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Mahmoud Al Saadi – Dynamics GP MVP!!

 

I am proud to inform you that my colleague “Mahmoud M. Al Saadi” is now Dynamics GP MVP!

Well deserved and well expected!


Regards,


Mohammad R. Daoud MVP – MCT
MCP, MCBMSP, MCTS, MCBMSS
+962 – 79 – 999 65 85
me@mohdaoud.com
http://www.di.jo

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April 1, 2015 ·  · No Comments
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Microsoft Convergence Atlanta 2015 (#CONV15) – Day 2

Wow, Day 1 sure proved to be very exciting with all the big keynotes, general sessions, and presentations, not to mention the whole Expo reception. It also seemed like the night went by flying and sleeping was overrated. To add to the mix, Atlanta’s Tuesday morning traffic came back with a vengeance and did not really allow David and I to make it down on time for some early sessions we had planned to attend, oh well!

As a result, we ended up going to the Speakers’ Room to finalize our last bits of demo code for our upcoming session, only to discover we were not using “best practices” as noted by our Microsoft friend Rob Bernhardt. Since we are very keen to deliver best practices in our Service Based Architecture code (more on this on a separate post). This put us in a tailspin, so we went looking for Kevin Racer to offer some advise. We finally got what we were looking for, just 10 minutes before our session.

Off we went to look for our dual A313/314 room where we would host CS15G024-R1 Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015: Customizing the user interface. We walked into the room and saw a gentlemen sitting in the front row with a t-shirt that read “David Musgrave”, but couldn’t quite make out the entire text until he decided to unbutton his shirt. The results can be seen in the picture below.

David Musgrave and mastermind Steven Vallarian

Our session started with the traditional introductions from David and I and our work within the community and off we went into demos. We definitely tried to provide some humor to a dry subject. Development sessions tend to be that way, so I believe we only lost like 3 or 4 attendees out of the 131 who assisted. We also were able to demo the cool Service Based Architecture posting routine using Google Postman which is a Chrome application extension.

After our session, I went back to the Expo to catch up with a few folks. It’s always good when I can say hi to my buddy Brian Roney, who I consider to be one of the brightest Dexterity minds in the business.

Mariano Gomez and Brian Roney

Walking around for so many hours can definitely make anyone hungry, so David and I caught up and decided to move over to the Omni Hotel’s bar. After a few drinks (all on me, since David doesn’t drink), we decided to have a quiet dinner evening at the Omni Hotel’s Prime Meridian restaurant. After going through a good session of explaining MSG intolerance to the waiter, we were shortly joined on David’s request by Cindy Reeves and Tanya Markwit from Tribridge who were on their way to be seated for dinner as well. The view from our table couldn’t have been any better.

Ferris Wheel in the foreground, the Westin Atlanta in the background

After dinner in excellent company, we all jumped in my car and off we went to the Rock & Rave party, down at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot. After a frustrating 40 minutes of trying to find this place, we made it (mind you, I’m a local)!

However, the night just got weirder and weirder from this point on as we were greeted by (gasp!) a zombie. My good friend Ora Goldman from Mekorma was manning the door in her costume, which I must say looked really awesome!

Ora Goldman (Mekorma) as a Zombie

Inside the place, music was pumping at an exaggerated loudness, rendering the place just one big noise hall. After a beer, it was simply time to leave.

Rock & Rave at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot 

Again, on the way out, Craig, Ora, and Ora’s daughter were acting the part, so we decided to snap one more pic for the evening.

Craig Klapman and Ora Goldman playing a scare tactic on Ora’s daughter 

David and I got back in the car and drove to my place to get a bit of rest and recharge batteries for the next day – note I said “get a bit of rest”, as it was almost 1:00 AM when we got home.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Intelligent Partnerships, LLC
http://www.intelligentpartnerships.com/

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April 1, 2015 · Mariano Gomez · No Comments
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Announcing the new name for the Support Debugging Tool

David Meego - Click for blog homepageHello to all the fans of the features and functionality offered by the Support Debugging Tool, who disliked the name of the tool.

After consultation with the community, the Microsoft Dynamics GP MVPs (especially Mark Polino, he has always wanted the name changed) as well as polls on this blog, I am pleased to finally announce the new name for the Support Debugging Tool.

Please welcome the first product in the Winthrop Development Consultants range:

The Winthrop Microsoft Business Solutions Support Debugging Great Plains Pro Power System Administrator Toolbox Pack Library Control Panel Assistant Tool for Microsoft Dynamics GP

For short: TWMBSSDGPPPSATPLCPAT4MSDGP

Thanks for all the suggestions, I hope the new name will keep everyone happy. I think it is quite catchy.

Details on its release will be available soon.

David

This article was originally posted on http://www.winthropdc.com/blog.

Filed under: Dynamics, Fun, GP, Microsoft, Products, Support Debugging Tool Tagged: Fun, SDT, Support Debugging Tool

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Microsoft Convergence Atlanta 2015 (#CONV15) – Day 1 Continued

Day 1 – Afternoon

After the Keynote and General Session, it was time for lunch and trying to catch up with friends. It never ceases to amaze me the logistics required to sit and feed 12,000 people at any giving time. Just making sure everyone has a place to sit or even the kind of food they like is got to be an incredible task.

Crowd heading for lunch at the Meal Hall

After getting my food, I went to sit at the table with some very distinguished folks in the community – in the meantime, David was off trying to get something that won’t upset his tummy. As you may or may not know, my good friend troubles with MSG intolerance (and associated flavor enhancing glutamates), which makes his daily food intake an exercise in patience and careful negotiation with restaurant staff and chefs.

From left to right: Beat Bucher (Forensic Technology), Kim Peterson (GPUG), Mark Huff 

From left to right: ?, Frank Heslin, and MVP Belinda Allen

After lunch, it was time to go visit some of my ISV friends. I had really been looking forward to get out to the Expo and pass by some of the booths to talk to some of the folks I normally run into at these events. Their work also serves to improve the lives of the Microsoft Dynamics GP community of users at large.

Rockton Software (Caption: Can’t you count? I only have 2, Beat!)

Ethotech: Stephanie Rasmussen, John Stulak, Kevin Rasmussen

FieldOne Systems (CRM Global ISV)

After walking around the Expo, it was time to go and work on last minute refinements for my upcoming CS15G002-R1: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015: Upgrading and Deploying session. I had the 5:00 PM slot, so I knew by that time I would get a weary crowd.

Tim, Therese Jardine, and Ace Martin

All presenters are usually working on last minute deck improvements and catching up on emails before their sessions. Not to mention, the room is well equipped with coffee, snacks, and lunch for those choosing to avoid the crowd in the Meal Hall.

The Presenters’ Room

It was time to go and locate room A305. I arrived about 30 minutes before to do the customary tech check. As the crowd began to arrive, I figured I would begin asking random questions and entertain the group a bit before the 5:00 PM kickoff. I also managed to capture this picture (on David’s camera).

CS15G002-R1 Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015: Upgrading and deploying

My session had over 201 attendees and received the highest mark for any Dynamics GP session presented. The session also came in at 29 among the 265 delivered throughout Convergence.  Once the session was over, it was back to the Expo for a quick bite to eat and a drink while walking around saying hi to all friends.

Back at the Expo

 David and I decided to stop at the Microsoft Dynamics GP booth to say hi to our Microsoft friends.

Brian Roney, David Musgrave, and Alice Newsam

It was time to put this day away and get ready for another which would bring the Rock & Rave event and David and I delivering the first of our two sessions together.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Intelligent Partnerships, LLC
http://www.intelligentpartnerships.com/

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#CONV15 – Convergence 2015 Atlanta – Day 3

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Having managed to escape the zombies at the Rock-n-Rave party, Mariano and I were ready for another day at Convergence 2015.

We left home reasonably early, but as there had been some rain in the morning, the traffic on the freeway was banked right back so that even the entrance ramps were car parks. Mariano decided to take a different route into the city and while it did mean that we were continuously moving, I don’t think it saved us any time. :-)

By the time we arrived at the conference center, it was too late to sit in on the interactive discussion on Microsoft Dynamics GP Security: Tips and tricks that I was planning to go to. Oh well.

We had less people at the repeat of our session, CSG024-R2: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015: Customizing the user interface, but it went well and we had lots of audience interaction and questions. Maybe that is because we bribed people with Tim Tams if they asked or answered a question.

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Mariano and David presenting (Picture by Beat Bucher)

After the session, I decided to go back to the Expo to try and cover the sections I had missed. James McCullough who was in the previous session decided to come along with me. It was nice to have someone to chat with as we went around the Expo.

This year they did not have any identifying labels on the stands as to which Dynamics products the exhibitor was compatible with. Also there did not seem to be any planning of locations for the exhibitors. For someone only really interested in Microsoft Dynamics GP and products that integrate with GP, it made going through the Expo a long process. I know some products integrate with multiple flavours of Dynamics, but surely there must be a better way to organise the stands.

After collecting lots of freebies, chatting with a number of the exhibitors and even solving a Rubik’s Cube at one of the stands, it was time for the Expo to close down for the night. I had completed about 75% of the Expo and planned to come back tomorrow to see the final section.

As I was leaving I caught up with Joe Carroll from Dynamic Partner Connections and Dynamic Communities. I love the work that Joe does for the community and it is always nice to stand next to someone my own size (well at least in one direction).

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David Musgrave and Joe Carroll

After the Expo, James had to run to catch a coach back to his hotel. I caught up with Mariano and we went back to the Omni Hotel’s Lobby Bar to relax and socialise before tonight’s Convergence Celebration event.

For the Convergence Celebration we all headed over to the Philips Arena again to listen to a DJ and then see a live performance from the popular band OneRepublic. Mariano had organised an extra ticket for a Colombian friend’s daughter who is currently living in Atlanta.

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Jenni and Mariano

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The crowd getting excited as we wait for One Republic (click for larger)

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Beat, Mariano, Jenni and David

When we first arrived at the Philips Arena, we headed down to the area directly in front of the stage. But once the band started playing, I realised that someone of my stature is not very suited to standing in the mosh pit especially when someone like Rob Bernhardt is standing between me and the stage. I am a little too old and a tad too heavy to ask to sit on Rob’s shoulders, so I moved back up into the seats and sat with Cindy and Tanya. This gave me a much better angle to get some good photos and video of the band performing on stage.

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OneRepublic on stage

Check out some videos of the performance. I apologise in advance if they are a bit shaky as they were taken on a hand held camera from reasonably far away.

OneRepublic at Microsoft Convergence 2015 in Atlanta – Stop and Stare (direct link)

 

OneRepublic at Microsoft Convergence 2015 in Atlanta – Acoustic (direct link)

 

OneRepublic at Microsoft Convergence 2015 in Atlanta – Counting Stars (direct link)

 

OneRepublic at Microsoft Convergence 2015 in Atlanta – Finale (direct link)

 

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The end of an OneBelievable night.

After the show was over, I had to find Mariano again as he was providing my ride home. A bit of searching in the crowd and I was able to find him in the photo above. See the photo below where I have zoomed in a little.

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Where’s Mariano? Oh there he is … on the phone again!!!

So here ended another great, but long day.

Last day tomorrow.

David

This article was originally posted on http://www.winthropdc.com/blog.

Filed under: Conference, Dynamics, GP, Microsoft, News Tagged: Conference, Convergence 2015, News

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GP 2015 R2–What’s coming and GP’s roadmap

With Convergence all wrapped up – David Musgrave has started his series of posts
covering his experience at his
blog
. A couple of slides from the general session are worth checking out if
you haven’t seen them already. One of the exciting things on the roadmap is the
HTML5 Web client on the roadmap for R3.

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#CONV15 – Convergence 2015 Atlanta – Day 2

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I was exhausted already and it was only Day 2 of the Convergence 2015 conference.

As there were no sessions Mariano and I planned to attend first thing in the morning, we started the day a bit later. The downside is that the morning traffic had built up by the time we left and so it took a bit longer to get into Downtown Atlanta.

Once we got to the Georgia World Congress Center, we went to the Speaker Workroom to make final preparations for customisation session later in the day. Not very exciting, but it did help make the session better for those who attended.

At the CSG024-R1: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015: Customizing the user interface session as Mariano and I were getting our machines setup and the audio guy was wiring the microphones for us, I noticed someone in the audience with writing on their shirt that looked like it had my name on it.

I had to stop and investigate further. It turned out that Steven Vallarian, knowing that I was negotiating with Microsoft for the rights to the Support Debugging Tool, Menus for Visual Studio Tools and SnapShot, had got a number of t-shirts made up with the wording “Free David Musgrave’s Code”.

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David Musgrave and Steven Vallarian with the Free David Musgrave’s Code shirts

Thanks to Steven, a few lucky people have one of these rare shirts. While I loved the thought that went into the shirts, the negotiations with Microsoft had already been successful by the time Convergence started. This meant that Beat Bucher’s #FreeCode hash tag, did not really trend on Twitter. However, it did provide everyone with a laugh. Thanks Steven for the shirts and for putting a smile on many faces.

After that the session went very well, with brief explanations of the strengths and weaknesses of each of the options for customizing the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 user interface. We covered Modifier & Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), Visual Studio Tools (VST), Modifier with VST instead of VBA and Dexterity. We had demos of each tool in action, but due to time constraints, only discussed the code at the conceptual level. The source code for these demos will be posted soon on this blog and Mariano’s blog.

The message for this part of the session was that there are many options available to you and you can mix and match the tools to find the best solution for your customization.

We also surprised people by including a couple of demos for the new Service Based Architecture functionality added to Dexterity for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015. We showed posting a batch via a web service call and pulling data into a Project Sienna application.

The message here is that you no longer have just limit yourself to customizing the user interface, but you can now extend the user interface into other environments and devices using REST based web services.

Thank-you to everyone who came to the session, especially those who answered questions or came up afterwards to ask questions or say hello. Hope you enjoyed the Tim Tams.

After the session, I had a meeting to go to, but wanted to see if I could find Pam Misialek. Pam was my contact at Microsoft for the software code negotiations and I had to give her one of Steven’s t-shirts. While looking for her, I found Chad Sogge, who had always been supportive of giving me the code for the products I developed. I thought it appropriate for him to have a shirt as well.

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Chad Sogge showing his support. Thanks Chad

Chad told me that Pam was in a particular room, so stuck my head in the room to see if she was free…. Only to be spotted and called to the front of the room by Mark Polino, just before they started the popular DDG101: Excel, Excel, Excel. An Excel Shootout session. I had time to wave to everyone, give Pam the t-shirt (without an explanation, which confused her as the code was already “free”) and make a quick exit.

After my meeting, I went back to the Expo and continued visiting the various exhibitors. Sadly, I ran out of time and the Expo closed after I had only been there a little while.

I caught up with Mariano and we headed back to the Omni Hotel Lobby bar to relax and chat with other attendees and presenters. While there I caught up with the eOne Solutions team who are always ready to have their photo taken.

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eOne Solutions team, including my ex-Microsoftie pal Patrick “Superman” Roth

After a few drinks, Mariano and I sat down at the Omni Hotel’s Prime Meridian restaurant (just next to the lobby bar) to have some dinner before the Rock-n-Rave party. Just after we sat down, Cindy and Tanya (who were at our customisation session) came in and were going to sit at another table. As much as I enjoy Mariano’s company, dinner would be much more interesting with additional people, so I asked them to join us. They are much prettier than Mariano anyway.

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Dinner: Mariano Gomez, Cindy Reeves, Tanya Markwith and David Musgrave

After dinner we headed over to the Rock-n-Rave party which had a zombie theme to it this year. Thanks to the sponsors of the party: http://www.rock-n-rave.com/sponsors/

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John Lowther and Mike McDowell: One is ugly and the other is a zombie

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Rock-n-Rave party at Georgia Railroad Freight Depot

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Zombies don’t scare me … much

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Craig Klapman and Ora Goldman scare Ora’s daughter

Mariano and I did not stay too late as we needed to be awake for the repeat of our customization session the next day.

David

This article was originally posted on http://www.winthropdc.com/blog.

Filed under: Conference, Dynamics, GP, Microsoft, News Tagged: Conference, Convergence 2015, News

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