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June, 2010

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    President Bill Clinton Headlines WPC as Guest Speaker

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    As announced yesterday, President Bill Clinton, Founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States, is the official WPC 2010 guest speaker presenting "Embracing our Common Humanity" on Wednesday, July 14. Additional information passed along by the WPC team...

    WPC 2010 Keynote Guest Speaker Bill Clinton: "Embracing our Common Humanity"

    During the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2010, over 10,000 Microsoft partners and employees will convene in Washington, D.C. to hear from Microsoft key executives and presidents, as well as brainstorm innovative solutions in the IT sector to boost global economy and connectivity. This year, they will have the unique opportunity to be inspired by President Bill Clinton.

    President Bill Clinton served the United States of America for eight years during a time of unprecedented prosperity and change. Now, President Clinton is a powerful voice for progress as he shares his unique insights and observations with audiences around the world. President Clinton’s public speeches describe the challenge of globalization, emphasize our growing interdependence, and point the way toward a common future based on shared goals and values.

    President Clinton’s Foundation:

    The William J. Clinton Foundation was founded by President Bill Clinton with the mission to strengthen the capacity of people in the United States and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence. Today the Foundation works around the world to improve lives through several initiatives:

    • The Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative (now the Clinton Health Access Initiative, a separate nonprofit organization) is helping 2 million people living with HIV/AIDS access lifesaving drugs.
    • The Clinton Climate Initiative, the Clinton Hunter Development Initiative, and the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative -- are applying a business-oriented approach worldwide to fight climate change and develop sustainable economic growth in Africa and Latin America.
    • The Clinton Global Initiative brings together global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues.
    • In the U.S., the Foundation is working to combat the alarming rise in childhood obesity through the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and is helping individuals and families succeed and small businesses grow.

    We are very excited to welcome you and President Bill Clinton to WPC 2010 in July.

    We look forward to seeing you there.

    Sincerely,

    Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2010 Team

    This year's conference is selling out fast. Be sure to visit Digital WPC to register today!

    --Kevin

  • Microsoft Dynamics Partner Community Blog

    8 Tips for FY10 Year End Close

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    The end of the Microsoft Fiscal Year 2010 is quickly coming up next week. To assist you with closing and processing your final orders, the Microsot Dynamics Operating team has put together some guidance.

    Looking for a quick reference for recent policy changes and updates for Year End?

    In order to help you feel more prepared for year end, please review this summary of key PartnerSource web pages to help you easily and quickly find some of the Microsoft Operations most recent and relevant updates to help ensure your end of year business is processed most efficiently.

    1. Online Ordering via Order Central and My Messages will become the worldwide standard for order submission for 90% of Microsoft Dynamics order types beginning on July 12, 2010.
    2. Ordering hompeage - place orders online here!
    3. Update your VOICE profile to receive access to Order Central and 24/7 Online Ordering through My Messages.
    4. Follow these simple steps to get your Enhancement Renewals placed automatically with Order Central.
    5. Do you have Credit Terms with us? Check your Credit Terms online.
    6. Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 launched a couple months ago, find out how to access the product code for your customers.
    7. Looking for operational related training? View the Microsoft Dynamics Hour training series on demand.

    If you have any other FY10 year end close questions, make sure to use (#8) Chat Now on PartnerSource to contact Microsoft Dynamics Operations.

    Maybe this should be a top ten list! :-)

    I welcome any other suggestions regarding what you've done to ensure a successful fiscal year close with Microsoft.

    --Kevin

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    Announcing the 2010 Microsoft Dynamics WPC Partner Awards

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    A standing ovation goes out today to all of our fantastic Microsoft Dynamics WPC 2010 award winners! The Microsoft Dynamics WPC Awards recognize partners who have delivered exemplary solutions built on Microsoft Dynamics technologies. Thank you to the following partners for their commitment and dedication in delivering solutions that solve customer's business needs!

    Click on the attachment to view the Microsoft Dynamics winners. (If are reading this within the listing of posts, and don't see an attachment, click on the title of this specific posting to view the individual post which includes the attachment.)

    For a complete list of all WPC Awards 2010 winners and more information on our winning partners go to Digital WPC.

    --Kevin

    7/15/2010 Update - More information regarding the awards has been posted to the Microsoft News Center.

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    New Service! Performance Checklist for Microsoft Dynamics CRM

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    The Microsoft Dynamics Professional Services team continues to deliver awesome technologies to enhance the experience for customers and partners!

    The Performance Checklist for Microsoft Dynamics CRM is designed to provide guidance in identifying factors that impact the performance of a Microsoft Dynamics CRM deployment. The service includes an environmental audit using a proven checklist of common variables that impact Microsoft Dynamics CRM system performance. The Microsoft service specialist will also provide a Recommendations Worksheet and closing discussion with the customer or partner. Performance Checklist for Microsoft Dynamics CRM can help customers and partners create a stable solution environment, reduce the potential for system issues down the road, and minimize risk of deployment delays. This can result in increased user adoption and reduced risk of future system downtime.

    To learn about this service, and the other Partner Technical Service Offerings for Microsoft Dynamics CRM visit PartnerSource.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Professional Services Upgrade Promotions

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    With the release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010, we’re offering two great upgrade promotions! Receive a 20% discount on our NEW Express Update for Microsoft Dynamics GP 9.0 and receive a 10% discount on the Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade.

    The 20% discount on NEW Express Update for Microsoft Dynamics GP 9.0 is for updates from Microsoft Dynamics GP 9.0 SP4 to Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 only with up to 2 GB of data per database (maximum of 3 databases). As part of the promotion, there will be a one business day (24 hours) turnaround timeframe. This is a great fit for customers and partners who need their data upgraded prior to the discontinuation of Microsoft Dynamics GP 9.0 support on January 11, 2011. This service helps minimize downtime, reduce data integrity issues, lower costs and move customers to the most recent version, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010.

    The 10% discount on Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade includes updating Microsoft Dynamics GP to a supported version. Maximum database size varies by tier: 5 GB (tier 1), 20 GB (tier 2), and 50 GB (tier 3).

    To learn more or to engage resources contact Professional Services Team at ProfessionalServices@Microsoft.com or 1-888-875-9071.

    These offers are good in the United States and Canada between June 1, 2010 through August 30, 2010 only. Discount does not apply to updates performed on the weekend. Delivery times and Technical Advisory Services Hours charged may vary based on the upgrade and specific business needs. This offer is non-transferable and cannot be combined with any other offer.

    --Kevin

  • Microsoft Dynamics Partner Community Blog

    Virtual WPC and FY11 Partner Business Excellence

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    Join us for a four-part web based series that will provide critical information and resources that you need to know to drive business success and align to the new Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) requirements in Fiscal Year 2011.

    Overview

    This series will further define MPN Microsoft Dynamics partner strategy and the evolution that continues our journey towards committed partners with an industry focused competency. Learn how you can grow your business and achieve competitive differentiation by understanding the strategy and commitments, engaging in the planning process, and leveraging training, marketing, and sales programs available. Click on the links below to register for the upcoming sessions.

    Session 1 -- Microsoft Dynamics Virtual WPC (July 8 at 9:00 AM PST)

    Attend this ninety minute session led by the US Microsoft Dynamics Partner Team to understand the MPN strategy and the evolution of our journey towards deeply committed partners. You will also learn more about the commitments in place and how you can leverage training, marketing and sales programs to grow your business with Microsoft.

    Audience: Managed and community managed partners

    Session 2 -- Managed Partner Planning, Growth Propensity Index (GPI) and Decision Making Framework (DMF) (July 20 at 1:00 PM PST)

    Managed partners! Attend this sixty minute web seminar to learn more about the value of connected partner planning. Partner Business Planning is a critical and integrated part of the US strategy and supports an increased relationship value proposition. We will also provide a preview of resources to help partners identify where they have potential barriers to growth and support partners during this transition with program changes and investment aligned with key goals.

    Audience: Managed Partners

    Session 3 -- Microsoft Partner Network and Readiness (July 21 at 1:00 PM PST)

    During this sixty minute session we will take a deep dive on Fiscal Year 2011 MPN updates, certifications, and what this means to your organization. We will outline expectations for sales, marketing, and technical readiness, and community engagement.

    Audience: Managed and community managed partners

    Session 4 -- Marketing, Existing Customer, Software Plus Services, and Industry (July 22 at 1:00 PM PST)

    By attending this sixty minute session, you will become familiar with:

    • Detailed Marketing Planning and Fiscal Year 2011 CDF Program Changes and Requirements.
    • Guidance for Software Plus Services Strategy and business models leveraging the Cloud.
    • Industry and vertical priorities that support partner planning.
    • Existing Customer resources that provide Customer Lifecycle insights and opportunities to drive more business with your install base.

    Audience: Managed and community managed partners

    We look forward to your participation in these events as we kick off the new Microsoft Fiscal Year!

    --Kevin

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    Announcing a New United Training Offering: Technical Training to Help Partners Achieve Certifications

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    My great colleagues on the Microsoft Dynamics Partner Readiness and Training team passed along this note regarding updates to our partner training programs.

    Microsoft is excited to announce a new United Training offering that provides technical training to help partners achieve certifications.

    The October 2010 transition of the Microsoft Partner Program (MSPP) to the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) includes new requirements — and new opportunities — to grow your Microsoft Dynamics business. To help you achieve competitive differentiation and market your areas(s) of expertise within MPN, we are offering in-depth sales and product training through the Microsoft Dynamics Partner Academy. Replacing the MBS Competency in the new program, are the Microsoft Dynamics ERP Competency and the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Competency.

    Microsoft is working closely with United Training to offer high quality, partner-only technical certification classes trained by our strategic Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) Community. United Training’s Learning Consultants are available to help partners explore their options in preparing for the new MPN technical certifications as well as the non-technical accreditations (i.e., Sales, Pre-sales, and Implementation Methodology) for Microsoft Dynamics.

    Certification and accreditations are top of mind with partners. Below you will find the contact information for technical certifications through United Training and sales and pre-sales accreditations to help you prepare for the changes that have been launched.

    Technical Certifications:

    Sales & Pre-Sales Accreditations:

    Microsoft Dynamics Partner Academy Training and Certification across all roles:

    --Kevin

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    Policy Change Reminder for Microsoft Dynamics AX and Microsoft Dynamics NAV

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    Here's a quick reminder of the recent changes we made to the Microsoft Dynamics AX and Microsoft Dynamics NAV enhancement plan requirements.

    Enrollment in an enhancement plan is essential for customers to have access to the support and training they need as they purchase new functionality and users to expand their business. Beginning June 1, 2010, Microsoft began requiring all Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Microsoft Dynamics AX (Module Based Licensing and Business Ready Licensing) customers to be enrolled in the Business Ready Enhancement Plan when making additional license purchases, such as additional modules and users.

    This policy, which is consistent with our other Microsoft Dynamics products, allows us to extend additional value to our customers through innovative upgrades and updates. Remaining on a Business Ready Enhancement Plan is the right decision for customers to help them drive greater business value to their organization, leading to greater customer satisfaction over time.

    Actions for partners:

    • Continue to leverage the policy change in your renewal efforts to encourage at-risk customers to stay on plan.
    • Continue to remind customers who are already on a plan, but may be unaware of the change, that enrollment in a plan is a "must" to ensure they have access to the support and training they need as their business grows and expands.

    If you have questions or concerns, please send them to mbsservo@microsoft.com.

    Visit PartnerSource to view the original policy change announcement.

    --Kevin

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    Quick Reminder to Sign Your SPA

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    The FY11 Microsoft Dynamics Solution Provider Agreement (SPA) is now on PartnerSource for partners to access and download. Partners who's SPA agreement is expiring on July 31, 2010 should have their new SPA agreement signed and submitted no later than July 15, 2010 in order to avoid any delays in processing of new orders.

    Actions

    Thank you for your continued commitment to Microsoft Dynamics!

    --Kevin

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    Help Us Improve PartnerSource

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    As you may know, I have a strong passion for improving the user experience for partners navigating PartnerSource on a regular basis. A few weeks back, I mentioned the changes to our Support pages and how we are continuing to make improvements. Now, it's your turn to provide us with additional feedback. The Microsoft Dynamics corporate team passed along this information...

    In response to partner feedback and an ongoing effort to improve our online experience, we will be conducting usability studies with Microsoft Dynamics partners. This is your chance to give us your feedback on the current redesign, and tell us where there might be pain points today, or what you would like to see in the future. The usability studies we are conducting will take place during the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Washington DC.

    The individual studies will last approximately 60 minutes. Each individual that qualifies to participate in the study will be compensated $150.00 in the form of a check to cover your time. Please note, you will only need to attend one session. You WILL NOT need to be there all day.

    To participate in the usability studies you must:

    1. Be an active Microsoft Dynamics Partner
    2. Have an active Windows Live ID
    3. Are a current user of PartnerSource.


    To Sign Up:

    To sign up for a one hour usability session please contact Kendall Granecki at KGranecki@usabilitysciences.com. After she receives your email she will contact you via email or phone, to work with you to reserve an available time.

    Thank you for your time and consideration in helping us with this study we look forward to seeing you at WPC in Washington, DC!

    Thank You,

    The Microsoft Dynamics Community Team

    If you are attending WPC, don't miss out on this opportunity to assist with the future designs of PartnerSource!

    --Kevin

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