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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
http://www.intelligentpartnerships.com/

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Microsoft Convergence Atlanta 2015 (#CONV15) – Day 1

Keynote and General Session

I know, it’s been over a week since Microsoft Convergence 2015 closed its doors, however, I did not want the time to go by without reliving some of the things I personally experienced throughout the event. With early mornings and late evenings it became impossible to write blog posts as things were happening, considering my own involvement with quite a few of the activities and presentations at Convergence.

Day 1 started out with David and I rushing through Atlanta’s traffic to get to the Georgia World Congress Center. From there we would head over to the Phillips Arena for the Opening Keynote Speech. We got there at the tail end of the presentation of Dance 411. The Dance 411 Foundation’s mission is to foster the well-being of urban youth and young adults through self-expression. They provide a quality education and exposure to the discipline of dance, drama and music. Judson Althoff, President Microsoft North America was in the middle of interviewing JJ Crampton and Sindy Scheider, both directors of the Foundation and requesting everyone filled out the Convergence event evals, for which Microsoft would make a donation to the Foundation.

Dance 411

Once the dance group completed their presentation, Althoff was once on stage to talk about the Atlanta Youth Project and Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture and the volunteering work done in conjunction with the Convergence attendees who signed up for community outreach, now a staple of these events. The community outreach video was accompanied by an original song by The Groove Merchants.

Upon the conclusion of the community outreach video, Althoff was back on stage to describe the upcoming days at Convergence and some of the guest speakers that attendees would have a chance to experience. He also alluded to the fact that the event itself, Convergence, is also evolving and changing, just like the businesses present at the event. He also noted that Convergence used to be a Dynamics only event. Microsoft has expanded the event and evolved it to actually incorporate all of its innovations. Convergence has become the Premier Business Event.

Without further due, Satya Nadella was on stage to talk about how Microsoft is empowering every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, via the “systems on intelligence”.

Satya Nadella on Microsoft’s Vision

The systems of intelligence interact with the systems of record to make sense of the data collected. Microsoft is focusing on the automation of the systems of intelligence, with the richness of its cloud infrastructure. To further talk about how other industries are taking advantage of the technologies that drive the systems of intelligence, Satya welcomed Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson.

Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson

Russell described how he uses OneNote to track all his activities on and off the field and how the National Football League (NFL) leverages Microsoft Surface during the games to analyze team formations, plays, and players in near real time – Microsoft is a sponsor of the NFL.

The rest of the presentation focused around the use of other technologies such as Yammer within Microsoft itself. Also there was a cool case study on how AccuWeather is leveraging Microsoft Azure to deliver custom and personalized weather to both consumers and businesses.

AccuWeather

After the case studies, it was time for Mark, Belinda, and I to head over to the GWCC to wire up for the Microsoft Dynamics GP General Session, to be held at the Sydney Marcus Auditorium. Upon arrival, I went back stage to check in and had a chance to capture this picture with the engineering team at work.

Video and Audio Engineering Room

This year, the Microsoft Dynamics GP General Session featured a number of info-bites showing what each of the presenters were doing at different stages during the 90’s and various terminologies born from that time.

Little bits of information before session

This year’s Dynamics GP General Session would focus on product strategy and roadmap, and as customary, it began with with Errol Schoenfish welcoming all attendees and discussing the Microsoft Cloud for Business strategy, which features Office 365, Azure, and the business applications, including Microsoft Dynamics GP. Errol went on to demo a Time Management app (#IfErrolCanDoIt) showing how it would work on various device platforms.

Then came the highlight of the event (ehem!): The MVP Duel featuring Mark Polino and I, with a special guest, Belinda Allen. Our presentation, showcasing a number of new features in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015, went very smooth and features were well received by the audience.

The MVP Duel – From left to right: MVPs Mark Polino, Belinda Allen, and Mariano Gomez

Up next was the customer story featuring Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL), a non-profit dedicated to make solar energy available to low income families.

Next up was Jennifer Ranz to demo a day in the life of a RREAL employee. Jenn showed the dashboards released for Office 365 and PowerBI. Jason Edens from RREAL came on stage to talk about how their company is leveraging Microsoft Dynamics GP to run their business.

The session went on with other demos and a glimpse into the future of Microsoft Dynamics GP. First up was Jeff Trosen to talk about the evolution of the Microsoft Dynamics GP roadmap. Chad Sogge came up next to talk about the new HTML 5 interface and provide a demo of how this new web client technology will allow for a better user experience across browsers and devices.

Errol Schoenfish and Chad Sogge on the Future of Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client

I had to finally get a shot of the audience.

Microsoft Dynamics GP General Session Attendance

Well, in my next post, I will talk about the sessions we delivered throughout the rest of the event.

Until next post!

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

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Tech Tuesday: SmartList Builder, GP Web Client, and the GP January Hotfix

We wanted to make everyone aware of an issue that we have come across in recent weeks.

There is an issue in the January Hotfix for Microsoft Dynamics GP that is causing SmartList Builder issues when used in the Web Client. Because of the issues in the hotfix, the Table Finder feature in SmartList Builder cannot load and it causes GP in general to fail loading. If you remove SmartList Builder

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Tech Tuesday: SmartList Builder, GP Web Client, and the GP January Hotfix

March 17, 2015 · Nicole Albertson · 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.

 

Agenda

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

Break

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

Lunch

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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Free Windows 10, IoT and Azure Technet event by Microsoft in Sydney

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Dynamics GP hosting – a great experience with RoseASP

I recently had a great experience that I would like to share. We have a client that was on a very old version of Dynamics GP (8.0), very old version of SQL (2000) a very, very old server (going on 10 years), and outsourced IT. Long story short, their server went down, they lost 2 out of the 3 […]

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Dynamics GP hosting – a great experience with RoseASP

March 16, 2015 · Victoria Yudin · No Comments
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Meet the eOne Convergence Team!

Convergence is just a few days away. We can hardly wait to get there and see some new and old faces. Before we head into the week, we wanted to introduce the members of our team heading down to Atlanta:

Meet our Director and Manager

Martin Olsen co-founded eOne back in 2001. He has been leading the team in Australia and recently moved to Fargo, ND to help grow the US office. Apart

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Meet the eOne Convergence Team!

March 13, 2015 · Frank Hamelly MCP-GP MCT MVP · No Comments
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Convergence Question #1 – Do You Have Any Promos?

It’s almost time for Convergence 2015 and we’re ready with the
most commonly asked question eOne gets at the expo:

DO YOU HAVE ANY PROMOS?

This year, the answer is – yes, of course we do – for dedicated
Convergence attendees. 

Here are the promos so you can be ready (and know – they expire 4/30/15!): 

SmartList Builder Self-Paced Training 
Simply
tweet a picture of our roaming Bob the

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March 12, 2015 · Abbey · No Comments
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