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#CONV15 – Convergence 2015 Atlanta – Day 2

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I was exhausted already and it was only Day 2 of the Convergence 2015 conference.

As there were no sessions Mariano and I planned to attend first thing in the morning, we started the day a bit later. The downside is that the morning traffic had built up by the time we left and so it took a bit longer to get into Downtown Atlanta.

Once we got to the Georgia World Congress Center, we went to the Speaker Workroom to make final preparations for customisation session later in the day. Not very exciting, but it did help make the session better for those who attended.

At the CSG024-R1: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015: Customizing the user interface session as Mariano and I were getting our machines setup and the audio guy was wiring the microphones for us, I noticed someone in the audience with writing on their shirt that looked like it had my name on it.

I had to stop and investigate further. It turned out that Steven Vallarian, knowing that I was negotiating with Microsoft for the rights to the Support Debugging Tool, Menus for Visual Studio Tools and SnapShot, had got a number of t-shirts made up with the wording “Free David Musgrave’s Code”.

David Musgrave and Steven Vallarian with the Free David Musgrave’s Code shirts

Thanks to Steven, a few lucky people have one of these rare shirts. While I loved the thought that went into the shirts, the negotiations with Microsoft had already been successful by the time Convergence started. This meant that Beat Bucher’s #FreeCode hash tag, did not really trend on Twitter. However, it did provide everyone with a laugh. Thanks Steven for the shirts and for putting a smile on many faces.

After that the session went very well, with brief explanations of the strengths and weaknesses of each of the options for customizing the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 user interface. We covered Modifier & Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), Visual Studio Tools (VST), Modifier with VST instead of VBA and Dexterity. We had demos of each tool in action, but due to time constraints, only discussed the code at the conceptual level. The source code for these demos will be posted soon on this blog and Mariano’s blog.

The message for this part of the session was that there are many options available to you and you can mix and match the tools to find the best solution for your customization.

We also surprised people by including a couple of demos for the new Service Based Architecture functionality added to Dexterity for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015. We showed posting a batch via a web service call and pulling data into a Project Sienna application.

The message here is that you no longer have just limit yourself to customizing the user interface, but you can now extend the user interface into other environments and devices using REST based web services.

Thank-you to everyone who came to the session, especially those who answered questions or came up afterwards to ask questions or say hello. Hope you enjoyed the Tim Tams.

After the session, I had a meeting to go to, but wanted to see if I could find Pam Misialek. Pam was my contact at Microsoft for the software code negotiations and I had to give her one of Steven’s t-shirts. While looking for her, I found Chad Sogge, who had always been supportive of giving me the code for the products I developed. I thought it appropriate for him to have a shirt as well.

Chad Sogge showing his support. Thanks Chad

Chad told me that Pam was in a particular room, so stuck my head in the room to see if she was free…. Only to be spotted and called to the front of the room by Mark Polino, just before they started the popular DDG101: Excel, Excel, Excel. An Excel Shootout session. I had time to wave to everyone, give Pam the t-shirt (without an explanation, which confused her as the code was already “free”) and make a quick exit.

After my meeting, I went back to the Expo and continued visiting the various exhibitors. Sadly, I ran out of time and the Expo closed after I had only been there a little while.

I caught up with Mariano and we headed back to the Omni Hotel Lobby bar to relax and chat with other attendees and presenters. While there I caught up with the eOne Solutions team who are always ready to have their photo taken.

eOne crew
eOne Solutions team, including my ex-Microsoftie pal Patrick “Superman” Roth

After a few drinks, Mariano and I sat down at the Omni Hotel’s Prime Meridian restaurant (just next to the lobby bar) to have some dinner before the Rock-n-Rave party. Just after we sat down, Cindy and Tanya (who were at our customisation session) came in and were going to sit at another table. As much as I enjoy Mariano’s company, dinner would be much more interesting with additional people, so I asked them to join us. They are much prettier than Mariano anyway.

Dinner: Mariano Gomez, Cindy Reeves, Tanya Markwith and David Musgrave

After dinner we headed over to the Rock-n-Rave party which had a zombie theme to it this year. Thanks to the sponsors of the party:

John Lowther and Mike McDowell: One is ugly and the other is a zombie

Rock-n-Rave party at Georgia Railroad Freight Depot

Zombies don’t scare me … much

Craig Klapman and Ora Goldman scare Ora’s daughter

Mariano and I did not stay too late as we needed to be awake for the repeat of our customization session the next day.


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#CONV15 – Convergence 2015 Atlanta – Day 1 – Dynamics GP Session

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So, now we are here at Sidney J. Marcus Auditorium for the Microsoft Dynamics GP Product Roadmap and Strategy general session.

I sat right down the front so I could heckle the presenters… It is in my job description. Someone has to keep them on their toes.

The session started with everyone’s favourite non technical person, Errol Schoenfish (#IfErrolCanDoIt).

Errol Schoenfish

Errol took us through a demo of the upcoming Time Management App, by deciding (in advance) what days he would be sick on (after a public holiday) and then taking some additional annual leave. This new self service app would be released on all major platforms.

Time Management App for Windows, iOS and Android

Next up was the MVP Shootout, a challenge of one-upmanship between Microsoft MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals) Mark Polino and Mariano Gomez. Each time one would mention the cool benefits of a new feature in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015, the other would raise the bar with an even better new feature.

MVP Shootout

Mark Polino MVP and Mariano Gomez MVP

Mariano even explained Service Based Architecture in under 30 seconds

Then as Mark and Mariano are finishing up and congratulating each other, Belinda Allen MVP surprises us by coming on stage to cover the new Business Intelligence features of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015. [Edit] Okay, I knew it was going to happen as I was at the rehearsal. :-)

Belinda Allen hijacks the MVP Shootout

Where to find the MVPs … if you didn’t know already

It was great to see Mark, Mariano and now Belinda being part of the official proceedings. Microsoft needs to continue harnessing the enthusiasm of the MVPs and other community members.

After the MVP Shootout, Errol hosted demos from Jennifer Ranz and Jodi Christiansen as well as have Jason Eden from Dynamics GP customer Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) come on stage and tell us how running Microsoft Dynamics GP in cloud has helped their organisation. RREAL supply Solar Power systems to people in need to help fight fuel poverty. It is a smart, eco friendly way to help families rather than just giving cash handouts.

Jeff Trosen then joined Errol on stage to cover the Microsoft Dynamics GP Product Roadmap as well as the features for the next Dynamics GP 2015 R2 release.

Errol Schoenfish and Jeff Trosen

Microsoft Dynamics GP Roadmap

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 R2 Features

The final section of the session was with Errol and Chad Sogge and discussed the next generation of the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client. By removing the dependency on Silverlight and using HMTL5, the next web client will be able to work on any browser and any device that supports HTML5.

The next generation web client

Errol using an Apple iOS tablet to access the web client

Chad using a Samsung Android tablet to access the web client

An example screen from the next generation web client

The room was packed with a lot of excited Dynamics GP users, customers and partners

And on that bombshell, the session ended and it was time for lunch.

Day 1, to be continued …


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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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Downloads for Menus for Visual Studio Tools

David Meego - Click for blog homepageAs previously mentioned on this blog, Winthrop Development Consultants has an agreement with Microsoft to continue the development and support of the Menus for Visual Studio Tools.

It will be re-released once it has been rebranded.

I have updated the Winthrop Development Consultant’s web site Product page to provide access to the downloads for the previous versions.

The new Winthrop branded product will be available for the last three versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP; GP 2010, GP 2013 (including GP 2013 R2) and for GP 2015.

Get the previous versions from


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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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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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#CONV15 – Convergence 2015 Atlanta – The Countdown

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The final countdown to Convergence 2015 in Atlanta is well and truly on. I know this because tonight I start my journey to Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

I am flying to Sydney and then early tomorrow I have a direct flight from Sydney to Atlanta.

I plan to post blogs while at the conference after each day, but experience tells me that I might find that difficult with the very full days.

Anyhow, if you are still looking for reasons to come (other than seeing Mariano and me), check out the video below:

Convergence 2015 (direct link)


Looking forward to see everyone.


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