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April, 2010

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    Updated Statement of Direction for Microsoft Dynamics SL


    This week we released a new edition of the Statement of Direction (SOD) for Microsoft Dynamics SL. As you know, this is a key document containing important information about Microsoft’s investment plans and product development roadmap for the next three releases. Not only is the Statement of Direction a valuable tool for us and partners to help plan business activities and speak confidently with customers and prospects about the future of Microsoft Dynamics SL, it can help differentiate our offering from the competition. Industry analysts tell us time and time again that most of our competitors are reluctant to share long-term product strategy details with their customers. With the information in the Statement of Direction, Microsoft empowers partners and customers with knowledge to help them plan their business for tomorrow’s opportunities.

    One partner downloaded it already, and had this comment to share:

    "it is awesome. Clearly a huge amount of work went into it (by you and the whole team), and it surely will put to rest any questions about the future of SL to say nothing about informing all of us what's up....Thank you for all your continued hard work to keep SL plowing ahead!! We certainly appreciate it."

    The purpose of this document is to outline the broad strategy for Microsoft Dynamics SL, the specific product roadmap for the next major release Microsoft Dynamics SL "8," and the initiatives beyond that release with Microsoft Dynamics SL "9" and Microsoft Dynamics SL "10." This document is intended for companies considering purchasing Microsoft Dynamics SL, and for the value added reselling partners and certified consultants who sell, implement, and support the solution for our thousands of customers worldwide.

    Insight into our current and upcoming investments are intended to help make the most of your own business software investments, and to drive greater productivity as you plan, deploy, use, and maintain your business-management solution.

    You can use the document to prepare for your business as well to be able to speak with confidence to customers and prospect about the product future.

    The document must NOT be distributed broadly in any form or on your Web sites.

    Download the new SOD from PartnerSource.

    Also, don't forget to check out an interview with Jeff Suwyn discussing Microsoft Dynamics SL and Microsoft Project on YouTube!


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    Microsoft Dynamics Management Reporter


    Microsoft Dynamics Management Reporter will be launching later this year alongside Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010. The resources included on PartnerSource have been designed to give you the information you need to communicate with your prospects and customers about this exciting new product from Microsoft Dynamics.

    We have dedicated a page on PartnerSource as your one stop shop for all information related to the upcoming release of Management Reporter for Microsoft Dynamics ERP. On this page you will find sales, marketing and technical content to help you prepare for the launch of Management Reporter later this year. Check the ‘Additional Resources’ section for tools that are currently available. Additional materials will be posted regularly so check back often.

    The launch of Management Reporter represents a key milestone in delivering upon our performance management vision. Management Reporter will act as a replacement for Microsoft FRx, and will provide the foundation upon which future budgeting and planning functionality will be built. Management Reporter retains many elements of our popular FRx product and will be built on a completely updated architecture which will provide an unprecedented level of scalability and reliability. There are many resources available on this site that will allow our partners to learn about Management Reporter well in advance of its launch later this year.

    Also, take time to listen to our Invigoration Station Radio Show interview with Jill Carter from February 2010 as she explains Management Reporter.


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    Rapid Implementation Tools v2.0 for Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0


    Andy Westby, Senior Technical Product Manager, from the Microsoft Dynamics GP team passed along this important release announcement regarding the update to the Rapid Implementation Tools for Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0...

    Are you a Microsoft Dynamics GP partner searching for an easier way to migrate data from Peachtree by Sage OR Intuit QuickBooks into Microsoft Dynamics GP? Consider your search complete! The Microsoft Dynamics GP team is excited to announce the availability of the Rapid Implementation Tools v2.0 for Microsoft Dynamics GP.

    Focused on helping partners deliver high quality, repeatable implementations while reducing the time required for routine deployment tasks, version 2.0 extends the Rapid Migration Tool capabilities to Peachtree by Sage in addition to Intuit QuickBooks. When implementing a customer who is not migrating from QuickBooks or Peachtree, partners can leverage the Rapid Configuration Tool to quickly setup and configure the core modules of Microsoft Dynamics GP with an industry specific configuration template or one created directly from an existing Microsoft Dynamics GP company.

    This free Partner toolset can help reduce the implementation hours for routine implementation services such as data migration and system configuration, allowing partners to either focus their additional time and resources on acquiring more new customers or on delivering higher value-add services to new and existing customer implementations.

    To learn more about this exciting new release, including live demonstrations of the new Rapid tool functionality, set aside 45 minutes to view this on-demand partner readiness webinar or download the attached PowerPoint presentation! For more details on this release and to download the Rapid Implementation Tools 2.0 for Microsoft Dynamics GP, click here.


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    Dynamics CRM & GP Adapter Now Available for Dynamics CRM Online


    Check out this exciting news from the Microsoft Dynamics GP Product Management team regarding the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Adapter for Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 Feature Pack #2...

    We are pleased to announce the availability of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Adapter For Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 Feature Pack #2! With this feature pack, comes the power of CHOICE! The significance of Feature Pack #2 revolves around the support for integration between Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 On-Premise. You now have the option of integrating your hosted Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online application with your Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 On-Premise application.

    For complete details visit the official blog of Microsoft Dynamics GP.


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    Convergence 2010 Kick Off!


    Although, I'm not in attendance this year, I wanted to pass along some of the bigger announcements as they come along. Let's start with yesterday's press release...

    Convergence 2010 kicks off showcasing new Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM technologies to more than 8,000 attendees.

    ATLANTA — April 25, 2010 — Microsoft Corp. opens Convergence 2010 today with Microsoft Business Division President Stephen Elop and Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Business Solutions Kirill Tatarinov demonstrating how the company is delivering on its vision of the Dynamic Business by providing customer-driven advancements across Microsoft Dynamics CRM and ERP applications to help organizations embrace change and seize opportunities that drive enduring business success.

    As part of their joint keynote address, Elop and Tatarinov announced the May 2010 service update for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online that delivers seamless integration with Microsoft Dynamics GP, new language support, portal accelerators and cloud-based developer tools that help improve business connectivity. They also disclosed the road map for the expected international availability of the next generation of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online to 32 markets worldwide. The executives also previewed Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010, which will be generally available May 1, 2010, and announced a new promotion for Microsoft Dynamics GP customers to get a license for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online at a rate of $19 (U.S.) per user, per month.

    "The true competitive differentiator for Microsoft is the value customers derive through a consistent and world-class user experience and well-designed interoperability across our solutions," Elop said. "Our upcoming Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM releases light up this philosophy by delivering solutions that work well together and take advantage of existing IT investments."

    Offering New Innovations With Microsoft Dynamics CRM

    Continuing on its commitment to deliver the best value in the industry to more than 22,000 customers and 1.1 million users, the May 2010 service update for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, available at no additional charge for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online customers, focuses on improving the connectivity of the business to other systems, data and people through developer tools and resources. Key details include the following:

    • Expanded language support for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. The May 2010 service update is the first wave for moving Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online into international markets with multilingual capabilities for North American customers who have departments or teams with French, Spanish or Brazilian Portuguese language requirements.
    • New Portal accelerators. The service update adds new Portal accelerators for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. These accelerators include Event Management, eService and Partner Relationship Management and allow organizations to extend their reach and extend the power of CRM to external constituents.
    • New developer tools and resources. The service update provides new developer tools in the updated Microsoft Dynamics CRM Software Development Kit (SDK) to enable the connection of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online with other on-demand and on-premises applications and services such as Windows Azure.
    • Microsoft Dynamics GP and Microsoft Dynamics CRM integration. A new built-in integration framework for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Microsoft Dynamics CRM enables customers to easily connect the two systems to help provide business insight and improve user productivity across financials, supply chain, and sales and service. The integration is supported with both on-premises and cloud versions of Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 and Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0.

    "We are very excited about the May 2010 service update for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online," said Steven Bowles, president of Pelagic Solutions Inc., a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. "With the new portal solutions, we can easily tailor Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online to meet the unique needs of our customers and extend out the powerful capabilities to external audiences. We have already seen phenomenal growth with Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, and with these new capabilities we expect that growth to continue."

    Disclosing the road map for international availability, Microsoft announced that it is slated to expand the next release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online to 32 global markets in the second half of 2010. In addition to the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, those markets are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Customers can get Microsoft Dynamics CRM as a service in those markets today, with solutions and consulting from an extensive network of Microsoft partners.

    Delivering Enterprise Resource Planning Excellence

    Convergence attendees also previewed Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010, an easy-to-use ERP solution for midsize businesses that want advanced functionality, strong business intelligence reporting options and interoperability with other line-of-business applications. More information about Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 can be found here.

    Delivering even more value to Microsoft Dynamics GP customers, Microsoft is offering them a license for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online at a promotional rate of $19 (U.S.) per user, per month. Starting today, the promotion is available to all Microsoft Dynamics GP customers until June 30, 2010. More information about this offer can be found here.

    "Data, information and analytics are at the heart of everything we do," said Steve Diakowsky, president and CEO of The Allan Candy Co. Ltd. "Fundamentally, the design of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 will greatly facilitate putting information into the right people’s hands, including my own, so that we can make business decisions that are timely and accurate."

    Investing in key industries, Microsoft also disclosed that Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail, a new end-to-end offering designed for midsize specialty retailers, will be available in 16 countries on Aug. 1, 2010, with additional countries to follow early next year. In anticipation of this release, new and existing Microsoft Dynamics partners such as Avanade Inc., Columbus IT, Fujitsu, Hitachi Consulting Corp., Ideaca, Junction Solutions and Tectura Corp. are establishing new practices that focus on delivering retail solutions based on Microsoft Dynamics AX.

    Expanding Microsoft Dynamics Communities

    Microsoft Dynamics, by bringing its customer community and partner community closer together to help them get more from their Microsoft Dynamics software investments, has established an alliance with the Microsoft Dynamics AX User Group, Microsoft Dynamics CRM User Group, Microsoft Dynamics GP User Group, and the Microsoft Dynamics NAV User Group, which are independent user groups based in the U.S. The alliance will allow members of those groups to seamlessly utilize the Microsoft Dynamics Community site and bring a significant amount of new, high-quality content and resources to benefit all community users, including nonuser group members. Customer feedback has allowed the alliance to also include the user groups that are driving most of the user-created content at Convergence 2010. Customers and partners can get involved by participating in their product user group, and the Microsoft Dynamics Community.

    Stay tuned for additional exciting updates as they come in!


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    Technical Advisory Services Special Offer


    Get expert assistance on Microsoft Dynamics—and on the full range of Microsoft technologies-with Microsoft Technical Advisory Services (TAS). TAS hours are available for purchase in cost-saving bundles. Buy TAS hours through June 18, 2010, and take advantage of this special offer to save even more.

    Discover how Microsoft Technical Advisory Services (TAS) can help your organization deliver the best value to your customers and improve your business success.

    The TAS team of dedicated Microsoft Services specialists can offer you advisory assistance to help better architect and deploy state-of-the-art infrastructure solutions, solve complex integration challenges, and accelerate the design and delivery of the full range of Microsoft solutions to the marketplace.

    It’s in your best interest to discover how using TAS can help you deliver the best value to your customers!

    Special Offer*

    TAS hours are available for purchase in cost-saving bundles. Buy TAS hours through June 18, 2010, and take advantage of this special offer to save even more.

    • Purchase 40 TAS hours and get 15 bonus hours
    • Purchase 20 TAS hours and get 5 bonus hours

    To take advantage of this offer e-mail


    TAS is available only to Microsoft partners, offering custom assistance to fit your specific needs at every stage of the service delivery life cycle, including:

    • Recommendations about solutions and best practices with Microsoft technologies, including Microsoft Dynamics solutions.
    • Consultative assistance and in-depth technical discussion on architecture and solutions.
    • Upgrade, migration, and deployment guidance.
    • Readiness opportunities through TAS events and one-on-one custom services.

    For ISV Partners, Benefits Also Include:

    • Development advice and best practice recommendations.
    • Code samples.
    • Architecture and design guidance reviews.

    Visit PartnerSource for complete details.

    * This offer is good in the United States and Canada only to Microsoft Dynamics partners who purchase Technical Advisory Service hours from April 20, 2010, through June 18, 2010, and is not redeemable for cash. This offer is nontransferable and cannot be combined with any other offer. Taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the recipient.


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    Microsoft Dynamics GP Consultant Career Stream Training Program


    As the economy starts to turnaround, many of you are considering the thought of bringing on some new talent. We're excited to announce a new program to help you find new hires in a very cost effective way!

    Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 is a world-class release for Microsoft – and its new functionality offers you a worldclass opportunity to connect with clients like never before.

    Microsoft wants to help you harness the opportunity this release offers to expand and grow your business. As part of our strategy to help you succeed, we want to drive new talent toward Microsoft partners who are looking to hire and train the best and the brightest recent college graduates to expand the Microsoft Dynamics ecosystem.

    Whether you’re currently recruiting for new hires or have already made job offers and have new hires at work, let us help you train and certify them through our partnerships with the Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance schools and the Microsoft Students to Business (S2B) team.

    The Microsoft Dynamics GP Consultant Career Stream Training Program ("Training Program") is open to (i) juniors and seniors currently enrolled in a higher education institution, (ii) 2009 college graduates or college students who will be graduating in 2010, or (iii) college new hire(s) at one of Microsoft’s partner organizations that are certified to resell Microsoft Dynamics GP solutions. Participants must reside and be a citizen in the United States and must be among the first 75 eligible students or new hires who sign up for the Training Program.

    Take Advantage of Free Training (Training from May - July 2010)

    The Training Program will start May 1, 2010 and end on July 2, 2010. Students who are eligible to participate in the Microsoft Dynamics Consultant Career Stream will need to complete the following training.

    • Step 1: Microsoft Dynamics eLearning Financial Series and the Installation & Configuration courses
    • Step 2: Evening remote based training reviews that are live instructor-led sessions
    • Step 3: Certification Exam Vouchers
    • Step 4: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 "What’s New" web seminar (in June)
    • Step 5: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Upgrade web seminar (in June)

    Visit PartnerSource to understand how partners can participate, and to view complete Terms and Conditions.


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    Access Virtual Convergence 2010 Partner Briefing Now!


    To all of the United States readers out there, Happy Earth Day! Also, for all of you Microsoft Dynamics partners, we have another special day today that many of you have been highly anticipating – Virtual Convergence 2010 Partner Briefing!

    You can now visit PartnerSource to access the event. Here’s a rundown of what you will find.

    Keynote – Microsoft Dynamics Today, Tomorrow, Together featuring Kirill Tatarinov, Michael Park, and Doug Kennedy

    Join VP Doug Kennedy and other MBS executives as they look back at our collective performance and key insights from last year and then look ahead to our predictions for the marketplace, our strategies for thriving in a challenging time, and programs and initiatives that you can take advantage of to help you and your business. The content will be focused on developing and acquiring new customers, as well as gaining more opportunity from existing customers. This session will close with helpful hints on making the most of Convergence2010. For any partner, this is a must-attend session.

    Must See Product Sessions

    • Consolidating the Mid-Market: The Microsoft Dynamics ERP Strategy and Overview
    • The Cloud and Beyond: Taking Microsoft Dynamics CRM to the Next Level
    • The Microsoft Partner Network (MPN): Leading the Evolution of the Microsoft Dynamics Channel
    • Microsoft Dynamics Sure Step 2010: Step Up Now!
    • Microsoft Dynamics Industry Strategy and Execution Update

    Additional Sessions

    • Accelerate Your Business with the Microsoft Dynamics AX Industry Foundation
    • Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010: The New Way to Do Business
    • Deliver Value and Stand Out from the Pack with Microsoft Dynamics NAV: Today, Tomorrow, Together
    • Build Your Business Today, Tomorrow, Together with Microsoft Dynamics SL
    • Get the Latest Update on Software + Services for Microsoft Dynamics ERP
    • Microsoft Dynamics CRM’s xRM Framework: A Faster Way to Build Business Applications
    • Drive Business Success with Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online
    • How to Secure the Stack Against and Google
    • Driving New Revenue with Old Customers in Today’s Economy
    • Monitor, Measure, and Improve: How Partner Business Systems Will Help!
    • The Microsoft Dynamics Partner Academy and How to Prepare for the MPN Sales and Presales Accreditations
    • Learn How to Use Upgrades and Renewals to Increase Your Service and License Revenue
    • Winning vs. NetSuite with Microsoft Dynamics ERP
    • Integrated Support Model to Help Microsoft Dynamics Partners Win!
    • Tools and Resources to Drive Support and Services Revenue and Reduce Your Costs
    • Driving Sustainable Growth with PDC Programs
    • Identifying Key Drivers that Impact Profits

    The virtual briefing is a great way for your entire team to access critical information before the event and prepare to make the most of the Convergence opportunity with your customers.


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    Announcing the xRM Showcase Challenge


    Another cool idea announced at Convergence. Partners and customers can compete for fame and fortune by submitting their solutions to a vote of our online community with the xRM Showcase Challenge. Having personally witnessed some of our own internal Microsoft solution demo contests, I'm sure that many of you will have a fun and creative time with this!

    The xRM Showcase Challenge

    A contest for solutions built with Microsoft Dynamics CRM and its flexible application development framework, xRM.

    Submit your solution to a vote of our online community. Win enough votes, and your solution will be showcased on the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Web site. Plus, you’ll win one of these very cool prizes:

    • 1st place: Netbook HP Mini 5102, Sponsored by Microsoft
    • 2nd place: Xbox 360, Sponsored by ADX Studio
    • 3rd place: Zune HD, Sponsored by Neudesic

    How to enter: Log on to xRM Showcase using your Windows Live ID. Briefly describe your xRM solution built with Microsoft Dynamics CRM, tell us why it should win, and upload your images. The deadline for entries is June 18.

    How to vote: At xRM Showcase, you can cast five votes for the entries you think are best (yes, you can vote for your own, and, no, we won’t tell). What is "best"? That’s up to you. Cast your votes based on creativity, functionality, problem-solving, return on investment, or any other reason. Voting closes on June 18. 2010. 

    Where to be: Winners will be announced during the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC 2010) in Washington, D.C., July 11-15. Although you don’t have to be present to win, WPC is a great place to find out how Microsoft can help your business grow.

    Why participate: Your business acumen and creativity may be showcased and your solution made permanently available online for sharing with your community. And, you may win a great prize. Plus, you can be a contestant and a judge!

    So get going! Visit xRM Showcase today to enter your xRM solution. Track your ranking and cast your 5 votes by June 18, 2010.

    PS: Don’t forget to promote your entry on Twitter using hash tag #XRMSHOWCASE.

    Time to step up to the plate and hit a grand slam!


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    Microsoft Dynamics Operations Hour Web Seminar - Race to the Finish!


    Please join us for our May 2010 Microsoft Dynamics Operations Hour – Race to the Finish – 2010 Microsoft Dynamics Presidents Club, Inner Circle and Partner Awards. Presenter is Christy Spokely.

    Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT

    Register today!

    As a reminder, you can find details on the Partner Recognition Programs for Microsoft Dynamics on PartnerSource.

    The 2010 Partner Recognition Program for Microsoft Dynamics recognizes our top Microsoft Dynamics partners for their exceptional FY10 performance. There are three ways Partners can be recognized: 2010 President’s Club for Microsoft Dynamics, 2010 Inner Circle for Microsoft Dynamics and Microsoft Dynamics Regional and WPC Partner awards.

    To achieve 2010 President’s Club for Microsoft Dynamics, partners must demonstrate a strong combination of revenue or new customers, plus license revenue growth.

    A small number of top performing partners will be invited to be part of our most exclusive recognition program, the 2010 Inner Circle for Microsoft Dynamics.

    Finally, we recognize individual partners for outstanding achievements and solutions through our Microsoft Dynamics Partner Awards. There are two types of Microsoft Dynamics awards, the Microsoft Dynamics Regional Partner Awards and the Microsoft Dynamics WPC Awards.

    The Microsoft Dynamics Regional Partner Awards are given to our top VARs and ISVs in each region as measured by their Microsoft Dynamics business performance.

    The Microsoft Dynamics WPC Awards recognize Microsoft Dynamics partners who have delivered exemplary solutions built on Microsoft Dynamics technologies.


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