AXUG Mid-Atlantic meeting shows growth in regional user group support

Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 10:07 am
By Jon Rivers

Big or small, it doesn’t matter, AXUG regional chapter meetings are always well worth the day spent away from the office. My most recent day away was at Tuesday’s AXUG mid-Atlantic chapter meeting at the Philadelphia Microsoft Technology Center, a state-of-the-art facility recently opened by Steve Ballmer and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett.

While I appreciate nearly all networking opportunities, this meeting was particularly interesting because I recognized many of the dozen or so attendees from my first AXUG Summit which was in Redmond (I think back in 2006?). I remember that Summit because it was held in the halls of the hotel and wow, now look at the size of Summits and the success of all the supporting regional chapters! It really hit me when sitting in the Microsoft Technology Center that we’ve come a long way since then.

The morning program included Mark Douglas of Globe Software who talked about Atlas (solution for real-time, two-way integration between Dynamics AX and Office 2010) and followed with a product demonstration. The afternoon featured Michael Burns from PrecisionPoint Software who discussed their BI solution for Dynamics AX and NAV. PrecisionPoint’s CEO Michael Evans also attended as part of his trip over from the UK.

It came as no surprise that one of the more popular topics discussed for the next chapter meeting was AX2012 with a focus on upgrade considerations. The chapter organizers are looking to schedule the next meeting in mid-May, so if you’re in the Eastern PA, MD, DE or Washington DC area, I encourage you to support the next chapter meeting. As with many of the AXUG regional chapters, there’s an ongoing challenge attracting people to the user group, but these meetings provide a unique opportunity for members to conveniently network near where they live or work.

Thanks to the organizers, Beth Carroll of Ewing Cole and Jeannie Suelke of Amplifiers, for a successful meeting. Now, let’s get out there and support the regional meetings and the Dynamics community! For a list of regional chapters, visit http://www.axug.com/member-resources/regional-chapters. If there is no chapter near you, and you are interested in establishing one, contact AXUG.

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