Monthly Archives: July 2007

Message from Diana Beckman


Microsoft NorCal Partners:


I want to take a moment to thank you for your Microsoft partnership.  As you know, we just closed our fiscal year ’07 and it has been a fantastic year for Microsoft.  From speaking to many of you, our partners have seen a healthy business growth as well.  NorCal SMS&P sales results were very strong and we ended the year #1 for sales attainment results.  NorCal SMS&P achieved the highest year over year growth in the US for new Windows Server units and new Dynamics ERP customer adds.  NorCal also had the highest sales attainment for our IW solutions and also had very strong development tools growth.  NorCal SMS&P has also seen a strong Enterprise Agreement renewal commitment from customers, and a strong growth of customers moving from Open and Select agreements to Enterprise Agreements, demonstrating a long term commitment to the Microsoft platform.  All of this translates into a great opportunity for our partners to engage with customers to build and deploy solutions on the Microsoft platform investment they have made.  Thank you for all your support to close a very strong year in NorCal and move into our next fiscal year with a healthy pipeline of business.


 As you may have heard from recent announcements, Microsoft SMS&P is making some changes as we move into our next fiscal year.  In the West Region, we are consolidating sales areas and NorCal and PacWest will be merged into one area called NorthWest which will be led by Jane Dickson (previously the GM of PacWest SMS&P).  You may have met Jane at Worldwide Partner Conference this month, and if not I’m sure you’ll have the opportunity to meet with her very soon.  Jane has a strong track record for sales attainment and partner satisfaction and I’m sure you’ll enjoy working with her.  You will continue to work with the same NorCal team including our Sales Managers – Stewart McDougall, Lauren Salita and Mike McGuinness and their teams, and your Partner Community Manager Suzanne Lavine.


I will be moving into a new role within Microsoft starting August 1st as Worldwide General Manager for SMSG Field Readiness.  In my new role I will be responsible for leading a global team to deliver training worldwide to our SMSG (sales, marketing and services group) field organization, partnering with Microsoft’s Executive field, segment and business group leadership on understanding the business strategies and ensuring alignment of the readiness strategy to our field leadership’s short- and long-term business goals.   Microsoft is making a strong commitment to invest in our people for continued skills and career development and I’m excited to be part of making that happen.  I also look forward to expanding my leadership opportunities to a worldwide level.


Although my new role will be less partner facing, I hope to maintain strong connections with all of you.  It’s important to hear your feedback on how our field can improve in serving our customers and partners and how we can ensure the readiness programs for our  employees to make a strong impact in working with you and your customers.  I have enjoyed working with you over the years and I hope you know that I will continue to support you in any way that I can.   I will continue to work out of the San Francisco field office so please stay in touch!


Thanks, again, for your partnership and I wish you much success!


Diana Beckman

General Manager, WW SMSG Readiness Field Delivery

Microsoft Corporation


The Landmark @ One Market Street

San Francisco, CA 94105

Tel:   415-972-6435

Mobile:   415-320-2606


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Posted by on July 31, 2007 in Hot Topic


IMPORTANT – Please View this Live Meeting TODAY

sorry for last minute notification – if you can’t attend highly recomew on demand July 24
Microsoft Incentives: New Promotions and Offers to Help You Close Business! (July-September Update)

Attend this webcast to learn more about the new promotions, offers, and programs that Microsoft has available to help you close business and provide more value add to your customers. We will discuss some of the key offers in market today that you can leverage across a myriad of Microsoft Solutions including Microsoft Office Professional, Windows Client, Exchange Server, etc.

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Posted by on July 24, 2007 in Hot Topic


First Come, First Serve

 I have CD Templates for Microsoft sharepoint, products and technologies available – if you would like one sent please send me an email at with your name, company name and mailing address.
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Posted by on July 23, 2007 in Special Offer


Discounted Sacramanto MCSE Class $95

MCSE 5061 – Implementing Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007

Dates: August 14th – August 16th, 2007

Location: 9245 Laguna Springs Drive Suite 315 Elk Grove, CA 95758

Start Time: 8:30 am End Time: 4:30 pm

On-Site Contact: Arch Phang Toll Free: 866-812-2452 or Tel: 916-479-8890 or Cell: 916-494-3856


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Posted by on July 23, 2007 in Training


User Group Meeting .NET Dev

The next meeting of the BAADD San Francisco .NET Developer’s User Group will be Wednesday, July 25, 2007 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the Microsoft Office, One Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA.

Food will arrive at 6:30, and the meeting will get underway formally at 7:00.  If you arrive after 7:00, you will need to have the security guard call me to bring you up.

This month Barton Friedland will present on Windows Workflow Foundation + .Windows Sharepoint Services

Windows Workflow Foundation (WF), a key component of .NET 3.0, provides a rich set of services to build next-generation applications that manage both human computer-based workflows. Barton will provide an overview of the WF object model, including the Workflow Runtime and the extensible services it provides. Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (WSS 3.0) is a separate product from Microsoft that also hosts WF technology. Barton will elaborate on the manner in which WF has been tuned for the WSS 3.0 environment and go into detail as to how stand-alone WF can be used in tandem with WF hosted within WSS 3.0 to compose sophisticated workflow applications.

Barton Friedland, Luminous Group

Barton Friedland is a Managing Partner of Luminous Group, a bay area technology consultancy focusing on alignment of business strategy with technology choices. A veteran of both Apple and NeXT, Barton has worked with and implemented leading edge technologies for over 20 years for companies such as American Express, JP Morgan, Elite Model Management, and Stüssy. From 2003-2006 he held the position of Director of Engineering for Spoken Translation. He holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Computer Science from Mills College. He was a senior member of the aMap HCI research project at Stanford University.
postgraduate research employs an ethnographic approach to understand how people’s beliefs shape their use of tools, and how to this knowledge can be employed to maximize the benefits of computer technology. Barton is a founding member of Bay Area .NET Users Group and its first Group Chair. Barton introduced the vision of expanded and interconnected chapters across the Bay area and fostered diverse user membership through the introduction of working groups. Barton also served as a founding member of the Board of Directors for International .NET Association and has written several seminal articles on .NET technology.

Please RSVP to Don Robins at by noon on Wednesday, July 25th, so we can make sure we have enough food and drinks on hand, and so building security knows you are coming.  I hope you will be able to attend.

As always, we will have a drawing for door prizes including a copy of Microsoft Office Professional 2007 and Office Groove 2007 (street price $500)! Remember you must be present to win. Meetings are free for current BAADD members, and there is a guest fee is $10 at the door for nonmembers. Annual dues are $75, and you can join at the door.

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Posted by on July 19, 2007 in Hot Topic


Looking for a Retail Partner?

POSitive Technology has been recognized 4 years running as the World Wide Retail Partner of the Year. They have achieved this goal through extensive partnering within the Microsoft Dynamics community. With a specialization in Retail Store Operations and Technology, POSitive implements comprehensive solutions based on Microsoft’s Dynamics RMS with extensive Dynamics integration experience. POSitive is always on the lookout for new partnering opportunities and currently supports over 4000 implementations Nation Wide.  With Recent wins like the Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks and Woolrich Clothing, POSitive has the references and expertise to deliver. For local partnering opportunities, connect with Maria Powell at 888.706.9989.

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Posted by on July 18, 2007 in Dynamics Information


Complimentary Training Vouchers!

QuickStart was recently awarded "Training Partner of the Year" from the Microsoft Windows Vista US Product Group.

To celebrate this award we will be providing COMPLIMENTARY Microsoft Exam Vouchers with any new prepaid retail-price online enrollments.
Enroll online with the code CP1707 and we’ll include the exam voucher toward Microsoft certifications listed below…including the new MCSE upgrade to Windows Server 2008!
The deadline to enroll is next Friday, July 27th.

I’ve listed the Certifications below with their corresponding courses and exams so you know which vouchers will be provided at the conclusion of class by either me or the branch administrator.

MCTS – Windows Vista Configuration

·  Supporting Windows Vista – Installing, Configuring, and Troubleshooting (Exam 70-620)

MCITP – Enterprise Support Technician (requires MCTS – Vista Configuration to qualify)

·  Creating and Deploying Windows Vista Business Desktops (Exam 70-622)

MCTS – Windows SharePoint Services-Configuring and MCTS – Office SharePoint Server 2007-Configuring

·  Implementing Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and SharePoint Services 3.0 (Exam 70-630 and 70-631)

MCTS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Web-Based Client Development

·  Advanced Web Client Programming with Visual Studio 2005 (Exam 70-528)
(you should complete
Essential ASP.NET 2.0 Web Programming with MegaLab before enrolling in this class)

MCSA Upgrade to Windows Server 2008

·  Updating your Network Infrastructure Skills to Windows Server 2008

·  Updating your Active Directory Skills to Windows Server 2008 (Exam 70-648)

MCSE Upgrade to Windows Server 2008 (requires MCSA upgrade to Server 2008 to qualify)·  Updating your Application Platform Skills to Windows Server 2008 (Exam 70-649)

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Posted by on July 18, 2007 in Hot Topic