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GPUG farewells Kim “Mamma” Peterson as she takes up a new role

David Meego - Click for blog homepageToday is a sad day in the GPUG community. We are losing Kim “Mamma” Peterson from the Dynamics Communities team where she has been GPUG Program Director for the last five years.

Kim has done an awesome job and leaves GPUG on a high as she takes up a new role as Director of User Experiences for InterDyn BMI.

Thank you Kim for all the support you have given to the community and the advice and encouragement you have given to me. GPUG would not be where it is today without your work, smiling face and great laugh.

Kim at GPUG Summit 2015 awarding GPUG All Stars myself, Viola and Steve

Here are some videos of Kim’s fun side:

Tim Tam Slams at Convergence 2012 (direct link)


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


Have a read of the posts on the GPUG blog:

Good luck with the new role, hope to see you soon at the conferences.


PS: Kim, I will still need my hugs.

PPS: Please post in the comments if you have something to say to Kim.

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January 29, 2016 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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#Skyworks2016 – Australia Day 2016

David Meego - Click for blog homepageI am back in Perth after enjoying time in Sydney with family and a cruise (with other family) from Sydney around New Zealand.

Time to work on catching up with the email backlog and getting back into projects for 2016. But it might be a couple more days before the work really gets going….

Tomorrow (Tuesday, 26th January 2016) is the Australia Day 2016 public holiday, and so many people are taking today (Monday) off as well to create a four day long weekend. I know this also happens in the US around their equivalent, Independence day.

While Sydney is know around the globe for its New Year’s Eve fireworks, Perth waits for Australia Day for its Skyworks fireworks and laser show, put on by the City of Perth and Mix 94.5fm. For additional info click here.

Below are some photos from previous year’s shows as well as some videos of the 2015 show:

Skyworks 2013

Skyworks 2014

Skyworks 2015

Skyworks 2015

Perth City Skyworks 2015 (direct link)


Australia Day Skyworks 360 Video (direct link)


Perth City Australia Day 2015 Skyworks HD (direct link)


For those of you in Perth going to see the show live, have fun.



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January 25, 2016 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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Merry Christmas 2015 and a Happy New Year 2016

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThis is just a quick note to wish everyone in the Microsoft Dynamics GP community and all my friends and readers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

I will be taking some time off between now and late January and so don’t expect too many posts in that period.

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It): The last year has been an amazing and exciting journey, below are a few articles from the last year that you should check out if you haven’t seen them already:

I hope you all have a fantastic time with your families and hopefully get some time to relax.

Thanks for your support.

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Reminder: December 2015 Special: Helping Aaron Back

David Meego - Click for blog homepagePublic Service Announcement

Please remember to organise your purchase of GP Power Tools before the end of December as 10% of the profits for the month are being donated to Aaron Back, GPUG All-Star and GPUG Chairman, to help cover the costs of his son’s medical treatment.

For more information, please see my original article.

I know that December can be a little slow but this is a great time to purchase and install GP Power Tools, so you can start the new year with a Microsoft Dynamics GP system that is much easier and simpler to support and administer.

You still have a few days before Christmas and time between Christmas and New Year. I would like to be able to give Aaron and his family a nice big surprise in the January.



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#GPPT Why wait till you upgrade to install GP Power Tools?

David Meego - Click for blog homepageYesterday, I received an email from a customer that I met in Reno at the GPUG Summit 2016 conference. He asked a technical question on GP Power Tools and mentioned that he had purchased the tool to be used once he had completed the upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015.

The question I had to ask was …

  • Why wait till you upgrade to install GP Power Tools?

The reason I ask the question is fairly simple.

By running the GP Power Tools’ Database Validation feature against your system BEFORE you upgrade, you can avoid many upgrade issues before they even occur.

Database Validation can be used to validate that the system’s user and company settings match the SQL Server Logins, Databases and Database Users as well as comparing the data structures of all tables against their definitions in the Dynamics GP Product dictionaries.

Note: For more details on what checks Database Validation makes, see the first article in the links below.

You can also use Database Validation to fix SQL Logins (passwords) and Database Users when moving the system to a new server, which often happens during upgrades.

Even if not moving to a new server, it is common practice to do a test upgrade on a test server. Running Database Validation on your test environment can remove references to users and companies that are not included in the test system.

Database Validation has many features that will help you before and during the upgrade process, so why not get some help now… before you upgrade?

If you already have registered GP Power Tools, your license will be valid for all versions GP Power Tools (for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010, GP 2013, GP 2013 R2, GP 2015 & GP 2015 R2).

For more information see:

You have no reason to wait.


PS: Database Validation is new to GP Power Tools and is not included in the Support Debugging Tool.

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November 25, 2015 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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Inaugural Class of Credentialed Professionals Announced

David Meego - Click for blog homepageAfter Microsoft removed the requirement for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Microsoft Dynamics NAV partners to be certified and shutdown the examinations for those two products, the community decided that some sort of certifications were still needed.

To this end, the Association of Dynamics Professionals (DynamicsPro) was formed.

From the Association’s web site:

The Association of Dynamics Professionals (DynamicsPro) is an independent, not-for-profit membership organization which exists to serve the Microsoft Dynamics community by establishing competency standards and assessments, and to positively impact the Dynamics community through member-led advocacy initiatives.

At the recent reIMAGINE 2015 and GPUG Summit 2015 conferences, attendees were given the opportunity to take the examinations for Dynamics GP and Dynamics NAV (at Summit).

Joe Carroll has recently published an article with a list of the Inaugural Class of Credentialed Professionals, including yours truly. :-)

For details see Joe Caroll’s blog post below:

So, get involved and get credentialed.


PS: The certifications are open to partners and customers alike.

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RoboCup Junior Australia 2015 National Championships

Wombat Fitness - Click for blog homepageWhile David was away in the USA and Mexico, I got to accompany Rohan to the RoboCup Junior Australia 2015 National Championships on 26th and 27th September 2015. You may know from past blogs that robotics has been a bit of a hobby for David and our sons. This year, being in the National Competition meant travelling to Gawler, South Australia.

Aaron, who has been successful in the Rescue competition is now too old to compete. He has been mentoring the younger students and would have been very useful to have with us, but we have an ageing puppy dog who was already pining for the master of the house, so Aaron got the job of house and dog sitting while Rohan and I flew to Adelaide with the other competitors and parents from All Saints’ College.

In all we were 4 teams; 10 students, 11 parents and several siblings and 1 school staff member. (Cat herding now seems simple in comparison.)

Open Dance: Pickle Jar Productions (Josh, Megan, Noah, Sarith and Rohan) with Priscilla the Gorilla

Secondary Rescue: Team Sonic (Jay, Liam and Mason)

Open Rescue: BEN (Pragash) & Vindaloo (Disura)

The competition venue was about a 40 min drive out of Adelaide (the state capital city) and accommodation for such a large group was scarce, so we ended up staying at Tanunda Discovery Holiday Park in the Barossa Valley, an area you may well know for its excellent wines.  Tanunda is a lovely, historic little village, still about 40 mins from Gawler, but without the city traffic. This was fine with me as I got the added task of driving the bus (a surprisingly speedy Hyundai iMax van) handed on to me thanks to David’s past efforts as chauffer extraordinaire.

I have to confess here, that despite being given strict instructions from David to follow all the teams and competitions, I am a Mum first and foremost, so I may have spent the vast majority of my time watching the Open Dance Competition, where Rohan’s team was competing.

I did watch some of the Secondary and Open Rescue competition and it is amazing to see the work and development that has gone into all the rescue robots.  Since we started this journey some 7 years ago, the standard of competition has improved incredibly.  From very unreliable, line-following robots that could navigate some simple obstacles to locate a “victim” (soft-drink can), this year I witnessed very sophisticated robots meet the challenges of ramps, speed bumps, sloping terrain and more.  In the finals of the Open Rescue the students’ robots had to autonomously navigate the course to the “chemical spill” and identify and rescue (in a controlled manner) multiple “victims” without falling off raised tiles. The following photos and video (apologies for the adjudicator’s legs) may explain that better:

Course1Example Course 1

Course2Example Course 2

RoboCup Junior Australia 2015 Open Rescue National Championships – BEN (direct link)


When you think that the competitors are mostly 12 – 16 year old school children, it gives me a lot of hope for our future. 

Teams had travelled from Korea and Croatia sent their National Team to compete in the Australian National competition.  The All Saints’ teams did well, but “Michael” from Box Hill High School (Victoria) won Secondary Rescue and “Marshmallow” from St George Christian College (New South Wales) took out the Open Rescue Competition.

Meanwhile, in the Open Dance Competition the stress levels were high.  This was Rohan’s last year of competing and the pressure was on the rest of his (younger) team mates to bring home the bacon.  You can look at the photos and watch the video but they will never truly convey the hours and hours of work that has gone into all the competition entries.  Without wanting to sound like I am bragging too much you need to know that the 5 kids in Pickle Jar Productions:

  • Selected and mixed the music
  • Built and painted the backdrop
  • Wired and soldered the LED lighting that runs along the backdrop
  • Choreographed Pricilla’s movements, the truck movements and their dance.
  • Built Pricilla, the truck and the spinning big top
  • Programmed Pricilla, the truck and the spinning big top
  • Made Pricilla’s feet, hands and face by painting latex over clay moulds that they also made
  • And probably a whole lot more that I have missed

Remember that once the “go” button is pressed the performance is totally autonomous without any input or interaction from the team.

Here is the video of Priscilla the Gorilla and the Pickle Jar Productions finals performance:

RoboCup Junior Australia 2015 Open Dance National Championships – Pickle JAR Productions – Finals (direct link)


Robocup Junior Australia – 4 controllers, 16 motors and one very cool monkey!


At the end of the day, when scores from the performances and interviews were tallied, Pickle Jar Productions came second, pipped at the post by the other West Australian team, The NX-Twins EVolv3 (Melville Senior High School). This reversed the results from the WA finals where Pickle Jar won and the NX-Twins came second. All I’m saying is that it must have been close.

PickleJar1Pricilla gets some love before for the big day

PickleJar2Pickle Jar Productions relieved it’s all over

After the competition was over the All Saints’ Teams and the NX-Twins with Mum and Dad enjoyed a rather noisy dinner together at a local tavern in Tanunda. We had a day to relax and see some sights before boarding the plane home.  We chose to visit the local hill lookout and sculpture park and the Adelaide Zoo.  Yes, and we managed to sneak in one (just one!) winery.

For the previous posts on the RoboCup robotics competition see:

This is the final year that our boys will be competing in the RoboCup Junior Australia competition as they are finishing or have finished secondary school. David will continue to be involved as a mentor to the All Saints College Robotics Club.

Till next time.


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