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Microsoft Dynamics Partner Events, Information and Tips

March, 2010

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    Virtual Partner Briefing Goes Live on April 22, 2010


    Here are some additional details regarding our move from a live in-person event for the Convergence Partner Briefing to a virutal format this year. 

    In an effort to better assist you in your preparations for hosting your customers at Convergence we’re offering a new way to brief partners prior to the customer event. The traditional live briefing day will transformed into the Virtual Partner Briefing. Our goals for this experience are to:

    1. Help get partners ready for Convergence 2010.
    2. Recognize the great work partners have done this year.
    3. Take a look at our business together, today and in the coming year.
    4. Provide focus for partners on key business objectives and our strategic view of the business moving forward.

    The Virtual Partner Briefing will be available beginning Thursday, April 22, 2010 with links from this PartnerSource page, no advance sign-up is required. While it is recommended that content be viewed prior to Convergence, all content will be available for on-demand viewing for a period of four to five months post Convergence as well.

    Structure for the Virtual Briefing will include one keynote, five general sessions and up to 15 breakout sessions. Content for these sessions includes information and updates on Microsoft Dynamics MPN; announcements on products, programs and marketing, strategies for Microsoft Dynamics ERP and Microsoft Dynamics CRM; a competitive outlook; and an update on our industry focus.

    Set aside time in your calendar to view all of the great content available on Virtual Briefing beginning April 22, 2010.

    For additional Convergence information visit PartnerSource.


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    Use The Edge to Keep Up with Microsoft Dynamics ERP


    Blogs, blogs, blogs and more blogs! How do I as a partner keep track of them all? If you a partner focused on Microsoft Dynamics ERP, then don't worry. We have you covered with The Edge. This blog is maintained by a team of Microsoft marketers to keep you up to speed!

    Tap into the power of The Edge, a blog that covers the latest and greatest Microsoft Dynamics ERP customer wins, news and views from major events, new marketing materials, and more. You can also follow The Edge on Twitter.


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    Distinction in Marketing Partner Award Submission Guidelines and Entry Form


    The Golden Globes, Grammys, and Oscars have wrapped up. Now, award season in the Microsoft Dynamics channel is in full swing! Next month customers receive Convergence award recognition, and partners are up for awards in July at WPC. Today, I'm happy announce that we've opened the nominations up for the Distinction in Marketing Partner Awards.

    Microsoft will recognize up to five partner marketing campaigns that focus on Microsoft Dynamics business solutions as part of the 2010 Distinction in Marketing Partner Award. Partners awarded with this recognition will receive the following benefits in acknowledgment of their outstanding marketing results:

    • 1 Year Paid Access Hoovers Subscription for Up to 5 Users. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $3,000 USD.
    • Convergence 2011 Pass for a prospect or customer. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $1,295 USD.
    • Award Plaque: Winning partners will receive an award plaque to display at your organization that will commemorate your achievement.
    • Peer Recognition: Winning submissions will be featured in a dedicated Marketing Community Web Seminar.

    For more information on registering for the Marketing Professional Community visit PartnerSource and select Communities > Marketing.

    Questions regarding the Distinction in Marketing Award submissions can be directed by

    For complete award eligibility and submission requirements, visit PartnerSource.


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    Upcoming Microsoft Dynamics CRM Implementer/Consultant Training Opportunities


    We have a great variety of upcoming Microsoft Dynamics CRM trainings for partners in Implementer or Consultant roles. The ones I've highlighted below are delivered through an Instructor Led Training format, and online. Therefore, you have the ability to take a course with a live instructor, and in comfort of your own office (or couch if you prefer!).

    Implementer/Consultant Instructor Led Training (click on the links below to register for each event)

    Visit PartnerSource for a complete list of upcoming Microsoft Dynamics CRM training opportunities for all partner roles.


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    Invigoration Station Radio Show – Wednesday March 3rd


    These monthly Invigoration Station broadcasts will address timely topics and share proven tips for marketing and selling Microsoft Dynamics effectively. There's no PowerPoint to watch or URLs to copy down. Attend the show, complete an evaluation and you will be entered into a drawing to win 1 of 2 NEW HD 16GB Zunes!*

    Click here to register!

    Take a listen to yours truly as I explain the variety of topics we’ll be covering on this month’s show.

    Subjects include:

    • The News Desk
    • CRM Accelerators
    • NetSuite Compete
    • Microsoft Partner Network Changes
    • Microsoft Dynamics SL and Microsoft Project
    • And much more!

    NOTE: You must register in advance. You cannot join the show after it begins if you have not already registered.

    *Visit PartnerSource for complete rules.


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    New and Enhanced NetSuite Competitive Sales Guide Now Available


    Partners are very appreciative when we deliver new sales tools to help you win in competitive situations. Many times, our competitive sales tools consist of competitive sales guides, talking points, third party evidence, and case studies from some of our most respected customers. I'm happy to share with our new materials for competiting against NetSuite.

    This new compete guide has been re-written to provide you with more details and prescriptive sales guidance for use when competing with Microsoft Dynamics GP against NetSuite. It includes scenario guidance for when NetSuite is the incumbent product and when both products are competing for new business, as well as targeted value propositions and questions to suggest that prospects ask NetSuite to challenge their weaknesses.

    Find additional NetSuite competitive information on PartnerSource.


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    You are invited to join the IAMCP


    I would like to invite you to join of the key partner networking communities, the International Association of Microsoft Certified Partners (IAMCP).

    Discover the Power of Partner-to-Partner Networking

    The IAMCP – United States is the preeminent networking venue for Microsoft Partners in the world. The IAMCP-US fosters mutual growth and business development for its members through networking and relationship building with local Microsoft offices.

    As a member of the IAMCP – United States, you can:

    • Network with other Microsoft partners.
    • Expand your business opportunities.
    • Connect with your local community.
    • Enhance your ties to Microsoft.

    The IAMCP includes nearly 4,000 companies in 33 countries, and over 80 chapters worldwide, with over 30 chapters in the United States. The IAMCP provides Microsoft Partners a voice into Microsoft programs, to the IT community at large, as well as a vehicle to facilitate business development among partners.

    Want to find out more? Visit to find the nearest IAMCP chapter in your area and stop by an upcoming IAMCP chapter meeting.

    IAMCP National Meeting – May 19, 2010 8:00 am PST

    You are invited to join the IAMCP’s National Meeting with keynote speaker Cindy Bates, Vice President of U.S. Partner Strategy, Marketing, and Programs (PSM&P).

    Partners who join IAMCP – United States can to attend their first virtual National Meeting on May 19, 2010, featuring Cindy Bates, Vice President, US PSM&P. IAMCP chapter members will simultaneously gather in meeting spaces across the US as they join each other to network locally and meet nationally.

    Kerry Gerontianos, President IAMCP – US, will host a 90-minute IAMCP national meeting, including a keynote session with a Microsoft Partner Network update from Cindy Bates, Vice President, US PSM&P.

    This is a partner-only event with content delivered by Microsoft exclusively for IAMCP members. For more information or to join IAMCP please visit: To register for this event please go to:

    Flex Funds

    As an exclusive benefit of becoming an IAMCP – United States member, you’ll be able to request $500 in flexible marketing dollars from Microsoft. Join IAMCP – United States today and find out more!


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    Microsoft Offers NetSuite Customers Incentive to Switch to Dynamics ERP


    Continuing on the NetSuite compete themes from last week, I'm happy to pass along news of a brand new incentive for NetSuite customers to move to Microsoft Dynamics ERP...

    REDMOND, Wash. — March 11, 2010 — Microsoft Corp. is offering midsize businesses looking to benefit from advanced functionality, easy interoperability with other line-of-business applications, and strong business intelligence reporting options a new incentive to switch from NetSuite to Microsoft Dynamics ERP. Companies in the U.S. can receive a credit of up to $850 for every NetSuite user that switches to either Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV or Microsoft Dynamics SL. The new promotion is available until June 25, 2010. Businesses interested in learning more about the benefits and capabilities of Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions can attend a free educational Web seminar on March 30 by registering here. They can also visit the campaign website.

    Visit the Microsoft News Center for the complete announcement!


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