Monday, February 28, 2011

Pre-Conference Day 2 - Fine tuning presentations

February 27, 2011. Pre-Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference Day 2 - Fine tuning Presentations.

This is a series of articles leading up to the actual Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011 event. The goal is to keep you informed of some of the developments leading up to the Conference and also provide you with a "behind the scenes" view of our work and activities.


After a long dinner evening the previous day, the real work began today. The morning started with a hearty breakfast at Basie's Restaurant located inside the Ramada Plaza hotel, where we are all staying - frankly, I have avoided going outside since I got to the hotel and hope to do so ONLY when absolutely necessary.

Once we finished having breakfast, we returned to our rooms to grab our laptops and sit at a table next to the bar area downstairs. First up was our Introduction to Microsoft Dynamics GP Customization session fine tuning. David will be in charge of presenting the Dexterity and Modifier with VBA portions of the presentation and I will be in charge of the Visual Studio Tools portion. We need to address the presentation flow, timing, and the actual code development which will be shown live - for the first time ever!

David Musgrave and Mariano Gomez
But life's never perfect and always has plans of its own. David (shown above smiling ONLY for the picture) had his own computer problems to deal with as he seem to believe that Dynamics GP 2010 SP1 was missing constant resources in the dictionary (Dynamics.dic). Given this, he could not compile the scripts that were a part of the Dexterity demo... troubleshooting this issue began around 1:00 PM CST.

Upon several maneuvers, David was about to push his computer off the table. This is when the rest of us realized the severity of the problem, given the fact that he had already spent 3 hours attempting to fix the issue, only to compound the problem even more -- Object Reference not set anyone? Look for David's post detailing the problems he ran into and resolution.

After some 4 hours of absolute frustration, stress, sweats, swearing, and the occasional nervous laughing, David Eichner walked in and began providing his own set of ideas on how to troubleshoot the issue. Picture this: 2 MVPs, 1 Escalation Engineer, and a very savvy Microsoft Partner/ISV all on one table, around 1 computer... how much lost revenue!

The bottom line, and after 5 hours troubleshooting this [David] issue, the day was over for everyone. Tired, battered, and beaten up by David's computer, off we went to get some dinner. Now this time, I could use some fresh air, but would not walk far away from the hotel to get food -- it was -3 degrees last night! We went to the Granite City across the street from the hotel. I got to see my beloved Miami Heat get their butts kicked by the New York Knicks in the last couple minutes of the game, all while savoring a good micro brew and having a good dose of Australian humor at the table.

At Granite City, from left to right: David Musgrave, David Eichner, Leslie Vail, Mariano Gomez
It was the general consensus after dinner that we MUST all get an early night and hope that none of the day's issues repeated the following, since we now had work to catch up with and another presentation to fine-tune. Tomorrow also marks the first day we would have a chance to go to the Microsoft Campus for tech check. For now, the rest is well deserved.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
IntellPartners, LLC

4 comments:

sheilajr said...

Looks like you are all having too much fun. I'm sure glad that I don't have to withstand those low temps. Keep my buddy Leslie bundled up - I don't think she'll last long in those conditions.
Have a great tech conference.

Rob Bernhardt said...

Just catching up on my RSS feeds and read your mention of the Miami Heat. I'm hoping we can attend the game in Atlanta!

Mariano Gomez said...

@Sheila,
We sure missed you. Leslie thought she was in Orlando, so we really had to bundle her up a bit.

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP

Mariano Gomez said...

@Rob,
Already have my wife on notice for the tickets. She is checking with the concierge.

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP