Thursday, November 12, 2009

Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2009 - Day 2

The good results of Day 1 and the hard work we put into preparing for the double whammy Troubleshooting session ahead of us had began to take their toll on Dave, Leslie, and I. We had a good breakfast at the hotel before being shuttled back to the Commons building. Upon arrival, Dave, Leslie and I went back to the Oak room to perform one last pass on the presentation, print out the cheat sheets and try to relax a bit.

We were on at 10:30 AM and the presentation went really well with minor unnoticeable glitches. It felt good, but not good enough. At the end of the first session of our Troubleshooting topic, and despite being extremely tired, Dave, Leslie and I returned to the round table to analyze the things that went wrong in our first session. After a few touch ups here and there, Dave and I went off to the table topics. I joined Nick Hoban who runs the Microsoft Dynamics Community website to discuss some improvements to the site.

We were back on stage at 3:30 PM for our second session. This one went just smooth... no glitches, no issues, just like if we had done it...once before! Our session ended just 15 minutes before the closing session.

The closing session futured Mr. Dave Coulombe and the some of "The Powers to Be" at Microsoft answering tough questions from ISVs Mark Rockwell (Rockton Software) and Bill Marshall (mc2 Software). By their expressions on this picture, you can conclude Mark and Bill were not asking easy questions... :-)

From left to right, Jeff Trosen, Chad Sogge, Gary Tronson, Scott Stephenson, and Errol Shoenfish

Note worthy of the session was the demo performed by John Hancock of PowerPivot the new cool add-on that will be made available with Microsoft Excel 2010. The demo featured the new in-memory BI engine which allows PowerPivot to process some 100 million records in less than 1 seconds and do all sort of data mining via SharePoint 2010.

The evening went along with the Study Hall session where I linked up with more friends including the good folks of the Tools Support and the Dexterity Development teams. Here are some pics from that evening:

I went to the hotel and crashed for the rest of the evening! I still had to get up early the following morning as I had one more final stop to do: the Microsoft Campus Store!

A special THANK YOU to MVP Leslie Vail for her invaluable contribution, time and patience into making our Troubleshooting session a success. Without her, we could not have got our presentation contents and timing refined and provided the level of criticism required to deliver the quality presentation expected by attendees.


For materials of the Troubleshooting Your Developed Solution session, click here.

Until next post!

Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC

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