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Microsoft Dynamics Partner Events, Information and Tips

November, 2010

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    Professional Services Tools Library Promotion


    This new promotion is only in market for a limited time. Your customers can take advantage of:

    • 25% OFF the Professional Services Tools Library Suite
    • 15% OFF the Professional Services Tools Library 3-Pack

    The entire library of Professional Services Tools offers a full range of data customization and control utilities. Customers can save money by purchasing the Microsoft Dynamics GP Library at the low price of $3,750 USD ($1,250 savings!) or Microsoft Dynamics SL library for $3,000 USD ($1,000 savings!) rather than purchasing each tool separately. They can also select any three tools that are most important to their business needs, and purchase them as a three-tool pack for $1,700 USD ($300 savings).

    This promotion ends December 27, 2010 so please contact or 888-875-9071 if you have any questions or would like to place an order.

    To learn more about the Professional Services Tool Library, visit PartnerSource.

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    Announcing the 2011 President's Club and Inner Circle for Microsoft Dynamics Programs


    We are already one third of the way through Microsoft Fiscal Year 2011, meaning there eight more months to drive additional sales, and hopefully be recognized as one of the top Microsoft Dynamics partners!

    The 2011 Partner Recognition Program for Microsoft Dynamics recognizes our top Microsoft Dynamics partners for their exceptional FY11 performance.

    To achieve 2011 President’s Club for Microsoft Dynamics, partners must demonstrate a strong combination of revenue or customer adds, plus license growth.

    A small number of strategic partners from across the globe will be invited to be part of the 2011 Inner Circle for Microsoft Dynamics based on their stellar sales performance in FY11.

    Please take some time to review the qualification criteria on PartnerSource.


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    Announcing General Availability of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 R2


    United States Microsoft Dynamics Product Marketing Manager, Todd Bergeson, passes along this information regarding the upcoming Microsoft Dynamics NAV release.

    We are very pleased to announce Worldwide General Availability of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 R2 to be on December 15, 2010.

    Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 R2 – Worldwide GA on December 15, 2010!

    This is such an exciting release – with even more focus on improving business productivity for partners and customers. Take a minute to consider the possibilities and new opportunities Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 R2 offers your business with features like built-in integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM, new cloud opportunities; RoleTailored Client Access for Remote and Roaming Users, Microsoft Application Virtualization Support and Online Payment Service for Microsoft Dynamics NAV. What’s more some really cool business data visualization capabilities and many of the new features and enhancements will make it easier for you to grow your business by providing even better solutions for customers. Read more about Key Highlights here and updated Statement of Direction Addendum!

    Use this release to create excitement around Microsoft Dynamics NAV!

    And don’t forget the full story about Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 – the initial release in December 2008 marked a major milestone in the product’s evolution! Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 not only transformed its user experience, revolutionizing the rich client experience with RoleTailored UX and modernization, it also significantly re-factored the architecture with 3-tier, web services, and a .NET runtime. The SP1 release in September 2009 further innovated and added new functionality for significant productivity improvements and optimized upgrade experiences for existing customers!

    Ready Your Organization Now!

    We have more to share! Please use the readiness, demo, marketing and product resources that are available on the Partner Launch Portal to familiarize you and your colleagues with Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 and specifically the new features we will release for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 R2. We will continue to update this site with news and materials for meeting with prospects and customers. Finally, to learn more about the updated help content try the MSDN Microsoft Dynamics NAV Development Center.


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    Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 R2 Arriving First Half of 2011


    Last week, we provided a news release related to the next version of Microsoft Dynamics 2010 on the Microsoft New Center. Here's a snippet...

    REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 18, 2010 — Following the successful launch of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010, Microsoft Corp. announced that the upcoming release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 R2 will provide midsize customers with new contextual business intelligence capabilities and additional ease-of-use features that make actionable information more accessible than before to people across an organization.

    The Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 R2 update expands key areas of investment for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010, including the following:

    • Enhancing insight into role-specific information through an improved user interface and personalized dashboards, quickly delivering information that’s relevant to the actions people are taking or the information they are viewing
    • Making it easier to complete tasks with improved approval workflow and electronic signature capabilities, helping people save time while managing compliance and helping to reduce fraud
    • Extending connections through Fact Boxes and Action Shortcuts, which are now connected with Microsoft Lync 2010 instant messaging windows, bringing information about the people who are chatting and their companies to the user’s fingertips

    For complete details, visit the Microsoft News Center.


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    Get Ready for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 and Win!


    Continuing the momentum of last week's extreme 2010 conference held in Las Vegas, our partner readiness and training team wants to extend some addtional learning opportunities your way focused on Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011.

    For every three Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 technical web seminars that you attend from the list of titles, you will be entered into a drawing for one of 10 Home Theater Systems!*

    *For official rules click here.

    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011: The Power of Productivity

    The release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 is coming soon and promises to deliver The Power of Productivity to customers and partners through familiar, intelligent and connected experiences. In preparation for this release, we are pleased to bring you web seminars highlighting the new features in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011, for no additional charge. Get ready for the upcoming release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 by attending these events and you could win a Home Theater System!

    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Technical Web Seminars

    • Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Application New Features - Part 1 of 2
    • Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Application New Features - Part 2 of 2
    • Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Customization New Features - Part 1 of 2
    • Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Customization New Features - Part 2 of 2
    • Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 for Microsoft Office Outlook New Features
    • Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Mobile Express New Features
    • Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Data Management New Features
    • Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Reporting and Data Visualization New Features
    • Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 E-mail Router New Features
    • Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Install and Upgrade New Features

    Visit the Partner Learning Center to register.

    Also, if you attended the extreme 2010 event, feel free to share any feedback.


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    Help Identify the Hot Topics for Convergence 2011


    Do you want to play an important role in the content and topics that will be included at Convergence 2011? Well, now here's your chance. Check out the details below from the Convergence planning team.

    New product releases and new innovations are on deck for Convergence 2011. It’s important for your customers to learn about what’s new but it’s equally important for us to identify what our Microsoft Dynamics customers want to learn at Convergence. What features do they want to dive deeper into? What business topics should be discussed?? What technologies are important to your customers?

    You now have the opportunity to help guide and direct content development for breakout sessions at Convergence 2011. For a limited time, complete the CALL FOR TOPICS survey online to submit your ideas, suggestions and concepts for concurrent sessions, interactive discussions, hands on labs, and deep dive sessions for Convergence 2011 Atlanta.

    CALL FOR TOPICS will be open until November 20, 2010, so don’t hesitate or you’ll miss the window of opportunity! Submit one, two or as many individual topics as you wish – we’ll evaluate each and every submission. If there’s a topic that you’re interested in presenting on, note that with your submission. Once our content development is complete, we’ll send out a follow up email to you with a status update on your submission.

    To launch CALL FOR TOPICS, click here.

    Thank you in advance for your guidance and your ideas. We look forward to reviewing what you have to say!


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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 5 for 4 Expansion Offer


    I announced an ERP offer to close out the week on Friday. Now let's start off the new week with the details behind a new Microsoft Dynamics CRM offer for existing customers!

    Microsoft is excited to announce the "5 for 4" Expansion Offer. Current Microsoft Dynamics CRM Open Value customers who buy 4 additional seats of Microsoft Dynamics CRM get a 5th free. It’s that simple. Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 is scheduled to be available in early 2011. Share the details of this promotion with your customes so they can take advantage of this offer now so their entire organization is ready. Enable more members of your cusomers' sales, service and marketing teams to realize the productivity gains of the new release with this exciting offer.

    Offer is valid from November 1, 2010 until December 31, 2010. All current Microsoft Dynamics CRM Open Value customers may be eligible to take advantage of a special pricing promotion when purchasing additional seats (CALs). Maximum number of free CALs is limited to 10.

    Visit PartnerSource for complete offer details, inclusions and notes.


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    Register for the Marketing Monarch Live Web Seminars


    We announced the Marketing Monarch program last month as a skills building program for partner marketers. As part of the program we have a weekly series of training opportunities.

    As a recommendation from your fellow partners, we wanted to provide you with a direct link to register for all upcoming Marketing Monarch web seminars that are occurring LIVE weekly on Fridays at 9:00 A.M. PST. Register for all upcoming 12 weeks by clicking here. Please note: we are still working to bring you content for weeks throughout January and February. Please visit back to this link often to look for new web seminars.


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    Microsoft Dynamics Not for Profit Rally Group: Kick Off Call


    We've already started industry focused Rally Groups for the following areas:  Distribution, Manufacturing, Retail, and Financial Services. Next week, on November 10, 2010 at 10:00 AM PST, we kick off our first Rally Group call dedicated to Not for Profit. If you are a partner with an existing Microsoft Dynamics practice focused on the Not for Profit industry, then you should find high value in this new Rally Group.

    Executives at all sizes of charities and associations are looking for a better, more flexible, easier to use, and more integrated solutions. Critical solutions include financials, CRM/xRM, and SharePoint as well as industry specific cloud offerings that will help them reduce operational expenses. There are 1.8 million IRS-recognized NFP organizations (per GuideStar). While many Microsoft Dynamics resellers have a small fraction of this number, there is not a unified message to the NFP industry that will help us gain momentum in brand awareness and help Nonprofits find resellers (you) who are knowledge experts in the industry.

    As a result, a Microsoft Not-for-Profit (NFP) Rally Group was created to bring together thousands of association, membership organization, trade group, and non-government organization (NGO) Microsoft Dynamics customers with leading Microsoft technology partners and others in the community who specialize in this vertical market. The Rally Group was built to showcase your programs, events, and solution offers that help NFPs achieve their mission with ease.

    By attending the kick off call led by Lisa Malone, Industry Market Development Manager, you will learn more about the nonprofit landscape and market opportunity as well as where to target your marketing and sales efforts to compete strongly and win new business. We welcome all ERP and CRM partners who have experience and focus on this industry.

    Target Audience

    This web seminar is intended for United States-based, Not for Profit Microsoft partners that focus on Microsoft Dynamics solutions and are members of the Sales Professional Community as Sales Account Executives (SAEs), Customer Sales Managers (CSMs) or Sales Managers.

    Not a part of the Sales Professional Community? Sign up or learn more about this free community today.

    To register for this web seminar visit the Partner Learning Center.


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    Networking on the Microsoft Dynamics Community


    We’ve recently revamped the Microsoft Dynamics Community website to include enhancements to the discussion forums as well as additional options to syndicate content such as videos. At its core the Community allows partners, customers, and even prospects the opportunity to connect, share best practices, and network. The networking feature was primarily developed to allow customers and partners the ability to continue conversations they have at an event like Convergence  throughout the year. Check out this short video to learn how to use the networking features of Community.

    The Community team has also built additional “how to” videos, which you can find here.


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