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Microsoft Convergence Atlanta 2015 (#CONV15) – Day 4

Phew! How about that OneRepublic concert?

Day 4 is finally here and with it, all good things must come to an end. For a change, today David and I managed to make it down to the GWCC on time and had a fairly relaxed breakfast at the Meal Hall to then move over to the Phillips Arena for one very interesting closing keynote.

As customary, an energetic Judson Althoff, President Microsoft North America welcomed the crowd to the event and proceeded to recap the week and what will be seen from Microsoft in the coming months.

Judson Althoff, President Microsoft North America

The first thing in his opening was to remind the audience how Convergence is becoming the premier event for business and that Microsoft, at its core, is “the productivity and platform company for the mobile first, cloud first world” and how the company is thinking about innovation and technology.

Althoff then introduced the upcoming events, Microsoft Ignite which is geared to showcase innovations for IT professionals, the Dynamics User Group Summits hosted by Dynamic Communities.

Microsoft Ignite

Dynamics User Group Summits

Althoff then zeroed in on the upcoming Convergence events and announced the dates and locations for Convergence 2015 EMEA and Convergence 2016 New Orleans. The latter received a round of shouts from the audience.

Convergence next stops

Then came the topic of the day: Cyber-security and the work being conducted by Microsoft and its Digital Crime Unit to counter the effects of online criminal activity.

After a short intro video (above), David Finn, Executive Director Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit who then introduced the work of the new division opened just 16 months ago and located in Redmond, Washington. The unit fights two types of crimes: Technology-facilitated crimes which targets vulnerable population such as children and the elderly, and Malware and reduction of digital risk.

David Finn, Executive Director Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit

Finn then presented a number of grim statistics around the children victimization and introduced Microsoft PhotoDNA, a new cloud based solution that can be licensed by anyone to detect awful images and report them to law enforcement organizations around the world.

Microsoft PhotoDNA

David Finn then addressed the topic of malware and cyber criminal activity using botnets and how Microsoft assisted with the Citadel Malware case, which involved the infection of over 91 million PCs and the hijack of close to half a billion dollars ($500M). The case had a particular focus on using visualization and big data to analyze infection patterns across the world.

The Citadel Case

Citadel Infection Pattern

As a result of these efforts, Microsoft is experimenting with new visualization and sonification techniques to understand infection patterns. One such technique is dubbed the Specimen Box and was presented during the session.

Specimen Box – Live Mode


After the closing session, we returned to the GWCC to do some walk around the Expo. I stopped at the booth of my friends and partners at FieldOne to congratulate them for their new achievement. Microsoft has named them a Dynamics CRM Global ISV which shows their commitment to developing the channel and producing quality products.

The FieldOne team

From the Expo, I went to Mark Polino’s session CS15G003-R2 Microsoft Dynamics GP: New 50 tips in 50 minutes, a jammed pack session filled with bite size tips on Microsoft Dynamics GP functionality. Mark had a full room and as the rock star he is, he commands quite the attention from the attendees. I have to admit I picked up a few good tips for my toolbox.

Up next, I had to complete the repeat of my upgrade session, CS15G002-R2 Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015: Upgrading and deploying. I had been assigned the last slot on the last day of the event, which I have been doing for the past 6 years now. While I did not have the same amount of attendees as with my first bout at this session, 85 people were still pretty good, considering that a lot of people left to catch their flights early in the morning.

After my repeat session, it was time for some relaxation and the famous Tim Tam Slams. Earlier, I had sent out a tweet to a number of people to meet up at the Omni Hotel bar for what has become a tradition among a select few of us. Before the slams though, I managed to meet with a group of friends from Colombia to explain some good ol’ fashioned Microsoft Dynamics GP architecture and deployment options for their company and how the web client and Microsoft Azure have revolutionized the way Microsoft Dynamics GP is deployed.

I then moved over to the bar with my friends Olga Acosta and Eddie Yepes to grab a drink before sitting down for Tim Tam Slams.

Olga Acosta does the Tim Tam Slam

Eddie Yepes does the Tim Tam Slam (and fails miserably!)

The final stretch of the evening would have me doing dinner with my good friends and fellow MVPs Belinda Allen, John Lowther, and of course David Musgrave at Dantanna’s Downtown location, inside the CNN Center. We spent the evening chit-chatting from one thing to another and enjoying John’s vicious appetite for Thousand Island dressing on his salad.

After a wonderful meal and excellent service we proceed to leave, not without running into the Njvity folks.

Chris Dobkins, Mariano Gomez, Emily Roen, and David Musgrave

The event was now over for good and it was time to leave. I really could use some sleep… but wait, still more to come.

Until next post!

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

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April 2, 2015 · Mariano Gomez · No Comments
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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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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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March 31, 2015 · Jivtesh Singh · No Comments
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Microsoft Convergence Atlanta 2015: GPPC PreGame

Hi everyone and welcome to Microsoft Convergence 2015 from the beautiful city of Atlanta, Georgia, my hometown. I really like that Convergence has called Atlanta home 4 out of the past 5 years – it also makes it pretty convenient for me to attend while sleeping in the best hotel in town: my home!

Microsoft Convergence 2015 welcome banner at Georgia Wold Congress Center

After not much convincing, David accepted my invitation to stay to be a guest for the duration of Convergence. As such, my jobs is to also make sure we get to and from the convention center on time for the numerous commitments we have this week.

On of those commitments involves attending the PreGame 2015 event hosted by Dynamic Partner Connections, held at the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel. If you are familiar with this Downtown Atlanta landmark, you will remember it was severely damaged during the 2008 Atlanta tornado outbreak and having to replace over 5600 windows during the renovation process.

David Musgrave and Shanna Hensch

After registering for the event, we both caught up some good ol’ friends of ours and had a chance to exchange pleasantries.

From left to right: David Musgrave, John Lowther, Belinda Allen, Kim Peterson, Mariano Gomez, and Bob McAdam

While I had a session to present at PreGame, I took the opportunity to attend a 1:00 PM session, Using CRM, Office 365, Azure, and the cloud to turbocharge sales moderated by Errol Schoenfish.

Errol Schoenfish

In this session the panel conducted an interactive discussion and heard from partners that have accelerated their sales process to accommodate an ever changing sales environment. These partners are also delivering and deploying Microsoft Dynamics GP in a Cloud first world to both new and existing customers.

After the session was over, I quickly returned to the Congress Center to attend the Dynamics GP General Session rehearsal. It’s always exciting to catch up with my many Microsofties from Fargo, North Dakota.

Brian Mayer and Jodi Christiansen

It’s always cool to see the amount of prep work from the Audio and Video engineering technical staff to make these events and presentations go as smooth as possible. The guys are really engaging and always willing to accommodate pretty much any request as it relates to device connectivity and interfacing to the systems.

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Unfortunately, a confusion in schedules prevented me from participating in the actual rehearsal since tech check was being conducted from 3 – 4 PM, which encroached on my PreGame session at 4:00 PM. So, I left around 3:30 and back to the Westin.

My session, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 Installation and Configuration began with sharp at 4:00, with 10 partners in attendance in the room. We walked through the Microsoft Dynamics GP architecture and its evolution to today’s Web Components, including web client and Service Based Architecture. We had a chance to conduct a full install of Microsoft Dynamics GP, working through the different screens, but unfortunately, ran out of time to address Web Client implementation in full. Since Service Based Architecture depends on having a domain environment, we could not install it either. Nonetheless, a good effort was made to explain the process and what can to expect during the installation.

The session went over the allotted 2 hours and ran until 6:30 PM. I really thank the attendees for gutting it out until then. However, this type of class is suited for a half-day or full-day format.

Up next was the partner reception hosted by Microsoft on the 8th floor of the Westin. After partaking and exchanging pleasantries with many fellow business partners in attendance, it was time to attend the MVP Mingle event.

Partner Reception

The MVP Mingle is a partner sponsored event. We count with the support of FastPath, which specializes in security access and segregation of duties monitoring and compliance, and Data Masons, which develops integrated EDI solutions for the Microsoft Dynamics ERP products.

MVP Mingle

The FastPath Team: Jeff Soelberg, Liz Piteo, Nate Boettcher, Trish Boccuti, and Andy Snook

The MVP Mingle was hosted at STATS Food + Drinks, which has some great appetizers and a good selection of local, national, and foreign brews.

Having a 7:30 AM GP General Session rehearsal meant that it was time to wrap up early and drive home to get some rest for the next day.
Until next post!

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

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You receive "Unable to Upgrade SBA from RTM" when attempting to apply Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 January or March Hotfix

Well, this one for sure has bitten more than one person already. I’ve seen a lot of exchanges and fielded a number of calls from folks trying to install the January or March hot fixes of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015. When the msp file is executed, couple seconds into the execution you receive the following error message:

Unable to upgrade SBA from RTM. Please remove the SBA feature before running this patch.

The first reaction is to try and find the feature via the Uninstall or change a program options under the Windows Control Panel. As it turns out, there’s no such option. This has led many folks to the next “obvious” option: Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Components.

When you choose to uninstall the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Components, you will get rid of the Web Client install, but not the SBA components.

So what’s the solution?

The keyword in the error message is the word “feature”. SBA is a Microsoft Dynamics GP feature. In order to remove, you will need to right-click on Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 and select the change option.

You will then click on the Add/Remove Features option in the Program Maintenance window, then scroll down until you see the Service Based Architecture option in the Select Features window. You can the proceed to click on the corresponding options button associated to the SBA prompt and select Not Available.

Select Features window

Once you click Next, the installer will proceed to remove the feature from your environment. When completed, you can re-run the hotfix msp to apply the updated code.

Until next post!

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

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Silverlight "ArgumentException: An item with the same key has already been added" when attempting to print a report

It’s been about 3 months now since working with Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 in our production environment. To recap, at Intelligent Partnerships we run all our information technology infrastructure on Microsoft Azure. A big reason for this, of course, is the high degree of mobility required by our consulting staff and the ability to access demo environments and be able to enter timesheets and expenses from anywhere in the world they happen to be. In addition, we need to be able to run our business and access our financials and analytics without being constrained to a particular geographical location. As such we rely heavily on Dynamics GP’s Web Client and Business Analyzer to achieve these goals.

One of the issues we started noticing with Web Client recently is, when you attempt to print a report – Standard or Template – but cancel out the printing on the Report Destination window, then attempt to print the report once more, we would receive the following Silverlight error message:

Severity: Critical Summary: A server side exception of type “ArgumentException” has occurred. Details: ArgumentException: An item with the same key has already been added. at System.ThrowHelper.ThrowArgumentException(ExceptionResource resource) at System.Collections.Generic.Dictionary`2.Insert(TKey key, TValue value, Boolean add) at Microsoft.Dynamics.GP.Web.Services.Runtime.Dexterity.Hierarchy`1.Add(T ancestor, T item) at Microsoft.Dynamics.GP.Web.Services.Runtime.Dexterity.Implementation.WCDexRuntimeStateResourceManager.Register(DexUri parentId, IWCDexWindow window) at Microsoft.Dynamics.GP.Web.Services.Runtime.Dexterity.Implementation.Adapters.WCDexFormOpenStateChangedNotificationAdapter.Notifications_FormOpenStateChanged(Object sender, DexUriEventArgs`1 e) at System.EventHandler`1.Invoke(Object sender, TEventArgs e) at Microsoft.Dexterity.Runtime.Interop.DexNotification.OnFormOpenStateChanged(DexUri uri, DexFormOpenState value) at Microsoft.Dexterity.Runtime.Interop.Win32.NativeMethods.MsaCommandExec(Int16 tag) at Microsoft.Dexterity.Runtime.Interop.Win32.NativeMethods.<>c__DisplayClass26.b__25() at Microsoft.Dexterity.Runtime.Interop.Win32.NativeMethods.ExecuteMsaAction(Func`1 interopAction, String entryPoint) at Microsoft.Dexterity.Runtime.Interop.Win32.NativeMethods.MacroSystemCommandExecute(Int16 tag) at Microsoft.Dexterity.Runtime.Interop.DexMacroSystem.CommandExecute(Int16 tag) at Microsoft.Dynamics.GP.Web.Services.Runtime.Dexterity.Implementation.WCDexMessageProcessor.ProcessCommandExecuteInstanceResourceMessage(IWCDexMessage msg) at Microsoft.Dynamics.GP.Web.Services.Runtime.Dexterity.Implementation.WCDexMessageProcessor.Process(IWCDexMessage message) at Microsoft.Dynamics.GP.Web.Services.Runtime.Dexterity.DexRuntimeStateManager.SendMessage(IWCDexMessage message) at Microsoft.Dynamics.GP.Web.Services.Runtime.Dexterity.DexRuntimeStateManager.MainEventLoop()

This particular error was received attempting to print a sales order processing quote, but we have been able to reproduce from other windows. While I don’t claim to understand all these exceptions, this particular one seems to refer to an issue caused by a “key” being added twice to the same “Generic.Dictionary” collection. Since the action causing the error seems to be a second attempt at printing a report – the same report it seems – somewhere along the lines it would appear that some value isn’t being cleared out from the collection of reports being printed which would cause a duplicate key. Again, pure speculation.

Nonetheless, in speaking to the Dynamics GP development team, it seems to be this issue has been written up and may be solved in the upcoming hotfix release. This issue can be reproduced in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 build 14.00.0619 (January Hotfix).

Until next post!

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

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March 11, 2015 · Mariano Gomez · No Comments
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Light it Up Challenge–Microsoft Australia

If like me, you think Internet of Things is the next big thing, here is a fun little event by Microsoft around it.

Code it. Light it. Win it!

All you have to do is sign up to receive the Challenge Kit, and complete all three challenges.
Tune into Microsoft’s six week lab series and discover how to program your device.
If your LED device is one of 5 to light up on April 13 2015, then you’ve won.
During the challenge, you’ll learn how to code, build and deploy with the Internet of Things.
We’ll give you an IoT overview, explain the architecture and MS platform.
Get started today!
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See more here – Internet of Things – Light it Up Challenge

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February 24, 2015 · Jivtesh Singh · No Comments
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