#CONV15 – Convergence 2015 Atlanta – Day 4

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The last day of Convergence 2015 had arrived.

Today, we actually arrived at the conference center early enough to grab some breakfast in the Meals Hall before heading over to the Philips Arena for the Closing Keynote presentation.

The introduction to the keynote contained information on the upcoming conferences, including Microsoft Convergence EMEA in Barcelona, Spain and next year’s Convergence in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

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Also mentioned were the Dynamics User Group Summits being held in Reno, Nevada, USA.

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Then it was time for the keynote speaker, David Finn who is the Associate General Counsel and Executive Director, Microsoft Cybercrime Center.

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David discussed the work of the Digital Crimes Unit at Microsoft and how they are using “big data” and visualization techniques to fight cybercrime.

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David Finn from Microsoft’s Cybercrime team

By analysing the various botnet viruses and Trojans, Microsoft is able to apply to legally have the call back pings for instructions from the botnets diverted to Microsoft servers. This allows the botnets to be rendered harmless while also capturing data on the location and volume of the infections. This information can be visualized to show global infections of each virus.

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David also discussed how Microsoft developed PhotoDNA technology which can be used to fight child pornography and can still identify illegal images even if they have been modified. This service is being used by many of the giants of the IT world.

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For more information on the topics covered in the Closing Keynote, the best method would be to watch it yourself online via the Convergence Video Library.

Use the link below to go directly to the session video:

You can also view similar information on the following web article:

After the keynote, I was able to get back to the Expo for a while and complete the section of the floor that I had not got around to in my previous visits.

Then it was time to attend the one and only session that I went to that was not being presented by myself or Mariano…..

  • CSG003-R2 Microsoft Dynamics GP: New 50 tips in 50 minutes

Mark Polino has the formula for these sessions just right, he rattles through 50 cool tips with just enough information to get you interested enough to jot down the tip number before he is on to the next tip. All the actual detail about the tips can be found on his website: www.DynamicAccounting.net (go to Free Stuff >> Presentations).

After sitting down the front and heckling Mark, it was time to sit down at the front and heckle Mariano in the final session of the Convergence 2015 conference. This was repeat of the CS15G002-R2: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015: Upgrading and deploying session. Mariano still managed to pull a good crowd and keep them awake. The last timeslot in a 4 day (4.5 day, if you count PreGame) conference is always hard as everyone is tired and overloaded with information by that time.

And then it was all over, except for the most important part of any conference that I go to….

It was time for Tim Tam slams at the Omni Hotel’s Lobby Bar. Mariano had sent out a tweet to the usual suspects and we also had a few new suckers people join us for some chocolaty fun.

For the uninitiated: The Arnott’s Tim Tam (original) is a chocolate coated, chocolate cream filled, rectangular chocolate biscuit/cookie. If you nibble the chocolate from each end and then use it like a straw with a hot drink (hot chocolate or coffee), you can suck hard and then as soon as the liquid reaches your mouth throw back the entire biscuit into your mouth. Where it will dissolve, melt and disintegrate into an amazing chocolate “orgasm” in your mouth. This is known as the Tim Tam Slam.

Check out some videos below of your favourite GPUG team:

Andy Hafer doing the Tim Tam Slam at Microsoft Convergence 2015 in Atlanta (direct link)

 

Kim Peterson doing the Tim Tam Slam at Microsoft Convergence 2015 in Atlanta (direct link)

 

Bob McAdam doing the Tim Tam Slam at Microsoft Convergence 2015 in Atlanta (direct link)

 

For a full playlist of videos click: Tim Tam slams from Convergence 2015 Atlanta

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Note: Can you hear Emily Roen in the background? She wimped out at having a go at doing a Tim Tam Slam but was happy to watch others try.

After we ran out of Tim Tams, John, Mariano, Belinda and I walked through the CNN Center Mall on our way to Dantanna’s. We walked past the Cartoon Network shop and I got a photo with my intoxicated friend Rick from the show Rick and Morty.

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Rick and David

We had a lovely farewell dinner at Dantanna’s. The steaks were excellent. I heard from John that the salad was good, even though I am not sure how he can tell.

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John, Would you like some salad with your Thousand Island dressing?

As we were leaving the restaurant, the Njevity team arrived and so I got a chance to say one last good bye to Chris and Emily.

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Chris Dobkins, Mariano Gomez, Emily Roen, David Musgrave

That’s it. Convergence 2015 Atlanta was now officially over.

David

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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,


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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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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

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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
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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

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