Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011 - Day 1 Presentation

After a morning fill with excitement at the Opening Session, where Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 R2 was presented to all partners in attendance, you could only walk out of the session all pumped up. However, it was time for some lunch -- "no MSG and buddies", according to David.

This excitement carried David and I, right into our 2:45 PM CST presentation. Up was our Support Debugging Tool session. Everything went very well despite the computer problems (read David's post for the full scoop) we had in the previous days. We had a great time presenting the session and partners overall expressed the increased adoption of Support Debugging Tool by customers and even themselves.

At the Support Debugging Tool presentation
We then took a ride after the Conference day was over back to the hotel. Interestingly enough, Leslie still believed she was enjoying a nice summer day in Dallas as she did not bring any layers with her, but being the gentlemen we are (ehem!), I gave her my gloves, David gave her his hat, and Beat provided the scarves (yes, he goes along with 2 of them!) for additional comfort.

Mariano Gomez, Leslie Vail, Beat Bucher, David Musgrave - In the bus back to he hotel. Picture courtesy of Stephan Labbe
Once at the hotel, we regrouped in the lobby to go for dinner at Grizzly's Grill, a restaurant located at the entrance of the West Acres mall. The group decided to walk, which perhaps, has been one of the worst decisions I have made since arriving in town. The temperature? A whopping -7F (without the wind chill factor, which surely made it feel close to -17F).  When we arrived at the mall (through the JC Penney's entrance, the closest to the Ramada's lobby) we all felt the numbness in our faces. I personally had my sinuses completely cleared up!

Night went well and dinner was very pleasant, with lots of conversations and topics circulating around the table.

From left to right, front to back: Mark Rockwell (Rockton Software), Yvan Bruneau (Jovaco), Jean-Francois Tremblay (Jovaco), Beat Bucher (Strophe), Terry Blazer (Microsoft), Stephan Labbe (Strophe), Mariano Gomez, Haseet Sanghrajka (ST Consulting), Leslie Vail, David Musgrave (Microsoft), Jim Pelikza (Rockton Software)
Dinner was over and we were back at the hotel with rides offered by Terry Blazer and Sheila Ochoa. The temperature had dipped a few degrees more, but the winds had died down, however, I could not pass on the offer.

At the hotel, David and I had to do some code fine tuning on his machine to ensure that our Visual Studio Tools demo would work for our presentation next day -- up first at 8:30 AM CST. Poor David felt asleep while I was transferring the code and making the adjustments. After all, we have been running on little sleep since we got here.

Until next post!

Mariano Gomez, MVP
IntellPartners, LLC

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