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Microsoft Dynamics Partner Events, Information and Tips

August, 2012

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    NEW eXtreme Training Academy Offers Pre-Conference Training on Popular ISV Products


    eXtremeCRM 2012 is right around the corner. Hopefully you’ve already made plans to join us September 30 – October 3, 2012 in Las Vegas for this marquee event. It is our #1 platform to share the latest Microsoft Dynamics CRM strategies and investments with our partners – you don’t want to miss it!

    And, to make eXtremeCRM even more valuable, you can maximize both your time away from the office and your T&E budget by attending the eXtreme Training Academy. New this year, the eXtreme Training Academy offers training on several of the most popular Microsoft Dynamics CRM ISV products. Classes are offered prior to the event on Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30, and pricing is separate from the regular eXtremeCRM conference fee.

    At eXtreme Training Academy, you will:

    • Dive deep into Microsoft Dynamics CRM add-ons to increase your knowledge and improve customer satisfaction
    • Make important connections with several industry-leading ISVs such as Scribe, ClickDimensions and CWR Mobility
    • Leverage your travel and expense investment; one trip, multiple advantages
    • Reduced overall travel time - means more time for you
    • Reserve your office time for being billable versus attending training
    • Maximize your investment in the conference

    All this, and you will save money as these trainings are being offered at a GREATLY discounted price to you!

    Maximize your time – and get more bang for your buck – by attending eXtreme Training Academy. Review and register for the training courses, and register by August 31, 2012 to take advantage of early bird pricing on the Training Academy class fees.


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    Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 for Retail Technical Conference Session Recordings


    Due to popular demand, the session recordings from the conference that was held in Houston, TX on March 22-24, 2012 are now available on the Partner Learning Center. These session recordings will help you prepare for the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 for Retail release.

    Please note that the recordings are organized by track. You can find a summary of what was covered in each of the two tracks as well as the recordings links on PartnerSource.


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    Microsoft Dynamics User Group Conferences 2012


    Navigate to PartnerSource to review a wealth of information dedicated to the upcoming Microsoft Dynamics User Group Conferences being held October 15-19, 2012 in Seattle, WA.

    These annual events – hosted by the independent user groups for Microsoft Dynamics AX (AXUG), Microsoft Dynamics CRM (CRMUG), Microsoft Dynamics GP (GPUG), and Microsoft Dynamics NAV (NAVUG) – empower users to connect, learn and share through peer-to-peer education and intimate networking opportunities.

    On the page you’ll find information regarding the user group conferences, special pre-conference partner-only events, and pre-conference training opportunities.

    Also, to aid you with customer demand generation of the events, the User Group team has created partner marketing tools such as email invitations, article templates, and event overview slides.

    All of the complete details are found on PartnerSource.


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    FY13 Microsoft Dynamics Interactive MicroSession Schedule


    Join the FY13 Microsoft Dynamics Partner Community Interactive MicroSessions!

    What is an IMS?

    The Microsoft Dynamics Partner Community IMS is an interactive microsession dedicated to enabling partners to grow their business. Live sessions are hosted monthly for ERP, CRM, RMS, and new partners.

    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, Microsoft Partner Network updates along with the irreplaceable insights from your fellow partners. We dedicate about 30 to 45 minutes to an interactive presentation and dedicate the remaining 45 to 60 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” 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

    How do I join an IMS?

    Register for upcoming sessions by visiting the United States Microsoft Dynamics Partner Training & Events Calendar.

    Visit PartnerSource to access the complete FY13 schedule of upcoming IMS events.


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    Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2013 in Houston – Pre-Register Now and Save


    I’m excited to pass along this information from the WPC 2013 planning team.

    WPC in Toronto was the best one yet! Pre-Register now for Houston and save big.​

    The contacts and connections you make at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) are endless. Don’t miss out on the next opportunity to build relationships that can help grow your business. This is the one event every year that Microsoft partners cannot miss. The 2013 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference is coming July 7 - 11, 2013 in Houston, Texas. With more than 16,000 attendees from 160 countries, there’s no better exposure for your business.

    Pre-Register now for WPC 2013 and save $400 off of the regular price of an all-access pass.

    Registration Fees

    The pre-purchase registration fee for an All Access WPC 2013 is:

    $1595 US available July 17 – September 30, 2012 (Offer extended until October 14, 2012)

    This is a $400 savings off of the regular price of an all-access pass ($1,995US)

    Visit Digital WPC for additional pre-registration information.


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    Butterfly Publisher – Social Media Marketing Tool – Free 30 Day Trial!


    Finding and producing fresh and exciting marketing content can sometimes be a challenge. Especially, when you try to create content to fit into new marketing platforms like Twitter and Facebook.

    As our US Microsoft Dynamics marketing team explains, Nurture Butterfly is an excellent application of the “Do more with less” mantra we use to sell our business solutions. This one simple tool allows you to quickly write, track and share valuable content across multiple social networks with ease. It automatically measures your results and offers functionality that can’t be beat by other dashboard tools. Best of all it’s a one-stop-shop for the latest and greatest Microsoft content, and the monthly investment will barely dent your marketing budget.

    Butterfly Publisher is an essential social media tool for Microsoft Dynamics partners. According to a recent survey of partners using Butterfly Publisher, 70% of users increased their social media marketing in FY12 as a result of the tool.

    Through September 15, 2012 partners can receive a free 30 day trial.

    Visit PartnerSource for more information.


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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Service Blog Now Available


    The Microsoft Dynamics Service Engineering Customer and Partner Experience team will be using the new Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Service blog as a way to communicate with customers and partners about what’s going on in the live service. Initially, the blog will be used as a means to help deflect customer service calls until there is a global service health dashboard available by posting service interruption communications and post incident reviews. The team will also be looking to post information about service enhancements to help present a balanced view of the online service.

    Access and start reading the blog today!


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    Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Partner Training: Presales Workshop


    Step 3 Level 300 Presales Workshop Core or Core and Industry

    Microsoft Dynamics partner readiness is pleased to invite you to a workshop designed to equip presales consultants to successfully match the product capabilities to the prospect customer’s needs.

    The workshop structure starts with a three-day Core workshop designed as the basis for all consultants to be able to apply and demonstrate the range of capabilities in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Consultants who specialize in one of our strategic industries are invited to stay another two days.

    The Core workshop is designed to equip the presales consultant with:

    • The ability to understand and apply Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 technology and functionality to customer scenarios and needs.
    • The ability to demonstrate the technology and functionality in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 allowing the customer to innovate in their business with a modern architecture and user-friendly ERP solution
    • Articulate the value of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 over competitive ERP products.

    The additional two days specifically designed for industry presales specialists are structured with 3 different session types:

    • Persona Scenario Sessions: focused on putting the features of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 in the context of the persona and scenarios.
    • Lab Exercise: provides the student time to walk through the product in order to feel comfortable with navigating the product for demonstration purposes.

    Case Discussion: designed to get the class to share experiences, and ideas on how Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 can be applied to solve a given case scenario. These sessions are design to get the student to apply what has been presented to a problem statement.

    For more information and to view the upcoming course schedule, please visit PartnerSource.


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    2012 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference Microsoft Dynamics Session Recordings


    WPC 2012 was a huge event for Microsoft with over 16,000 attendees, and roughly 20% of attendees represented Microsoft Dynamics in their solution mix.

    If you were unable to attend in July or would like a refresher on the many Microsoft Dynamics activities and sessions held during the conference, we’ve recently posted a variety of materials on PartnerSource. You’ll find videos and PowerPoint presentations associated with the Vision Keynote, Value Keynote and several breakout sessions.


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    Microsoft Dynamics CRM Operational Resources – New Hub for Information


    The Microsoft Dynamics Operations Team is excited to announce the availability of a new destination for all of your Microsoft Dynamics CRM and operations related resources. They have shared this update.

    To improve operational readiness and simplify online content searches, we have developed a Microsoft Dynamics CRM “hub” on PartnerSource as a single source of key Microsoft Dynamics CRM operational resources that help partners better serve their Microsoft Dynamics CRM on-premises and online customers.

    This new resource contains the following sections:

    • Partner of Record Designation
    • Claim CSA Fees
    • CRM Online Subscriptions
    • Pricing & Licensing
    • Readiness & Training
    • Support

    Access the new Microsoft Dynamics CRM Operational Resources page on PartnerSource.


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