#GPUGSummit 2015 – GPUG All Stars

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At the GPUG Summit 2015 conference, in the Mekorma Hub, there was a display of the previous recipients of the GPUG All Star award.


GPUG All Stars are individuals who help the greater GPUG community by showing:

  • Courage – The strength to persevere and the talent to teach fellow GP Users
  • Passion – A willingness to share their passion for GP and technology with others
  • Resolve – A willingness to take time to help others face challenges
  • Advancement – The pursuit of individual and organizational growth and development
  • Commitment – A deep-rooted responsibility to further the mission of GPUG for the good of the GP community and Dynamics industry

GPUGAllStars0GPUG All Stars

So I had the idea to get a picture of each of the GPUG All Stars with their respective “big head”. Over the conference I was able to grab each of them and get a photo.

So here is the results of the exercise:

GPUGAllStar1   GPUGAllStar2
Aaron Back & Beat Bucher

GPUGAllStar3   GPUGAllStar4
Belinda Allen & Bob McAdam

GPUGAllStar5   GPUGAllStar6
John Lowther & A very young looking Mark Polino

GPUGAllStar7   GPUGAllStar8
Michelle Kocher & Shawn Dorward

GPUGAllStar9   GPUGAllStar10
Terry Heley & Zubin Gidwani

After the closing session on Friday and the announcement of this year’s GPUG All Stars (including me), we will have more heads next year… if they decide to make them again.

GPUG All Stars for 2015
Left to Right: David Musgrave, Viola Shoell, Steve Erbach

Thanks to everyone who voted for this year’s GPUG All Stars.


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#GPUGSummit 2015 – Day 3

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Day 3 started again with breakfast in the Meal Hall at the Convention Center, and this time there was hardly anyone there. Looks like the partying at the bowling alley the night before was taking its toll.

The first commitment for the day was the Mekorma partner showcase breakout session. This session was presented by Craig Klapman, Mariano Gomez & myself and demonstrated products from both the Mekorma and Winthrop Development Consultants ranges.

The session included the official announcement that Mariano Gomez is now working for Mekorma. It was a very badly kept “secret” as he had already presented a number of sessions which said he worked for Mekorma on the slide decks and had been wearing Mekorma branded shirts.

Before the session got started Mariano and I pumped up the crowd to help bring in more attendees from the hallway. Thanks to the audience for being good sports and playing along.

PST04 – 50 Companies 50 Checkbooks One Button + Power Tools

The product showcase covered the upcoming addition to Mekorma’s Multi-Batch Payment Processing solution. The new product is Multi-Batch Payment Builder which will be able to automatically create multiple payment batches based on previously defined rules, including batches in multiple companies. Combined with the Multi-Batch Print and Post and Mekorma MICR products, this will provide a highly automated solution for handling the Accounts Payable requirements for businesses with one or more Dynamics GP companies.

In the middle of the showcase, I was able to demonstrate a few features from GP Power Tools which should help make the lives of administrators and users of Microsoft Dynamics GP easier. The session was very popular and the audience response to everything shown was very enthusiastic.

After the showcase, we all headed down to the general session GEN04: Ask the GPUG All-Stars in the convention center. Here are some photos from the session:

The session started with a welcome from Kim Peterson

Kim was joined by Rose Spitzer who announced the GPUG Chapter of the year and the GPUG Chapter Leader of the year

Kim then started discussing the GPUG All Stars and the qualities they should have

Here is a list of the previous GPUG All Stars. All of these guys are awesome people who do lots for the community. They also happen to be really nice people that I am proud to have as friends

So now Kim prepares to announce this year’s winners for which I am one of the nominees

As soon as she started talking about working for Microsoft and creating the Support Debugging Tool. I (along with everyone else) knew that I was the first one to be named.

Once Viola, Steve and I had been awarded GPUG All Stars we were kept on stage and joined by some of the existing GPUG All Stars for a Q & A session hosted by Andy Hafer

Kim Peterson with the GPUG All Stars for 2015: David Musgrave, Viola Shoell, and Steve Erbach

Lots of GPUG All Stars
Left to Right: Kim Peterson, Beat Bucher, David Musgrave, Mark Polino, Viola Shoell, Andy Hafer, Belinda Allen, Steve Erbach, Bob McAdam, John Lowther, Zubin Gudwani

Wow. Thank you so much to GPUG and everyone who voted for the GPUG All Stars. I am humbled to receive the award which adds me to an elite group of awesome people. I do what I do in the community because I love doing it. I love helping people with responding on forums and writing blogs. I love writing software that helps make peoples’ lives easier. To be recognised for my contributions with both a Microsoft MVP Award and a GPUG All Star award in my first year since leaving Microsoft is exciting, gratifying and humbling at the same time. It brings my first year to an amazing conclusion, see my post: Winthrop Development Consultants … One year on.

After the session Beat, Mariano and I headed to the Meal Hall for lunch. On the way we came across Tanya Henderson pretending to work on her computer.

Mariano Gomez and Beat Bucher trying to drag a very tired Tanya Henderson to lunch

After lunch we headed back to the Atlantis for the final breakout session that Mariano and I were presenting. This session was a demonstration of GP Power Tools (GPPT) and its Service Based Architecture functionality. GPPT exposes five Service Enabled Procedures which can be used to run custom user defined code stored under a Script ID. The Script ID is created using Dexterity sanScript in the Runtime Execute window and is automatically populated with template code that shows show to pass data into and out of the script.

Because the code is being developed using GP Power Tools, you can leverage and re-use Dexterity code in the context of any dictionary, Transact-SQL code in the context of any database, as well as .Net code written in C# and/or VB.Net. Once the code is saved it is immediately available without any need to restart any services. While it does require some code, you can now make any functionality you want available as a web service. The possibilities are endless, limited only by your imagination.

TOT09 – Using GP Power Tools to Write Custom Web Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP

After the session, I went back to the Mekorma Hub to relax and socialise with other attendees. I had some Australian Lollies/Candies/Sweets and chocolate still and so offered that around including the dreaded Vegemite and the chocolate with Vegemite salted caramel.

While I was at the Mekorma Hub I caught up with Daisy Eck. I had to get a photo of Daisy saying hello to my friend from Perth, Kate Sexstone. Kate had been staying up late in Perth and remotely attending GPUG Academy training sessions and so had been working closely with Daisy. So here is Daisy and I thinking about you, Kate. Hope you can get to a future GPUG Summit.

Daisy Eck and David Musgrave

I had planned to hang around the Bistro Napa and offer Tim Tam Slams to anyone who was game to try. However, I ended up being committed to dinner with the Mekorma team and had to leave. Sorry if anyone tried to find me and couldn’t.

The Mekorma team and I went to the Wild River Grill in downtown Reno and had a lovely meal. We went round the table and discussed what we got out of the conference and I must say that this meal with its conversation just confirmed that I made the right decision when I decided to link my company’s future with Mekorma by having them exclusively distribute and support my products. Thank you for including me in your team.

MekormaDinner1The Mekorma team (a great bunch of people) and Yours Truely.

Left to Right: Mike McDowell, Jay Manley, Angel Blum, Steve Linz, Ora Goldman, Craig Klapman, Mariano Gomez and David Musgrave

After dinner we returned to the Atlantis and found that some of our friends were still hanging around the Bistro Napa (even though it was closing). So I spent the final part of the evening chatting with Leslie Vail, Shiela Jefferson-Ross, Mark Polino, Frank Heslin. I also handed out my last packets of Tim Tams and Chicos.

Finally, Leslie and Sheila dropped me back to the Peppermill and the conference was over. I was happy that the conference was over and that it had been a great success, but I was also sad as it will now be another year (11 months or so) before I get to see my Conference Buddies again.


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#GPUGSummit 2015 – Day 2

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Day 2 of the GPUG Summit was here and food hall was a little emptier at breakfast time.

The day started with Mariano and I sitting in on Steve Gray’s session: ITP04: Developers: An Inside View of Service Based Architecture. Steve from 4Penny is the driving force behind the DynDeveloper website that is a great resource for developers, especially those using Visual Studio Tools for Microsoft Dynamics GP. His session was a perfect fit with the Service Based Architecture sessions that Mariano and I were presenting as it showed how to integrate with the Web Services from a Visual Studio application.

During his session Steve credited me for developing Menus for Visual Studio Tools (now Visual Studio Integration Toolkit), even if I did do it during his 3 day training class (sorry if I was disruptive all those years ago). So now it is my turn to give some credit back. It was during Steve’s Developer Toolkit class in May 2008 (after the Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Airlift 2008 in Fargo) that I saw Steve using a blog for technical articles and not just a digital diary. I had always said that no-one would be interested in what I ate for breakfast or how often I go to the bathroom and so had resisted the idea of a blog. After seeing Steve’s approach, my eyes were opened to the possibilities and I went home with plans to start blogging. The result was the still popular MSDN Developing for Dynamics GP blog which I started in July 2008 and continued with until I left Microsoft in October 2014. So, thank you Steve for changing my mind about blogs and starting a new era of my career as a blogger.

PS: I also met Steve’s wife, Penny. And finally clicked on Steve’s business name… It’s all 4Penny!! I have known Steve for over seven years and only just worked it out. Doh!

After Steve’s session Mariano and I headed back to the Mekorma Hub. We spent time working on finalising the preparation for the Mekorma presentation which Craig, Mariano and I would be presenting the next day.

We also spent time working on one of the demonstrations for the Service Based Architecture session that Mariano and I were presenting in the afternoon. We were concentrating so much on our work that we ended up missing lunch all together.

Then it was time for our next breakout session. This was a repeat of the well received Tips and Tricks session that Mariano and I presented last month at reIMAGINE 2015. While the session went well, the target audience was quite different which meant that the tips and tricks presented were not as relevant. At reIMAGINE, most of the audience were Dexterity developing partners with a few Visual Studio developers, which was great as the majority of the tips were focussed on Dexterity development.

At GPUG Summit, the ratio was reversed with only a couple of Dexterity developers and the majority being Visual Studio developers. While many Dexterity tips have some relevance in the Visual Studio world, there were some tips that were Dexterity only. Mariano and I tried to highlight here the Dexterity tips were still valid, but in future we might have to redesign the session or mention the language ratio in the session description. Hopefully, the attendees enjoyed it and got something out of it anyway. At this session Mariano and I reiterated how useful having Dexterity knowledge is for any developer integrating with Dynamics GP, even those who only work with Visual Studio Tools.

ITP06 – 25 Development Tricks and Hacks in 50 minutes

We then went straight into our next breakout session. This session continued the Service Based Architecture series with a look at the architecture changes for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 including Service Enabled Procedures and .Net Interop. We covered how to create web services as Service Enabled Global Procedures using both window wrapped and decoupled techniques.

ITP07 – Developing Service Applications with Dexterity A No Nonsense Step-by-Step Guide

After the sessions, Mariano and I spent some time working on the demonstrations for tomorrow’s GP Power Tools Web Service session. The code was not working 100% and needed some tweaking to get it working. Eventually, we needed to take a break and were invited to join the Industrial Staffing Services team for dinner.

Dinner at Bistro Napa with Mariano and Jourdan Block and the Industrial Staffing Services team and Steve Endow (Precipio Services), Andrew Dean (Envisage Software) and Craig Klapman (Mekorma)

For dinner, Mariano and I both had a lovely Filet steak which was accompanied by an unusual vegetable that I have never heard of before. It is like a cross between broccoli and cauliflower, the Romanesco broccoli.

After dinner Mariano and I continued working on solving the technical issues and were eventually able to get everything working perfectly. Thanks to Beat who stayed with us and provided moral support.

Beat and I took a quick taxi ride back to the Peppermill. Instead going straight to sleep, I spent a “little bit” of time fine tuning the code and documentation based on the changes Mariano and I had made. The end result was that by the time I actually got to sleep, it was only three and a half hours before I had to get up again for the final day.


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#GPUGSummit 2015 – Day 1 – Part 2 of 2

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Now that the work portion of Day 1 was finished, it was time to relax a little.

Starting with visiting the Expo Hall. My plan was to see a bit more of the what the exhibitors had on display, but after catching up with lots of friends we just did not get very far.

John Lowther and David Eichner

Beat and I did get to enjoy a drink, but had to wait about 15 minutes for a cold soft drink. I really don’t like pouring a warm soft drink into a glass of ice as it just immediately loses its fizz. So we asked the bar staff to put a couple cans into the ice bucket and came back later to claim a cold drink. :) Thanks to the bar staff for sorting this for me and Beat.

Pam Misialek chilling at the Epxo

I ended up at the Rock ‘n’ Rave stand where Jay Manley and Steve Linz from Mekorma where holding fort and handing out sheets to be used as togas for the Rock ‘n’ Rave party.

Mekorma’s banner showing the relationship with Winthrop Development Consultants

After the Expo, Beat and I headed back to the Peppermill to drop off our bags and then headed to the Edge Nightspot for the Rock ‘n’ Rave party (also on Facebook).

Here some photos from the evening:

Debbie Camp and Mike McDowell seeing red

Relaxing around the fire pits on the terrace, the music inside was very loud

Party go-ers wearing their sheets, ehem, togas

Mark Polino, Freakin’ Awesome MVP (even if he does have to say it himself)

Some of my favourite ladies in the GP world: Kim Peterson and Pam Misialek

I had planned only to stay for a little while as I was tired after a full day (and only 5 hours sleep the night before), but as I said my good byes I was dragged onto the dance floor and not allowed to leave. I did have fun with my dance partners for the night Sheila Ochoa, Kelli Sexton, Sheila Jefferson-Ross and Tanya Henderson. Thanks for a great night, just don’t publish any of the videos you took. :) I don’t want people to know that I am not always a geek!

Liquid Nitrogen on the dance floor…. it was cooooold.

Dancing the night away

GPUG Summit 2015 in Reno – Rock ‘n’ Rave (direct link)


Eventually, I had to leave as I was exhausted and had another busy day tomorrow. Oh well, another night with only 5 hours sleep. A special thanks to the sponsors of Rock ‘n’ Rave for a fantastic night: mc2, Accountable Software, ASC Software, Mekorma, k-eCommerce, PaperSave, Olympic Systems, Avalara, SalesPad and Concerto.


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