This is the only way to describe Day 1 of GPUG Summit 2012 Seattle. The day started out with breakfast in room 304 of The Conference Center. Attendees had one last chance to check out the sessions they were attending for the day, before the opening General Session.
|Breakfast at the Opening General Session|
|Kim Peterson, Director of GPUG|
Next up was Jeremy Epstein, VP Marketing and Social Media Navigator at Sprinkl. Jeremy's high powered and exquisitely funny delivery of the risks and benefits of social media and how organizations in this day and age can live or die by the "attention economy" spear. Jeremy stressed the importance of identifying anti-social behaviors within the organization and work to root these out before it's too late.
Following was Andy Snook, President at FastPath, Inc. and a sponsor of the event. Andy introduced his company; clients; and its security, auditing, and compliance solutions. FastPath is known for its Microsoft Dynamics GP integrating products, Assure, Audit Trail, and Config AD. Click here for more information.
The final speaker of the morning was no one other than Neil Holloway, VP of Business Strategy at Microsoft. Neil introduced Microsoft's next wave of products to hit the market during 2012 and proceed to describe Microsoft's Dynamic Business vision and approach.
|GPUG All-Stars 2012: MVP Mark Polino (IBIS) and Howard Swerdloff|
|Mark Rockwell from Rockton Software jingling his products capabilities|
|The Hub @Summit courtesy of Mekorma Software|
Left to right: Les Shannon, Steve Linz, and Ora Goldman
|Gloria Braunschweig (Computeration) and Kim Peterson (GPUG)|
As the time approached, I moved down to room LL3, where I would be delivering my first session of the event, ITP06 Getting Started with Modifier and Visual Basic for Applications. As mentioned yesterday, I picked up this session as a result of a last minute eventuality. The session went very well, with only 4 attendees in the room. I have a feeling the change from the original schedule for this session impacted the turn out. However, I truly enjoyed working with a small group of mostly new IT users who had no exposure to Modifier and VBA.
My session ran close to another commitment on my calendar. As it turned out, I had been invited to shoot a video for the upcoming Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2013 to be held in New Orleans. It's amazing to think that this event is just around the corner. The video session went pretty well with the Kitterman Marketing team making it very relaxing and enjoyable all the step of the way.
|Mark Sanders (Camera), Debra Bouchegnies, Dusty Henry, and Nikky Naiser from Kitterman Marketing|
|Amy Alley (Dynamic Communities) and Craig Goldman (Mekorma)|
|Expo Center abuzz with activity|
Left to right: Adam Berezein, Jason Gumpert, Gloria Braunschweig, Mark Polino, Tanya Henderson, Lisa Armstrong
After dinner, it was time to prepare for my early session at 8:00 AM the following morning and get some rest.
Until next post!
Mariano Gomez, MVP