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#CONV15 – Convergence 2015 Atlanta – Pre Conference

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Wow, Time has gone so quickly. I had the good intentions of posting about each day of the Convergence 2015 conference on the next day. I had already created all the blank placeholder posts in preparation.

Then reality struck…. With days starting around 6am to get ready and drive into town and finishing at midnight or later, it was just not possible to write the blog posts and get some (not enough) sleep.

Anyhow, I am back in Australia now and will attempt to give you a taste of what the conference was like.

I arrived on Friday 13th (lucky I am not superstitious), which gave me Saturday to sleep in a little. I did not want to sleep in too much as the quicker you can shift your sleep patterns, the quicker you can get over the “Jet Lag”. Atlanta time was currently a full 12 hour shift from Perth, so I was completely messed up.

So I got up about 9am and said hello to Mariano’s demon dogs (ok, it happens to all dog’s eyes when you use a flash). Mariano and his kids were out doing volunteer work for the day and so the puppies were pleased to see me.

DogsAngel and Ebony

I remembered that I had not taken a photo of the stash of Aussie contraband that I smuggled into the USA, so I laid it all out and took a photo (minus two packs of Tim Tams and a pack of Chicos already given to Mariano).

The Stash: 12 of 14 packs of Arnott’s Tim Tams, 5 of 6 packs of Allen’s Chicos
and 2 tubes of axle grease Vegemite

I spent the rest of Saturday working on the customisation presentation that Mariano and I would be delivering in a few days time. I decided it might be handy to have some demos for the presentation, as

  1. Sessions with only PowerPoint slides are boring
  2. People have come to expect it with our sessions

So, I created the primary demos based on the same customisation built using Modifier & Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), Modifier & Visual Studio Tools and Dexterity. I also fine tuned the presentation deck.

I got a relatively early night and tried to get a good night’s sleep…. Hard when you wake up multiple times because your body clock keeps saying “Get up you lazy sod, it’s daytime.”.


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March 30, 2015 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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Free Windows 10, IoT and Azure Technet event by Microsoft in Sydney

Microsoft is running Technet Update at Australian Ballroom and Exhibition Room 14 Carrington Street, Sydney on the 16th of April, 2015. Register for this event here, should be worth your time.



9:00am – 10:00am

Keynote – Getting to the value of the Internet of Things

Lee Hickin – IoT Commercial Lead, Microsoft Australia 

The Internet of Everything has become a catch-all phrase to describe adding connectivity and intelligence to just about every device in order to give them special functions, from tiny devices that might travel in our bloodstream to fully automated large scale mining operations. Billions of sensors will be shipped each year and the possibilities are endless. But what should be connected? and Why? Come along to this session and hear why businesses should care about the internet of things…….and learn where the real value lies. Microsoft will lay out its vision for how businesses can best take advantage of this growing trend and how it’s cloud and Windows technologies will offer a complete end to end solution

10:00am – 10:30am


Stream 1 – Windows 10

Stream 2 – Microsoft Cloud OS

10:30am – 11:30am

Windows 10 – What does the new OS mean for Enterprises?

Foundation for the Software Defined Datacenter

11:40am – 12:40pm

Windows 10 Security – What’s new?

Extending Enterprise Networks to Azure using ExpressRoute

12:40pm – 1:30pm


1:30pm – 2:30pm

Windows 10 – Deployment

Windows Azure Pack Overview

2:40pm – 3:40pm

Windows 10 for Mobile Devices: What’s Next?

Getting started with Microsoft Azure IaaS

3:40pm – 4:00pm

Break  (Close and Prize Draw)

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Networking drinks

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March 17, 2015 · Jivtesh Singh · No Comments
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#CONV15 – Convergence 2015 Atlanta – Getting There

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Hello from Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

My journey to get to Convergence 2015 was relatively uneventful (which is good), but long (which is expected).

I booked my flight with Delta as their base hub is Atlanta. My itinerary showed that I would be able to complete the journey to Atlanta with two flights: Perth to Sydney and Sydney to Atlanta. This sounded great as I normally have to take three or four flights to get to my destinations in the USA.

I left home at 9:00pm on Thursday 12th March after a long day out. My wife and I had met a couple while on a cruise holiday back in June 2014. They mentioned that they would be boarding another cruise holiday from Perth in March 2015, so we offered to show them around Perth for a day before they boarded the ship. I had packed my bags on Wednesday night and spent the day visiting Sculptures by the Sea at Cottesloe Beach, a few wineries in the Swan Valley area (I was driving as I don’t drink) and the Botanic Gardens at Kings Park. We got home at 8:00pm, just enough time to eat and get changed.

Below are a couple of my favourites from Sculptures by the Sea (love the Roo getting revenge):



Anyhow, after arriving at Perth airport at about 9:30pm, I was able to get checked in and drop off the baggage fairly quickly and so had time to relax before the flights started. While waiting at the gate, I met Michael Marosa who used to work as partner in the Dynamics GP world for many years. He now works more with Dynamics AX and Dynamics NAV, but we will forgive him.

My first flight was a “Midnight Horror” (aka “Red Eye Special”) leaving Perth at 11:30pm and flying through the night arriving at Sydney at 7:00pm after 4.5 hours flying.

This left me with 5 hours to kill in Sydney before boarding the Delta flight to Atlanta. I found a place where there was seating and a power point and charged up my Lumia phone, Zune (yes, I like my 64GB Zune HD. Listening to music on a separate device is better than arriving at your destination with a phone that has no charge) and my noise cancelling headphones.


Then it was 12:15pm, time to board my direct flight to Atlanta…. Only to have my boarding pass replaced at the gate with a flight to Los Angeles and then a flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta (with the same flight number). While it was a single flight it was not non-stop as I had believed. Oh well, two flights was too good to be true.

The international flight arrived a little late into Los Angeles at about 8:00am and had a very tight connection to the ongoing domestic flight to Atlanta. The next flight was already starting to board as I was going through passport control and customs. I managed to get to the flight in record time, it was one of the quickest transitions from international to domestic that I have ever done in the USA. I have missed flights before because it usually takes a couple of hours.

The final leg left Los Angeles at 9:00am and arrived at Atlanta at 5:00pm local time. As I walked to baggage claim (I know there is a train, but it was full and I needed a walk), I came across a display of sculptures from Zimbabwe.


After collecting my baggage, Mariano arrived to pick me up and take me to his place. He has kindly offered for me to stay with him while in Atlanta. In fact I would be in trouble if I didn’t stay with him.


So the journey finished at about 6:00pm Atlanta time when we got home. Atlanta is currently exactly 12 hours reversed from Perth. My trip door to door started at 9:00pm Thursday night (Perth Time) and arrived at 6:00am Saturday (Perth Time), this gives a total travel time of 33 hours.

Looking forward to seeing everyone.


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March 14, 2015 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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Using the new Dynamics GP 2015 REST Services in SBA (Service Based Architecture)

If you have been following my blog, you probably know how excited I am about this feature. Unfortunately, the documentation can be a little hard to find. The important thing to remember is that as this is a part of the web client – that is where you will find the relevant documentation. 

Paul Haag at InterDyn has just written a great post summarizing the steps he followed.  Using the Dynamics GP Service Based Architecture (Paul Haag) 

Additionally as you are stuck(and its okay if you are, this is Version 1 of the SBA) – you might find the following notes and resources helpful.

  • There are three logs you can look to for information on requests that fail, the GP Service log, Dexterity Service Log and the Request Log.  All logs are located in ProgramDataMicrosoft DynamicsGPSvcLogs. The Dexterity Service log will tell you if the request made it to the Dexterity instance and is in the Inst_DefaultInstanceDexterityService directory. All requests tie together with a correlation ID. Read more at Debugging in the Dynamics GP 2015 Service Based Architecture
  • You need to place the new Application.PRODUCTNAME.dll in your GP runtime folder.  After restarting your services, a good way to see if your endpoint is available is by using discovery (url below).  That will show all the dictionaries that have been DAG’ed and have available service endpoints. https://>/GPService/Tenants(DefaultTenant)/Companies(Company Name)/Help/

Read more at Service Based Architecture and Custom Procedures  (Thanks Rob Bernhardt)

  • When creating service procedures in the service based architecture one of the key steps is to define service metadata including setting the Service Enabled switch to TRUE. We also add a Service Procedure Metadata property which contains the relevant information for the GP Service to wire the procedure calls up to their URI endpoints. In addition to this, the procedure’s class definition will now contain a third invoke method which the service uses for parsing the request and building up the response. Read more at – DAG (Dictionary Assembly Generator) – What’s New in GP 2015

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March 11, 2015 · Jivtesh Singh · No Comments
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Update: Where is the Support Debugging Tool for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015?

David Meego - Click for blog homepageFollowing on my previous post: Where is the Support Debugging Tool for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015? I can now confirm that progress has been made.

Winthrop Development Consultants has negotiated an exclusive agreement with Microsoft to obtain the Support Debugging Tool source code.

Work on the new, rebranded and updated tool will start as soon as possible. Hopefully we will be ready for an initial release in April.

Now you have a chance to vote for what you would like the name to be changed to.

Take Our Poll

Thanks for the suggestions.


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March 10, 2015 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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Considering an Upgrade from Dynamics GP to Dynamics AX?

Recently I’ve delivered Dynamics GP training to new users who came from a company using Dynamics AX.  In my own experience, other than the additional features that Dynamics AX offers over Dynamics GP (which are considerable) and getting accustomed to the ability to post a transaction initiated in the General Ledger backto a subsidiary module in AX, there is a lot of commonality in the User Interface (UI) between the two applications.  This is particularly important for companies that have perhaps outgrown Dynamics GP and are considering a move to a more full-featured ERP system such as AX.  Microsoft has done a commendable job of unifying their ERP system UI’s, which offers the client the benefit of quicker and easier user adoption when moving from one application to another.
Additionally, both applications are tightly integrated with Microsoft Office tools, further easing the transition to a new system.
The first image below is of the Dynamics GP 2015 Financial module, with the menu items arranged in basically the same sequence as the Dynamics AX 2012 R3 image below it.  Notice how the menus and the Navigation Pane layout are quite similar in both applications, albeit the AX UI is cleaner, in my opinion.  Maybe the GP development team can get together with the AX dev team on that one.
Based on their comments, my recent trainees report the same experience.  They’ve indicated that adapting to Dynamics GP from AX has been much quicker than they thought it would be, primarily because of the similarities between the two UI’s. 
In considering an upgrade from Dynamics GP to Dynamics AX, user adoption and performance ramp-up can be relegated to the bottom of the list of concerns.

Considering an Upgrade from Dynamics GP to Dynamics AX?

March 3, 2015 · Frank Hamelly MCP-GP MCT MVP · No Comments
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Winthrop Development Consultants website is now live!

David Meego - Click for blog homepageFollowing on from my posting last week about What can Winthrop Development Consultants do for you?, I just wanted to highlight that the Winthrop Development Consultants corporate web site is now live.

For a number of months, when selecting Winthrop Development Consultants from the landing page all you where presented with single web page that contained a giant business card (yes, it was actually a screenshot of the business card artwork) and links to this blog and my other social media sites.

Now it is an actual web site that provides information about Winthrop Development Consultants, about me and my career background, about the services we offer and has a place holder for information about the products we will offer.

If you have not had a look already, please check it out.  If you have any feedback, please post a comment on this post.


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February 27, 2015 · WinthropDC · No Comments
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