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Fine-Tuning Partnerships the Smart Way

By Bethany Foyt

Story by Shann McGrail and Diana Kreklow

From spring cleaning to spring planting to spring training, the season represents fresh starts, growth, possibility, and transformation. This spring, it’s time to drive business forward by taking a deeper look at fine-tuning partnership strategies to capitalize on digital transformation. We have teamed up to deliver the SMART P2P offering, and below we share our approach to springing your business to the next level through partnerships.

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Full-Service Project Management

By Pam McGee

Get out of the details, keep it simple, and get the work done!

What do you think of when you hear the phrase “full-service”? I think of a full-service gas station where I would go with my grandpa or a full-service spa where I went with my friend Kathy in Vegas (no more about Vegas).

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Meet The Geniuses Webinar

By Bethany Foyt

What a great call with our graduating class of geniuses today! Not only did they share what they’ve learned and accomplished over the past year, they passed on the sharing culture by asking participants about list purchases and marketing resources. The genius continues…

Don’t miss out a second time. See what The Genius Series is all about and how this online culture of sharing and learning can make a world of difference in your professional lives!

Once you’ve heard enough, make sure to apply by July 31 to save your spot as one of next year’s geniuses.

Celebrating the Best of The Partner Channel Magazine

By Bethany Foyt

The Partner Channel Magazine Spring 2016 issue is hitting desks near and far highlighting a few of the best features, long-standing business tips, and more.

The Partner Channel team shares their magazine favorites below. What article has made an impression on you over the years? Please comment below!

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Partner News

By Jasmine McNellis

December 2, 2015:  Paystream Advisors, a research-based provider of content focused on financial thought leadership recently released their latest study on Dynamics GP and payables integration. Once reserved only for larger companies with ERP systems, paperless automation can now be embraced by mid-tier and smaller companies using Dynamics GP.

So how does a company using Dynamics GP find the best AP automation solution? This paper will help guide you through this daunting task, featuring insights on:
• Common AP Pains Among All Organizations
• The Advantages of an Integrated AP Automation Solution
• Automating AP as a Microsoft Dynamics – Great Plains User

Download your copy for free today by clicking HERE.

For 32 years, ACOM has provided automated content management, AP automation, business process workflow and payment optimization for more than 4,000 organizations worldwide.

November 30, 2015WatServ is pleased to announce that the company is now backed by the private equity arm of Brookfield Asset Management, a leading global alternative asset manager. With Brookfield’s support, WatServ will continue to expand its business as one of the largest, most experienced providers of Cloud Computing solutions for expert operational management. Learn more about WatServ at www.watserv.com.

Building and Leveraging College Connections to Secure New Talent

By Tracey Kantrud (Laqua)

As a Microsoft Dynamics Partner, you are likely all too familiar with the challenges of finding new talent to sustain and expand your business. The candidates are few and far between, and attracting experienced hires to your organization can be an

Academy 2expensive proposition. More and more of the top-performing Microsoft Dynamics Partners are focusing on bringing in net-new, junior resources by making recruiting new college graduates a priority. Getting the best talent – and getting those candidates early – is key to expanding not only your business, but also the Microsoft Dynamics ecosystem.

“We know from our work with Partners large and small that focusing on college recruiting pays off,” says Katie Hasbargen, worldwide program lead for the Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance.

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A Cautionary Tale

By Peter Joeckel

The original title of this article was going to be, “How I wasted over a year of my business life trying to educate a start-up technology company on how to enter the Microsoft Dynamics channel, and in the process become fabulously wealthy but instead wasted my time and now have nothing to show for my efforts…not even a t-shirt”.

Evidently the problem with that title was that it would be too difficult to create the accompanying illustration for the magazine.

Editor’s note (not really, it’s my own, but that sounds more important): The names of the dumb and mortified have been changed to protect the guilty. Oh wait…never mind…my name is right there as the author!

Twitter generation article synopsis: Just because you build a better mousetrap the world will not beat a path to your door, not if you do everything else wrong.

A little background music, please.

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The Power of Connecting with Like-Minded Professionals

By Bethany Foyt

When I joined The Partner Channel in 2013, I knew my values aligned perfectly with the company’s mission from the start. I’ve always had a passion for community and am proud that The Partner Channel strives to offer that up in every resource we provide.Community Quote

This is especially the case with our new offering, The Genius Series. The six students we have participating in this year’s class have already amazed me beyond all my expectations. Even though we’re not at the same event or in the same room, connecting virtually is giving us all a new-found sense of community in the often crazed and impersonal world we live in daily.

Lindy Belley from Integrity Data shared this after last month’s class: I seriously get a boost of energy after we have our meetings. I finally had the desire to put creative planning and thought into the webinar follow up campaign I’ve been mentally working on for months. Felt like I accomplished something useful and forward-thinking.”

Kaitlyn McKendry from Vicinity Manufacturing said it all after our first class: “The small-group setting of the sessions and sense of community that The Partner Channel is fostering among participants is invaluable. For me personally, the program is offering outside guidance and encouraging lasting connections as I work to move forward and build a career.”

The power behind this determined group of professionals is so exciting to witness and I look forward to six more wonderful months with them to tackle topics like marketing budgets, content marketing, event management, marketing tracking, and more.

Interested in participating in upcoming classes? Shoot me a note at Bethany@thepartnerchannel.com and I’ll add you to my list!

 

You’re In My Sandbox! Why Collaboration Sometimes Doesn’t Work

By Pam McGee

The Beatles were successful because they collaborated at the right time, with the right music, and the right talent. Space travel is a huge collaborative success story. The United States, Russia, the European Union, and China are not only sharing the same vision, but they are also collaborating on resources and equipment. Integrative software where ISVs, retailers, and Microsoft collaborate on an end-to-end solution to the customer is often a success story. Beware, collaboration doesn’t always work, and it certainly doesn’t always result in positive ROI, satisfied employees, loyal customers, and timely results.

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