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August, 2011

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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM Launches New “Cloud CRM for Less” Offer


    The Cloud CRM for Less promotion provides new Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online customers in the US and Canada with an incentive payment of $150 per seat, direct to the customer.

    REDMOND, Wash. — Aug. 29, 2011 — Microsoft Corp. today announced a new "Cloud CRM for Less" offer that helps customers of Oracle, Inc. and SAP switch to the familiar, intelligent and connected experiences delivered by Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. Building on the momentum of the global launch of Microsoft’s online CRM service in the first half of 2011, Microsoft is extending $150 (U.S.) cash per user seat (minimum of 50 seats per organization) to up to 500 user seats for each eligible customer. This offer provides an opportunity for dramatic cost savings and helps customers realize the benefits from using software and online services that work the way people and organizations work.

    Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online helps people be more productive while giving them the insight necessary to gain a competitive edge in an ever-changing world of business. This promotion is available between now and March 31, 2012.

    More information about Microsoft Dynamics CRM customers that have switched from, as well as information on how to sign up for a free 30-day trial of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, is available at The Microsoft Dynamics CRM team can be followed on Twitter at @MSDynamicsCRM and #MSDYNCRM.

    To access the complete press release, visit the Microsoft News Center.

    For complete details regarding the promotion, including offer Terms and Conditions, visit the Cloud CRM for Less website.

    UPDATE 8/30/2011 - Find partner resources including campaign FAQ, customer facing slide, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online vs. value comparison on PartnerSource.


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    Build your Microsoft Dynamics Path to Industry Creditability and Awareness! – Web Seminar


    Let me guess. More news about upcoming Study Hall sessions? Yeah, you got that right. :-)

    Further focusing on our theme of our FY12 Partner Business Excellence kick off series of web seminars, let's take a look at another partner deep dive FY12 Study Hall Session.

    Please register to attend an upcoming Study Hall session focused on a variety of industry programs and services. The web seminar is scheduled for August 24, 2011 at 1:00 PM PT.

    Session Overview

    Our research indicates that our most successful and profitable partners are ISVs and VARs that have a deep understanding of the vertical requirements, business processes, and business challenges of their prospects. Similar to years past, Microsoft will continue to identify, brand and promote partners who are investing in vertical expertise, and delivering a vertical value proposition to win deals.

    Join us to learn more about how to—Build your path to industry creditability and awareness! You’ll hear more about…

    1) The Value and Process to Software Test and Certify Your Solutions that work well with Microsoft Dynamics. The software test is a prerequisite for many other creditability building programs including inclusion in the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace, and Certified for Microsoft Dynamics. We will also share the latest information on the AMR certification and industry badge (MPN) – and how you can make them work for you.

    2) The Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace—designed to help prospects and customers find and adopt the latest, most innovative solutions to extend the value, reach and functionality of their Microsoft Dynamics systems. With an average of 300K visitors per month to Microsoft Pinpoint (the marketplace engine) you can’t afford to miss this opportunity. We’ll review the criteria to get listed, and how to become a "featured app" on the site, available resources to help you write powerful solution profiles that get read, tips and tricks to boost your ranking, and details on how to access site analytics for your solution.

    3) Options to Promote Your Solution and/or Selling Expertise to Microsoft Field Sellers! Find out how your organization and/or solutions can be featured in the Solution Maps (for Microsoft Dynamics AX initially), and/or the Industry Arsenal (selling partners across all Microsoft Dynamics products) – to support the Microsoft field teams in their sales pursuits.

    Register for this Study Hall session today through the Partner Learning Center.


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    Special Alert – PartnerSource/CustomerSource Scheduled System Downtime – August 13, 2011


    To facilitate necessary online system updates, there will be no access to My Messages, PartnerSource, CustomerSource or Order Central on Saturday, August 13, 2011 starting at 8:00am CST until 5:30pm CST. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this maintenance.

    This also gives you a great reason not to work over a summer weekend. Work hard, play harder. Get out and enjoy the weather! :-)


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    Offer Extension: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Launch Promotion Price through Sept 30, 2011


    Use this promotion to help raise awareness and drive adoption of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and accelerate growth in market share. The promotion expiration date has been extended from June 30, 2011 to September 30, 2011.

    Customers can save up to 22.72 percent savings on Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Professional subscription licenses and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online On-Premises step-up subscription licenses when purchased via targeted Microsoft Volume Licensing Programs and License-Agreement Types.

    See full offer details on the Microsoft Partner Network portal.

    This promotion is available to customers in several countries. Please review the customer eligibility requirements for more information.


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    Participate in Microsoft Dynamics Partner Community Interactive MicroSessions


    Last fiscal year we introduced an innovative approach to communicating a variety of new initiatives and programs for Microsoft Dynamics partners to learn about and implement within their organizations. Because of the collaborative format of these web seminars / conference calls, and the positive partner feedback we have chosen to continue these sessions throughout FY12.

    Join and participate in the Microsoft Dynamics Partner Community Interactive MicroSessions.

    What is an IMS?

    Primarily targeted toward United States based Community Managed Partners (unmanaged partners, tele-managed partners, and new partners), IMS is an interactive, one to few MicroSession dedicated to enabling partners to grow their business. Live sessions are hosted monthly.

    What can you expect in an IMS?

    You will get the latest business insights, Microsoft news, offer updates, sales and marketing updates, readiness, tools and resources, Existing Customer updates, Microsoft Partner Network updates along with the irreplaceable insights from your fellow partners. Within the hour-long web seminar, we dedicate the opening 30 to 45 minutes to an interactive presentation, and the remaining 15 to 20 minutes to freeform Q&A and discussion driven by you, the partner.

    Interactive MicroSessions are built around three pillars


    • Partner to partner connections, build your network
    • "Interactive" one to few MicroSessions
    • Keep Microsoft aware of your business, let Microsoft know what you need


    • Streamlined communications, let us net it out
    • Work how you work, more avenues to reach out to Microsoft
    • Web sessions geared at topics you care about


    • Marketing guidance
    • Sales guidance
    • Community forums

    Visit PartnerSource to learn how to sign up for upcoming sessions and download the FY12 calendar of sessions.


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    Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 R2 RTM Technical Demonstration Toolkit


    The Microsoft Dynamics GP team has recently taken the wraps off an updated technical demonstration toolkit for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 R2 RTM.

    According to the release page on PartnerSource, the Technical Demonstration Toolkit is designed to allow you to demonstrate the features and functionality within Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 R2 RTM. NOTE: This will be the FINAL 32-bit VPC image that is created for Dynamics GP. All future images will be 64-bit Hyper-V images.

    For additional information, read Jay Manley’s post on the Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP Blog.


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    Microsoft Dynamics GP “Drive Your Business Forward” Campaign


    This new Microsoft Dynamics GP Existing Customer campaign launched earlier this month.

    Microsoft Dynamics GP customers on a current plan were sent a direct mail highlighting how they can "Drive their Business Forward" by extending the capabilities of their current solution with an investment in the following:  A License Model Transition (LMT) (MBL customers only), À la carte modules or Light User licenses.

    The campaign elements include:  direct mail, campaign landing pages, Ready-to-Go partner templates, Banners, Webcasts and offers (available from time to time). A sample of both mail versions were also sent to Microsoft Dynamics GP partners.

    We encourage you to leverage this campaign to drive conversations with your customers around how they can extend their current solution. The "Drive your Business Forward" theme is one we will be using throughout the year.

    Visit the Existing Customer Marketing page on PartnerSource and locate the resources below for full details.


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    Microsoft Dynamics August 2011 News & Highlights


    Wondering what the hot topics are for the month of August? Worried you have to sift through volumes of articles on various websites? Don’t worry. We have answers. Take a time out and watch our Microsoft Dynamics August 2011 PartnerSource North America Highlights video. You’ll receive a quick update in 4 minutes!


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    Statement of Direction for Microsoft Dynamics AX – August 2011 Update


    Our Microsoft Dynamics AX product management team shares this integral information.

    The Microsoft Dynamics AX Statement of Direction and the Microsoft Dynamics AX Vision and Roadmap presentations have been updated to reflect the general availability of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.  They are now available on CustomerSource and PartnerSource.

    The next update of the Statement of Direction for Microsoft Dynamics AX is scheduled for September 2011.

    Visit PartnerSource for complete details, and to download the updated Statement of Direction and Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Roadmap.


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    Extreme CRM 2011 Las Vegas – October 2-5 – Register Today!


    Microsoft Dynamics is once again excited to support the Extreme CRM 2011 partner conference being held in Las Vegas, NV on October 2 through 5. The marketing team from Extreme CRM shares this great information regarding the event, and also provides some partner testimonials. Visit the conference website and click on the Agenda tab for complete details.

    The premier event for Microsoft Dynamics CRM partners is just around the corner. Extreme 2011 Las Vegas will be held from October 2nd though October 5th.

    Extreme CRM conference is a 100% partner focused event dedicated to advancing best practices and strategies for successful Microsoft Dynamics CRM partner organizations. The goal of extreme is to make a partner driven event that creates a unique opportunity for all CRM partners to really go deep on improving their business and to make important personal connections that will help them in their businesses going forward.

    Here is what Extreme 2011 registered attendees are saying:

    "Partners can and should learn from each other. Successful stories of peer companies galvanize and reinvigorate our own practices and strategies. extreme 2011 is built for partners. Attendees will gain technical knowledge, strategic sales information, innovative leadership and marketing approaches, and will able to find answers to their own queries and challenges. With presenters from across the industrial landscape, there is something for your company’s every need. Learn from Microsoft and from partners alike. . . and leave extreme 2011 energized and excited."

    Mike Rogers, Customer Effective

    "extreme 2011 Las Vegas is the perfect combination of product meets process. It’s an exciting marriage of the study of Microsoft Dynamics CRM and an advanced best-practice sales college. Partners attend extreme to hone their knowledge, their sales skills, and their broader strategies so they may lead their companies to a higher level. Having worked with CRM since 2003, I am always looking for innovative ways to serve my current clients, to earn prospective customers, and to sharpen my sales and leadership skills. Come and see for yourself just how much you can gain from extreme! I will be there this year."

    Ryan Toenies, Sonoma Partners

    Check out the agenda and four tracks for Business Leadership, Developers, Implementers and Sales and Marketing.  This is going to be good and you don’t want to miss it!


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