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.
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The Microsoft Dynamics Sales Professional Community is designed to help sales professionals build their sales skills and competencies to support the long-term success of their partner organizations and Microsoft. Enrollment for the Fiscal Year 2010 Program is now open on PartnerSource.
As a member of the Sales Professional Community you will become part of a dynamic, interactive community of sales professionals and peers from across Microsoft and the partner channel; you will be able to participate in high-impact Microsoft Dynamics Sales Academy training that can help you enhance your sales skills; and you could be among those partners recognized for outstanding success in various incentive and recognition opportunities--including coveted membership among the best sales performers in the channel.
Also, register for the Microsoft Dynamics Sales Professional Community FY10 Kick Off web seminar taking place on Tuesday, October 13 at 1:00pm Central. During the session you will hear an overview of the program’s participation requirements and some of the benefits that will be available to members in FY10. The detailed Program Guidelines that specifies additional details for the benefits and FAQ will be available later this month.
An exciting update coming yesterday from the Microsoft Dynamics GP Product Management and Marketing team! The Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Adapter for Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 (Integration Tool) has just released and is generally available for US installs of Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0.
For more information check out the Microsoft Dynamics GP blog.
ISV solutions are essential to the Microsoft Dynamics strategy. More and more customers choose a solution because of the value that an ISV has added to a Microsoft Dynamics product by developing a packaged software that fits their specific industry or business needs.
Top ten tips on getting started. If you are an ISV (Independent Software Vendor) new to Microsoft, here are some ideas that have been helpful to others as they engaged with Microsoft. (this is an abbreviated version, check PartnerSource for the complete details).
Some guidance on the first steps:
Some guidance on the first steps:
These lively and somewhat humorous monthly broadcast address timely topics and share proven tips for marketing, selling and servicing Microsoft Dynamics effectively. There’s no PowerPoint to watch or URL’s to copy down…the only URL’s will be your hosts…the UnRuly Ladies!!!
The October 7 broadcast at 11:00am Pacific features updates from the News Desk, Dynamics GP Product Management team, Inside Sales, Operations as well as recaps from the the GP Partner Connections and The Partner Event conference. And don’t forget about those jingles!!!! Watch the video below for more information.
Click here to register for the event.
Drive License Model Transitions (LMT) before the end of December and win a $400 Amex gift card! Microsoft’s contest for its Dynamics GP, NAV, SL and AX Certified partners rewards the partners who sign the most LMT’s from 10/1-12/23/2009.
To help partners in signing LMTs, see the LMT Easy In Sales Offer here.
Click here for complete partner contest details.
Microsoft Dynamics partners are invited to review the next release of Microsoft Dynamics Sure Step! Reviews of the upcoming Sure Step beta will begin the week of October 5 and will run through the first week of November. What to expect as a beta tester:
To find information regarding how to sign up for the Sure Step beta, visit PartnerSource.
The Microsoft Dynamics Partner Community YouTube video channel provides quick tips and coaching for Microsoft partners to help them more effectively market, sell, and service. Our goal is to enable partners to successfully build their Microsoft Dynamics business and increase their profitability.
We expect to add new video content to the channel on a weekly basis. We'll also invite various "special guests" to provide insight into key Microsoft Dynamics partner programs, product launches and readiness activities.
We’re excited to deliver the next set of improvements to PartnerSource and CustomerSource. New functionality makes it easier for you to customize your web experience, freeing you up to spend more time supporting your customers and your business, and less time looking for information.
When you consider that there are over 400,000 documents across PartnerSource, CustomerSource, Knowledgebase and eLearning, staying on top of information that impacts your business or the role you have in your organization is imperative to you and to your customers. From hearing your concerns through technical support, at conferences like Worldwide Partner Conference and Convergence, it’s been clear that you want us to focus our efforts on improving the discoverability of information greatly. We started this with updating the PartnerSource and CustomerSource search engine in May, and we’re continuing it with functionality available in this release.
Customize your experience with My Page
My Page provides you with a custom dashboard of information that works precisely how you work. You can set up My Page quickly with the types information important to you, then check it each time you visit PartnerSource to see what news or content is available that impacts you and your business. To get started, you can choose My Page from the navigation at the top of the PartnerSource homepage. Take a few minutes and explore My Page – you can change it or customize it at any time – and set it up to begin working for you today.
Check out more important features by clicking here.
Some big news coming from the Microsoft Dynamics AX team earlier this week. I've included part of the press release below.
REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 22, 2009 —
REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 22, 2009 —
"With these acquisitions we are investing in building industry functionality directly into the Microsoft Dynamics AX application, while other ERP vendors are cutting corners or trying to reconcile multiple industry offerings as a result of acquiring several companies," said Crispin Read, general manager of Microsoft Dynamics ERP. "We are a safe haven for customers and partners who depend on us to drive continuous innovation in our products and lower the total cost of ownership."
The following acquired technology will be offered as part of Microsoft Dynamics AX, which will give partners the opportunity to drive deeper vertical solutions for customers in manufacturing, professional services and retail.
With these technology acquisitions Microsoft is providing core industry functionality embedded into Microsoft Dynamics ERP applications, allowing partners to focus on the last mile of innovation, which has been shown to have the greatest impact on a customer’s business. In fact, IDC research shows that Microsoft Dynamics ERP partners with vertical focus outperform those without in several key areas including higher overall customer growth, a higher proportion of revenue from new customers, larger deal sizes, and a trend toward higher operating profit margins.