Sunday, March 9, 2014

Microsoft Dynamics Convergence Atlanta 2014 - Day 2

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - Day 2

Convergence Day 1 brought us the product General Sessions. Day 2 of Convergence was all about the breakout sessions. Today, I would be delivering two sessions, starting with CSGP014 Microsoft Dynamics GP Customization for Beginners at 11:00 AM local time. With 150 people in attendance, I am forced to say that this was pretty good considering the session was a) geared towards customers and partners who needed an idea of how to get started with the customization tools, and b) a bit above the beginner's level.

I have to admit that the session was a bit too technical, and probably featured a bit more code demonstration than I originally wanted to show, but again, it was a technical session.

After some lunch, I had a chance to sit into MVP Mark Polino's session CSGP009-R2 Microsoft Dynamics GP: 50 tips in 50 minutes. Mark had around 300 people at the Sydney Marcus Auditorium which is where I would be delivering my presentation next. One thing to note is, Mark conducted his entire session with the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 web client which performed beautifully and flawlessly throughout the entire thing.

Next up was my session in the same auditorium, CSGP008-R1 Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013: Upgrading and Deploying the fun way. I had roughly 270 attendees in this session. This was my first time delivering this material and I have to say it was quite fun. I think for future Convergence events I would like to do this as a live upgrade rather than a session of this type, so I guess probably a deep dive format is more adequate as those run for 1.5 hours.

Following my session it was just about time for the closing keynote. Visionary leaders Biz Stone (twitter: @biz), co-inventor and co-founder of Twitter Inc. and co-founder and CEO of Jelly, and Arianna Huffington (twitter: @ariannahuff), president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, took us on a journey to explore how to achieve more, deepen our connections, and create more meaningful experiences with technology.

Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington

Biz Stone

Q&A with Fred Studer, Arianna Huffington, Biz Stone, and 

Following the keynote session, I went back to the convention center to check up on emails and what's not and ran into Viswanathan (Viswa) Neelakantan, a team member with Microsoft India. Viswa and I had been exchanging emails and ideas for the past couple of years, but I finally had a chance to meet with him in person.

Mariano Gomez and Viswanathan Neelakantan
After catching up for a while, Viswa and I parted ways and I was off to meet up with my wife to go home, but some how got convinced to stop by the Rock-n-Rave party. It's also good to note that this year marks the 10th anniversary of Rock-n-Rave and its goal of providing some of the best entertainment to Convergence attendees, all while networking in a very party like environment.

Rock-n-Rave commemoratory banner 

Rock-n-Rave was at the Prive Nightclub in midtown and featured Blair Crimmins and the Hookers. In addition, we were treated to some scavenger hunt, casino, DJ entertainment, and the Matt Palmer duo - quite a bit to keep the crowd moving until midnight.

Wife and I left the venue at around 11:30 PM as it was time to get some rest for the next day.

Until next post!

Mariano Gomez, MVP
IntellPartners, LLC

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