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November, 2009

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    Stephen Elop Debates SalesForce.com’s Founder on the Future of Cloud Computing in The Economist Magazine’s Live Online Debate

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    Watch Stephen Elop, President of Microsoft Business Division, engage in an online debate with Mark Benioff from Salesforce.com on Economist.com starting November 10 and continuing until November 18th. The topic is cloud computing and Stephen Elop will discuss Microsoft’s cloud strategy, outlining why a hybrid approach to the cloud, with the choices afforded by software plus services, is the best approach for businesses.

    You can watch The Economist online debate as it’s in progress, or review the final results any time after November 18th.

    The debate will be conducted via written statements (not live video) and is presented in Oxford style. The weeklong debate will include and opening (Nov. 10), rebuttal (Nov. 13) and closing statements (Nov. 18). It will be moderated by Economist reporter Ludwig Siegel. Throughout the debate, readers will participate by casting their votes, changing their votes and providing comments for the debaters and moderator. At the end, there will be a declared winner and a declared loser. The discussion promises to be both lively and informative and we hope you can participate.

    --Kevin

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    Check Out The New Microsoft Dynamics NAV Team Blog!

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    Microsoft Dynamics NAV team blogs are being combined into one blog -- the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Team blog, which will feature technical content, announcements, and news from many different bloggers from all parts of the Dynamics NAV team. So far, the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Sustained Engineering blog and the NAV Developer's blog have been combined with the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Team blog.

    Check out the official announcement here on the blog!

    --Kevin

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    Our FY10 Q2 Partner Academies, Demo2Win, and Discovery2Win Workshops Commitment

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    We are committed to holding FY10 Q2 Partner Academies, Demo2Win, and Discovery2Win workshops even if we have below desired enrollment to help with your concerns about limited availability of certification classes and provide you with the confidence that you can get into these sessions without risk of cancellation.

    Highlights include:

    • Four options to learn more about the new Microsoft Dynamics AX industry solutions, Lean Manufacturing and Process Industries, in November and December.
    • Addition of a Sure Step course.
    • More Partner Academies will be led via online delivery so partners do not have to incur travel expenses.

    Close your skill gaps and attain the knowledge you need for required certifications. Register today!

    Click here to view the schedule.

    --Kevin

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    Participate in the Microsoft Dynamics Customer Reference Program

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    The Microsoft Dynamics Customer Reference Program enables you to showcase customers that have demonstrated business success utilizing Microsoft Dynamics solutions. You and your customers have an opportunity to promote awareness of your expertise in the marketplace as a market leader using Dynamics solutions and to build stronger relationships across Microsoft connecting with various groups interested in showcasing your expertise. And as a partner, you have access to one consolidated customer database of references to help close sales opportunities.

    The Microsoft Dynamics Customer Reference Program is focused on creating awareness around your organization's competitive advantage, innovation, and best practices. We provide an excellent forum for you to connect with other organizations that share similar business challenges. This program provides an opportunity for you to gain momentum with internal stakeholders and those within our field organization. Partners can use created materials such as case studies and videos for your sales engagements.

    There are a variety of customer reference opportunities to participate in. Case studies are a cornerstone of our program and we would like to discuss the possibilities for development and promotion of a study

    To participate, just simply provide the following information: Email your Partner Contact info, Customer Contact info, Dynamics Solution, and Industry to DynaRef@microsoft.com. A Microsoft customer reference professional will contact you after you e-mail.

    To find current customer evidence/case studies, please visit the Microsoft.com Case Study Web Site. This site provides a global search engine offering multiple search options for locating case studies by Product Line, Industry, Country/Region, Organization or Product Name. There are also many other sites offering tailored search options on Dynamics customer evidence. For a listing of customer stories, please click here.

    To request a customer reference, please access the request form here.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Matchmaker Cash Incentive has been extended through Q3!

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    Microsoft Matchmaker is a partner-to-partner lead sharing tool designed to facilitate the process of creating and passing leads between Microsoft partners. The Microsoft Matchmaker Cash Incentive has been extended through FY10 Q3! Any platform partner who submits a qualified Microsoft Dynamics opportunity into the Matchmaker tool through March 30, 2010 will receive $250.

    Action: You must create a profile in Microsoft Matchmaker to be visible to other partners who may want to send you a lead! See Incentive Guidelines for more information.

    If you've utilized this service, please provide any feedback regarding its value.

    --Kevin

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    Competitive Sales Guide - Oracle JD Edwards vs. Microsoft Dynamics AX

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    This channel partner competitive sales guide is for Microsoft Dynamics Partners to use when selling Microsoft Dynamics AX against Oracle JD Edwards.

    Competitive Sales Guides are designed to provide you with key company and product information, Microsoft Dynamics differentiators, and the sales positioning you might use to win your next deal.

    Please visit the Competitive Sales Guides site on PartnerSource for a comprehensive listing of available competitive sales guides.

    Also, don't forget to leverage the Oracle JDE Compete Offer (US Only) expiring on Wednesday, December 23, 2009.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Announces New Service Update and Competitive Offer for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online

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    An important announcement coming from the Microsoft Dynamics CRM team regarding a new service launch with a special offer to help customers switch from Salesforce.com and Oracle CRM On Demand.

    REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 3, 2009 — Building on the innovation described in the Dynamic Business vision recently discussed at Convergence 2009 Europe, Microsoft Corp. today introduced the November 2009 service update for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, the third service update delivered in 18 months. The service update offers new features at no additional cost to customers, including free mobile access, enhanced data import, customizable views and simplified pricing. Microsoft also announced that customers that switch from Salesforce.com and Oracle CRM On Demand products can get Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online free for six months, in addition to their free 30-day trial.

    "The new service update to Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online demonstrates our commitment to simplify the customer experience, deliver rapid innovation and offer more value at a lower price," said Brad Wilson, general manager of Microsoft Dynamics CRM. "Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online enables businesses to begin driving productivity and results in a matter of minutes."

    For information visit:

    --Kevin

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    The Big Easy Offer 3.0

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    Back for a limited time, from November 1, 2009 through January 2, 2010, the Big Easy Offer 3.0 gives your customers choice when purchasing Microsoft products and solutions that fit their needs. Help them find the right solution for their organization while earning money back in the form of partner subsidy funds. They can use these funds for the implementation of their Microsoft solution including software, hardware and services.

    This offer applies to many Microsoft products and solutions. For Microsoft Dynamics partners specifically, please use the Partner Sales Aid guide to assist your efforts in proposing Microsoft Dynamics CRM to customers along with The Big Easy Offer 3.0 messaging.

    Close sales and submit The Big Easy Offer 3.0 redemptions here.

    --Kevin

     

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    Microsoft Dynamics Invigoration Station Radio Broadcast – November 4

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    These lively and somewhat humorous monthly broadcast address timely topics and share proven tips for marketing, selling and servicing Microsoft Dynamics effectively. There’s no PowerPoint to watch or URL’s to copy down…the only URL’s will be your hosts…the UnRuly Ladies!!!

    The November 4 broadcast at 11:00am Pacific features updates from the News Desk, VPC best practices, Microsoft Dynamics CRM licensing & CSA fees, Microsoft Dynamics and SharePoint, and Partner Online Technical Communities – Free Break-Fix Support. Watch the video below for more information!!!

    Click here to register for the event.

    (The correct day for this is event is Wednesday, November 4, 2009 - not November 7 as previously posted. Sorry for any confusion!)

    --Kevin

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