Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance Newsletter


Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance Member,

Happy Holidays from DynAA! We hope this newsletter finds you all doing well this holiday season.
Here you will find the latest news about DynAA and information on how to get the maximum benefit out of your membership. Please feel free to share this newsletter with your colleagues.

Free training and networking opportunity! Register now for the 2013 Worldwide Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance Preconference!


DynAA will host the Worldwide Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance Preconference in New Orleans, LA, USA March 16-17, 2013 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.


This event will take place immediately before

Microsoft Convergence
, which will be held March 18-21, 2013.


The Worldwide DynAA Preconference is the definitive forum for exchange of curriculum and research among current and prospective DynAA members. For the 2013 Preconference, DynAA invites faculty to submit curriculum packages and research papers which incorporate Microsoft Dynamics into business and information systems courses for presentation. The best curriculum package submitted will be chosen to present a demonstration class, as well as receive the "Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance Instructional Award". The winner will be notified in advance in order to prepare for the class. Sunday March 17th will feature 4 plus hours of free training on use of Microsoft Dynamics in the classroom, including demo classes and curriculum.


For more detailed information on submitting your curriculum package or research paper, please visit


Why should you attend?

Hear what past attendees have to say:


Attend the 2013 Worldwide Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance Preconference!


Why should you attend the 2013 Worldwide Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance Preconference?




2012 European Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance Event
On November 22-23, 2013 DynAA hosted its annual European conference at Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland. This is a conference where faculty come together to enhance and share their knowledge of Microsoft Dynamics and the use of technology in the classroom.
The agenda offered a good balance of Microsoft and faculty led presentations, best practices, and interactive roundtable discussions focused on Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamics AX, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM. You can find a recap of the event and presentations here.
Attendees came from the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and United Kingdom. The participants were faculty from both business and technology focused universities who are members of DynAA.  Microsoft Dynamics Partners also attended the event.
A big thank you to all attendees who made this event a huge success. We hope to see you again next year.
Contact if you have any questions.


2012 Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) Annual Meeting

DSI 2012 

DSI 2012 was held this year in San Francisco, CA, USA, November 17-20, 2012 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. Todd Schultz, chair of the North American DynAA Advisory Council presented "Illustrating Process Enabling Information Technologies with Microsoft Dynamics" in a session called "The Role of Software in Teaching and Learning," at the Mini-Conference in Technology in the Classroom, on Saturday, November 17th. DynAA Program Manager, Lyndsey Creamer, and members of the North American DynAA Advisory Council were also in attendance.  DynAA was happy to meet several member schools and also introduce our program to many prospective schools.


 View Todd's presentation here .


Did you miss the DynAA webinars on Microsoft Dynamics and Health Care?

In the months of September and October, DynAA hosted two great webinars focused on the health care industry presented by Microsoft Dynamics Partners.   


On September 5th, Avanade presented: "Results Realized: All-in-One Enterprise Resource Planning Software for the Healthcare Industry".  Don Hammer, Avanade Health Solutions Director demonstrated how Avanade's all-in-one Enterprise Resource Planning Software For Hospitals is built on Microsoft Dynamics AX to help hospitals quickly and cost-effectively face their unique and challenges. View the webinar here.


On October 30th,  PowerObjects presented "Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Health Care". Steve Thompson, Vice President of Sales and Dr. Timothy Pratt, Health and Life Sciences Solution Design Consultant, PowerObjects, showed how Microsoft Dynamics CRM is quickly becoming one of the most pervasive technologies supporting the operations of businesses, non-profits, health care, and the public sector.  For health care in particular, Microsoft Dynamics CRM is used as a platform drives results for hospitals, health insurance companies, medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical sales and many other health related fields. View the webinar here.

 Please contact if you have any questions for us or would like to get in touch with the Microsoft partners.


What Microsoft Dynamics technologies would you like to learn more about this year?

DynAA will be starting up a series of webinars again this year. Some topics we have covered in the past are: Microsoft Dynamics AX, CRM, NAV, GP, as well as Sure Step and SharePoint.


Let us know your interests and we will find the Microsoft or faculty expert to present the webinar! Please submit your topic ideas to with the subject line, "Call for Webinar Topics".



Call for Papers: The 2nd International Conference on Health Information Technology Advancement (ICHITA-2013)


The 2nd International Conference on Health Information Technology Advancement (ICHITA-2013) will be held October 17-18, 2013 in at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI.


 This purpose of this conference is to inform the community about the critical issues and opportunities in health care and how they can be tackled and capitalized through relationships and the infusion of health information technologies.



For more information regarding specific conference objectives, submission of papers or publications, and contact information, refer to this article .




Do you have the latest version of Microsoft Dynamics at your school?

DynAA is committed to making sure you have the tools you need to use Microsoft Dynamics in your classroom, and this includes making sure you are running the latest versions.


The latest ERP and CRM versions available are:

  • Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010
    • Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 coming soon!
  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013
    • (available for order in certain countries, contact DynAA to see if it is available in your area)
  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011

Contact to place your order!



How can engaging with local Microsoft Dynamics User Groups can benefit your university?


In the past DynAA members have found connecting with local Microsoft Dynamics User Groups to be a rewarding experience. The following examples are from Finland.


Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences has found it very helpful to participate in the local User Group meetings. The User Group meetings act as a forum for the exchange of knowledge and experiences among the customers. These are held independently and therefore not organized by Microsoft. For this User Group Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences presented their method of introducing Microsoft Dynamics NAV into the classroom. Several student projects have been created in conjunction to the participating companies.


Another example is from the degree program, Business Information Technology and Business Administration, at HAMK University of Applied Sciences in Finland. They are in a process of integrating Microsoft Dynamics AX and CRM into their curriculum. In order to connect the university  to the user companies the university has invited the national AX User Group to visit January 23, 2013. The university is interested in cooperation on multiple levels: projects, practices, theses, lectures etc.


If you would like to contact Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences or HAMK University of Applied Sciences to find out more about their experience or you would like to be connected to a local Microsoft Dynamics User Group please contact


Share your Microsoft Dynamics Curriculum

We receive a lot of questions from new members asking about how they can use Microsoft Dynamics in the classroom. We know that many of you have created curriculum which could be very helpful to your peers.


Please share your materials on Faculty Connection today!


We are looking for syllabi, practice sets, presentations, tests, capstone projects, and any other materials you are willing to share with other faculty.



Microsoft Dynamics Partner Spotlight


DynAA relies on the help of Microsoft Dynamics Partners to give our students real-world experience on Microsoft Dynamics software. This month we would again like to highlight someone who is not only part of the Microsoft Dynamics Partner, Rose Business Solutions, but is also a member of the North American DynAA Advisory Council! DynAA members, meet Doug Pitcher.


Doug is a Microsoft Certified Professional for Microsoft Dynamics GP and has extensive experience with the core modules as well as payroll, report writer, FRx, etc. 

Doug has over ten years of business and accounting experience and has been an implementation manager for several projects over the past six years. 
Doug also won a Microsoft Pinnacle Award for excellence in customer service. 

Doug currently manages all client technical support issues for Rose Business Solutions.


Doug is also your main contact for myGPcloud, a hosted environment for Microsoft Dynamics GP. If you are interested in this solution for your school, you can reach Doug at:



Business Intelligence Evangelist

DynAA is excited to introduce you to evangelists and industry professionals who are changing the way Microsoft technologies are used.


This month, we are happy to introduce to Nigel Geary.  Nigel has a PhD in computer modeling of polymer materials, but has worked his entire career in Business Intelligence and Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) solutions. Over the last ten years Nigel has delivered hundreds of solutions to Microsoft Dynamics customers.  One example of such an implementation was in London, where Nigel built a company of 25 people, focused on Microsoft Dynamics AX and NAV warehouse solutions, PrecisionPoint Software, which is now in use in a dozen countries, including the United States.


Nigel is enthusiastic about working through Microsoft to educate academic institutions about the potential of Microsoft Business Intelligence generally and for Microsoft Dynamics. He welcomes the idea of helping schools by acting as a Microsoft Business Intelligence evangelist and by sharing his technical experience as well as his anecdotal evidence from the Dynamics world.


Contact if you have questions for Nigel or check him out on LinkedIn.

DynAA Advisory Council Update

The North American DynAA Advisory Council meet the last Monday of each month.  Current projects include organizing the "Call for Papers" and submitting presentations for the 2013 Worldwide DynAA Preconference, creating curriculum, attending workshops to represent DynAA, and doing webinars to share their expertise. The council also participates in pilot programs and continues to drive local engagement in DynAA.  If you have any questions, comments or want to be involved in any of the efforts, contact the chair - Todd Schultz, Augusta State University (


The DynAA Advisory Council for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) held an in-person meeting November 21, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland, just before the 2012 European Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance Event. The focus of the meeting was to organize the projects the council will pursue.  The main focus of the council will be to develop a curriculum concept and use curriculum that is going to most engage and benefit student. Not only will help to develop a certification program and a certificate program, but will also advise on developing hosting models. They also continue to pursue the  Cross Collaboration project and local engagement in DynAA. 


 If you have any suggestions, needs, questions or would like to contribute please don't hesitate to reach out to the council via  

Making Connections-Employment Opportunities for Students


Have your students been hired by or been offered internships from a Microsoft partner?  We would love to hear the story! Please email us at with the details.

Reignite Your Passion with Microsoft Dynamics and Surface

 Remember when your job was more than just a lot of work?

Remember the feeling of fire in your belly, the belief that you could make a difference, have an impact, maybe even change the world?

And what about your current business application -- is it helping or hurting?


We have a vision for the future we want to share, and if you like it, maybe you'll share it too.


Here is a great video on Microsoft's vision of how Microsoft Dynamics and the Surface can change your vision!
Revolutionize your work. Love your work. Reignite your passion.
Learn more at

 Increasing your Efficiency


From time to time we like to point out some tools that can help make the work you do from day to day easier. Well, ActiveScholar's Research Writer software can do just that. ResearchWriter by ActiveScholar is a complete research writing management system designed exclusively for academics, by academics.

Used by faculty and doctoral student, ResearchWriter is a great application for capturing, maintaining and organizing research information for journal articles, dissertations, theses, course papers, essays and books.


Click here for more information or to download a free trial.


Visit our Social Media sites


If you aren't already a member, please join the Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance LinkedIn Group! It is a great place for Faculty and Partners to connect and post new discussions. There are also several sub-groups available to join within the main group. Join today! You can also "like" us on Facebook.


December 2012
In This Issue
Register for the DynAA Preconference 2013
2012 European Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance Event Recap
DSI 2012
DynAA Webinars
What would you like to learn?
Upgrade to the latest versions of Microsoft Dynamics software
Microsoft Dynamics User Groups
Share your Curriculum
Microsoft Dynamics Partner Spotlight
Business Intelligence Corner
NA Advisory Council Update
Tell Us Your Story
The Microsoft Dynamics Vision
Increasing your Efficiency
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