based on partner feedback, we now have virtual online training supported by a live instructor. This course will be held after business hours (6pm to 10 pm) and enable CRM Partners to more cost effectively get their team trained and avoid travel costs and downtime.

    We are providing a training program to focus not only on helping new individuals prepare for certification. You will be learning from trainers with real world experience and we using a case study to enable real hands on experience! 
    The program for consultants build comprehensive insights to the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 product. This training will set consultants on the road to being successful and contributing to your organization’s bottom line.

    Exclusive to our inaugural offering partners will save 20% off the list price! (subject to the capacity constraints of this initial offering)

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    Grow your ERP SMB customer adds!


    For many of you this is a key priority, and Microsoft Dynamics is here to accelerate that. We have sharpened our pencils and designed some game-changing ERP SMB promotions proven to aggressively increase Microsoft Dynamics’ market presence while boosting revenue for both Microsoft and Dynamics Partners. Additionally, we wanted to reward your successes and fuel your business for future growth with an appropriate partner Incentive.

    Microsoft is pleased to announce a portfolio of promotions and incentives designed to stimulate and accelerate Microsoft Dynamics ERP SMB Customer Adds!  Refer to PartnerSource for full details and the complete terms (aka the small print) and attend the upcoming Promotion/Incentive Overview call on Tuesday, October 1 (register by clicking here) to learn more!

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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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