dynamicscrmMicrosoft Dynamics CRM 2011 beta gives ISVs and developers an opportunity to get started rapidly developing line of business cloud applications.

Developers can start building their applications right away as the solution packages built on beta will be compatible with the final release of the product. It is a great opportunity for developers to build your application now and get ahead of the competition by listing your application in the Dynamics Marketplace which will be available in the next few days. Partners can also attend one of our free day-long global readiness tour events happening worldwide.

The beta for the next version of Dynamics CRM 2011 has been released this week. You can download or sign up for the beta today at http://www.crm2011beta.com to evaluate and start building solutions based on the new release.

ISVs are developing applications that integrate with Dynamics CRM by

  • Using CRM as a convenient customizable data store
  • By adding functionality to a customer relationship management system
  • By stripping out the customer/sales team portion and building line of business applications that require identity, customizable data entry, and great - familiar user interface

And the same code you write for Dynamics CRM 2011 in the cloud can be used in an on premises version of your software.

CRM 2011 Global Readiness Tour

In the United States the CRM 2011 Global Readiness Tour  schedule include:

  • Sept 8 – Reston, VA
  • Sept 14 – Irvine, CA
  • Sept 16 – Chicago, IL
  • Sept 21 – Dallas, TX
  • Sept 23 – San Francisco, CA
  • Sept 28 – Southfield, MI
  • Sept 30 – Alpharetta, GA
  • Oct 5 – Bellevue, WA
  • Oct 7 – Islin, NJ

The day kicks off with a general session keynote, presentation of what’s new, how to win with CRM 2011, and then an interactive Q&A lunch.  Following lunch there are two session tracks for marketing and sales, and technical pre-sales.  In some cities there is a pre-day or post-day session also scheduled; please check PartnerSource to sign up.

Getting Started with Dynamics CRM

See these videos on MSDEV that describe what Dynamics CRM is and how you can get started.

My colleague John O’Donnell, Sanjay Jain, and Andrew Bybee have put together a set of videos that show you how to get started writing your line of business application.

Microsoft Platform Ready

Enroll in Microsoft Platform Ready for special limited time tech support, free developer training, and marketing assistance offered worldwide for Microsoft Partners in key technologies, such as Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011.

About Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 delivers the Power of Productivity through familiar, connected and intelligent experiences for users inside and outside an organization. The key enhancements include:

  • Familiar experiences through a next-generation native Microsoft Outlook client, Microsoft Office contextual CRM Ribbon, RoleTailored design and user personalization
  • Intelligent experiences through guided process dialogs, inline data visualizations, performance and goal management, and real-time dashboards
  • Connected experiences through cloud development, Windows Azure integration, contextual Microsoft SharePoint document repositories, teamwork and collaboration, and the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace.

Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation

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