Peter A. Jensen
I have been with Microsoft since 2002, but I have been with Dynamics even longer, starting out with a Dynamics NAV partner in 1992. I currently lead the Partner Programs team in the US Dynamics organization and look forward to keeping in touch with the US Dynamics Partner Community on this blog.
I know many of you are highly anticipating the early 2012 Microsoft Dynamics AX Fast TrAX training schedule, so we wanted to proactively share this announcement to ensure you can register and plan your travel accordingly.
Focusing on certification preparation in addition to hands on experience these courses will help build the initial muscle for a successful consultant on the Microsoft Dynamics AX solution. This coupled with mentorship within your organization will set consultants and developers on the road to being successful and contributing to your organization’s bottom line.
The target audience for these trainings is NEW Microsoft Dynamics AX Consultants and Developers with no previous Microsoft Dynamics AX experience.
Register for one of the following tracks – Consultant or Developer. All classes are held on the Microsoft Fargo Campus.
Act now as these courses fill quickly!
Plan to start off the New Year on the right path by joining us for the inaugural Microsoft Dynamics Sales Professional Community (SPC) call for 2012.
Leverage Convergence 2012 to close your prospect or existing customer sale. By attending this call led by Heather Kulla, Group Marketing Manager – Microsoft Dynamics, you will learn what's new at Convergence, different opportunities for you to leverage, and the agenda of the week. This is a can't miss session!
We’ll let you catch up on business the first week back in the office after the holidays, so plan to attend this call on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 11:00AM PT.
Also, don’t forget, be sure to register for Convergence 2012 by January 25, 2012 to take advantage of early registration savings. Planning is in full swing and we have a great executive keynoters on tap. Kirill Tatarinov, President of Microsoft Business Solutions Division and Kevin Turner, Chief Operating Officer, Microsoft Corporation, will share the keynote stage at Convergence 2012 on Monday, March 19 to share their vision and insight on the latest trends, technologies and strategies.
Sign up for this SPC web seminar via the Partner Learning Center, and learn more about the Sales Professional Community on PartnerSource.
Connect with the Microsoft Dynamics United States Regional teams during these regularly occurring monthly web seminars. Save these upcoming dates on your calendar!
East Region – registration details
The goal of the East Region Monthly Microsoft Dynamics Partner Calls is to provide a forum where you can get the information you need to leverage the programs, resources and best practices that we develop and discover to accelerate your business and enrich your partnership with Microsoft. Each call features East Region representatives and includes focused segments allowing deeper conversations and questions.
Central Region – registration details
The Central Region Monthly Microsoft Dynamics Partner Calls are intended to help keep partners up to date on new programs, new offerings, and the latest sales-readiness information. Each month, various individuals from the Central Region and Microsoft corporate teams will regularly cover both sales and light technical-readiness topics.
West Region – registration details
The West Region Monthly Dynamics Partner Community Calls are intended to help our partners stay informed with new programs, new offerings, and address key marketing business topics that our Partners have requested more guidance/insight into to help drive better marketing results.
If you are unable to attend the live events, all event materials will be posted to PartnerSource.
In anticipation of the upcoming launch we’ve recently create a new page within PartnerSource to help prepare United States based Microsoft Dynamics partners for the US Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 for Retail release.
Use the tools, training, and content posted here to help with your own successful launch. The following content will be updated periodically, so be sure to check this site often for new materials.
You can also find the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 global partner launch portal on PartnerSource – including the latest news, marketing materials, demo tools, and readiness activities.
Those of you that follow this blog fairly regularly are familiar with the synergies we’ve establish between it, PartnerSource North America, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube. PartnerSource continues to be the primary destination or "hub" for partners to stay connected with the latest Microsoft Dynamics news and information. And we definitely know many partners spend a considerable amount of time trying to find content on PartnerSource, therefore we leverage this blog and social media to assist you in your "searching" efforts. Another way in which the blog and social media engines are helpful is to build and amplify many of the messages we are seeking to land within Microsoft Dynamics partner community.
One of the major benefits social media also provides is the ability to network with virtually anyone. From a business-to-business standpoint, one of the biggest services to tap into is LinkedIn. Next week, on December 15 at 11:00AM Pacific, our Microsoft Dynamics Marketing Professional Community is hosting a web seminar where partners will hear from Blake Bozananski of LinkedIn on how to leverage the social media networking’s platform.
With over 120M professional users (and growing), LinkedIn is the only global social platform delivering marketing solutions in a business context. Learn how to maximize your membership to connect with other business professionals and drive new business. See how others are using LinkedIn in the B2B space and get actionable tips that will help you achieve your organization’s sales and marketing goals. You’ll walk away with a whole list of new things to check out and campaigns to test on LinkedIn!
Register for the event through the Partner Learning Center.
As we head into the tail end of 2011, I want to personally thank the numerous Microsoft Dynamics partners across the United States (and globe) for their impressive efforts throughout the year. Your success as a partner is impactful in every single area of sales, marketing, leadership, training and development. And this success is greatly appreciated by Microsoft and the entire US Microsoft Dynamics team!
Similar to last year, here are a few highlights from the past year for me as well as variety of activities to look forward to in 2012.
As always, thank you for staying on top of the latest Microsoft Dynamics news and events by following me. Enjoy your holiday season, and congratulations on a fabulous 2011!
Just a simple reminder to ensure you are properly connected to and receiving the most relevant information as a Microsoft Dynamics partner based in the United States.
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We’ve recently refreshed the “Contact Us” area of PartnerSource, so I thought it would be great to mimic the page here for your benefit.
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These links will direct you to another layer of options for each specific area of assistance.
It’s been an exciting few months as I’ve jumped into my new role leading the United States Microsoft Dynamics partner business. I’ve seen fantastic commitment among our partners to our business and to our customers—thank you! As the calendar year comes to close, it’s a natural time for reflection, introspection and goal setting for the new year. I hope you find some quiet time to look back on the past year to assess progress against goals, to identify changes as necessary, and to celebrate successes and hard work. We all know once the turn of the calendar occurs, its back to full speed ahead!
Now is a great time to identity steps for your future and to begin to outline the strategies and plans for the new year. To get you off on a solid start, we’ve been hard at work—with input from partners and your field representatives—building an agenda for the 2012 Business Leader Roadshow that provides a great platform to nurture and fine-tune your plans for growing your business over the next several years. We’re bringing in two well-respected consultants with deep knowledge of our business, the business solutions market and partner business models as featured speakers at the event:
“As I prepare to come speak at the January US Microsoft Dynamics Business Leader Roadshow, I am very excited to see the desire by both ERP and CRM partners to participate in the Decision Making Framework process and that partners are embracing the need to transform their businesses! The event will be an engaging, thought provoking workshop and I hope that everyone that chooses to attend walks away with a clear sense of actions that they need to take to drive their business into the future. I look forward to seeing partners in person at one of the three events in January!”—Craig McCollum, President, True North Strategists.
“I am thrilled to be a part of the 2012 Business Leadership Roadshow. Marketing, as we know it, has been tipped on its head. Internet has taken the place of trade shows, print advertising and other traditional methods. For many Microsoft partners, this is an uncomfortable reality. At the Roadshow, we’ll walk you through what it takes to transform your marketing and reach your buyers in this dynamic environment.”– Reed Overfelt, Chief Executive Officer, Full Quota LLC
If you haven’t had a chance to take a look at the detailed agenda, be sure you check it out on PartnerSource. It’s an event you won’t want to miss as you kick-start your plans for 2012.
Jeremy Thies Sr. Director, US Microsoft Dynamics Partners
Because Microsoft recently changed the way our fiscal calendar is managed with a shift to the Gregorian financial calendar and with the holidays approaching, I wanted to provide some quick links to the deadlines associated with December 2011 month-end close provided by the Microsoft Dynamics Operations Team.
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