Tips to Prepare for the Dynamics 365 exam – MB2-717: Sales

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Today, I passed the Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales exam (MB2-717). So, I just would like to share the preparation tips that I’ve done to get this certification nailed down. I came from technical background, so this exam is slightly tougher for me to prepare 🙂

Note: As usual, you will not find any question that related to the exam here and I won’t give you any of it. NDA! NDA! NDA!

Skills Measured

Before starting to prepare for the exam, always review the Skills Measured section from the exam link: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-mb2-717.aspx.

Below is the extract of the topics/measurements based on the official page:

Create a Customer Organizational Structure (20% – 25%)

  • Manage customer records
    • Create and maintain a current customer base organizational structure; identify potential sales opportunities by utilizing core records such as accounts, contacts and customers
  • Manage the sales process
    • Create and maintain sales transactional records; track the sales progression; manage the sales process from lead generation through quote, order, and invoice creation
  • Manage customer communication
    • Create and manage social engagement sources, identify opportunities and generate leads
  • Manage sales literature and competitors
    • Create and maintain a sales literature repository, create an organized methodology for identifying and tracking competitors

Manage Leads and Opportunities (15% – 20%)

  • Manage leads
    • Identify leads and track them throughout the conversion process, reactivate or delete disqualified leads
  • Identify and manage opportunities
    • Identify opportunities to track throughout the sales workflow, create opportunities with a defined status, create records within the opportunity form, assign opportunities to designated sales staff
  • Utilize opportunity functionality
    • Close and document opportunities as won or lost, use Quick Create to add new information, connect opportunities to other record types, apply connections to a data structure
  • Manage opportunity relationships
    • Analyze lost sales opportunities through resolution activities, utilize multiple opportunity views

Manage Relationship and Sales Analysis (10% – 15%)

  • Manage relationship intelligence
    • Provision and configure Relationship Insights to integrate with Exchange, create and prioritize actions and tasks, track interactions, manage sales communication
  • Manage relationship analysis
    • Provision and configure relationship intelligence, create actionable and productivity cards by using Relationship Assistant
  • Integrate email with Dynamics 365 Sales
    • Track interactions with a specific email; manage sales relationships through statistical analysis of email activity, untracked emails and performance activities; manage sales relationships with Email Engagement; use engagement analytics and Auto-capture
  • Manage sales by using sales analysis tools
    • Improve sales tracking by using Advanced Find, editable grids and built-in reports; export data to Excel in both static and dynamic processes; export Excel templates

Manage the Sale Process (10% – 15%)

  • Manage the business process flow
    • Manage the tasks required of each state in the Business Process Flow, create territories and assign them to managers and sales staff, configure currency and exchange rates
  • Manage Products by using the Product Catalog
    • Manage prices lists, discount lists and unit groups; create, maintain and clone products; manage the product lifecycle
  • Manage price structures
    • Create price lists, create discount list models, assign currencies to products
  • Manage product relationships
    • Identify product relationships, differentiate product relationships by family units, customize properties for all products, identify and bundle related products
  • Manage sales transactional records
    • Create price and revenue structures with inclusion of line items, currency rates, exchange rates, and write-in products; manage the quote lifecycle; create and manage quotes, orders, and invoices

Improve Sales Performance (10% – 15%)

  • Manage goals
    • Create manageable and measurable goals, delineate goals by fiscal periods, specify definitions and goal metric records, analyze individual and organizational progress by creating goal hierarchies, use rollup queries
  • Manage visual tools with Sales Analysis
    • Create documents and templates, integrate charts and dashboards

Manage Customer Information (15% – 20%)

  • Operate Dynamics 365 sales functions
    • Identify and define the functional areas of Dynamics 365 Sales, model relationships and records in Microsoft Dynamics 365, access Dynamics 365 Sales through various client access methods, utilize the help center
  • Perform data management
    • Create customers and contacts within 365 Sales, enforce customer relationship by using activity types, use views and global searches
  • Perform lifecycle management
    • Utilize leads, convert leads into customers in the lead life cycle, perform opportunity management, manage cases

Now, below are the sources that I used to prepare for the exam.

Source #1: Dynamics Learning Portal

DLP always been my go-to source to prepare for Dynamics 365/CRM exam. So, for Sales exam, run through these courses:

Source #2: Revision Notes

Again, Neil Parkhurst has provided a good exam revision on Dynamics CRM 2016, the contents here are great. Since the core concepts for Sales has not been changed that much, this article is really recommended!

https://neilparkhurst.com/2016/06/01/mb2-713-certification-microsoft-dynamics-crm-2016-sales-revision-guide/

Source #3: Hands-On

As usual, to prepare for an exam, some hands-on experience is a must.

Try out the Sales-related scenarios, such as Lead qualifications, Opportunity management, Quote, Order, Invoice, Goal, Metric, Rollup Query. Get the understanding of the options to do data analysis: View, Report, Excel, Dashboard, Chart and Power BI.

One thing that I noticed quite interesting for the Skills Measured here for the Sales exam is around the Relationship Insight. At this moment, this feature is only available in Preview for North America region. This is a bit hard for us that are based on the other regions to have hands-on experience.

To prepare on the Relationship Insight topic, Microsoft Dynamics team posted a great blog on this instance https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/crm/2016/12/05/now-in-preview-relationship-insights-for-dynamics-365/

Below are the curated links from the above blog post and try to get the understanding of what features do what would be helpful as the preparation for the exam:

HTH!

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