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January, 2011

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    Microsoft Launches Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Cloud Service Globally

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    More than 11,500 customers and 2,000 partners have used Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 as part of the beta program, including customers that have switched from competing solutions.

    REDMOND, Wash. — Jan. 17, 2011 — Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer today announced the worldwide availability of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, the cloud version of the new Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 release that delivers new levels of productivity to sales, service and marketing organizations. The on-premises and partner-hosted versions of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 will be globally available on Feb. 28, 2011.

    For the first time outside North America, customers can access Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online in 40 markets and 41 languages and sign up for a free trial here. Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online is available today at a promotional price of $34 per user per month for the first 12 months of service to qualified customers that sign up by June 30, 2011.

    For more information visit the complete press release on the Microsoft News Center or PartnerSource for partner launch engagement opportunities.

    Also, Microsoft partners have the ability to receive or license at a discount Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. Click here for details!

    One more update. An additional press release can be found on the Microsoft News Center here.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Sales and Marketing Web Seminars

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    Our partner readiness and training team continues to deliver wonderful opportunities for partners looking to increase their knowledge and expertise.

    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011: The Power of Productivity

    The release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 promises to deliver The Power of Productivity to customers and partners through familiar, intelligent and connected experiences. We are pleased to bring you web seminars to help prepare you to market, sell, demonstrate, and compete with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011. Get ready for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 by attending these events and you could win an Xbox 360 with Kinect! (Official Rules)

    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Sales and Marketing Web Seminars

    • The Power of Productivity: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011
    • What’s New in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011
    • Selling the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Architecture
    • Microsoft Cloud Services and Dynamics CRM Online
    • A Day-in-the-Life with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011
    • Selling the Business Value of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011
    • Having the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Customer Conversation
    • Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online: Pricing and Licensing
    • Compete to Win: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 and Salesforce.com
    • Selling Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 for Microsoft Dynamics ERP Partners
    • Selling Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 for Microsoft Office 365 Partners

    --Kevin

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    Top Microsoft Partner Network Myths for Dynamics Partners

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    Since the October 2010 partner strategy announcement, we have received and heard various questions or myths about the announcement. This document on PartnerSource should provide additional clarity around the important notice. Make sure you are preparing your organization for these important changes.

    --Kevin

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    Local Vertical for Microsoft Dynamics NAV Rally Group Web Seminars

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    This web seminar series kicks off on Wednesday, January 19 at 10:00am Pacific, and continues on a monthly basis, so lock down your registration today. Todd Bergeson from our Microsoft Dynamics US product marketing team passes along this event information.

    We understand that customers are demanding more from their solutions and you, the professionals that install them. These customers are not only expecting you to understand their business but also share the industry knowledge garnered from your experiences. As part of our continued effort to help you gain this insight, while providing you with a platform to learn from others we are introducing Rally Groups specifically for Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

    What do you gain by participating?

    • The Inside Track within the Market
    • Group Collaboration Led by Microsoft Dynamics NAV Experts
    • First-hand Knowledge and Access to Information to Help Grow your repeatable solution Practices
    • Recognition and Best Practice Opportunities
    • Ability to progress to deeper levels of engagement with Microsoft and other partners

    Visit the Partner Learning Center to register.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Partner Launch Portal

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    I've had the great opportunity over the last couple of months to collaborate with the worldwide and United States Microsoft Dynamics CRM partner and marketing teams to assist with the building out of new partner online portals across both PartnerSource and the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) websites. Many gears were and continue to be in motion, so I hope partners find these resources beneficial. We are all systems go in anticipation of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 launch!

    We are pleased to announce a new set of MPN pages to enable partners to more easily find the right resources. In addition, we have a dedicated page for the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 product content which has everything from presentations to demos.

    You can now find the new Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Launch Portal on PartnerSource. This succinct page should help partners quickly access the resources associated with the launch of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011. On the launch portal you'll also find quick links for US partners directing you to partner launch engagement opportunities and partner training & training promotions.

    Partners who want to drive their own customer demand to launch can leverage content and banner for marketing activities here. In particular, there is the new launch widget partners can host on their website. Visit this page to access the widget and find the embedding instructions.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Showcases Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail R2

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    The next release of Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail is only a few weeks away. Current solution content for partners is accessible on PartnerSource, and I expect the page to be updated with new materials soon.

    NEW YORK — Jan. 11, 2011 — Today, at the National Retail Federation’s annual conference, Microsoft Corp. announced the upcoming release of Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail R2, the next iteration of Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail, which was made generally available in August 2010. Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail R2 will be available in more than 50 countries starting Feb. 1, 2011.

    Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail offers midsize and enterprise specialty retailers point-of-sale, store management, supply chain, merchandising and financials capabilities to deliver business productivity and customer service in a single, integrated solution.

    For more information, access the complete press release on the Microsoft News Center.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Previews Next-Generation ERP - Microsoft Dynamics AX "6"

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    A Community Technical Preview of Microsoft Dynamics AX "6" is planned for February, and general availability is planned for the third quarter of 2011.

    REDMOND, Wash. — Jan. 10, 2011 — Defining a new generation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions, Microsoft Corp. today revealed significant advancements to the architecture of the next version of Microsoft Dynamics AX, code-named Microsoft Dynamics AX "6," that will enable independent software vendors (ISVs) to bring solutions to market faster, and at the same time lower product life-cycle investments and expand market opportunity.

    "Building on the proven strengths of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, Microsoft Dynamics AX ‘6’ brings rich functionality, advanced architecture and the full power of the Microsoft stack to the business application developer," said Hal Howard, corporate vice president, Microsoft Dynamics ERP Research and Development. "As we introduce these powerful new innovations, we maintain our focus on simplicity by streamlining application deployment, maintenance and upgradability."

    For more information access the press release on the Microsoft News Center.

    --Kevin

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    MPN Competency Exam Packs Offer Extended

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    As mentioned on this blog back in July, the MPN Competency Exam Packs give partners a great option for your re-certification efforts.

    MPN Competency Exam Packs allow you to save up to 30% and come with free Second Shot exam retakes on all exams! By purchasing these exam packs, you can hand out exam vouchers to any individuals within your organization that need to take an exam. These packs will be available until June 30, 2011 and allow you to take your exams until September 30, 2011.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011

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    The Microsoft Dynamics GP Team passes along this great information regarding their upcoming conference happening in less than 2 months. Register today!

    Happy New Year!

    If one of your resolutions for the new year include increasing your knowledge of Microsoft Dynamics GP, you will want to make sure to reserve space in your 2011 calendar for a "can't miss" event: Tuesday, March 1 through Thursday, March 3 for a trip to Fargo, North Dakota. (Fargo can be beautiful in March; it really can!)

    What’s the occasion? It’s the Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011! The conference is THE place to learn about "all things" Microsoft Dynamics GP. You’ll learn about the product itself, innovative development tools, best practices and more. There will be numerous opportunities to network and visit with the Microsoft Dynamics GP development, support and leadership teams as well as with other partners. Watch the Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011 website for more details.

    Register Early and Save!

    If you register before 11:59pm PT on Friday, January 21, you’ll save $100 and will attend the event at the discounted rate of $495. Registrations received on Saturday, January 22, until the start of the event will be charged at the full conference fee of $595. You can register today by visiting the conference website. The registration fee includes the sessions, conference materials, ground transportation via bus, and most meals. Your airfare, car rental, taxi fees, and hotel costs (room, tax, and incidentals) are your responsibility.

    The conference, scheduled for March 1–3, 2011 at the Microsoft Fargo Campus, will provide insight, skills, and knowledge that will help move your business forward. The detailed agenda with sessions and speakers will be posted early next week. You won’t want to miss it!

    Happy New Year, and see you in March!

    The Microsoft Dynamics GP Team

    --Kevin

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    Start the New Year with Important Partner Readiness Events for January 2011

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    There are several upcoming partner readiness activities happening throughout this month. Be sure to register today to secure your spot! We’ve conducted each of these events in similar formats beforehand, and partners have consistently held the subject matter, presenters, and content in high regard.

    Click on any of the hyperlinks below to register for the events.

    Microsoft Dynamics Sales Professional Community Call: Start Q3 Strong By Leveraging Sales Offers and Incentives

    Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 12:00 PM Pacific

    Start calendar year 2011 strong by leveraging Sales Offers and Partner Incentives to influence your customer's bottom line. During this session, we will also feature partner stories of how they are successfully using offers.

    Microsoft Dynamics 2011 Business Leader Roadshow

    January 2011 in Irvine, CA, Chicago, IL, and Tampa, FL

    You’ve heard the buzz in the market place about ’the Cloud’… but what does that really mean to you as a Microsoft Dynamics partner? Where do ERP and CRM fit and how quickly will customers adopt these solutions in a cloud environment? This year’s much anticipated Business Leader Roadshow continues to build on the tradition of the ‘not-to-be-missed’ series by taking partner business owners to the heart of what the Cloud means to their Dynamics practices. Led jointly by Microsoft and Salesworks the one-and-a-half day session will to help you chart a plan for a Cloud-based practice that makes the most of market opportunities today and in the future.

    Microsoft Dynamics United States Regional Q3 Quarterly Partner Briefings

    Friday, January 21, 2011 – Various Times

    Stay connected to the latest Microsoft Dynamics news and events during this quarterly web seminar focused on providing you content from both the Microsoft corporate and regional field teams. This call is designed to help you prioritize key Microsoft initiatives and opportunities. Among the topics to be discussed:

    • Regional Update
    • Partner Communications Update
    • Convergence
    • Current Offers
    • Product Launch Awareness

    East Region – 9:00 AM Eastern

    Central Region – 11:30 AM Central

    West Region – 12:00 PM Pacific

    --Kevin

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