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Microsoft Dynamics Webcast 1/17/2012: Getting the Most from Your Convergence 2012 Experience

Whether you've never attended or you are a Convergence veteran, this webcast is for you! Learn more about the Microsoft Dynamics premier customer event, and find out how you can discover a "World of Opportunity" at the Convergence 2012 Houston, TX, event. During this one hour session, we discuss new and exciting elements of the event, how to make the most out of your Convergence experience, how to maximize the return on investment (ROI) of attending. Walk away with an increased understanding of the various aspects of the event.

Starts: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 10:00 AM, Pacific Time (US & Canada; GMT-08:00). Duration: 1 hour.

Presenter: Heather Kulla, Group Marketing Manager, Microsoft Corporation

For more information and to register...

Convergence Keynote Speakers

Microsoft has announced that this year's Convergence 2012 keynote speakers will be Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner and President of Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) Kirill Tatarinov! Don't miss this great opportunity to hear directly from these powerful speakers about the latest strategy and future plans for Microsoft Dynamics. To catch up on the latest event details, visit the Convergence 2012 website.

GP2010 R2 Ready to Download!

It’s HERE!

The covers have been pulled off of the newest version of Dynamics GP. Some fabulous new features have been added that really make it worth your time to install. Links to all of the download are at the bottom of this post.


Microsoft Announces Cloud Vision


ATLANTA — April 11, 2011 — Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT”) CEO Steve Ballmer and Kirill Tatarinov, corporate vice president for Microsoft Business Solutions, today opened a sold-out Convergence 2011 to more than 9,000 attendees, demonstrating how companies can use Microsoft Dynamics to maximize the value of their existing technology investments, remain agile as market conditions change and ultimately become dynamic businesses that can win in any environment.

At Convergence 2011, Microsoft’s premier event for decision-makers using enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM), the company shared its vision to take Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions to the cloud. It also gave customers a first look at the new Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 release and shared the strong momentum experienced by its portfolio of Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM solutions.

Unveiling Vision for Cloud ERP

Building on the success of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, the company revealed a path for its ERP customers to move to the cloud with the next major releases of Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions, which will run on the Windows Azure platform. Customers will be able to move to the cloud on their own terms. The Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions will bring the same benefits in the cloud as they do on-premises.


MS Dynamics GP R2 Announced

Following on a brief demonstration of the new features at the GPUG Summt in Orlando, Microsoft has announced the pending release of MS Dynamics GP R2. Per Microsoft, this new release will continue to "provide midsize customers with new contextual business intelligence capabilities and additional eas-of-use features".

Some of the key features of this new release include:

Enhancing insight into role-specific information through an improved user interface and personalized dashboards, quickly delivering information that’s relevant to the actions people are taking or the information they are viewing.

Making it easier to complete tasks with improved approval workflow and electronic signature capabilities, helping people save time while managing compliance.

Extending connections through Fact Boxes and Action Shortcuts, which are now connected with Microsoft Lync 2010 instant messaging windows, bringing information about the people who are chatting and their companies to the user’s fingertips.

Attendees at the GPUG Summit saw some of the new features, including a new method of presenting SSRS reports to users.

MS Dynamics GP R2 is expected to be available during the first half of 2011.

DCO Licensing Special from Microsoft

Microsoft Dynamics GP ERP Promotion.


Microsoft is excited to announce “Extend The Reach for Existing Customers” - a Microsoft Dynamics promotion for growing and medium-sized businesses in the United States that wish to take advantage of the rich functionality afforded by Microsoft Dynamics DCO or Microsoft Dynamics Business Portal for Microsoft Dynamics GP. This offer applies to existing customers of Microsoft Dynamics GP as of 4/30/10 and consists of two offer periods. The first offer period is for Module Based Licensing (“MBL”) customers and Business Ready Licensing (“BRL”) Advanced Management customers purchasing Microsoft Business Portal user licenses and Microsoft Dynamics DCO user licenses from April 5, 2010 through the end of the business day on April 30, 2010. The second offer period is from May 1, 2010 through the end of the business day on December 22, 2010 for all existing customers of Microsoft Dynamics.