Could the end of Microsoft Dynamics SMB ERP exams be a good thing? An alternative view urges focus on other channel issues

August 29 2014


Microsoft's decision to end certification exams for Dynamics GP, NAV, and SL has touched a nerve in the partner community. Veteran Dynamics professionals have voiced disappointment with the suddenness of the change, skepticism about the stated reasons, and pessimism about potential impact on customers.

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geoffjames's picture

Hi Jason, If Microsoft so strongly believe in the change, why have they kept the exams for AX? Kind regards, Geoff James senior Consultant ( Microsoft Dynamics GP)

jgumpert's picture

Geoff, Without trying to assume anything, all I could say in response is that the decision is a pretty clear reminder that the different Dynamics ERP products will continue be managed with separate strategies and goals. For example, here are some of the recent AX and CRM plans Microsoft has established for partners that go after enterprise opportunities. Jason