Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance Newsletter


Dear Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance Member,

Greetings from DynAA! We hope this newsletter finds you all doing well this spring.
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.

2013 DynAA Membership Survey


Thank you for taking the time to complete our annual membership survey. It is important to your educational institution and to us that your institution's membership level mirrors your engagement and involvement. Based on your responses to this survey, your institution will be identified as a Foundation Member or as a Premier Member for the upcoming academic year. Premier Member institutions are eligible for additional benefits including e-learning access for students and subsidized registration fees at special events. Your institutions membership level will be announced and sent out in May.


If you did not fill out your survey and still wish to be considered for Premier Status, please contact us at


We are also happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the membership levels.

Recap of the 2013 Worldwide Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance Preconference in New Orleans, LA, USA.
The 2013 Worldwide Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance (DynAA) Preconference was held March 16-17, 2013 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in New Orleans, LA, USA. 


The 2013 Worldwide DynAA Preconference was our largest to date. This year we had 72 attendees made up of faculty members, Microsoft Dynamics partners, and Microsoft employees. 19 countries were represented.

Important announcements made at this year's event included:


  • Student pricing for Microsoft Dynamics Certification Exams
  • New Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Curriculum and Free Instructor Training
  • Free Microsoft Dynamics User Group Memberships for DynAA member faculty and their students
  • Introduction of the Microsoft Dynamics Student Certificate Program
Please see this newsletter for more information on these great offerings and initiatives.

The Worldwide DynAA Preconference is the definitive forum for exchange of curriculum and research among current and prospective DynAA members. For the 2013 Preconference,  faculty were invited to submit curriculum packages and research papers which incorporated Microsoft Dynamics into business and information systems courses for presentation. The authors of the winning curriculum package received the "Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance Instructional Award" and were given the opportunity to present a demonstration class. The 2013 award was presented to Dr. Huei Lee from Eastern Michigan University and to Dr. Kuo Lane Chen from University of Southern Mississippi for their submission " Using Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Business Process Management: A Curriculum Package for Business Process Management or Supply Chain Management Courses".

You can view the full recap here

(All materials and recorded sessions are linked to the document you will find on this page). Check back often for updates!


The 2013 DynAA European Event to take place in Copenhagen in October!


This year we are very excited to invite you for the 2013 DynAA European event at the Microsoft Development Center in Copenhagen, Denmark in October 2013. This event is a conference where you, as professors and educators, come together to enhance your knowledge of Microsoft Dynamics and the use of technology in the classroom. This event will offer an opportunity to collaborate with fellow educators and learn more about Microsoft Dynamics and related topics, as well as providing an important forum for the exchange of ideas and information for current and prospective DynAA members.
More information, including the specific date for this event is coming soon. Contact for more information. 

FREE Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Curriculum and Instructor training to be offered in the United States and Europe in the summer of 2013!



Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance will offer free training related to new Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 curriculum being offered to DynAA members. When taught in its entirety, the curriculum begins to prepare students to take the Microsoft Dynamics AX Financials and the Microsoft Dynamics AX Trade and Logistics certification exams.  The modules within the curriculum can also be used individually to enhance existing curriculum. Instructor Guides will be provided.



Learn how to use this curriculum in your classroom either to enhance your current curriculum or to begin to prepare your students for certification.



The training class and all materials needed during the training, including the use of computers, will be provided by DynAA at no charge. Breakfast and lunch will also be provided.. Travel and hotel expenses are at the cost of the attendee. Those attending from a Public Sector institution will be required to provide a signed Pre-Approval letter.


Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Curriculum Instructor Training


July 22-24, 2013 - SOLD OUT

Bloomington, MN, USA


While the training in the United States is currently sold out, click here for additional information and to get on the wait list.


August 19-21, 2013

Munich, Germany


Click here for additional information, including registration information regarding the training in Germany.


Please note that due to limited space, this training is only available to DynAA member faculty. 


There are a limited number of seats available, so register now!


Attention Convergence 2013 Attendees


Convergence 2013 Logo Have you checked out Hands on Labs?  Sign into Schedule Builder and get guided, online learning available only for those that attended in New Orleans.


Log in to the secured portion of the Convergence 2013 website.

Start Planning now for the 2014 Worldwide Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance Preconference and Convergence 2014!


On March 21, 2013, the final day of Convergence 2013, an exciting announcement was made about the location of Convergence 2014.  Next year's location will be Atlanta, GA, USA!!  Following tradition, the 2014 Worldwide Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance Preconference will also take place in Atlanta, GA, USA.


Convergence 2014 is March 4-7, 2014 at the Georgia World Congress Center. Anticipated dates for the 2014 Worldwide Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance Preconference are March 2-3, 2014, but with all the exciting changes we are making, this could be extended, so keep an eye open for additional training opportunities prior to the Preconference.


We are already starting to work on our 2014 events, so don't hesitate to contact with any questions!


NEW OFFERING: Dynamic Communities Inc. to offer FREE memberships in Microsoft Dynamics User Groups to DynAA Faculty and Students!

Interested in learning more about the Microsoft Dynamics product you use in the classroom? Through your DynAA Membership, you will now be able to apply for a free membership in the Microsoft Dynamics User Groups for you and your students. The Microsoft Dynamics User Groups are managed by an independent organization and consist of companies that share the common interest of optimizing their use of Microsoft Dynamics products.


Faculty Memberships: please contact the DynAA team at to register.


Student Memberships: faculty to contact the DynAA team at to register students.


Choose the User Group(s) right for you:

 Click here to see all the great benefits that will come with your memberships.

Microsoft Dynamics AX User Group meets HAMK University of Applied Sciences.


DynAA institutions are already starting to benefit from connecting with the Microsoft Dynamics User Groups.


The degree programs in the Business Administration and Business Information Technology department at HAMK University of Applied Sciences invited the Finnish AX user group for a visit to H�meenlinna, Finland. The meeting comprised of 17 AX professionals from 15 companies around Finland, who all use different versions of the Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP system.


The AX user group meeting was hosted by Tarja Laine, CEO of Lainetar Oy and principal lecturer Lasse Sepp�nen of Business IT. The program founder, Tiina Niemi Niecon Oy, presented how a marketing campaign is planned and managed in AX.  Sepp�nen presented how Business Administration and Business IT students learn ERP systems and business processes as daily routines of a practice enterprise are performed using AX. In order to develop teaching further Sepp�nen asked the user groups to tell about the company requirements to the students present. 


Click here to read the entire article.

NEW OFFERING: Microsoft Dynamics exams to be available at Student and ITA pricing levels in the summer of 2013!


In the summer of 2013 Microsoft Dynamics exams will be available at student and ITA pricing levels). 


What does this mean for your students? 

  • Students will no longer need vouchers to access discounted Microsoft Dynamics certification exams
  • With a valid student ID or transcript, any student will be eligible for Student Pricing for Microsoft Dynamics certification exams; this is a 50% discount.
  • With a valid student ID or transcript, students from an ITA school will be eligible for ITA Pricing for Microsoft Dynamics certification exams; this is a 55% discount.


Don't know if your school is already a member of ITA?  Email

NEW OFFERING: Microsoft Dynamics Student Certificate Program


The Microsoft Dynamics Student Certificate Program (MDSCP) will be offered starting in the fall of 2013. 


 This program will:

  • Provide measurable requirements for DynAA member institutions to differentiate their institution and students as having significant standard-based exposure to Microsoft Dynamics' solutions in coursework. 
  • Provide students the ability to document their familiarity with Microsoft Dynamics in a standardized and recognized way. 
  • Allow Microsoft to identify schools offering certificate level coursework in order to focus additional resources on these schools.
  • Allow Microsoft Dynamics partners and customers to focus their recruiting efforts on institutions producing graduates with a higher level of Microsoft Dynamics product knowledge. 


More information regarding the MDSCP will be coming soon!


Please contact if you have any questions.

Versions of Microsoft Dynamics Software Currently Supported


Because your institution belongs to the Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance (DynAA), you have access to the full line of Microsoft Dynamics products. Please contact at any time for questions about obtaining one of these great Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) products.


The most current versions* available are:

  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011
  • Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013
  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013
  • Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011

DynAA will always order the most current version of the software unless stated. Requests will be honored for one product version earlier. Support is available for the most current version and one version earlier.


*Due to different release schedules, there are some countries where these may not be the most current versions.


Microsoft Dynamics CRM Customer Center



Have you just started using Microsoft Dynamics CRM? Maybe you just have questions about new capabilities or are looking for basic product support. You can always come to with any questions, however, another great place to look is the new Microsoft Dynamics Customer Center.


This is also a great place to find how-to videos, articles, and access a community of forums, blogs, and user groups where you can connect with peers and industry experts to get more out of Microsoft Dynamics CRM.


 Click here for more details.


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 like to highlight a great partner who works with DynAA to offer hosted solutions for your classroom. This month we would like to introduce you to Reviora.


Reviora hosts both Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Microsoft Dynamics AX (on a case by case basis) for members of DynAA.   


Reviora is a leading provider of managed hosting solutions, offering high availability cloud environments for critical business applications. This is primarily focused on web-enabling and delivering enterprise software to any computer anywhere.. In order to provide the best possible service to clients, they have put together an industry- leading partner program where they work together with the best consultants and implementers in the nation to deploy hosted software.



For those of you that attended the 2013 Worldwide Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance Preconference in New Orleans, LA, you heard Reviora's own Tim Moyers, Director of Business Development, speak on "Educating Towards the Cloud" in a session on March 17th. In case you missed it, you can review the presentation here


Important details regarding Reviora's relationship with DynAA are:

  • Reviora will provide access to Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Microsoft Dynamics AX in the cloud for a semester class. This is done on a case by case basis
  • Contact: Jenifer Smith,

Microsoft Dynamics Master vs. Student Licenses


Master Licenses-

Master Licenses are available for all Microsoft Dynamics products.  The license does not expire and can only be used on school machines (no personal student machines).  The license is only listed on CustomerSource.  We are unable to email this license key, so it is the administrator's responsibility to locate and utilize the key, upon being provided instructions for retrieval.  Master license keys are only available for the latest version of the software and one version older.


Student Licenses-

Student Licenses are only available for Microsoft Dynamics NAV and AX.  This license is in .FLF format and is sent via email.  This license must be requested each year, as it does expire and is not automatically renewed.  These student licenses can be provided to students for their personal computers, often utilized by professors to be able to give homework assignments.


Contact if you have any questions regarding your licenses or need to request a new Student License.

Special notice from DynAA regarding E-Learning codes for Premier Members

Something we wanted to call to your attention was the method by which you redeem E-Learning codes that may have been distributed to you. When redeeming your codes, please make sure you are manually entering the code we give you rather than copying and pasting it in the blank. While this does add an extra step, it will help ensure that the codes are valid when you redeem them. Failure to follow this step will cause the code to lose value and will no longer be usable.


Please contact us at if you have any questions or concerns.


Share your Microsoft Dynamics Curriculum


To follow-up on our Call for Curriculum at the 2013 Worldwide Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance Preconference, we would like to encourage our members to please share your materials on Faculty Connection today!


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.


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


DynAA EMEA Advisory Council Nominations-Deadline May 24, 2013


The Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance EMEA Advisory Council is soliciting nominations - including self-nominations - for Council membership for terms beginning July 1, 2013. The Council's purpose is "to advise Microsoft to continuously improve the Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance program and offering at all levels" and serving on the Council represents academic service to the profession at the highest level.


For more information on this opportunity, please contact Application deadline is May 24, 2013.


Making Connections-Employment Opportunities for Students


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

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.

Words from DynAA Members


Do you have an article you would like to share in our next newsletter? If so, please send it to for review. This month we have two article from members we would like to share with you.  You can read them below.



Local Engagement Empowers the Use of Microsoft Dynamics in Curriculum


When you start using Microsoft Dynamics in your curriculum or for research purposes, engagement with other educators, the local Microsoft subsidiary, and engagement with Microsoft Dynamics partners and customers will help empower your success.  Read this article by Arto Talmo from Haaga-Helia Univeersity of Applied Sciences in Finland, a member of the DynAA EMEA Advisory Council, on how they have brought in Microsoft Dynamics software for use in their curriculum by engaging with their local Microsoft Dynamics User Groups.


Use of Clients in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013  


In the past few years,  Microsoft has improved the graphical user interface (GUI) of the Microsoft Dynamics products. Previously there was only one client version to address the system, nowadays users have the choice to use different clients.


There are three clients plus a development environment available for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013:

  1. Windows Client (earlier known as the RTC)
  2. Web Client
  3.  SharePoint Client
  4. Developers Client


This article, by Hans van der Hoeven M. Sc. from Avans University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands, and member of the DynAA Advisory Council for EMEA,  will investigate which client is suitable for use in an educational setting. Read the full article here.


April 2013
2013 DynAA Membership Survey
2013 Worldwide DynAA Preconference
2013 DynAA European Event in Copenhagen
FREE Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Curriculum Training
Attention Convergence 2013 Attendees
2014 Worldwide DynAA Preconference & Convergence
FREE User Group Memberships
Microsoft Dynamics AX user group meets HAMK University of Applied Sciences.
Student and ITA Pricing for Microsoft Dynamics exams
Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance Student Certificate Program
Current versions of Microsoft Dynamics software supported
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Resource Center
Microsoft Dynamics Partner Spotlight
Master Vs. Student Licenses
E-Learning code redemption
Share your Curriculum
DynAA EMEA Advisory Council Nominations
Tell Us Your Story
Visit us on Social Media
Words from DynAA Members