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April, 2011

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    Announcing General Availability for Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011


    The Microsoft Dynamics SL product marketing team passes along this exciting news regarding the latest release of Microsoft Dynamics SL.

    We are thrilled to bring you the exciting news that as of April 1st 2011, Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011 is ready for purchase! In addition, starting on Monday, April 4th 2011 it will be posted to PartnerSource for download. Jeff Wallis, Microsoft Dynamics Product Unit Manager, and his team have been hard at work so it’s very fitting that he is featured below to share his enthusiasm for the rich functionality delivered in this new release. We also are seeing great momentum as we head into the launch activities and in particular Partner Events on our launch map.

    Keep driving hard and let’s make this a fantastic year for Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011!

    A few thoughts from Jeff Wallis:

    Every now and then a new software release feels more significant than others. Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011 is one of those releases. The SL R&D and Product Management teams set out to break new ground by enhancing the development process to significantly improve the customer and partner experience, product value, and overall end user enthusiasm. This is the first release in which members of our customer and partner Advisory Board not only contributed to detailed feature requirements, but also participated in prototype reviews and spec reviews from Milestone 0 through Milestone 4. Thirteen Advisory Board committees applied their in-depth knowledge of use case scenarios, pain points and vertical requirements, and then influenced designs and implementation throughout the life-cycle. It amounts to a huge, uncompensated contribution on their part which will greatly benefit the entire Microsoft Dynamics SL Community. As a result of this unprecedented collaboration, Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011 will launch with more customer and partner excitement and anticipation than any of us can remember.

    Why the excitement over Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011? It delivers significant, tangible value for new and existing customers. From a whole new user experience using MBS common controls to a new, game-changing Quick Query solution, to document/image attachments at the record level, and a new web services framework based on WCF. From delivering everything a Project Manager needs to perform his/her work at the job site to a dramatically improved and time-saving multi-company experience, as well as key improvements in managing project inventory and Sales Orders. From a new integration with Microsoft Project Server 2010 to new tools that enable accounting personnel to quickly and confidently reverse or copy GL transactions. Every one of these features was prioritized and shaped by the Microsoft Dynamics SL Advisory Board and Microsoft Dynamics SL User Group. They feel like it’s their release.

    We will officially launch Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011 during the SL General Session at Convergence 2011 on Monday, April 11th 2011.

    We are thrilled to bring you this new release!


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    Microsoft Dynamics Sure Step 2010 Content Pack 2 Released


    Microsoft Dynamics Sure Step is a key component of the Microsoft Dynamics experience for customers and partners. Several Microsoft team members and partners are involved in the development process of Sure Step to create a consistent, scalable implementation methodology for Microsoft partners to use during Microsoft Dynamics implementations.

    Having consistent processes in place is a huge plus for partners, especially if you are having to increase the workloads for your consulting resources given the economic conditions of the last couple of years.

    The second update to Microsoft Dynamics Sure Step 2010 was released on Friday, April 22, 2011. This update touches on four primary areas of content:

    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011, including information for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. This content update has an additional focus on rapid deployment of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online as well as diagnostic tools from the Business Value Planning Services (BVPS) team. New material has been added for the Customer Care Accelerator as well.

    Retail Industry-specific content for Microsoft Dynamics AX, with a special emphasis on the retail industry business value chain and architectural considerations for a Retail industry implementation.

    RoleTailoring for Microsoft Dynamics NAV, providing step by step instructions in determining and establishing user profiles and role centers. Also included is a role oriented view of all Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions.

    Project Management Library updates to bring the Sure Step project management guidance into closer alignment with Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) standards as advocated by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Additional work was completed to bring the Sure Step library guidance in line with typical steps followed in Microsoft Dynamics implementations

    If you are not familiar with Sure Step, now is a great opportunity to learn more about this project management and implementation methodology.

    Download and install Microsoft Dynamics Sure Step 2010 today!


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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM is a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for CRM Customer Service Contact Centers


    This Magic Quadrant looks at CRM software for customer service representatives in the contact center. Social media trends, a strong application and technology refresh cycle, and a demand for analytics and business rules are driving changes in the industry.

    The report is now publicly available here, and at the Microsoft Dynamics Analyst Evidence Kit on PartnerSource.

    The Microsoft Dynamics Analyst Evidence Kit contains third party evidence and other resources for partners to use in their sales and marketing activities. Each month, where relevant, we will update the Kit with additional analyst reports and fresh media quotes as coverage posts.

    Please provide feedback in regards to how useful these resources are to your partner organization.


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    Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 R2 is Now Available


    The Microsoft Dynamics GP team is extremely excited to announce the availability of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 R2!

    Please visit the Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP Blog for additional information.


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    Join Us for the Microsoft Dynamics United States Regional FY11 Q4 Quarterly Partner Briefings


    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.

    The Central Region event is scheduled for Friday, April 15, 2011 with the East Region & West Region events held on Thursday, April 21, 2011.

    UPDATED:  All calls are now scheduled for Thursday, April 21, 2011 at the same times listed below.

    Among the topics tentatively scheduled to be discussed:

    • Microsoft Partner Network Certification Requirements
    • Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011 Launch
    • Customer Offers and Partner Incentives
    • Social Media Guidance
    • Convergence Recap

    To register for the events, click on the links below.

    (Note – the Central Region holds a regular monthly partner call, and this event ties into that series' normal schedule)


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    Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2011 Virtual Partner Briefing Now Live


    As many of you prepare to travel to Atlanta next week for the Convergence conference, here is some great information from the Convergence planning team to help you stay connected to Microsoft Dynamics partner specific events.

    There are two opportunities available to help you make the most out of your Convergence experience as a Microsoft Dynamics partner. Available today is the Virtual Partner Briefing and onsite in Atlanta, is the Partner Only reception. By attending these two events you will be even more prepared to host your customers and make the most of the event!

    Access the Virtual Partner Briefing

    We have an outstanding program waiting for you, including a keynote presentation delivered by Kirill Tatarinov, Michael Park and Doug Kennedy. In this briefing segment, Doug Kennedy hosts a discussion with Kirill Tatarinov and Michael Park about the key themes and major announcements that will highlight this year's event in Atlanta. In addition, our executives talk about the Microsoft Dynamics strategy, opportunities for partners, and the new tools Microsoft is providing to help partners be successful. This is a must-attend session!

    We are also offering four Microsoft Dynamics breakout sessions focused on our ERP and CRM strategy, the launch of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, as well as a Q&A session between partners and Microsoft executives.

    Thank you for your continued commitment to Microsoft Dynamics and we look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!

    Don't Miss the Partner-only Reception

    Convergence kicks off a partner-only reception on Saturday, April 9, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM in the International Ballroom at the Omni Hotel in Atlanta.

    Doug Kennedy, Vice President of Microsoft Dynamics Partners, will kick off the event to welcome you. Do not miss out on the open bar, appetizers and networking with your fellow Microsoft Dynamics partners.

    Follow Convergence through Social Media

    Whether you are attending in person or if you are unable to make it to Convergence this year, be sure to follow the conversation on Twitter @MSDYNCOMM. Please use the official Convergence hashtag: #CONV11 to tag all of your tweets. Visit PartnerSource for additional social media guidance for the conference.


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    Extending the Reach for Microsoft Dynamics SL - Two New Promotions


    With the release of Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011 this month we are introducing two new promotions to assist your sales efforts with both existing customers and prospective customers based in the United States.

    Extending the Reach for Existing Microsoft Dynamics SL Customers

    Microsoft is excited to announce "Extend the Reach for Existing Customers" - a Microsoft Dynamics U.S. promotion for growing and medium-sized businesses that wish to take advantage of the rich functionality afforded by Microsoft Dynamics Light Users or Microsoft Dynamics Business Portal for Microsoft Dynamics SL. This offer applies to customers who purchased their Microsoft Dynamics SL solution on or before 3/31/2011 and that make qualifying purchases, as defined by the rules of the offer, before 12/22/2011.

    Offer Period: April 1, 2011 through the end of the business day on December 22, 2011.

    Offer briefing:

    • MBL Customers (both Standard and Professional): Receive up to a 100% discount on license fees for purchases of Microsoft Business Portal User licenses. Standard customers also can receive up to a 100% discount on the $1,500 Business Portal Module.
    • BRL Customers (both Business Essentials and Advanced Management): Receive up to a 100% discount on license fees for purchases of Microsoft Dynamics Light User licenses.

    Visit PartnerSource for complete offer details, requirements, exclusions and notes.

    Extending the Reach for New Microsoft Dynamics SL Customers

    Microsoft is excited to announce "Extending the Reach for New Customers" - a Microsoft Dynamics promotion for growing and medium-sized businesses in the United States that wish to take advantage of the rich functionality afforded by Microsoft Dynamics Light Users for Microsoft Dynamics SL. This offer applies to new customers who purchase a Microsoft Dynamics SL solution from April 1, 2011, until June 24, 2011.

    The offer is summarized as follows:

    • All new Business Ready Licensing Advanced Management and Business Essentials customers can purchase Microsoft Dynamics SL Light User licenses at the discounted price of $40 per named user.
    • There is no limit to the number of Microsoft Dynamics Light User licenses that can be purchased.
    • The offer is NOT limited to the first purchase of Microsoft Dynamics Light User licenses. The customer may make several purchases of Microsoft Dynamics Light User licenses during the Offer period.
    • Customers will be required to purchase a Business Ready Advantage Plan for the Microsoft Dynamics Light User licenses based on the System List Price (SLP) for such user licenses at the time of purchase. The SLP for a single user is $195. Volume discounts are available.

    Visit PartnerSource for complete offer details, requirements, exclusions and notes.


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    Microsoft Dynamics Partner Community 2011 Milestones and Achievements


    Yesterday, the Microsoft Fargo Campus celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Microsoft acquisition of Great Plains Software. Today, I'm extremely happy to celebrate my 2nd year of blogging on the Microsoft Dynamics Partner Community blog. It has definitely been a great ride so far. I also surpassed my 13th year combined at GPS/MS on Friday, April 1, but enough about me! :-)

    The Numbers

    My rough estimate puts me somewhere close to 500 total posts since launching two years ago. For those of you crunching numbers, I try to blog once a day every weekday, but I still have to fit in some vacation time here and there. In March, the blog received over 10,000 combined views/visitors/visits ranking it in the top 10% of blogs hosted on the MSDN blog platform. A huge thank you to all of the regular blog followers!

    Participate in the Community

    As much as it would be great to just simply plug the Microsoft Dynamics Partner Community blog today, there are also a lot of great Microsoft employees and Microsoft partners managing blogs on a daily or weekly basis. One of the great ways to stay connected to these numerous blogs is by visiting the Microsoft Dynamics Community. The Community website hosts and syndicates 150+ bloggers across the Microsoft Dynamics ecosystem. Many of whom have been blogging much, much longer than me. Most of the blogs openly reside on the website, and are therefore accessible to the general public. We also have a few partner specific blogs found within the private partner community on the Community website.

    Learn more today by visiting the Microsoft Dynamics Community!


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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Development Offer for Microsoft Dynamics CSA Partners


    Microsoft Dynamics CRM Software Advisor (CSA) partners can now obtain access to Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online through a 12 month development account. This benefit allows partners to demo Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online to customers in a configurable, customizable manner. The offer is available in all countries in which Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online has been released.

    Offer Details

    • This offer is available to Microsoft Dynamics CRM software advisor (CSA) partners. Find out how to qualify as a CSA partner.
    • VOICE Account Number is required for authentication. This can be found on PartnerSource.
    • Every instance provisioned by this offer will expire after 12 months.
    • A maximum of one development account will be provided to each CSA organization.
    • Includes 5 gigabytes (GB) of storage per month. Additional storage can be purchased at USD $9.99 per GB per month.

    For complete information and to sign up, visit the offer website.


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    How Business Solution Partners Uses Microsoft Dynamics ERP Offers to Increase Sales


    Over the next few months, I’ll be highlighting various marketing and sales efforts partners are making to drive more business throughout the remainder of FY11 by leveraging current Microsoft Dynamics ERP offers.

    Microsoft partner, Business Solution Partners, recently launched a "Get a Quick Quote Now" banner on their homepage, and they are promoting the quick quote tool and the discounted offers by using a variety of Adwords campaigns.

    As David Smooha, CEO, explains:

    "The [Microsoft Dynamics ERP] Buy 1, Get 3 Promotion has been a great way to get smaller growing companies to move to Microsoft Dynamics GP now. When you tell a prospect they are getting 67% off of Microsoft Dynamics GP it gets a dialogue going quickly. [The] Buy 1, Get 3 Promotion is a great way to seed pilot programs at your larger prospects."

    Business Solution Partners is a Microsoft Gold ERP and Silver CRM competency partner located in Roslyn, New York. They have been selling and implementing Microsoft Dynamics solutions since 1994.

    Learn More about Offers

    There a variety of promotions and offers available for a limited time between now and June 2011 for United States based existing customers and prospective customers. Visit PartnerSource to access the FY11 Offer Summary Sheets for complete details.

    For more information regarding the Microsoft Dynamics ERP Buy 1, Get 3 Offer navigate to the offer homepage on


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