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Microsoft Dynamics Partner Events, Information and Tips

May, 2012

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    Catch the CRM Fever Sweepstakes for Microsoft Partners


    CatchCRMFeverAnnouncing a really cool contest for partners! Share your highlights of how the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Q2 CY2012 Blitz Days helped you Catch the CRM Fever for a chance to win* one of three Xbox with Kinect consoles or Grand Prize of $1,000 USD Gift Card!

    How to Participate

    Xbox 360 with KinectEnter sweepstakes by posting and sharing your 30-60 second video highlighting how the Blitz Days helped you Catch the CRM Fever.

    Send email to – include your name, company, role or title plus a link to your video.

    Come back to the Microsoft Dynamics Partner Community Blog “Catch the CRM Fever” section to view videos. Winners will be announced on May 23 and 30, 2012.

    *No purchase necessary. Open only to employees of registered Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) companies in the 50 US (and DC). Ends May 30, 2012. See Official Rules.

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    VIDEO…Just a regular day until...CRM fever! – from Webfortis


    As part of the Catch the CRM Fever Sweepstakes for Microsoft partners we have a video submitted by David VanCott from Webfortis.

    Stay tuned for winners to be announced soon!


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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM Mobile Pricing and Licensing


    Microsoft Dynamics CRM Mobile is a new cloud based, cross platform mobile solution for Windows Phone 7.5, iPad, iPhone, Android, and Blackberry devices. The solution enables access to customer data while you’re on the go, and helps improve the productivity of your sales, service, and marketing professionals across many mobile devices.

    Visit PartnerSource to download the PowerPoint presentation and FAQ document. Both are found under the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online section.


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    How to Engage with Microsoft Dynamics on Social Media


    On Monday I eluded to the new URL for the official Microsoft Dynamics page on Facebook. Today, I will walk you through other best bets for engaging with Microsoft Dynamics throughout Social Media.

    Now on Twitter, you can now follow @MSFTDynamics for Microsoft Dynamics customer stories, general news & product announcements and more. Please review the additional social media guidance below.




    And as always follow and stay connected to the latest Microsoft Dynamics partner news and updates via the Microsoft Dynamics Partner Community blog.


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    Register for WPC 2012 and Start Transforming Your Microsoft Dynamics Business


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    Make plans now to attend the largest annual networking event for Microsoft partners, and join an estimated 2,000 other Microsoft Dynamics partners expected at this year's Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC). In addition to WPC keynote guest speaker, Deepak Chopra, WPC provides a wealth of learning and networking opportunities.

    Expand your capabilities and Microsoft Dynamics knowledge by attending keynotes from Microsoft executives and attend a specific track dedicated to Microsoft Dynamics sessions that has over 20 available breakout, interactive, and panel sessions.

    Please join Kirill Tatarinov, President, Microsoft Business Solutions, as he takes part in the Vision Keynote that is scheduled on Tuesday, July 10 from 9:00 – 11:00am at the Air Canada Centre.

    Not to be missed is the Value Keynote presented by Doug Kennedy, Vice President, Microsoft Dynamics Partners, to be held on Monday, July 9 and repeated again on Tuesday, July 10. Listen to your peers sharing their success stories, learn about the partner strategy, new programs and key changes & announcements made by Doug Kennedy and let our executives give a glimpse of both ERP and CRM product roadmap and momentum.


    Here are some exciting highlights from our breakout and interactive sessions:

    • Microsoft Dynamics ERP & CRM Channel Strategy sessions – Success in a changing market
    • Microsoft Dynamics AX and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Business Momentum, Product Strategy, and Roadmap
    • The Next Generation of Pricing for Microsoft Dynamics SMB Solutions (Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV)

    Visit the Microsoft Dynamics expo booth & lounge in the Solution Innovation Center and speak to the experts from the Microsoft Dynamics AX, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics SL & Microsoft Dynamics NAV products and services teams.

    While you’re visiting the booth, be sure to spend some time in the Microsoft Dynamics lounge to connect with other partners, have one-to-one discussions with Microsoft Dynamics experts, and catch up on email or recharge your laptop or phone.

    Learn more about the Microsoft Dynamics session offerings and start planning your time in Toronto with the WPC agenda and session catalog.

    Register for the all-access event pass. This pass admits you to Microsoft keynotes, regional presentations, track sessions, and more.

    If you still haven’t registered for the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2012, now’s the time.

    See you in Toronto!

    Best regards,

    The Microsoft Dynamics WPC Planning Team

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    Driving Actionable Business Insight Using BI and SharePoint with Microsoft Dynamics CRM


    Our series of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Partner Technical Community Calls continues next month with a session dedicated to data analysis. Register today for this upcoming event taking place on Friday, June 22 at 8:00AM PT.

    Getting the most out of your CRM investment is as important today as it’s ever been. The ability to analyze data to drive actionable results is a key factor in making a CRM solution valuable to an organization. Join us to learn more about enhanced business intelligence for Microsoft Dynamics CRM through PowerPivot and the new PowerView capabilities delivered with SQL Server 2012 and SharePoint.

    Register for the community call via the Partner Learning Center.


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    Stay Connected to Microsoft Dynamics on Facebook


    The Microsoft Dynamics page on Facebook now has a new URL. You can find us at

    The page is designed to share a variety of case studies, stories, and customer evidence as well as demonstrate how Microsoft can help individuals – and organizations – realize their full potential and drive significant impact by offering an end to end business solution that is flexible and easy to use.

    Today, over 7,000 people “like” the Microsoft Dynamics page on Facebook. Join them to share your stories and successes!


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    Kati Unplugged: How Merit Solutions Implemented its Cloud-Based Vertical Solution to Help Position a Client for Growth


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    A Blog Series for Microsoft Dynamics Partners by Kati Hvidtfeldt, US Microsoft Dynamics ERP Cloud Lead.

    Kati color 2004In our last blog Dan Youngers explained why “going vertical” puts partners at an advantage—especially in competing against other providers in the cloud. In this week’s blog, Josh Richards at Merit Solutions explains how the company was able to help a leading life sciences industry player implement a Microsoft Dynamics AX2012 cloud solution that fits their needs and budget like a glove.

    In addition to its consulting services, Merit Solutions is an engineering and software application development firm. Because the company understands infrastructure and how to build IP, they were able to create a vertical cloud ERP solution and implementation methodology, putting them a step ahead of the competition.


    At Merit Solutions, we are extremely fortunate to work with companies around the world who create products and offer services that improve the lives of millions. Our driving principle is to help them increase their business success—whether that’s through growth and expansion, business process automation or creating jobs and healthy communities.

    Like most companies in the software solutions industry, we enjoy working with clients who are forward thinking and understand how their technology decisions can better position them for competitive advantage. Innovare Health Advocates, a medical services industry leader, is a perfect example. Innovare came to us understanding the impact technology has on its ability to serve its customers and recognized the need to move away from fragmented, inefficient processes. The company needed a new ERP system that would improve visibility, streamline processes and support exponential growth—but they couldn’t support a large up-front investment.

    Merit Solutions helped Innovare understand the benefits of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 with our MAXLife Cloud ERP software for life sciences. We determined that a private cloud delivery model would better position them for success and enable them to achieve their business goals. Innovare also recognizes tremendous value in the Merit Solutions Rapid On Implementation Methodology, which will enable them to get up and running quickly while minimizing their ERP deployment risk.

    The benefits of a cloud-based solution helped tip the scales on Innovare’s decision, and they are already beginning to reap the benefits:

    • The solution will allow them to get up and running within 5 weeks without the large upfront investment that comes with traditional on-premises solutions.
    • The private cloud model gives them the flexibility to add and remove users and functionality as the company grows.
    • They are able to maximize their IT investment by reducing the costs associated with managing infrastructure, hardware and software.
    • The open data model of MAXLife Cloud for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 provides the flexibility and security to integrate highly regulated industry systems.
    • With the high level of security and reliability in our data centers, Innovare does not need to worry about data security or data integrity.

    Through their use of an integrated Cloud ERP system with MAXLife Cloud and Rapid On deployment, Innovare is now able to improve efficiency, easily support its projected growth and realize a more rapid time to value.

    A Microsoft Gold Certified partner since 2003, Merit Solutions is an award-winning mid-sized IT services company with offices in North America and Europe. Merit Solutions was recognized as one of the top Microsoft Dynamics ERP resellers of 2011.

    To learn more about how to incorporate cloud-based solutions into your business plans visit the Microsoft Dynamics Countdown to the Cloud page on PartnerSource. Go to for resources that demonstrate to customers how Microsoft Dynamics ERP cloud, hybrid and on-premise solutions can benefit their businesses.

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    WPC Connect Now Live – Start Customizing Your WPC 2012 Experience Today!


    As announced on Digital WPC, the WPC Connect site is now live. WPC Connect allows you to customize your Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2012 experience by building individual connections through the online community, scheduling onsite meetings, constructing your session schedule, and participating in groups and discussions.

    According to Digital WPC, there are 5 easy steps to get started.

    1. Register for WPC so you can join WPC Connect
    2. ​Build your profile by adding your photo and tags about yourself including keywords that describe your topics of interest
    3. Introduce yourself by starting a discussion or adding comments to a lively discussion
    4. Browse the attendee list or search by keyword to see who else is attending the event
    5. Start engaging and stay connected while you’re on the go. WPC Connect is mobile friendly, just access through your mobile browser

    Visit Digital WPC for more information.


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    VIDEO…Catching the CRM Fever with Dashboards and Collaboration – from Hitachi Solutions


    As part of the Catch the CRM Fever Sweepstakes for Microsoft partners we have a video submitted by David Schwantes from Hitachi Solutions.

    Stay tuned for winners to be announced soon!


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