Partner Connections 2014 Kicked Off a Great Summit

Monday, October 13, 2014

Summit is now gone, but I wanted to take some time to recount some of the events as I saw them happening. First, I wanted to congratulate the Dynamic Partner Connections team for an excellent event hosted at the Renaissance Hotel. The location could not be anymore upscale and clearly was a great way to get things started.

As I was strolling along the corridors of the hotel with MVPs Joris de Gruyter and John Lowther, we ran into some of the awesome Dynamic Communities folks.

From left to right: Michelle Spitzer, Mark Rhodes, Joris de Gruyter, John Lowther, and Liz Hallen
Most of the topics at the Partner Connections day revolved around leadership and various NAV and SL topics - since the Summit itself tends to be dominated by AX, GP, and CRM, I guess this was a good thing.

Midday came along and it was time for Q&A with Hal Howard, former Microsoft executive and new Executive Director of Dynamics Communities. Many questions coming from the partner community revolved around Microsoft's dismissal of the certification requirements for Dynamics GP, Dynamics SL, and Dynamics NAV and whether Microsoft was trying to send a stronger message with such move. For example, a question came in related to Microsoft "killing the products" via a sale to a competitor or simply a code rollup into one product, a reminder of the Project Green days.

Andy Hafer and Hal Howard field questions from the audience

After the Q&A session, it was time for welcoming Hal to Community and a quick pic.

John Lowther, Hal Howard, Mariano Gomez, Joris de Gruyter

After lunch, I decided to stop by the Expo hall to see how things were progressing and I have to say that, no matter which venue is chosen, it never ceases to amaze me the amount of work that goes into conditioning a massive room with booths, banners, and lighting.

Expo Hall

The same could be said for the Meal hall which, this time around, had to be able to accommodate 3,500 people at any given time.

Meal Hall  - Andy receiving final updates
Came the evening, it was time for the partner reception. I had a chance to catch up with a number of partners and ISVs in attendance and really enjoyed the atmosphere of camaraderie and pleasantries around good food and drinks.

MVPs John Lowther and Leslie Vail

Team Altec (

Frank Vukovits (Dynamic Communities) and Jon Rivers (Data Masons)

After Partner Connections and the partner reception, it was time to gracefully go back to my hotel room and catch up on some work.

Until next post!

Mariano Gomez, MVP
Intelligent Partnerships, LLC


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