This article reports that Microsoft Australia is urging traditional systems integrators and VARs to pair up with hosting providers to take advantage of its forthcoming CRM release, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0. According to Mark Corley, Microsoft senior director of CRM channel strategy, Dynamics CRM’s new multi-tenant capabilities would give its channel the ability to expand their services and IP into the burgeoning on-demand software space. "This makes it more efficient for hosters and enterprise customers to undertake deployments which support multiple divisions or customers with a single federated instance," said Mr. Corley. According to Ross Dembecki, Microsoft Business Solutions Group lead product manager, "Resellers looking for more customers in their particular niche or vertical are often limited by physical presence. Hosting allows them to have national or even regional reach."
ARNnet, 20/11/07, Online, Journalist: Nadia Cameron
According to the developer, iEnterprises, these are the key benefits of their new solution:
- Mobile Edge for Microsoft Dynamics CRM is an easy and rapid way for you to get real-time access to information found on your Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0 Professional or Small Business editions on your RIM BlackBerry smartphones.
- Mobile Edge for Microsoft Dynamics CRM gives you the option of hosted, on premise or mixed deployment to suit your company’s needs. It’s a cost-effective open standards application based on Web Services. Pre-built, it quickly connects and extends your mission-critical enterprise data housed in Microsoft Dynamics CRM to the BlackBerry, while offering users remarkable flexibility and ease of use.
As announced on August 31, 2007, the CRM Software Advisor program will be receiving an important update on November 10th, 2007. The new program will differ from the original program in terms of the fee calculations, but most other terms and conditions of the program will remain the same. These changes will affect all Microsoft partners who sell and deploy Microsoft Dynamics CRM.
If you are a Microsoft Dynamics CRM Certified Software Advisor, the please review the full announcement and the partner FAQ on this page on PartnerSource.