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If you’ve been tasked with implementing Microsoft Dynamics CRM, you may be wondering where to start.  Here are 10 ideas to get you going in the right direction.

  1. Align yourself with a Partner

The primary role of a Microsoft partner is to provide professional services for the implementation of Microsoft Dynamics CRM—from gathering business requirements to designing a system to support your unique business processes.Having implemented Microsoft Dynamics CRM for hundreds of companies, this is our area of expertise at PowerObjects.

However, even if your organization is not interested using a partner to guide you along as you implement CRM, there are still several benefits to aligning yourself with PowerObjects:

  • PowerObjects will send you a FREE BOOK on questions to ask when implementing Microsoft Dynamics CRM.
  • Information on the latest technology and events related to Microsoft CRM will be pushed to you in our newsletter.
  • PowerObjects provides a How-To Portal can provide you videos and resources for learning CRM.
  • PowerObjects provides a subscription based service called PowerSuccess where you have access to assistance.
  • You may decide to use the PowerObjects Help Desk if you run into a snag!
  1. Download standard documentation

All the documentation for Microsoft Dynamics CRM is publicly available for download.

Click here for a list of other resources available.

  1. Attend a training

In-person training is always the best way to learn Microsoft Dynamics CRM because it provides that hands-on experience.  If you can attend a boot camp designed to give you a comprehensive overview of MSCRM before you get started—all the better!  In addition, you might consider having PowerObjects provide you with personalized training on a specific area of focus or with your business requirements in mind. Contact us or fill out this form to request more information.

  1. Join CustomerSource

CustomerSource provides access to eLearning for customers, and it is also the place where you can open a support request with Microsoft should you have a problem.

  1. Watch Videos

The focus behind the How-To Portal is to provide videos and step-by-step guides on how to implement Microsoft Dynamics CRM on you own.In addition, Microsoft provides a centralized list of all the videos available to watch and distribute to users.

  1. Read Blogs

There are several good blogs you can follow to get up-to-date information on Microsoft Dynamics CRM—to get started, try these

  1. Participate in the Online Community

Many people are willing to answer your questions for free in The Forums at Dynamics Communities.You might even see a PowerObjects person out there from time to time!This is a great resource for technical questions and issues, but others will have difficulty working with you on your business process specific questions, as that often requires a bigger conversation.

  1. Purchase Books

You can get CRM books in print, as well as on your electronic reader of choice.  Some of the top books include:

  1. Join CRMUG

The CRM User Group (CRMUG) is the best way to connect other Microsoft Dynamics CRM users like you.For a modest annual membership, they provide an online community, resources, live training, recorded training, and in-person events.Find out more here!

  1. Attend Convergence

Convergence is Microsoft’s annual conference centered on Microsoft Dynamics.  It’s a huge educational opportunity for organizations wanting to implement Microsoft Dynamics CRM, as there are sessions geared towards people of all levels and multiple industries.  You’ll find hands-on labs, an expo full of value-add products and services, as well as opportunities for socializing and networking with other organizations like yours.  See a recap of Convergence 2012!

PowerObjects is Microsoft’s 2012 Dynamics CRM Partner of the Year, and we’d be happy to help you find your way. Contact us.

Happy CRM’ing!

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Joe CRM is a CRM superhero who runs on pure Microsoft Dynamics CRM adrenaline. As the face of PowerObjects, Joe CRM’s mission is to reveal innovative ways to use Dynamics CRM and bring the application to more businesses and organizations around the world.