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May 15, 2016

In this week's MSDW Podcast, we look at industry buzz, partners joining forces, Microsoft’s Solair acquisition, and opportunities for better B2B integration.

Among the stories:

Plus: More partner announcements.

May 6, 2016

So now there’s a Dynamics CRM Project Service solution. But there’s also a Microsoft Dynamics AX Service Industries solution, and of course, Microsoft Project Online.

No, they are not the same, says our guest Andy Yeomans, US Director of Business Development for SAGlobal. Microsoft didn’t just cut-and-paste Dynamics AX capabilities into Dynamics CRM.

Which makes sense for you depends upon three questions (which Andy answers in the podcast):

  • Who is the buyer or executive sponsor, within the organization? Hint: Finance favors Dynamics AX, sales and marketing favors Dynamics CRM.
  • What is the organization's overall business application strategy? To consolidate or find a best-of-breed solution?
  • What functionality would support the business processes in scope? Start by defining your processes, then, the choice will be clear.

You will learn about:

  • Microsoft Project. When is/isn’t Microsoft’s classic application good enough? Do you need it in addition to Dynamics CRM or Dynamics AX services capability?
  • Which industries favor the Dynamics CRM or Dynamics AX solutions. One suits white-collar professional services, the other favors manufacturing.
  • What to expect from Dynamics CRM Project Services. You can expect Microsoft’s cloud first/mobile first and Internet of Things initiatives to shape development of this product.
May 1, 2016 editors Jason Gumpert and Dann Maurno bring you a recap of the headlines of the week on MSDW, from product news to new research, upgrade strategies, the future of SCM, and more. 

Apr 25, 2016

It has been six months since Microsoft rebooted the MVP program to be more regional, and less solution-specific. What do MVPs think of that? How is it working?

Two MVPs will tell us. They are Mariano Gomez, a senior software developer with Mekorma, and Mark Polino, director of client services with Fastpath.

They’ll also weigh in on –

  • How does it sit in the Dynamics family? What’s the partner opportunity, and how realistic are upsells to Dynamics NAV or Dynamics GP?
  • MPN Competencies. Microsoft is doing away with 12 partner competencies and replacing them with cloud competencies. Is this a boon or a burden for partners?
  • Microsoft Q3 2016 earnings. They were, frankly, a little soft and short of marks. But how did Dynamics and cloud earnings stack up? And when will the company shake the Windows Phone albatross? (Should it?)

Want to be heard on our podcast?

We are always interested in a good story.

A significant product release, partnership, or merger. Your take on a trend like the move to the cloud, or Dynamics CRM product direction. Your thoughts on Microsoft's partner programs - are they enough? Too little? Just right for your business?

If you've got an idea for a MSDW Podcast feature write to us directly. We are Jason Gumpert, editor, at, or, Dann Maurno, assistant editor, at

Until next time, thanks for listening!

Apr 18, 2016

In this week’s podcast, we look back at an exciting week of product and partner channel news.

Among the stories:

  • Microsoft Envision 2016 – what is the takeaway? Microsoft aimed for something different, did it achieve that? And was it enough to attract attendees?
  • Project Madeira – what is different about this Dynamics NAV-based cloud offering? And why is it not Dynamics NAV?
  • Sunsetting MPN competencies – why all of a sudden is Microsoft doing away with 12 Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) competencies, and in such key areas as CRM and mid-sized business?
  • A roundup of Microsoft Dynamics partner news, from companies like Merit Solutions with Dynamics AX solutions for Life Sciences companies, SBS Group and its partnership with Progressus for professional services companies; K3 Software Solutions and its Dynamics AX-based ax|is fashion; and StratusLIVE LLC with its Dynamics CRM-based fundraising solution.
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