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January, 2010

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    Microsoft Dynamics Invigoration Station Radio Broadcast - January 6

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    Welcome to 2010!!! Start off the New Year by attending this week's radio broadcast!

    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 January 6 broadcast airs live at 11:00am Pacific featuring updates from various product teams as well as the ever popular jiggles. This month's show features updates from:

    • The News Desk
    • Diagnostics Support
    • Prospect Corner
    • Competitive Information
    • Microsoft Dynamics Community
    • Feature Focus
    • Microsoft Dynamics CRM Marketing and Promotions

    Click here to register for the event.

    --Kevin

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    Partner Opportunities, Benefits & Requirements with the new Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) ERP and CRM Competencies - Webcast

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    To follow up on several of the important announcements that were made at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2009 back in July, we would like partners to join us for a web seminar on Wednesday, February 3, 2010. You have three different time options to attend and hear the updates.

    Click here to register.

    Microsoft is undergoing a significant evolution in the overall direction of the Microsoft Dynamics Partner Strategy. It all starts with the new Microsoft Partner Network which replaces the Microsoft Partner Program and allows Microsoft to truly differentiate and promote partners that have demonstrated investment and success in Dynamics.

    These changes will impact the way you promote your business, train your staff and interact with Microsoft in the coming year.

    Please join us for a 1 hour live webcast as we announce the details behind the new ERP and CRM competencies under the Microsoft Partner Network.

    You will learn:

    • How your partner brand will change. For example "Gold Certified" branding will change to an "Advanced ERP" or "Advanced CRM" Competency brand
    • How you can take advantage of the enhanced benefits provided by the Microsoft Partner Network program
    • How you can meet the new requirements for the ERP and CRM competencies
    • When these branding changes and associated benefits and requirements will take effect
    • Where you can go to find information specific for your business

    Please join us for this important update. And thank you for your continued commitment to Microsoft Dynamics.

    --Kevin

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    Notification of Increased SPA Certification Requirements - Effective January 1, 2011

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    A very important announcement was made recently regarding upcoming changes to the Microsoft Dynamics SPA and certification requirements. The changes take place officially on January 1, 2011. This gives partners plenty of lead time to ensure you are on par with the adjustments. Full details below...

    As per the rules of the Solution Provider Agreement (SPA), we hereby provide Partners with the required advanced notification that the certification requirements to be an authorized SPA partner will change, with an effective date of 1 January, 2011. This change is effective on 1 January, 2011, regardless of the end-date of Partners’ SPA term.

    As of 1 January, 2011, the following requirements will be added to the current certification requirements (which are available in the SPA Guide):

    • Partners need to have a minimum of two individuals who collectively meet the stipulated certifications for the solution(s) they are authorized for.
    • All Microsoft Dynamics Solution authorizations will require a new Dynamics methodology implementation exam (Managing Microsoft Dynamics Implementations MB5-858)
    • Partners who are authorized for Microsoft Dynamics SL and Microsoft Dynamics GP, will be required to pass the exam for Microsoft SQL Server, Implementation and Maintenance (70-431 or 70-432)

    --Kevin

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    Sharing Success – Highlighting Microsoft Dynamics ERP Partner Press Releases

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    For those of that love to participate in pilot programs, here's a new one for you that also let's you highlight some of your great customer wins!

    We are pleased to announce a pilot program called "Sharing Success" for our Microsoft Dynamics ERP partners. This program has been designed to help highlight and promote key customer wins by our Microsoft Dynamics ERP partners. It will also help showcase the Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions and the industry problems that together we are solving for our customers and why customers are choosing Microsoft Dynamics ERP over the competition.

    We welcome all Microsoft Dynamics ERP certified partners to submit their customer win press releases for review and acceptance into this program. We’ve set up a few simple rules to follow, so please ensure you’re in compliance before proceeding.

    For complete details review the announcement on PartnerSource.

    --Kevin

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    Important Microsoft Dynamics GP Pricing and Licensing Changes Effective May 1, 2010

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    Microsoft Dynamics GP partners (and customers) should be aware of some upcoming changes to pricing and licensing coming May 1, 2010.

    Microsoft Dynamics GP is making changes to our pricing and licensing with three primary goals, simplifying our pricing, making it easier to sell and order, increasing our competitive advantage in the market, and increasing the overall value proposition for Existing Customers. The feedback from partners and our internal partner facing teams was positive, and we feel these were necessary steps in reaching our goals.

    Please review the announcement and FAQ on PartnerSource to understand this important information.

    Also, for additional information, be sure to register for an upcoming web seminar.

    Pricing, Packaging and Licensing for Microsoft Dynamics GP 11

    The session will focus on pricing, packaging and licensing for Microsoft Dynamics GP 11, specifically what is changing, what’s new and continued readiness on licensing. This is an exciting time for Microsoft Dynamics GP so don’t miss out! Presenter: Ryan Riden - Pricing Manager Brad Cloven - Licensing Specialist

    Wednesday, January 13, 2010 Wednesday, January 20, 2010
    11:00:00 AM - 12:00:00 PM CST 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST

    Click here to register.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online - Sign Up Customers for Subscription

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    A new document describing how a Microsoft partner can sign up for a Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Subscription on Behalf of a Customer has been posted to PartnerSource.  By following this process, partners can ensure they are designated as the Partner of Record prior to transferring ownership of the Online Subscription to a customer.  This document is currently relevant to partners working with US and Canada customers as the CRM Online service is currently only available in these two countries.

    How a Partner Can Sign Up for a Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Subscription on Behalf of a Customer

    As a Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online partner, you can help your customer sign up for a Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online subscription.  You can customize and set up their organization for them, and reduce their effort to get started.  After signing up, you can designate your company as the customer’s Partner of Record (POR). As the POR, you and your customer can take full advantage of your partnership with Microsoft. 

    This document describes in detail the three tasks your partner company must complete to sign up with Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online on behalf of your customer.

    --Kevin

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    Find New Talent to Help You Grow In 2010

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    Microsoft and CareerBuilder have teamed up to help you build a winning team!

    CareerBuilder’s customized solution consists of three separate offerings that are designed to work together to meet your company’s recruiting needs. Please contact CareerBuilder (jason.teravest@careerbuilder.com) for a complimentary recruitment assessment to determine the best strategy for your budget and objective. Services include Source & Screen, Name Generation, and Online Recruiting Tools.

    Also, CareerBuilder recently published their 2010 Job Forecast highlighting trends for this year...

    Employers Expect Uptick in Hiring in the New Year, CareerBuilder's 2010 Job Forecast Finds

    Employers highlight trends to preserve the health and growth of their businesses

    CHICAGO, December 29, 2009 - The encouraging news regarding the economy may be easing hiring fears, as employers signal an increase in their plans to hire in the new year, according to CareerBuilder’s 2010 Job Forecast. While employers continue to closely monitor the progress of recovery for the U.S. economy, they are beginning to consider hiring strategies designed to preserve the health and growth of their businesses for the future. CareerBuilder surveyed more than 2,700 hiring managers and human resource professionals nationwide across industries.


    "There have been many signs over the past few months that point to the healing of the U.S. economy, especially the continued decrease in the number of jobs lost per month, a trend that will hopefully carry over into the new year," said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder. "Although 20 percent of employers plan to add headcount in 2010, up from 14 percent last year, they still remain cautious in regards to their hiring. We're headed in the right direction but should not expect to see actual job growth until at least Q2 2010."

    --Kevin

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    Welcome to Microsoft Dynamics ERP License Offer

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    When I first began my career at Great Plains Software almost 12 years ago (April 1998), I worked on the Great Plains Accounting (GPA) product support team. I think GPA 9.1 for Windows had recently launched. Typically, our sales team would ask for everyone from marketing, support, development, etc. to assist with the call blitz to existing customers in which we would explain the benefits of upgrading to GPA 9.1.

    That being said, when we launched our new "Welcome to Microsoft Dynamics ERP License" offer, it brought back memories of working on the GPA team and participating in these call campaigns. Details of the offer below...

    Microsoft is excited to announce the "WELCOME TO MICROSOFT DYNAMICS ERP" offer- a Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, and Microsoft Dynamics SL US-based promotion for existing customers of Microsoft Small Business Financials, Great Plains Accounting (GPA) and Real World. The promotion is comprised of up to a 75% discount on all user licenses and limited A La Carte functionality for up to 10 users in the first acquisition of Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, and Microsoft Dynamics SL.

    The offer is effective January 4, 2010, and available until the end of the business day (11:59pm CST), Friday, June 25th, 2010.

    Click here for complete offer terms, inclusions, and exclusions.

    --Kevin

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    The Big Easy Offer 4.0

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    It feels like deja vu writing this blog, as I covered off on the same subject only two short months ago (The Big Easy Offer 3.0). Once again, this is a great opportunity for Microsoft Dynamics CRM partners to take advantage of great incentives for your customers and prospects.

    Earn more for your customers with The Big Easy Offer 4.0. The Big Easy Offer 4.0, covering most of the core Microsoft products and solutions, provides partner subsidy checks to your customers for qualifying purchases. These checks can be used to help implement Microsoft hardware, software or services. Plus, as an incentive for future purchases, customers can earn higher payout levels with additional purchases during the length of the promotion.

    Click here to find the Big Easy 4.0 Terms & Conditions.

    --Kevin

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    Partner Briefing Going Virtual for Convergence 2010

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    In past years, I've managed both the Microsoft Dynamics GP and Business Leadership tracks at Convergence Partner Briefings. While these events and sessions were highly rated by partners, we always received feedback from partners that they'd like to spend more time with their customers. Therefore, it's exciting to see that we made some changes to the Partner Briefings this year by going virtual, which may also allow more employees at partner organizations the opportunity to participate. Official announcement below from PartnerSource...

    In an effort to better assist you in your preparations for hosting your customers at Convergence and via a unanimous decision by our Convergence Partner Advisory Council, we’re offering a new way to brief partners prior to the customer event. We’re transforming the traditional live briefing day with a Virtual Partner Briefing—scheduled prior to your trip to Atlanta. Our goal is to energize your efforts to host your customers at Convergence 2010. This way we can share relevant information with you before you arrive. You can share details with your customers early and plan the best event experience for them in advance. We will share more details about the Virtual Partner Briefings via PartnerSource in late January.

    Also, take part in building the excitement and starting your interactions early through Convergence social media engines:

    --Kevin

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