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September, 2009

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    Microsoft Dynamics NAV Technology Adoption Program (TAP) – Open for Nominations

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    The Microsoft Dynamics NAV Technology Adoption Program (TAP) team is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for participation in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV ‘7’ Technology Adoption Program. We are looking for enthusiastic participants to provide detailed feedback on our product beginning October 2009. Participation in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV ‘7’ TAP requires a customer willing and able to Go-Live in production prior to Microsoft Dynamics NAV ‘7’ RTM.

    Find more information about the program, requirements for participating and how to nominate your company by clicking here.

    Space is limited and the nomination process will close on September 30, 2009. We hope that you will join us in validating Microsoft Dynamics NAV ‘7’!

    --Kevin

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    Analyst Evidence Toolkit for Microsoft Dynamics & PR Materials

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    The Microsoft Dynamics Analyst Evidence Kit contains third party evidence and other resources for you to use in your sales and marketing activities. Each month, where relevant, we will update you with additional analyst reports and fresh media quotes as coverage posts.

    All content is ready for you to distribute broadly as part of your sales and marketing activities. The analyst reports come with links to the reports which can be forwarded to your customers & prospects. The quotes from analysts in recent news articles may be forwarded, used in presentations and copied into marketing materials. The pre-made media quotes contained in this kit and can be plugged into your presentations.

    For Partners who have news to share and are interested in creating awareness, Microsoft has created Public Relations (PR) Win Release materials designed to help you promote customer wins through the news wire. What better way to create awareness of your expertise with Microsoft Dynamics than through a PR Win Release that highlights important quotes, wins and facts from customers who will experience key benefits within their industry. You can promote your win release with Microsoft or on your own with step by step guidelines which are included in our PR Win Release Kit. Generating awareness of new customer wins through PR Win Releases is a great vehicle to promote success and should be added to your overall marketing plan.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics xRM Partner Readiness Workshops

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    Demand for solutions built on the Microsoft Dynamics xRM platform are accelerating around the world. Customers and partners alike are harnessing the power of Microsoft Dynamics xRM to rapidly build relational line-of-business applications. Understanding the capabilities and value of Microsoft Dynamics xRM is critical to your success.

    Microsoft Dynamics xRM Sales & Marketing Workshop
    1 Day: 9:00am - 4:00pm

    • September 24 - Reston, VA
    • September 28 - Dallas, TX
    • West Region - TBD

    Target Audience

    This workshop is snapshot geared for any Microsoft partners interested in learning more about the selling and marketing the Microsoft Dynamics xRM platform. To build upon this workshop we recommend Microsoft Dynamics xRM training with more advanced, hands-on coursework in the form of Academies coming later in the year.

    Agenda

    • Microsoft Dynamics xRM Introduction & Demo
    • Microsoft Dynamics xRM Capabilities
    • Microsoft Dynamics xRM Marketing
    • Selling Microsoft Dynamics xRM

    Microsoft Dynamics xRM Technical Sales Workshop
    2 Days: 9:00am - 4:00pm

    • September 24-25 - Reston, VA
    • September 28-29 - Dallas, TX
    • West Region - TBD

    Target Audience

    This workshop is a snapshot geared for any Microsoft partner interested in learning more about the selling and deploying on the Microsoft Dynamics xRM platform. To build upon this workshop we recommend Microsoft Dynamics xRM training with more advanced, hands-on coursework in the form of Academies coming later in the year.

     

    Agenda

    • Microsoft Dynamics xRM Introduction & Demo
    • Microsoft Dynamics xRM Architecture
    • Selling to the Technical Decision Makers
    • Selling to the Technical Influencers
    • Giving a Demo with the Microsoft Dynamics xRM VPC
    • Environment
    • Rapidly Building the Customer Prototype
    • Extending & Integrating the Customer
    • Prototype
    • Technical Q&A

    Coming Soon!  Microsoft Dynamics xRM Partner Academy
    3 Day: 9:00am - 5:00pm

    • November 2009 - February 2010 - Locations TBD

    Target Audience

    This offering is a technical deep dive partner academy for IT Professionals and consultants of Microsoft Dynamics partners who sell Microsoft Dynamics xRM.

    By attending this training, you will:

    • Understand out-of-the-box features and functionality
    • Customize Microsoft Dynamics CRM entities, relationships, security, forms, views, workflows, and scripts for different business sectors.
    • Discuss dashboards, custom reports, views, and use Excel as a reporting tool including Pivot Tables.
    • Learn how to extend the Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform with plug-ins, custom workflows, IFrames and integration with other internal and external applications (e.g. SharePoint and ISV products) to create solutions specific to common industries.
    • Understand Microsoft Dynamics CRM Security and System Administration.
    • Acquire a high-level understanding of Microsoft Dynamics CRM deployment architecture considerations including topology, relationship with Active Directory and Exchange Server, scalability, and failover.

    For more information and registration updates, click here.

    --Kevin

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    Finally a Dedicated Partnersource Page for ISV Solutions!

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    ISV solutions are essential to the Microsoft Dynamics strategy. More and more customers choose a solution because of the value that an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) has added to a Microsoft Dynamics product by developing a packaged software for a very specific industry or business need. To show this commitment, Microsoft has created a new Partnersource landing page to support ISVs with developing and selling software solutions. This page also helps resellers who are interested in connecting with ISV's and selling their solutions.

    The new website includes:

    • Microsoft's ISV Strategy
    • Programs and Services to Support ISV's
    • ISV Demos and Case Studies
    • And much more!

    Also, don't forget about Ready-to-Go Campaigns for ISVs.

    Take advantage of newly revised and customizable Ready-to-Go Campaigns for independent software vendors (ISVs). These marketing campaigns give you a simple, fast, and inexpensive way to expand your marketing power.

    Special Offer: Receive U.S. $250 towards your marketing efforts.

    Use promotional code RTG250 to get a US$250 discount on Ready-to-Go campaign costs, such as list rentals, printing, or shipping or US$250 rebate on Ready-to-Go services, when you place your order between now and December 31, 2009.

    --Kevin

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    New Customer Study Helps Prove Scalability for Microsoft Dynamics GP

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    The Microsoft Dynamics GP team is excited to announce the availability of a new white paper documenting the successful Performance Benchmark Testing of Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 with SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008. The team tested the scalability of Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 running with 1,000 constant concurrent users in heavy transaction processing and analysis activity across various functional areas of the solution. This document details a sample customer environment that was able to process nearly 3.3 million business transactions (with a total of more than 10.6 million transactions line items) in an 8-hour day. The paper also details real-life customer performance results of existing Microsoft Dynamics GP Customers. Download the white paper today for all of the details.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM ISV Trial Program for Prospective Customers

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    Microsoft is providing a 6-month free trial of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online or On-Premise to customers with 250+ PCs and/or 500+ employees, and we are inviting ISV partners to match this 6-month free trial of their ISV solution. Through this program, partners will have a chance to:

    • Receive customer referrals from Microsoft
    • Provide complete solutions to their existing and potential customers
    • Gain further insight into their customer needs

    Top of Mind Details
    Specific steps for participating in the program are outlined on PartnerSource.

    --Kevin

    PS - I'll be out on vacation Thursday & Friday, so expect the next blog posting on Monday!

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    Demo2Win! and Discovery2Win! Workshops for Microsoft Dynamics Partners

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    Who should attend Demo2Win? EVERYONE involved in the presentation portion of your sales process, including salespeople, pre-sales consultants, and sales management (especially those who define the sales process in the organization). It is important that all attend to optimize communication and effectiveness in your presentations.

    Who should attend Discovery2Win? EVERYONE involved in the Discovery portion of your sales process, including salespeople, pre-sales consultants, and sales management (especially those who define the sales process in the organization). Even implementation consultants and project managers who what to improve their interviewing and listening skills will benefit from this one day class.

    Click on the links below for more details.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics FY10 Partner Resources Update

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    Do you ever wonder who is the right contact at Microsoft when you need assistance? Attend this 90 minute web seminar on Thursday, September 17 at 12:00pm 1:30pm Central Time to learn about the resources and tools available to help you navigate the "Microsoft waters" and simplify your day to day inquiries as a Microsoft Dynamics partner. You will learn about brand new resources as well as Fiscal Year 2010 updates to existing resources and tools that are ready and waiting for you to take advantage of!

    Topics include how to get the most out of Dynamics Partner Marketing Services and Campaigns, Microsoft Partner Programs, Regional Service Centers, Technical Pre-sales Assistance, Technical Support, KnowledgeBase, CustomerSource, PartnerSource, Partner Readiness Training, Learning Plans, Operations, Existing Customer Assistance and Renewals, and the Microsoft Dynamics Partner Community Team’s resources.

    Click here to register today!

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Adapter for Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 Integration Tool News

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    The Microsoft Dynamics GP Product Management and Marketing team has recently pushed out several exciting updates regarding the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Adapter for Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 on their daily blog. Here's a quick overview:

    Make sure visit the official blog of Microsoft Dynamics GP, Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP, for all of your Microsoft Dynamics GP news!

    --Kevin

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    Government Contractor Offer for Microsoft Dynamics

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    Microsoft is excited to announce the "Government Contractor Offer for Microsoft Dynamics" - a Microsoft Dynamics promotion targeting small and medium sized government contractor businesses in the United States that wish to take advantage of the rich functionality offered by Microsoft Dynamics SL and Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

    Microsoft offers government contractors intelligent solutions for every phase of project development - from account building, to proposal and Contract generation, to the details of project management. Microsoft Dynamics SL offers Comprehensive DCCA Compliant Financial Management Solutions. For a limited time, Microsoft is offering a discount of up to 20% for new customers in SIC codes 73xx, 87xx, and 89xx when they purchase Microsoft Dynamics SL or Microsoft Dynamics NAV Advanced Management ("AM") or Business Essential ("BE") edition user licenses.

    Additional details, terms and conditions are provided here.

    --Kevin

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