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Microsoft Dynamics Partner Events, Information and Tips

July, 2011

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    Announcing Special User Group Membership for U.S. Customers Enrolled in a Microsoft Dynamics Service Plan


    To start the new fiscal year at Microsoft, we are excited to announce a new benefit to United States based existing customers currently enrolled in a Microsoft Dynamics Service Plan.

    The AXUG, NAVUG, and GPUG are independent customer driven user groups focused on straight-forward knowledge sharing in a compact, community environment. Customers, industry experts, and Microsoft technical staff provide knowledge designed by customers for customers to get the most from their Microsoft Dynamics solution.

    Direct your customers to register for their Free User Group Membership


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    Microsoft Dynamics ERP Countdown to the Cloud Training & Offer


    Many partners continue to see their customers and prospects inquiring about cloud-based business solutions. Do you have a firm understanding of the requirements needed to determine your organization’s ability to focus on the cloud?

    Delivering on our commitment to the cloud and responding to increased interest from customers, Microsoft Dynamics has announced our intent to deliver the next version of each of our Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions on the Microsoft Windows Azure platform. That means the next versions of Microsoft Dynamics AX, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Microsoft Dynamics SL will all take advantage of this exciting new platform to allow our customers unparalleled flexibility in deploying cloud solutions throughout their organizations.

    Countdown to the Cloud Training

    The ERP market is shifting to the cloud, and the time to plan how your business will transition is NOW.

    The Microsoft Dynamics Transition to the Cloud Leadership Video Series offers 30-minute online training courses to help business leaders understand:

    • How a transition to the cloud can amplify the value of their solutions
    • How a transition to the cloud will impact their business model
    • How to begin planning for the transition to the cloud

    Visit PartnerSource to access the complete video series.

    Countdown to the Cloud Training Offer

    As a US-based Microsoft partner attending 4 of the 6 videos in the Microsoft Dynamics ERP Transitioning to the Cloud Leadership series, you will become eligible for a 1:1 cloud readiness consultation voucher, up to a $500 value. The consulting engagement vouchers can only be used with pre-approved vendors.

    To qualify for the offer, partners must complete the online video courses between July 2, 2011 and August 31, 2011 and all consulting engagements must be completed by September 30.

    This offer ends at 5:00 PM (PDT) on August 31, 2011, or after ten partners have qualified for and obtained consulting engagement vouchers, whichever occurs first.

    Review additional eligibility criteria and resources on PartnerSource.


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    Marketing Service Bureau Pre-Launch Special Offers for Microsoft Dynamics Partners


    Soon you will see the arrival of a brand new Marketing Service Bureau (MSB) coming to PartnerSource and to celebrate, we're giving you early access to some pre-launch specials from our MSB vendors!

    For more information on the MSB, access an on demand web seminar from May 2011 on the Partner Learning Center.

    Our US Microsoft Dynamics marketing team shares this material regarding the special offers...

    FREE! Marketing Office Hours

    Got a Marketing challenge but no expert to brainstorm with? Sign up for a free Marketing Office Hours Session! This program delivers a free 20-minute session for you to discuss your marketing challenges with Microsoft Dynamics marketing experts at Nurture Marketing.

    Nurture Marketing is a full-service marketing firm focused on helping businesses achieve success through progressive programs and services for content development, demand generation, nurture programs and social media.  Nurture Marketing's  principals have over 50 years’ experience working for and with small to medium sized businesses, including many Microsoft Dynamics partners!

    Full Service Marketing for $299 per Month!

    The team at Pronto Marketing has bundled an, all-inclusive package of Pronto’s enhanced digital marketing services! The Pronto Online Marketing Solution delivers all this:

    • Professional Website – Customized to meet your unique business requirements and branding, along with integrated blogging tools. They proactively update your site each week, or at your request, with new content to keep things fresh.
    • Original content on demand – Their team of writers and editors will create content for your newsletters and website. And, if you want unique content (like a vertical you support), they will create a custom page just for you!
    • Monthly e-newsletter – They manage your entire process, including your offers and news, as well as all production and list management.
    • SEO and Analytics – Including placement in local directories, optimized for local search and reporting on email and the Web.
    • Social Media – Simple integration with LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

    Plus, no term commitments or hidden fees – you pay as you go, month to month and can cancel at any time.

    To learn more about these services, and to get the latest news about the NEW Marketing Service Bureau (MSB), visit PartnerSource. We’ll continue the pre-launch celebration with specials like these; with the NEW Marketing Service Bureau launching in a few short weeks.


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    International Financial Reporting Standards and Microsoft Dynamics AX


    The Microsoft Dynamics AX Product Management Team has recently published some excellent information on PartnerSource regarding International Financial Reporting Standards.

    According to the team…

    International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) are worldwide "principles-based" accounting standards for general purpose financial statements, issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). According to IASB, more than 80 countries/regions - from Australia, South Africa, Singapore, Argentina to Zimbabwe - require, or allow on a voluntary basis, the preparation of financial statements in accordance with IFRS. Other countries/regions, such as Brazil, Canada, India, and Mexico, are currently holding convergence discussions or are in the process of adopting IFRS. Worldwide adoption of IFRS as the primary accounting standard is expected around 2015.

    Converting to IFRS poses various process or system challenges to organizations worldwide. The impact on information systems from IFRS arises from the differences between the country/region-specific accounting standards currently applied (US GAAP, for example) and IFRS. To help organizations meet these challenges, Microsoft Dynamics AX was designed to support certain IFRS requirements by allowing organizations to capture, analyze, and report data in a manner that helps them meet the designated IFRS requirements.

    The extent to which information systems are affected by IFRS varies, depending on the market, size and business segment of the organization. Each organization should carefully analyze the extent to which the changes being made to the accounting standards will impact their information systems. Microsoft provides detailed illustrations on how Microsoft Dynamics AX supports specific IFRS scenarios to help organizations with making important changes towards this set of standards.

    Visit PartnerSource to learn more about International Financial Reporting Standards and Microsoft Dynamics AX.


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    Special Microsoft WPC 2011 Exam Certification Offer for Conference Attendees


    Get a discounted 3, 5, 8 or 20 Competency Exam Packs with a second shot on each exam

    All employees of partner companies that attend the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) are eligible to purchase.

    Exam Packs can be purchased in the following denominations:

    • 3 Pack – 30% discount + Second Shot
    • 5 Pack – 35% discount + Second Shot
    • 8 Pack – 40% discount + Second Shot
    • 20 Pack – 40% discount + Second Shot


    Purchase your Competency Exam Packs

    In person: Visit the MPN Booth within the Solution Innovation Center to purchase your Pack.  The following credit cards will be accepted – American Express, Visa or MasterCard.  Partner IDs will be verified upon purchase. 

    Online/After the Event: Partner organizations that attend WPC are eligible to purchase their Exam Packs.

    Distribute your passes and take exams

    Provide passes to employees within your organization and have individuals schedule their exams with Prometric.

    Visit the Prometric website for complete terms and conditions.


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    Congratulations to our 2011 Microsoft Dynamics President's Club and Inner Circle Members!


    The results are in! Come celebrate our President’s Club, Inner Circle and Award winners and finalists at the 2011 Microsoft Dynamics Recognition Events at WPC 2011. President’s Club and Inner Circle winners and award finalists have been invited to the winners reception which is invitation only. All other partners should plan to join the recognition event and Microsoft Dynamics Celebration.

    Visit PartnerSource for a complete list of partners achieving President’s Club and Inner Circle.

    Schedule for Wednesday, July 13

    • 7:30–8:30 PM – President’s Club and Award Winner Reception – by invitation only
    • 8:30–9:30 PM – Global Recognition Event – open to all Microsoft Dynamics partners
    • 9:30 PM–12:00 AM – Microsoft Dynamics Celebration – open to all Microsoft Dynamics partners

    Please RSVP to attend these activities. For more information and to RSVP, download the "Overview 2011 Microsoft Dynamics Recognition Events document" found on PartnerSource.

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


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    Microsoft Introduces Solutions to Help Partners Build New Business With Cloud Computing


    Company rolls out private and public cloud offerings and boosts revenue opportunities for partners.

    LOS ANGELES — July 12, 2011 — Today at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2011 (WPC), senior leaders from Microsoft Corp. discussed how partners can benefit from the transition to cloud computing by helping customers improve agility, focus on business goals and reduce costs.

    Included in the press release, related to Microsoft Dynamics…

    Reinforcing a commitment to delivering customers the best possible cloud experience and creating a path for partners to transition their businesses to the cloud, Kirill Tatarinov, president of Microsoft Business Solutions, announced that the next update of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online will be available in the fourth quarter of 2011.

    This update will enable partners to offer enterprise customers Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online with Microsoft Office 365 and will feature enhanced social collaboration capabilities. In addition, new Microsoft Dynamics ERP RapidStart Services were announced, which help partners quickly configure and set up consistent and repeatable steps common across the life cycle of an ERP deployment, reducing the initial implementation time so they can focus on delivering profitable value-added services. Built on the Windows Azure platform, the extensible service will be available in September for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

    "The interoperability between Microsoft Dynamics and cloud services, such as Windows Azure and Office 365, presents an enormous opportunity for partners to deliver a complete business productivity experience to customers and to grow their businesses," Tatarinov said. "Partners are critical to delivering the best cloud experience for customers and, by creating a path to the cloud for partners with the right products and support, we’re taking steps to ensure our partners make the transition with us."

    For more information and to access the complete press release, visit the Microsoft News Center.


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    Microsoft Dynamics Partners Fuel Business Growth by Embracing Change


    Worldwide Partner Conference provides forum to highlight benefits of cloud computing and the value of vertical solutions.

    LOS ANGELES — July 12, 2011 — More than 15,000 partners at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2011 (WPC), currently taking place in Los Angeles, have gathered to discuss business innovation and change — and, more precisely, the change that fuels progress. Much of what’s being discussed this year comes in the form of cloud computing.

    While businesses consider the implications and benefits of the cloud, many partners, including value-added resellers and independent software vendors (ISVs), must evolve and transform their business models to thrive among this change.

    View a new Microsoft Dynamics Feature Story on the Microsoft News Center to learn more about:


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    Earn Referral Fees by Submitting Microsoft Dynamics Leads that Result in a Sale!


    If you are attending the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference this week, you heard some brief information regarding the Microsoft Dynamics Lead Referral Program from both Jon Roskill (Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Partner Group) on Monday, and Kirill Tatarinov (President, Microsoft Business Solutions Division) on Tuesday. If you are unable to attend the conference or this announcement was one nugget of information that slipped your mind, don’t worry, I have plenty of information to get you up to speed.

    Here is some light Microsoft Dynamics Lead Referral Program reading to keep you in the know.

    Sign up today and start submitting leads. And if the opportunity results in a transaction, you earn a referral fee of 5 percent of the amount Microsoft invoices - up to $20,000 per opportunity!


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    Microsoft Commits Multibillion-Dollar Partner Investments - Increased Dynamics CRM CSA Compensation


    Private and public cloud incentives, competencies and benefits align to customer projects.

    Los Angeles — July 13, 2011 — Microsoft Corp. today unveiled updates to the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN), to better help partners grow their businesses and meet evolving technology needs of customers around the globe through tools, training and incentives totaling $5.8 billion for fiscal year 2012.

    "Winning together with our partners today, and long into the future, means delivering incredible world-class technologies to meet customer needs, as well as the right partner incentives, tools and training, which will ultimately drive business growth for them," said Jon Roskill, corporate vice president of the Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft, speaking before more than 15,000 attendees from around the globe at the company’s Worldwide Partner Conference. "We are bringing our partners to the cloud with us — they can use the tools and skills they have now to take their clients to the cloud."

    Roskill announced new or extended solutions and online service incentives that are available and aligned to key priorities such as customer projects, accelerated growth of public and private cloud adoption, and tools demonstrating a broad commitment to partners’ success. Partners are encouraged to engage through the Microsoft Partner Network to benefit from the incentives.

    This press release on the Microsoft News Center included one specific announcement of note for Microsoft Dynamics…

    To continue spurring the growth of Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft is offering eligible partners an increased Microsoft Dynamics CRM Software Advisor Program (CSA) compensation of 40 percent on new subscription sales of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online as part of the existing CSA.

    Stay tuned for further details.


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