Free Exams!

Microsoft is now offering a free, second shot at their Microsoft Learning IT Professional, Developer, or Microsoft Dynamics exams. I know on the Dynamics side, the learning resources can be um, scarce. This offers a great chance to take two whacks at an exam for the price of one.

Full details are here.

Snappy!

From Satya Nadella’s blog, Microsoft is adding new Snap Ins to their ERP and CRM apps and encouraging developers to create more. The first set is for CRM and DynamicsAX (Axapta) but I wouldn’t be surprised to see more coming for DynamicsGP.

The first four announced snap ins tie CRM and Axapta tighter to Office 2003 integration. You can read the whole article here.

Microsoft is Having a Sale!

, oMicrosoft Dynamics is running a SALE! Buy 2 addtional ERP users through June 16, 2006 and get the 3rd 1/2 price or buy 4 get the 5th free.

This is like my Karma card for Doc Chey’s. Buy enought noodles, you get some for free.

Details are here:
http://mbs.microsoft.com/public/insights/ReadArticle.aspx?rcpt_id=11454907&ja_id=31235

Payroll Updates – Get ’em While Their Hot!

Payroll updates are ready for v. 7.5-9. You can find them on CustomerSource here:

7.5
http://mbs.microsoft.com/public/insights/ReadArticle.aspx?rcpt_id=11454907&ja_id=31227
8.0
http://mbs.microsoft.com/public/insights/ReadArticle.aspx?rcpt_id=11454907&ja_id=31227
9.0
http://mbs.microsoft.com/public/insights/ReadArticle.aspx?rcpt_id=11454907&ja_id=31229

Stiffer Competition on the Low End

Competition on the low end of accounting software is heating up. Microsoft’s new boxed small business software is being discounted to better take on Quickbooks and now Sage has entered the fray. This is kind of strange since Sage’s Peachtree product is a verrrrry distant #2 to Quickbooks.

Sage has a huge line of accounting products purchased over the years but after replacing a number of them with Great Plains, it became apparent that Sage has next to no upgrade strategy among the products. Every growth step for their existing base becomes a point of attack by a competitor, rather than a smooth upgrade to the next product.

Microsofts recent entry into this space is Great Plains based and looks alot like GP with alot more bells and whistles for inexperienced accountants.

Year End

If you run GP payroll, don’t forget to update your payroll tax tables. Also there is an update available for 1099’s.

My December post seems to have an incorrect link to the GP year end resources. The correct link is Here.

Great Plains Knowledge Base Articles for 12/95

For Customer Source subscribers, the GP knoweledge base articles for December are located at: http://mbs.microsoft.com/public/insights/ReadArticle.aspx?rcpt_id=11219454&ja_id=30175