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November, 2009

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    Order Central Partner Quick Reference Guide for Microsoft Dynamics ERP

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    There is a new guide available to help partners navigate through the recently launched Order Central tool. You can access the Order Central Partner Quick Reference Guide for Microsoft Dynamics ERP - How to Process an Order on Order Central via PartnerSource.

    Also, don't forgot about the highly rated, Chat Now service to contact Microsoft Dynamics Operations for questions regarding product orders, ordering policy, licensing, and registration keys. The Chat serviced enables you to contact the appropriate Regional Operations Center, which supports your business -- the European Operations Centre (supporting EMEA), Asia Pacific Operations Center (supporting APAC), or the Americas Operations Center (supporting North and South America). The instant chat option is available for immediate response from the Customer Care Team during normal Local Regional Operations Center business hours.

    --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 Dynamics & the Wave ”14” Launch – Helping Businesses Become Dynamic Businesses

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    There's some great new information posted to PartnerSource regarding the upcoming Microsoft® Office 2010 and Microsoft® SharePoint Server 2010 launches...

    The "Dynamic Business" is Microsoft’s vision of companies who are able to continuously evolve and transform themselves to face changes and challenges in their business environment. Some of these challenges will be economic, others may be organizational, or require changes to the ways companies operate, or interact within a wider value chain. Such challenges will require companies to use software to optimize their people, their processes, and their ecosystem.

    Microsoft Dynamics’® goal is to help our customers become dynamic businesses through empowering their people to be more productive, simplifying their business processes so they can be more agile, and through enabling seamless connections with their ecosystem. Achieving this goal requires more than just a Dynamics business application - it also requires a business productivity infrastructure that works hand-in-hand with the business application, and provides many of the capabilities on which the business application relies.

    Microsoft Dynamics is built to run on Microsoft’s IT infrastructure – including the business productivity software that is used by hundreds of millions of information workers every day: Microsoft® Office and Microsoft® SharePoint Server. Both have advanced significantly over the last 10 years, enabling improved collaboration, communication, insights and productivity across the business. And Microsoft Dynamics has taken advantage of these advances through:

    • Adopting SharePoint Server as the standard portal and collaboration infrastructure
    • Recognizing the importance of Microsoft Outlook as the communications hub around which people spend much of their day
    • Delivering business intelligence to the masses via Microsoft® Excel.

    The latest version of Microsoft’s business productivity infrastructure - and the two key components of the Wave "14" Launch - are Microsoft Office® 2010 and SharePoint® Server 2010. Both are currently in public beta, and are planned for release in the first half of 2010, at which time all Microsoft Dynamics® ERP and Microsoft Dynamics® CRM products will be certified to run on them.

    The readiness materials and resources on PartnerSource will help you and your colleagues understand and evangelize how Microsoft Dynamics business applications, together with Microsoft’s business productivity infrastructure, can help our customers evolve into Dynamic Businesses.

    Are you ready to ride the Wave "14" Launch…?

    To help you get up to speed fast on the most important new functionality in the Wave "14" release, we have selected the best – and most relevant – readiness resources that are available today. These include videos, Fact Sheets, White Papers, FAQ documents covering Microsoft Office® 2010 overall, many of the individual Microsoft Office 2010 Applications, and Microsoft SharePoint 2010.

    All of these resources are customer-ready, so please feel free to share as appropriate within your organization, and in discussions with your customers and prospects. We will keep this page updated with the newest readiness and product resources as they become available.

    And if you still want to know more, you can also follow the Useful Links on PartnerSource to access the most important Wave "14" resource pages on Microsoft.com, MSDN, and more…

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics Advertising Campaign

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    The Microsoft Dynamics Advertising campaign is designed to build awareness with prospective customers in key industries about how Microsoft Dynamics ERP and Microsoft Dynamics CRM solutions fit their business and drive efficiencies. In creative alignment with Microsoft’s significant investment in the "Because It’s Everybody’s Business campaign, the Microsoft Dynamics Advertising Campaign uses the voices of real customers to showcase how Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM have helped them to drive efficiencies and realize true ROI within their business. With placements in targeted industry print and online publications, the campaign’s goal is to build awareness that Microsoft Dynamics provides ERP and CRM functionality that fits. The campaign will be running in the US beginning in November 2009, followed by Canada, Germany and the UK. To ensure that you capitalize on this opportunity, we’ve developed campaign components that you can use to build awareness with prospective customers for your business and visually align with this awareness investment.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics GP 11.0 Launch Overview Web Seminar

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    You know the Microsoft Dynamics GP 11.0 launch is coming, but do you want to know the details? Do you want to hear what US and Worldwide (WW) execs think about it? Do you want to know more about the great functionality that will be delivered? Do you want to know how you can plug into the Microsoft launch activities to drive new customer adds?

    Please join us on January 13, 2010, at 1:00 P.M. PST at this Microsoft Dynamics GP 11.0 Launch Overview. In addition to US and WW Exec introductions, Errol Schoenfish, Dir of Prod. Mgt for Microsoft Dynamics GP, and Rich Miller, US Microsoft Dynamics GP Product Marketing, will give you a complete overview of key new functionalities and the breadth of launch marketing events and activities planned for the US.

    Click here to register.

    Additionally, visit PartnerSource to hear what Dave Willis, Microsoft Dynamics US Vice President, has to say about Microsoft Dynamics 11.0.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM Sage Migration Offer

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    Microsoft is excited to announce the Microsoft Dynamics CRM "Sage Migration" Offer -- a Microsoft Dynamics promotion directed to businesses currently using a Sage business application including both Sage ERP and Sage CRM solutions. The promotion is comprised of up to a 20% discount on user licenses of Microsoft Dynamics CRM purchased off the Microsoft Dynamics Price List.

    Click here to view complete offer details on PartnerSource.

    --Kevin

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    Introduction to Microsoft Dynamics – Why ISVs are Partnering with Microsoft Dynamics

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    Are the costs and time to develop compelling business solutions holding your company back? Have you wondered if there is a better way to build business solutions? If your company could save up to 70 percent of their development time and therefore get to market faster, would that be of interest? If the answer to these questions is yes then consider attending a series of webinars focused on why you should consider building your next solution on a Microsoft Dynamics platform.

    Over the course of a week our Microsoft Dynamics experts will take you through an overview of the Microsoft Dynamics message and will drill into two of our solutions, Dynamics AX and Dynamics CRM. During these sessions you will gain insight into the capabilities these platforms offer out of the box as well as how they can be extended to meet you customer’s unique business needs. In addition to Microsoft presenters, you will also see independent software vendors who have developed applications on the Dynamics platform. They will talk about their real world experiences with the platform.

    Microsoft Dynamics offers a way to empower your organization with the ability to react quicker to your clients’ needs and offer solutions built on a proven development platform. You owe it to your existing and future clients to watch this webinar and to learn how you can take advantage of Microsoft Dynamics.

    Sign up today at - Introduction to Microsoft Dynamics – Why ISVs are Partnering with Microsoft Dynamics

    If increasing your developers’ productivity and time to market by building solutions on a Microsoft Dynamics development platform is something you would like to discuss now, please consider reaching out to the Microsoft ISV team now by emailing dynusisv@microsoft.com with your contact details and industry focus. We will have a Microsoft ISV specialist contact you to start you on the road to a faster and more streamlined time to market and above all work with you to become a successful Microsoft ISV Partner.

    --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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    Leap Ahead to Microsoft Dynamics ERP License Offer

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    Microsoft is excited to announce the "LEAP AHEAD TO MICROSOFT DYNAMICS ERP" offer- a Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, and Microsoft Dynamics SL US-based promotion targeting existing customers of Microsoft Office Accounting. The promotion is comprised of up to a 75% discount on all user licenses and A La Carte functionality for up to 10 users in the first acquisition of Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, and Microsoft Dynamics SL.

    Click here to view complete offer details on PartnerSource.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Announces New Dynamics ERP Online Services

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    Customers can now combine online services with on-premise ERP or on-demand ERP to quickly increase business capabilities. Read the announcement below courtesy of Microsoft Press. Below is a quick overview...

    REDMOND, Wash. Nov. 19, 2009 — Microsoft Corp. today announced a collection of online services that can be attached to its Microsoft Dynamics enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions, including a new Sites Service built on the Windows Azure platform, a new Commerce Service, and an expansion of its Payment Service. In addition, the company revealed that its Microsoft Dynamics ERP hosting business has more than doubled in the past year, demonstrating strong uptake by partners to deliver Microsoft Dynamics ERP via on-demand and subscription-based hosting models as well as complementary services.

    "Our customers increasingly appreciate the option of moving certain applications and services into the cloud while maintaining an on-premise option for their ERP solution," said Crispin Read, general manager of Microsoft Dynamics ERP. "Providing this choice and flexibility is a competitive advantage for us and our partners around the world."

    Click here for the full announcement.

    --Kevin

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