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    Microsoft Releases Global Beta of Next-Generation CRM Product


    It's with great excitement to announce an important milestone for the Microsoft Dynamics CRM product. Drum roll please...

    REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 9, 2010 Microsoft Corp. today announced a key milestone for Microsoft Dynamics CRM with the beta release of its next-generation product for cloud-based and on-premises deployments. The beta release marks the worldwide rollout of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online service from Microsoft’s global datacenters, and it will be released to customers and hosting partners for on-premises deployment as Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011.

    The beta for the new Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online service will be available in eight languages and 36 markets, and the final version of the service will be available by the end of the year in 40 markets and 41 languages. The beta of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 for on-premises and partner-hosted deployments will be available in all 40 markets in eight languages. Customers and partners can download or sign up for the beta today to evaluate and start building solutions based on the new release.

    To view the complete press release visit Microsoft News Center.


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    Chart a Brighter Future with Business Management Workshop Fast Track Session at the Directions Conference


    Calling all Microsoft Dynamics NAV partners! We know many of you are headed to the Directions conference next month, so why not extend your stay by taking in some strategic training for your organization? Our partner training and readiness team passed along this key information...

    As part of Salesworks ongoing commitment to the Microsoft Dynamics NAV channel, we have prepared a condensed version of the Microsoft Dynamics Partner Velocity Program’s Business Management workshop for owners and managers attending this year’s Directions Conference.

    This 1½ day workshop will focus on:

    • The top business issues that negatively impacted ERP partners in 2010 year to date including a fresh look at comparative benchmark data as of September 2010.
    • Business strategy formulation, business model selection, and transition planning fundamentals
    • A transition plan for moving to S+S business model and how the NAV community should chart their direction over the next 36 months
    • Financial management fundamentals including key performance indicators and key administrative priorities
    • Practice management fundamentals including resource utilization, project controls, pricing and software customization tactics
    • Sales strategy and sales management fundamentals, compensation, and contract design

    Dates: October 7-8, 2010 at the San Diego Marriott and Marina

    Target Audience: Participation in this session is open to all Microsoft Dynamics NAV partners at a special Directions conference rate of $775.00 USD. As an added bonus, if as a partner you decide to attend the full Partner Velocity Program, you will receive a full credit of the amount paid towards the Partner Velocity Program tuition.

    Click here to register.


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    Microsoft Dynamics Quarterly Webcast Series for Existing Customers


    This week we kick off a new series of FY11 webcasts targeted at existing Microsoft Dynamics customers focused on how they can maximize their current ERP investment. The webcast series will be delivered quarterly with a variety of topics throughout the year.

    Visit PartnerSource to find through-partner invitation templates to target your appropriate customers.

    Overview of September Webcast Series Topics

    • September 15 - Microsoft Dynamics GP Light User
    • September 23 - Microsoft Dynamics GP Smart List Builder and Extender
    • September 29 - Microsoft Dynamics NAV Light User


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    The "2Win" Offer for U.S.-based Microsoft Dynamics Partners


    Many of you have already attended the "2Win" series of classes in the last couple of years to boost your sales skills. Thank you!

    For those of you that haven't, we've put together a great offer if you register and attend an upcoming "2Win" training session.

    We are announcing a new INCENTIVE OPPORTUNITY for U.S.-based Microsoft Dynamics partners to earn a great prize for registering and attending the Demo2win Workshop, Discovery2win Workshop, and Value2win Workshop. By attending these courses not only will partners be eligible to win a great prize, but they will gain sufficient knowledge in the sales and presales competency to prepare for MPN certifications.

    In order to be eligible for this Incentive Opportunity, the partner must (1) be based in the United States, and (2) not be a government employee (including military and public education institutions).

    INCENTIVE: The first 15 eligible partners to register and attend at least one session each of all three types of "2win" Workshops listed below (Demo2Win, Discovery2Win, and Value2Win Workshops) will receive one (1) Dell Inspiron Mini (ARV $400USD). Qualifying "2win" Workshops are offered in the following cities and on the following dates:

    Demo2Win!® Workshops

    • Denver, CO, 9/21/10
    • Waltham, MA, 10/5/10
    • Downers Grove, IL, 11/16/10

    Discovery2Win!® Workshops

    • Denver, CO, 9/22/10
    • Waltham, MA, 10/6/10
    • Downers Grove, IL, 11/17/10

    Value2Win!® Workshops

    • Denver, CO, 9/23/10
    • Waltham, MA, 10/7/10
    • Downers Grove, IL, 11/18/10

    * Offer good only in the 50 United States (including the District of Columbia) to U.S.-based Microsoft Dynamics partners. Incentive is available to the first fifteen (15) qualifying partners that have registered for and attended at least one session of each of the Demo2win, Discovery2win, and Value2win Workshops offered in Denver, CO, Waltham, MA, or Downers Grove, IL before November 30, 2010. This offer ends on November 30, 2010, while supplies last, and is not redeemable for cash. Taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the recipient. Any gift returned as non-deliverable will not be re-sent. Please allow 6-8 weeks for shipment of your gift. Due to government gift and ethics laws, government employees (including military and employees of public education institutions) are not eligible to participate.


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    Coming in November to Las Vegas - extreme 2010 - the Event for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Partners


    Whether it be The Partner Event, Directions, or the user group conferences, there is ton of fall conference activity being driven by our partners and key stakeholders supporting the partner community. In the past, I had the opportunity to work very closely with John Verdon during his time with Microsoft, and now he's one of the primary individuals driving the efforts of a new conference dedicated solely to Microsoft Dynamics CRM being held in fabulous Las Vegas this November!

    Don’t miss extreme 2010, the first ever conference dedicated to the Microsoft Dynamics CRM channel, being held in Las Vegas November 7 – 10, 2010.

    This xRM/CRM conference provides insights and best practices for Developers, Implementers, Marketers, Sales and Business Leaders within a partner’s Microsoft Dynamics CRM organization – giving them the tools they need to improve their business and drive sales of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011.

    This event offers a rare opportunity to get deep technical readiness on Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 in a face-to-face environment - with content delivered by the Microsoft product team, technical support and MVP technical experts within the channel. You’ll also hear from professionals who specialize in best practices regarding marketing, sales and business leadership, providing a well-rounded approach to building your practice.

    extreme 2010 provides a great multi-day opportunity for partners to connect with other successful Microsoft Dynamics CRM partners, creating important business relationships to help business grow.

    Become a Sponsor

    Organizations who want to reach the Microsoft Dynamics CRM partner community have a special opportunity to become a sponsor at this event which provides unique marketing benefits such as reserved sessions, expo space and overall increased exposure to the partner community.

    This is a great opportunity to advance your business and hit the ground running with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011.

    For more details about the conference and to register, visit the extreme 2010 website.


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    Microsoft Executive Suggests an Alternative to Oracle's Fusion Applications


    Michael Park poses questions attendees may want to explore while attending OpenWorld.

    Just a quick post today as I want to direct you to the Executive Insight area of the Microsoft Dynamics Community website to read our latest update.


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    Microsoft Partner Network Sales Specialist Accreditation


    Our partner readiness and training team wanted to ensure you are aware of the Sales Specialist program that recognizes individual sales professionals for their Microsoft solution expertise. Below you'll find information about the program as well as a promotion we have

    Whether you’ve been meaning to get your first ‘badge’ or add a second or third one to your resume, here’s a great incentive to get that Sales Specialist accreditation you’ve been meaning to attain. This program is designed to help you stand out from your competitors and be recognized for your expertise, just as Microsoft Certifications do for your technical counterparts. Complete your Sales Specialist accreditation and you’ll be automatically entered to win one of twenty-five (25) SlideHD™ 4 Hours FlipCams.*

    You can earn your accreditation in any of these topics:

    • Business Intelligence
    • Customer Relationship Management
    • Data Platform
    • Enterprise Resource Planning
    • Identity and Security
    • Unified Communications (Voice or Exchange)
    • Virtualization

    Visit the Sales Specialist website to begin!

    *No Purchase Necessary. Open only to authorized reps of companies actively enrolled in the Microsoft Partner Network who are US residents (includes D of C) 18+. Game ends October 31, 2010. For full Official Rules, click here.


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    The Partner Event 2010 - Day 1 Recap


    I'll spend the first part of this week with a couple of posts highlighting The Partner Event taking place in fabulous Fargo, ND. Since I'm a local guy, I may not be experiencing the entire event from an out-of-towner's perspective, but I'll try my best!

    The conference kicked off on Sunday afternoon at the Holiday Inn with many event sponsors delivering innovative information about their technologies and services. As you may know, many of the sponsors are ISV's so they are very creative and entertaining in the delivery of their presentations.

    Next, The Partner Event regular, Bonnie Robertson hit the stage to provide the opening session keynote. Bonnie covered 5 of the most important trends that partners should be aware of as they adapt:

    • Brand Blur - are people aware of what your company's focus is?
    • Business Model Reality - are the various new business models (e.g. SAAS) a fit for your organization?
    • Fluid Collaborative Networks - networking is about the relationship, not the technology.
    • Work Deflation - the challenge of having multiple generations in the workplace has become even more challenging.
    • ME, inc. - many people are seeking alternative employment models to focus better on their passions.

    Finally, the night capped off with the welcome reception at the Fargo Billiards & Gastopub. A few partners stopped by the Microsoft Dynamics Community booth which I helped manage, and we also got in a few games of pool while catching up with several attendees.


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    The Partner Event 2010 - Day 2 Recap


    Due to some scheduling conflicts and previous commitments, I was only able to make it to the morning events and one afternoon session yesterday. Nonetheless, I found the content very interesting, and beneficial to my role at Microsoft as well as helpful with connecting partners to the latest and greatest Microsoft Dynamics programs, tools and resources.

    The day started with a keynote from the always enlightening Bonnie Robertson and Pam McGree sharing their insights into talent engagement. They provided an overview of their finding from a channel employment survey conducted this year, and compared the results to those from 3 years ago. As you can imagine, there were a few differences primarily driven by changes to the economy. Bonnie and Pam also discussed the shifts in workplace motivators experienced by Baby Boomers vs. Echo Boomers (Gen Y'ers). One of my key takeaways was that many younger workers are able to solve problems faster than ever before by leveraging technology to reach across forums, social networking sites, etc. to connect with others in similar roles. They don't need meeting after in-person meeting to solve an issue.

    Later in the day I was able to catch sessions from the very popular social media strategist, Joe Rotella, as he gave some great pointers on using LinkedIn and Twitter more effectively. Many of his concepts were ideal for partners that are looking to build company and brand awareness as well as useful for big company's like Microsoft.

    Unfortunately, I couldn't make the next round of sessions or the roundtable discussions, nor the party. If you attended any of these, be sure to share some feedback!

    The conference wraps up today, so stay tuned for another update Wednesday morning.


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    Virtual Convergence 2010 Now Available


    If you missed out on some of the sessions and keynote while you were at Converence in Atlanta a couple months ago, then don't worry. Virtual Convergence 2010 is now online, and ready for you to access all of the rich content!

    Virtual Convergence
    Virtual Convergence is now live! This is your online resource for all post-conference materials. Keynote presentations, general sessions and concurrent sessions will all be available for viewing online in Microsoft Silverlight, so that you can revisit sessions or view them for the first time.  In addition, in case you missed any of the sponsors or exhibitors in the Convergence Expo, all of their contact information and downloadable content will be available within Virtual Convergence.
    To access Virtual Convergence click here and log on with your Windows Live ID (if you do not have a Windows Live ID you can create one here). Please contact Virtual Convergence Help to resolve any access issues.
    Concurrent Session Microsoft PowerPoint Presentations Available
    To locate PowerPoint presentations from Convergence concurrent sessions, you can find them via the Schedule Builder tool here (you will need to log-in using the username & password you created during the registration process, or your Windows Live ID).

    SAVE THE DATE! Mark your calendars now for Convergence 2011, April 12-15, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Be sure to access the Convergence website year-round for event updates, registration alerts and the latest information as soon as it is announced.

    Thanks again for your commitment to Microsoft!


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