Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 "Feature of the Day" - Week 15 Digest

Week 14 saw no activity from the Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP team, since all the relevant players were out at the GPUG Summit 2012 Seattle event - read GPUG Summit 2012 Seattle - Wrap Up! to find out more.

Last week, the Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP team, however, went nuts (probably as a result of jet lag) with Pam and Jay mixing things up a bit in renaming the "Features of the Day" to "Feature when Pam or Jay Reveals it". The truth is, these two are a bit unpredictable, so I will simply continue to call this - and in the interest of keeping your sanity and mines in check - Feature of the Day.

Feature When Pam or Jay Reveals It: Reprint Payables Management Remittance

Now you can reprint remittances from Payables Payment Zoom window

Original article: Feature When Pam or Jay Reveals It: Reprint Payables Management Remittance
Link to presentation: GP2013 13716_Reprint PM Remit FOD.ppsx
Learning script: N/A

Feature When Pam or Jay Reveals It: RMA Sales Order Consolidate

Consolidate SOP Order Document now an option in Service Setup

Items entered on the RMA...

... are consolidated on the Order in SOP

Original article: Feature When Pam or Jay Reveals It: RMA Sales Order Consolidate
Link to presentation: GP2013 FOD RMA SOP Consolidate.ppsx
Learning script: N/A

Feature When Pam or Jay Reveals It: Search by Contract in Revenue Recognition

Search by Contract Number now an option in Contract Revenue Recognition

Original article: Feature When Pam or Jay Reveals It: Search by Contract in Revenue Recognition
Link to presentation: GP2013 FOD Search by Contract in RR.ppsx
Learning script: N/A

Feature When Pam or Jay Reveals It: Shipping Address Overrides Remain In Service Call

Original article: Feature When Pam or Jay Reveals It: Shipping Address Overrides Remain In Service Call
Link to presentation: GP2013 FOD Shipping Address Overrides Remain in Service Call.ppsx
Learning script: N/A

Feature When Pam or Jay Reveals It: Copy AA Trx Dimensions for POP, SOP, GL

Now you can copy analytical accounting info across the board

Original article: Feature When Pam or Jay Reveals It: Copy AA Trx Dimensions for POP, SOP, GL
Link to presentation: GP2013 12245 Copy AA Trx Dimension Info FOD.ppsx
Learning script: N/A

Until next post!

Mariano Gomez, MVP
IntellPartners, LLC

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Microsoft Dexterity Training Roadshow

I'm pleased to announce that I will be visiting a number of cities throughout this year and next conducting Microsoft Dexterity training for the uninitiated. This in response to a number of requests I have had in the past to bring the action directly to your doors - well, somewhere close anyways.

IntellPartners presents Microsoft Dexterity Training for end-user developers, ISV developers and implementation partners.

Microsoft Dexterity is the application development system used to create and customize the award winning Microsoft Dynamics GP, and this course is designed to enable developers to customize GP or create add-on applications. Also, if you are a Visual Studio Tools developer, then this course is for you! Come learn the inner works of Microsoft Dexterity applications and be the star in your organization.

You will learn:

  • Microsoft’s basic programming techniques to develop core Dynamics GP modules
  • How to customize Dynamics GP forms and reports
  • How to develop add-on applications to meet specific end user needs
  • How to package and ship your dictionary to avoid issues with Dynamics GP updates
  • How to develop add-on applications with the same look and feel as Dynamics GP and provide seamless interface between the applications

Course Topics

Dexterity resources and components         Create a transaction entry project
Create a basic data entry project                Dexterity utilities
Script debugger                                          Dynamics GP integration project
Create a basic lookup project                     Object triggers
Create a multi-user data entry project        Report Writer

Training Schedule

Atlanta, GA December 10 – 14, 2012
Atlanta, GA January 21 – 25, 2013
Las Vegas, NV February 25 – March 1, 2013
London, United Kingdom April 1 – 5, 2013
Seattle, WA April 22 – 26, 2013
Chicago, IL May 13 – 17, 2013
Bogota, Colombia June 10 – 14, 2013
Boston, MA July 15 - 19, 2013

Enrollment is limited to ten students per class, on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information on the course and registration, please click here or contact Chuck Boyles at cboyles@intellpartners.com. Please leave your comments if you are interested in the course as well.

Until next post!

Mariano Gomez, MVP
IntellPartners, LLC

Monday, October 22, 2012

GPUG Summit 2012 Seattle - Wrap Up!

With another Summit behind us, it's just fitting that I close this one out with some remarks about the event, and as it is customary, with all links I could find from people talking about it.

This is indeed my second GPUG Summit as a presenter and I have to say, this event is growing very fast in popularity, with over 550 users, partners, and ISVs from the Microsoft Dynamics GP world. It's also good to note that over 2,000 participants attended on behalf of all the user groups (AXUG, NAVUG, CRMUG, and of course, GPUG). What also shocked me was the total number of sessions: over 150! Sessions were as diverse as anyone could imagine: from Social Media, to Excel, to Reporting Services, to Business Intelligence, to myriad of sessions on tips (50 tips, 100 tips, 150 product tips, etc., etc.) , Microsoft Dynamics GP functionality, and the upcoming Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013. No, it doesn't end there either. Attendees got an up close and personal view of the web client, Business Analyzer on Windows 8 and quite a mouthful of GP 2013 features.

No, not quite of Convergence proportions, but certainly a very familiar feeling to the entire event. You see, there's no corridor or isle you can walk without running into someone you know, someone asking you "how's your event going?", or heck, someone inviting you out for a drink or dinner! In addition, this is the only conference where there is no short of presenters willing to pick up a session for another one on a moment's notice. End-users also get to interact with presenters and subject matter experts on a one-on-one basis, more so than they would at Convergence.

The venue? No slouch here either. The Washington State Convention Center and The Conference Center proved just as worthy as any other venue I have been to. The difference? The proximity of the session rooms made the experience even more enjoyable for attendees.

GPUG Summit 2013 will be held in the beautiful city of Tampa, Florida and you can bet that Kim Peterson and Andy Hafer are probably a step away from wrapping up the details on this. Those two work just as hard as anyone else in this industry to make things happen for the user community.

Tampa, Florida

With that said, here is the Summit from various perspectives:

The Dynamics GP Blogster (this site)

GPUG Summit 2012 Seattle: Getting here
GPUG Summit 2012 Seattle: Day -1
GPUG Summit 2012 Seattle - Day 1
GPUG Summit 2012 Seattle - Day 2
GPUG Summit 2012 Seattle - Day 3

DynamicAccounting.net (Mark Polino)

GPUG Summit Wrap Up

EDI Integration for Microsoft Dynamics (Jon Rivers)

Updates from NAVUG Forum 2012 Opening Session
Thanks AXUG Summit Party Goers for a Great Event at Seattle’s EMP!
GPUG Summit 2012 Kicks Off and Heads Into Busy Day
Where Should You Turn for Answers? The Power of Social Media
Last Day of AXUG Summit 2012, Make it Count!
Experts Abound at GPUG Summit 2013 ‘Ask the Experts’ Roundtable
Record Attendance, Great Week at AXUG Summit, GPUG Summit and NAVUG Forum in Seattle!

Please check The Dynamics GP Blogster on Facebook for pictures from GPUG Summit 2012 Seattle. Also, check back regularly for presentation materials on the Learning Resources page of this site.

Until next post!

Mariano Gomez, MVP
IntellPartners, LLC

Saturday, October 20, 2012

GPUG Summit 2012 Seattle - Day 3

Day 3 marks the end of GPUG Summit 2012 Seattle. However, this day would go out with a bang and still tons of sessions left.

Kim Peterson, Michelle Spitzer, David Eichner
Next up was the "Ask the Experts" town hall session, where I had a chance to be on stage with fellow Microsoft Dynamics GP MVPs and last Summit's GPUG All-Stars Bob McAdam, MVP John Lowther, and Zubin Gidwani.

"Ask the Experts" Panelists
Left to right: Andy Hafer (Moderator), MVP Charles Allen, MVP Frank Hamelly, MVP Leslie Vail, MVP Mark Polino, MVP Mariano Gomez, Bob McAdam, MVP John Lowther, Zubin Gidwani
Somehow, the GPUG organization saw fitting that me and my fellow colleagues on stage wear these propeller head caps. I must say, we did look the part. After some introductions, some fun on stage, and the cap fitting, the questions began to poor in from the attendees and we had a wonderful time taking on some challenging ones.

The "Propeller Heads" in action

It was now time to wrap up the circus and poor Michelle Spitzer was left to pick up the pieces. Here she is wrapping up one of the GPUG banners.

Michelle Spitzer is left to reel it in
Up next was my last session at the Summit, GEN05 Where Should You Turn for Answers: The Power of Social Media. This session would be delivered with my friend Jon Rivers (twitter: @jon_rivers) from Data Masons. Jon and I had a blast with this topic and were able to offer Jon's eBook for free to those attending our session.

It was time to head over to the Grand Hyatt to pick up my luggage and sail to the airport. I had a tight 55 minutes before my flight departure. Unfortunately, I could not stay for the rest of the day and missed the closing session. I will not bore you with the details of my return home, but my trip started with a pleasant ride with Lou Spevack, and would take me from SEA-TAC to MSP and from MSP to ATL. The trip from SEA-TAC to MSP was uneventful, with just a couple rough patches of air here and there. Upon landing in MSP at gate G21, I had to find my way to gate G2. I came across a 4-year old at my departure gate in MSP who wanted to step on my toes for fun. I must say, I was completely wiped out from this event and spent most of the time sleeping on my trip from SEA-TAC to MSP.

The flight to ATL was very pleasant.

As customary, please wait for my wrap up post and, if you attended, hope you had a great Summit. Safe travels home.

Until next post!

Mariano Gomez, MVP
IntellPartners, LLC

GPUG Summit 2012 Seattle - Day 2

After a late dinner the previous day, today I would start the day with an 8:00 AM session - ITP16 Advanced Microsoft Dynamics GP Administration with the Support Debugging Tool. For an early session, I had a good turn out with 17 attendees, all of which were asking very interesting questions about the tool.

Couple suggestion to improve the SDT come to mind from attendees:

1. The Resource Information window should incorporate a "Back" button that would allow a user to return to the starting resource once the user begins to drill-down into other resources. For example, if the Resource Information window starts out with a form or window, then the user chooses a table associated to that form, and them moves on to a field in a table, the back button should allow the user to navigate to the table, then to the original form/window if pressed again.

2. Support Debugging Tool training should be a part of the Summit Optional Training sessions. Should you want to see any particular sessions added to Summit training, you need to request these to GPUG by filling out your surveys.

Following my session I went to The Hub area to catch up with MVP Mark Polino who was signing his now popular Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Cookbook.

MVP Mark Polino

It was time to catch up with emails and return a few phone calls, so off I went to the hotel to get some rest and do some work.

I returned to The Conference Center just on time for the GSN03 Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 General Session. As usual, Kim Peterson opened the session with a big welcoming to the attending crowd - in parallel with the General Session, there was a field trip to the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, WA.

Kim conducted the drawing of sharing coupons given out to session attendees throughout Wednesday and Thursday, delivering prizes sponsored by various companies like E! Entertainment who donated DVDs. Next, she recognized the GPUG Indiana/Kentucky Regional Chapter for their commitment to the local user group and the awesome meets they have.

Kim Peterson - Sharing Coupons Prizes

Next on stage was Microsoft's Errol Schoenfish to introduce Hal Howard, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Dynamics ERP R&D. Hal walked through Microsoft's Dynamic Business strategy and products launch for 2012 and how it would impact the Microsoft Dynamics ecosystem. It is clear that a significant investment in time and financial resources went into making this the biggest product launch in Microsoft's history.

Hal Howard

Next up was Pam Misialek, Product Manager at Microsoft, to kickoff a set of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 web client demoes. Pam began her session by telling the story of how the web client came about and brought Lou

Errol Schoenfish and Pam Misialek

Pam gave way to Jared Hall, Program Manager at Microsoft to demonstrate some of the cool business intelligence features available in Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Analyzer, SQL Server Reporting Services, and Microsoft Office Excel 2013 (Preview).

Next up was Kevin Racer to demonstrate the Web Management Console application and how it facilitates the administration of web client sessions and tenants. For more information on the web client infrastructure, take a look at Aaron Donat's article Dynamics GP 2013 Web Client Infrastructure Overview over at Developing for Dynamics GP.

Kevin Racer and Errol Schoenfish

I want to individually congratulate Bob McAdam for doing two well rounded demoes on Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 features. For a list of features, take a look at the following articles on this site:

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 "Feature of the Day" - Week 1 Digest
Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 "Feature of the Day" - Week 2 Digest
Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 "Feature of the Day" - Week 3 Digest
Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 "Feature of the Day" - Week 4 Digest
Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 "Feature of the Day" - Week 5 Digest
Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013"Feature of the Day" - Week 6 Digest
Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 "Feature of the Day" - Week 7 Digest
Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 "Feature of the Day" - Week 8 Digest
Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 "Feature of the Day" - Week 9 Digest
Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 "Feature of the Day" - Week 10 Digest
Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 "Feature of the Day" - Week 11 Digest
Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 "Feature of the Day" - Week 12 Digest
Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 "Feature of the Day" - Week 13 Digest

After the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 General Session, I rounded up all the presenters and snapped a picture for posterity. Good job guys on the demoes!

Kevin Racer, Jared Hall, Pam Misialek, Errol Schoenfish, Kim Peterson, Bob McAdam
Another day was over and it was time to go get some dinner. Nothing better than sushi in Seattle at Shiro's Sushi.

Until next post!

Mariano Gomez, MVP
IntellPartners, LLC

Thursday, October 18, 2012

GPUG Summit 2012 Seattle - Day 1

Let the show begin!

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
Mama Kim took control of the stage, welcoming all attendees and talking about the benefits of GPUG, joining the regional chapters, and participating in the Microsoft Dynamics GP community as a whole. She then presented some formidable statistics on GPUG's growth over the past 5 years, the number of attendees to this event - 2000 users across all products, 550 Dynamics GP attendees.

Kim Peterson, Director of GPUG
Kim gave way to Mike McDowell who explained away the functions of the GPUG Advisory Board and the importance of the volunteer work performed by its members. Mike provided a comic relief to attendees when he described being a sort of croc hunter.

Mike McDowell
The General Session continued with the introduction of event sponsors and keynote speakers. We had the opportunity to listen from Doug Bertram, Regional Sales Manager at MetaViewer, who introduced the company's value proposition and products.

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.

Neil Holloway
As usual, no event is ever complete without awards, and it was time to select the 2012 GPUG All-Stars. I have to say, I was very proud to be considered among a select group of individuals representing the partner community. However, this time the accolades go to Richard Whaley, Microsoft Dynamics GP MVP, Mark Polino, and Howard Swerdloff.

GPUG All-Stars 2012: MVP Mark Polino (IBIS) and Howard Swerdloff
Well, and who better than Mark Rockwell, President at Rockton Software to put the final highlight to the General Session? Mark has become famous for his product jingles and this time we got a taste of his singing skills? Rockton Software is the author of Microsoft Dynamics GP integrating products SmartFill, Auditor, Dynamics GP Toolbox, Dynamics Report Manager, and Omni Price. Click here for more information.

Mark Rockwell from Rockton Software jingling his products capabilities
With the Opening General Session over, it was time to go find a quiet spot to prepare for my first session of the day. On the way, I came across the folks at Mekorma who are sponsoring The Hub at the Summit. The Hub is a gathering place to catch up on emails, bounce around ideas with other customers, and get answers from the experts.

The Hub @Summit courtesy of Mekorma Software
Left to right: Les Shannon, Steve Linz, and Ora Goldman
Closer to The Conference Center's exit, I ran into fellow consultant and blogger Gloria Braunschweig, President at Computeration and Kim Peterson, GPUG Program Director. The ladies were also enjoying some peace and quiet and chit chatting about the old days of Stampede.

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
Following the video session, I went over to the Expo Hall to catch up with the latest ISV offerings. I ran into Amy Alley (Dynamic Communities) and Craig Goldman (Mekorma) and managed spend sometime chit chatting about their event experiences. Frankly, I have been running into Amy for the past 3 years in a row. And Craig? Well, since probably the past 5 years.

Amy Alley (Dynamic Communities) and Craig Goldman (Mekorma)
Walking around the Expo, it was obvious that users, partners, and ISVs come here to really learn about the new products and technologies being offered by the long list of ISVs lining up the various aisles of the room.

Expo Center abuzz with activity
Another highlight of my evening was dinner with the MSDynamicsWorld team of Adam Berezin and Jason Gumpert. Adam and Jason organized a small dinner at Palomino Restaurant & Bar for some of its writing contributors in town. We were also joined by Tanya Henderson, Project Manager at S2 Technology and Lisa Armstrong a Microsoft Dynamics GP consultant in the Washington D.C. Metro area.

MSDynamicsWorld dinner
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
IntellPartners, LLC

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

GPUG Summit 2012 Seattle: Day -1

The past two days have been officially Optional Instructor Led training sessions at GPUG Summit 2012 Seattle. So the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) has been buzzing with people attending a number of classes across all Microsoft Dynamics product lines.

Now that I am settled in, it was time to head over to the register for the Summit event and catch up with friends. Registrations were being conducted at The Conference Center. Over the next 3 days, The Conference Center will host over 550 attendees to the GPUG Summit.

The Conference Center, home of the GPUG Summit

It's always great to see a friendly (and I might add, beautiful) face after a long day of traveling. Liz Hallen, Director of Member Relations with Dynamic Communities was at the registration booth with a big smile, ready to welcome and sign up all attendees to the Summit. However, I was not that lucky - no, not that kind of lucky.

Liz Hallen

As logistics would have it, MVPs and speakers had to register over at the WSCC building, on the 4th level. After some clear directions frolm Liz, I crossed over to the WSCC and up the escalators to the 4th level. On the way up, I came across MVP Leslie Vail, who has confectioned a brand new multi-color GPUG rhinestone cape.

MVP Leslie Vail and her new GPUG cape
After grabbing my badge and Summit package, I took a peek into the Expo hall to see how things were progressing. Clearly, there was some work left to be done, but exhibitors and WSCC crew were hard at work to complete the booths and get all the walls and electric outlets finished.

The Expo Center

Construction Crew still working on booths
I had a moment of downtime and headed over to Tully's Coffee (on Level 4 of the WSCC) to grab a triple espresso and one of their delicious pastries. Tully's Coffee is a specialty coffee retailer and wholesaler based here in Seattle. Its stores serve specialty coffees, espresso, baked goods, pastries, and coffee-related supplies. It also has overseas licensing agreements in Japan and South Korea where its brand name is used for Tully's coffee houses in those countries. Tully's Coffee is well known for once following an expansion strategy of opening stores adjacent to the opposing coffee giant Starbucks, also based in Seattle. There's a running joke in Seattle that the easiest way to find a Tully's is to stand in front of a Starbucks and turn around - for the record, there's a Starbucks inside of the WSCC as well, so I guess the joke is in fact, well, a fact.

I went back to my room to drop off a few things and off I went to the GPUG Summit Speakers meeting, which was being held at The Conference Center at 5:00 PM PST. I had a chance to meet up with fellow blogger and co-presenter Jon Rivers (twitter: @jon_rivers). Jon and I will be presenting the session GEN05 Where Should You Turn for Answers: The Power of Social Media, running on Friday, October 19 at 11:00 AM.

Me and co-presenter Jon Rivers
The speakers meeting was attended by very familiar faces from Microsoft and the Microsoft Dynamics GP community at large. Among some of the attendees: Microsoft's Kevin Racer, Theresa Nistler; community blogger Gloria Braunschweig; and Microsoft Dynamics GP user, Susan Moore.

Speakers Meeting at The Conference Center

The Microsoft Dynamics GP MVP community is well represented at the GPUG Summit. At the speakers meeting I had a chance to catch up with newly minted MVP John Lowther; old friend of many battles, MVP Frank Hamelly; the always personable and funny man, MVP Mark Polino; and the goddess of HR/Payroll and presentation mentor, MVP Leslie Vail.

MVPs Frank Hamelly, Mariano Gomez, John Lowther, Mark Polino, and Leslie Vail
It was time to head over to Expo Hall. It never ceases to amaze me how these behemoth empty spaces can be transformed so quickly into a magnificent places for gathering and technology display, in such as short time. In fact, the carpet was laid down earlier in the afternoon.

In roaming around the Expo, I came across Microsoft Dynamics GP MVP Charles Allen, from BKD Technologies. Charles will be presenting a number of sessions around SQL Server Reporting Services, SQL Server Analysis Services and the new SQL Server 2012 Power View functionality. Charles also adds to the Microsoft Dynamics GP MVP representation at the Summit.

MVPs Charles Allen and Mariano Gomez
I also had a chance to talk to Jeff Soelberg at length over at Fastpath, Inc. and snap a picture of their booth. Fastpath is a leading ISV in security, audit and compliance solutions specializing in access certification and segregation of duties reviews and monitoring. They provide solutions for the Microsoft Dynamics GP and AX platforms.

Fastpath Booth at Expo Center

It was certainly time to get back to my hotel room to get some rest. Somehow, Kim Peterson managed to convince me volunteer me for another session which I will be carrying out tomorrow. Please stay tuned for more details of the Summit.

Until next post!

Mariano Gomez, MVP
IntellPartners, LLC

GPUG Summit 2012 Seattle: Getting here

As I write this first segment of the article, my flight is cruising at 37,000 ft. just about North-North East of Kansas City, Missouri.

The GPUG Summit 2012 Seattle is not officially kicking off until tomorrow. However, GPUG organizers have decided that presenters should meet at 5:00 PM PST to get some final pointers and make sure that we are ready for the show.

My morning started very chaotically, getting up early and packing my suitcase to rush into the all too well documented Atlanta traffic to get to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Highway 400 is usually not the place to be at 7:30 AM and it proved me right this morning. I had to deviate through the much slower Highway 9 (Alpharetta Highway) which took me out to the Perimeter (I-285) and back onto Highway 400 and through the Down Town and to the airport.

Upon arrival at the airport and within 30 minutes of boarding, I ran into my second stumble: the South Terminal parking lot was full, with signs indicating to go to the North Terminal's parking lot. Driving to the North Terminal, I had to exit the airport and loop back to access the blue parking lot. Finally, after getting a space, I was off to getting a boarding pass and to the gate.

The flight left at 10:00 AM on the dot and was uneventful for most of the trip up from Atlanta. However, the Pacific Northwest is well known for the strong jet stream and trough coming from the Pacific Ocean. This made for a bumpy ride into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, SEA-TAC.

Cloud mass ahead, before bumpy ride started

The last part of the descent into SEA-TAC was graced by an exquisite pass over Lake Washington, crossing over I-90 (Homer M. Hadley Memorial Bridge), an entry point over Boing Field, to finally land at the International airport.

Homer M. Hadley Memorial Bridge
I have never been to Seattle and frankly, have never landed at SEA-TAC, but suffice to say, it's a very nice airport with an impressive infrastructure. The airport is the primary hub for Alaska Airlines, (a Delta Airlines "codeshare" partner) whose headquarters is located near the airport, and its regional subsidiary Horizon Air. The airport has service to destinations throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East and East Asia.

SEA-TAC gate A4
Since I did not check any luggage in, I quickly exit Terminal A to the main terminal and grabbed a cab to Downtown, where I would be staying for the duration of the GPUG Summit. The taxi went up I-5 and passed through Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners - a Major League Baseball team.

Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners
Closer to the Downtown, the imposing skyline comes to view. The Columbia Center (tall black glass building) is home to Bank of America corporate offices in Seattle.

Skyline captured from taxi in motion
After check in at the Grand Hyatt Seattle hotel, one of my favorite things to do is to capture a picture of the view from my room. This one did not disappoint, since I am on the 23rd floor facing Bainbridge Island (background).

View from my room at Grand Hyatt

Well, I am sure they are more details that I forgot in the process, but then again, I have been traveling for more than 7 hours. Now, stay tune for my next installment, which will go through the rest of my afternoon.

Until next post!

Mariano Gomez, MVP
IntellPartners, LLC