The Genius Series: Class of 2017-2018

By Bethany Foyt

The Partner Channel is honored to welcome the following students into the 2017-2018 class of marketers excel into geniuses!

The first class is scheduled for September 21, 2017, covering the topic of List Maintenance and Management. But before we set out on this exciting journey to genius, get to know this year’s students by hearing what genius they admire most…

Dale Haines

DALE HAINES, Marketing Manager at ImageTag (www.kwiktag.com)

Socrates

Because I believe as he did, you must question and examine what you know as if you know nothing in search of truth and what is right.

DAVID GERSTEN, VP of Sales and Marketing at Bond Consulting (www.bondconsultingservices.com)

Elon Musk

Because he is not only an Entrepreneur but he is also an engineer, investor, and inventor. I add the concept of Futurist too. His forward-thinking about technology advancements are to align the rest of others. Others may fail and give up. Elon Musk may fail but he never gives up. Making the world a better place for the next people is a very humbling position to be in.

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LAURIE JOHNSON, Sr. Marketing Communications Specialist at JetReports (www.jetreports.com)

Carl Sagan

Because he brought honest, scientific answers to complex questions. More importantly, he found a way to communicate and connect with people and by doing so, was able to challenge preexisting thoughts and beliefs through factual data. He wasn’t afraid to admit what he didn’t know and remained curious and open to the world around him all while sharing his knowledge. Sagan said in his last interview that “Science is more than a body of knowledge. It’s a way of thinking, a way of skeptically interrogating the universe with a fine understanding of human fallibility.” I hope that after attending this course I can share my newly found knowledge with anyone who is interested.

Rod O Conner

ROD O’CONNOR, Owner at Briware Solutions (www.briwaresolutions.com)

Having built a career around ERP software, including time as a consultant, an end user, in IT, and in Accounting, Rod started Briware Solutions to help growing companies solve their business process problems by making the most of their systems and their teams.

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SHAWNA SHARMA, Marketing Manager at Qixas Group (www.qixas.com)

Steve Jobs

He was a leader and a visionary who had an idea and kept working on it despite being faced with a lot of criticism and failures. I think the drive and passion he had was admirable. He has changed the way various industries work. For example, Music, Entertainment, Telecommunications, IT. Because of his inventions, humans have transformed their behavior. The way we engage with each other, the way we communicate, the way we work and even the way we think and live.

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TARA GRANT, VP of Marketing at JetReports (www.jetreports.com)

Oprah Winfrey

Because everything she touches turns to gold and she seems to effortlessly balance humanitarianism with media magnate genius. Who doesn’t love Oprah?

Partner News

By Jasmine McNellis

September 8, 2017Encore Business Solutions (Encore), the largest Canadian owned partner dedicated to Microsoft Dynamics and cloud technology, announced today that it has successfully completed its acquisition of Seattle based Dynamics partner, Fine Solutions. United by common business culture, the combined entity will now be the leading Dynamics ERP and Dynamics 365 partner in the Pacific Northwest. To read the full release, please visit https://www.encorebusiness.com/press/fine-solutions-acquisition/.

September 5, 2017:  The September issue of Prairie Business names and honors the 50 Best Places to Work in the northern Plains. For the fourth consecutive year, DFC Consultants has made the list. “We’re thrilled to be included again as one of the 50 Best Places to Work. DFC Consultants was built on the key principles of being honest, treating customers well, and empowering employees. We take pride that is recognized in the community and by our employees,” said Carol Rogne, President/CEO, DFC Consultants. Not only was DFC Consultants listed as a Best Place to Work by Prairie Business Magazine, they were also listed in Inc’s Best Workplaces for 2017.

September 5, 2017DFC Consultants has been named a finalist for the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) Torch Award for Ethics. The Torch Awards recognize worthy companies that strive to go above and beyond in their dealings with customers, employees, vendors and their community. The winners in each category will be announced at a ceremony on Wednesday, October 25 at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. DFC Consultants is the only finalist from North Dakota. “Just being a finalist for this award is such an honor. At DFC Consultants, we’re not only dedicated to helping our customers succeed, but also to the well-being of our employees, and the vitality of the communities we serve,” said Carol Rogne, CPA, President/CEO, DFC Consultants. DFC Consultants is a BBB Accredited Business with an A+ rating.

Partner News

By Jasmine McNellis

August 18, 2017:  A three-year growth rate of 365 percent has earned Stoneridge Software an appearance on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing private companies in its first year of eligibility. As a business technology consulting firm, Stoneridge Software ranks 1,150 among the top 5,000 companies and number 12 for companies located in Minnesota. “This recognition is great – it’s confirmation that our strategy of hiring technical experts who are passionate about serving their clients has allowed us to grow consistently over the past four years. Our reputation for solving complex business and technology problems has led more and more companies to seek us out – helping fuel our growth,” said founder and CEO Eric Newell. Stoneridge Software has more than 80 employees with offices in Barnesville, Minn. and Minneapolis, Minn. and specializes in business technology consulting with a focus on Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Dynamics AX, Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

August 11, 2017TrinSoft welcomes Bobby Haggard to its Microsoft Dynamics team. Bobby is a Microsoft Dynamics Consultant with responsibilities including managing projects, demonstrations, training and support of Dynamics. He has experience with client installations as well as Management Reporter and numerous third-party products. Bobby is a graduate of The University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Management and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Prior to joining TrinSoft, he worked as a Treasury Analyst and Accountant at Lexmark International, Inc. for thirteen years. He has extensive experience in cash management, foreign currency hedging, financial reporting and numerous other projects.

August 9, 2017: “High volume, high growth merchants that have more sophisticated needs, leverage Shopify Plus to help them grow their business and meet their goals. This aligns with the need for tight integration with their backend systems, and this is the need we fulfill. Our integration offers these merchants a flexible solution that considers how their business runs; we do not enforce our rules on them,” said Nicole Laurier, VP Sales and Marketing, Fisher Technology. “Our ERP and eCommerce integration solution provides bidirectional flows that synchronize data between these applications automatically.” Jamie Sutton, Head of Technology Partnerships at Shopify Plus, said: “From the earliest days of Shopify Plus, we have been working with Fisher Technology and their experienced team for integration projects” he continued, “Welcoming them to the Technology Partner Program is just a natural progression of our relationship.”

July 18, 2017:  Ludwig Reinhard has released another book on project controlling and accounting. In this, the second in his two-part series, Ludwig Reinhard, PhD, moves deeper into the functionality of the Microsoft Dynamics 365 project-management and accounting module. While part one in the series provides a solid foundation in accounting and controlling methodologies as they apply to module setup and configuration, part two explores the module’s versatile functionality in specific scenarios. For more information, please visit https://www.createspace.com/6893198.

Congratulations to the Inner Circle members and Regional Award winners and finalists announced at Microsoft Inspire 2017

By Bethany Foyt

Awards in the technology industry are important because it’s innovation in products, services, and how we do business that keeps us all running strong. Last week at Microsoft Inspire, this year’s Inner Circle members and Regional Award winners and finalists were announced.

Check out the complete list of the recognized Microsoft Dynamics Partners on PartnerSource:

The full list of Inner Circle members and Regional Award winners and finalists will also be printed in our Fall 2017 issue of The Partner Channel Magazine. Sign up today if you’re not already receiving your free copy.

 

 

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My Journey in The Genius Series

By Bethany Foyt

By Sarah Pavlik, 2017 graduate of The Genius SeriesSarah Pavlik

When I presented my case to apply for this marketing course, my primary goal was to learn more about digital marketing and improve our lead generation.  While the course offering was diverse, I felt that I could have my immediate needs met and pick up some tips along the way.

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The Unexpected Journey of a Psychology Major That Changed Everything

By Bethany Foyt

Hannah HorningBy Hannah Horning, 2017 graduate of The Genius Series

Everyone’s career path is a little different. Mine started with a single conversation. One that took me down an unexpected path and changed everything. The conversation happened something like this:

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Summer is here!

By Bethany Foyt

Summer 2017 CoverAnd so is the summer 2017 issue of The Partner Channel Magazine,  all about finding the right fit!

Read this issue of the magazine for tips on finding the “one” in seven steps, developing killer case studies, more baby goats (yes, baby goats),  finding your ZOG, determining the right cultural fit, and so much more!

Now if that lineup of learning doesn’t peak your interest, I don’t know what will!

As Jenny shares in her introduction, here’s to finding the right fit in all aspects of business and life!

Partner News

By Jasmine McNellis

June 21, 2017DFC Consultants, an industry leader providing software for small to medium businesses, has been named one of the best workplaces nationwide by Inc. Magazine. Inc.’s Best Workplaces celebrates companies that actively strive to build vibrant and engaging cultures. At DFC, leaders stress the importance of open communication internally and with customers. DFC also offers flexible work schedules, allowing employees to come and go for appointments or other activities. During the summer months, employees take turns leaving work at noon on Fridays in order to have more time to enjoy the warm weather. Team building activities and group outings throughout the year add to the strong team environment. DFC Consultants’ full bio is listed on Inc.’s website.

June 14, 2017:  It’s an undeniable truth that expense reports are a drag. But, if you’re a Microsoft Dynamics 365 user and Expensify devotee, your work week just got a whole lot easier. Stoneridge Software has released Expensify for Microsoft Dynamics 365 to deliver more efficient processes and decrease time spent on month-end. Expensify for Dynamics 365 by Stoneridge Software is now available for download from Microsoft AppSource as an integration to Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Financials. To read the full press release, please click here.

June 8, 2017:  We’re excited to announce the recent launch of our new website. With rich content and a comprehensive resource library, the TrinSoft website is designed to assist Microsoft Dynamics clients, as well as those who are new to Dynamics. We have also reshaped our approach to the way information is organized and presented. This means that site visitors can now benefit from improved usability, a more responsive design for easier mobile viewing, and extensive online content that is easier to navigate and consume. Please take a few moments to visit the new site at trinsoft.com and let us know what you think.

June 7, 2017Triad Associates, a Dynamics GP VAR focused on higher education, sent team members to a rural community center/school in the Andes region outside Huaraz, Peru last September. Triad team set up a LAN with shared internet connectivity, training local residents on research functions. Topics of most interest were “water management and health issues”. Triad team is planning a trip later this year to a Bolivian community school.

And Now a Word from a June e-Newsletter Sponsor…k-eCommerce

By Jasmine McNellis

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Are you looking for a way to shake up your marketing?

By Bethany Foyt

Live Video Marketing CoverVideo marketing has been around for quite some time and is an important part of a Partner’s marketing, but only recently has it become more and more feasible from a budget and resources perspective. As Brooke Webb Smith mentions in this report, “Video is a great way to simplify complicated topics”.

Add a live component to video, and you have a unique and even more valuable way to reach your prospects and customers on an emotional level. The technology and applications are there…are you ready?!

Live video may sound scary, but this report about Catching Video in the Moment can help ease you into a technique that is sure to differentiate your business.

Download the report today and reach out to these peers and video experts on social media!

 

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