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    Microsoft Dynamics ISV Playbook August 2010 Edition Now Available

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    You know you've been blogging for a while when you think you are experiencing déjà vu. You know you've been blogging for a while when you think you are experiencing déjà vu. All silliness aside, it was exactly one year ago today that I wrote about the launch of the inaugural Microsoft Dynamics ISV Playbook. Now, I'm exciting to announce the availability of version 2.0! You can still find it in the same location on PartnerSource with a bunch of fresh content for 2010. Check out the original post to read about the highlights of the guide.

    --Kevin 

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    Challenged with Effectively Tracking Your Marketing Results?

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    My colleague, Sarah Anderson, has been working with a couple of partners to develop some training to enable you to use Microsoft Dynamics CRM as an internal marketing tool. Attend these web seminars to gain insight into best practices from your own peers.

    If you’re a marketer in a Microsoft partner organization (which includes Microsoft Dynamics, platform partners, and ISVs) but you’re not using Microsoft Dynamics CRM to enter, track and report on marketing campaigns, you’re probably not maximizing the “influence” that marketing can have in your organization and on your job (after all, your manager is looking for ROI, right?).

    Join us for this two-part web seminar series designed to introduce marketers in Microsoft partner organizations to the power of CRM.

    In this series you’ll actually learn how to setup a campaign, how to import and export a list, how to produce reports, and much more! You’ll even download a workbook that will serve as a reference guide to setting up your own campaigns. Many partners have asked for helpful step-by-step instructions to using Microsoft Dynamics CRM to tracking marketing results. Here’s your chance to learn how from someone who has experienced the “trial and error” for you!

    Event Title

    Date and Time

    Effectively Track Your Marketing Campaigns and Results Using Microsoft Dynamics CRM - Introduction to the Marketing Module of Microsoft Dynamics CRM

    1. Why use the marketing function of CRM – the importance of measurement, tracking results and demonstrating ROI.

    2. Laying the ground work for CRM.

    3. Campaign Management (enter a campaign, create a view, complete side bar functions such as Information, Planning Tasks, Campaign Activities, Workflow, Target Products, Sales Literature, Target Marketing List, etc.)

    4. Download a Workbook with step-by-step instructions of the key tasks demonstrated during the webinar.

    Thursday, June 10, 2010

    11:00 AM PDT

    Effectively Track Your Marketing Campaigns and Results Using Microsoft Dynamics CRM - Detailed Campaign Management

    1. List Management – how to import and export a list.

    2. Lead Management – how to enter a Lead, learning the difference between an Account and a Lead.

    3. Reporting functions – pulling data from CRM, campaign performance reports, and predefined reports.

    4. Download a Workbook with step-by-step instructions of the key tasks demonstrated during the webinar.

    Tuesday, June 15, 2010

    11:00 AM PDT

    Click on the the links above to register for these upcoming events on the Microsoft Partner Learning Center.
    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Dynamics POS 2009 Training: Start Selling & Get Certified!

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    Excitement is building over the upcoming release of Microsoft Dynamics POS 2009! This next-generation point-of-sale application, which is scheduled for general availability on August 1, 2009, is part of our continued long-term investment in the Microsoft Dynamics roadmap for retail.

    Microsoft Dynamics POS 2009 will offer your customers new and improved features and functionality—like easier navigation, unparalleled sales insights and better inventory management—which they can use to deliver truly outstanding service.

    Get Ready to Start Selling and Get Certified!

    We are sure you share Microsoft's excitement about this new release and are eager to begin selling it. To ensure a smooth introduction, please take the following steps to ensure that you're ready when Microsoft Dynamics POS 2009 becomes available on August 1, 2009:

    --Kevin

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    Participate in the Microsoft Dynamics Customer Reference Program

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    The Microsoft Dynamics Customer Reference Program enables you to showcase customers that have demonstrated business success utilizing Microsoft Dynamics solutions. You and your customers have an opportunity to promote awareness of your expertise in the marketplace as a market leader using Dynamics solutions and to build stronger relationships across Microsoft connecting with various groups interested in showcasing your expertise. And as a partner, you have access to one consolidated customer database of references to help close sales opportunities.

    The Microsoft Dynamics Customer Reference Program is focused on creating awareness around your organization's competitive advantage, innovation, and best practices. We provide an excellent forum for you to connect with other organizations that share similar business challenges. This program provides an opportunity for you to gain momentum with internal stakeholders and those within our field organization. Partners can use created materials such as case studies and videos for your sales engagements.

    There are a variety of customer reference opportunities to participate in. Case studies are a cornerstone of our program and we would like to discuss the possibilities for development and promotion of a study

    To participate, just simply provide the following information: Email your Partner Contact info, Customer Contact info, Dynamics Solution, and Industry to DynaRef@microsoft.com. A Microsoft customer reference professional will contact you after you e-mail.

    To find current customer evidence/case studies, please visit the Microsoft.com Case Study Web Site. This site provides a global search engine offering multiple search options for locating case studies by Product Line, Industry, Country/Region, Organization or Product Name. There are also many other sites offering tailored search options on Dynamics customer evidence. For a listing of customer stories, please click here.

    To request a customer reference, please access the request form here.

    --Kevin

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    Business Essential 4 for 3 Sales Offer

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    Microsoft is offering new customers the opportunity to receive one free Microsoft Dynamics Business Essentials (BE) license for every three BE user licenses purchased. Offer expires June 26, 2009. Available only in the United States.

    Learn more

    --Kevin

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    New Training Website for Developers

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    Msdev.com provides a comprehensive collection of online training geared towards developers creating business applications and solutions on Microsoft technologies including SQL Server, Microsoft Silverlight, Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Internet Explorer 8, and Windows Vista.

    I performed a quick search to locate the Microsoft Dynamics content, be sure to check it out here.

    --Kevin

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    Local Engagement Team - Marketing Tools & Resources for Engaging with Your Business Community

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    The Local Engagement Team brings together Microsoft's extensive network of technology providers, local community organizations like chambers of commerce, and offices of strategic alliance partners like Comcast, FedEx, and banks. They provide a wide variety of resources to enable partners to jointly conduct a wide variety of local activities that address the overall business needs of small and midsized customers, incorporating products and services from Microsoft as well as from the partners. This approach enables customers to learn about business solutions from local trusted advisors, and provides our partners the opportunity to leverage our extensive array of resources to more effectively grow their businesses.

    Microsoft has created a Local Engagement Toolkit that includes resources to:

    • Increase sales
    • Find new customers
    • Connect with complementary businesses to co-host events.

    Also, you'll find information regarding how to connect with your local business development manager.

    --Kevin

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    Microsoft Matchmaker Program has Officially Launched Across the US!

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    Microsoft Matchmaker is a Partner-to-Partner lead sharing tool designed to facilitate the process of creating and passing leads between Microsoft partners. Ultimately, Microsoft's goal is to enable you, our Microsoft Partner Program members, to better represent the breadth and depth of Microsoft's products, solutions and partner ecosystem to meet your customers' needs.

    Microsoft is celebrating the launch of Microsoft Matchmaker by announcing the Microsoft Matchmaker Cash Incentive for Microsoft Dynamics leads!

    Microsoft Matchmaker Cash Incentive
    Microsoft Platform partners can get a $250 cash incentive (up to $40,000) for each Microsoft Dynamics Qualified Lead entered into the Matchmaker referral tool between April 1, 2009 and June 15, 2009. (Lead must be qualified by an Inside Sales Specialist and accepted by a Microsoft Dynamics partner during the evaluation period of April 1, 2009 to June 25, 2009. See Incentive Guidelines for more information.)

    Create a Matchmaker Profile to Participate
    Partners must create a profile in the Matchmaker tool in order to submit or receive leads.

    --Kevin

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    Win in the AM Sales Offer

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    Microsoft is offering new customers the opportunity to receive up to 15% off of Microsoft Dynamics Advanced Management licenses. Offer expires June 26, 2009. Available only in the United States & Canada.

    Learn more

    --Kevin

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    There has Never Been a Better Time to Start Using Sure Step!

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    Are you using Microsoft Dynamics Sure Step? Several new features are now available within the spring 2009 release of Sure Step. And, in the current economy, new customers are looking for more efficient, on time, on budget and on spec implementations. With all of the new updates there has never been a better time to get started using Sure Step to help deliver on the customer promise!

    With the spring 2009 release of Sure Step, both your presales and implementation consultants will find valuable new questionnaires, requirements gathering documents, fit gap analysis guidance, product-focused testing scripts, and a variety of new templates across all implementation phases.

    Visit PartnerSource to download the spring 2009 release of Sure Step or update your current version. (Enrollment in a Partner Service Plan for Microsoft Dynamics is required to access the Sure Step Methodology.)

    --Kevin

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