Dynamics AX EDI, Dynamics GP EDI, Dynamics NAV EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration, Convergence 2013

Whether you didn't make the trip to New Orleans or just weren't able to be everywhere at once, you can catch up with what Microsoft Dynamics MVP's had to say about the event. Find out what information they thought flew under the radar, but will impact your business, and hear what they have to say about the social future of the community.

Until next Convergence...

Dynamics AX EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration, Convergence 2013

AXUG Workshop - Convergence Encore UBAX05: Unlocking the Power of Social Media (May 2013)

05/01/2013 12:30 PM (ET)

Don't miss this exciting AXUG Workshop repeat from this highly rated AXUG led user group breakout session, UBAX05, at Convergence 2013 in New Orleans. This one hour webinar, led by Jon Rivers from AXUG Premium Partner Data Masons, will review how social media can be used by both you and your company to unlock opportunities you may never have considered.

This webinar is part of the AXUG Convergence Encore series. The best AXUG led sessions from Convergence 2013 are being offered as AXUG webinars and are open to all AXUG members.

Social media has been a hot topic for a while now, but do you really know how it can help you and your company become more successful? In this Dynamics AX User Group breakout session listen and learn as an AXUG Social Media expert will share best practices for social media, including proven strategies your company can apply to ensure your social media efforts are reaching the people you want, and more importantly, delivering the messages you desire.

The Webinar ID for this AXUG webinar is 123-681-811 This is an AXUG open event, all members are invited to register.

http://www.axug.com/events/AXUGWorkshopCONV13EncoreUBAX05050113?date=2013-5

 

Dynamics GP EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration, Convergence 2013

After Convergence 2013, I caught up with many of the Microsoft MVPs to get their insights on the information shared at the event. Jivtesh Singh, Dynamics GP MVP, Microsoft Dynamics Certified Technology Specialist and GP Blog author, shares his:

imagesCAK5K28C[JR]What did you think were the major announcements and what are the implications for the ERP community(ies) that you support?

[JS] The web client and the upcoming enhancements are exciting for both Dynamics GP partners and customers.

[JR] What information do you feel flew lower on the radar but that can impact / create opportunities for the user audiences?

[JS] I think the upcoming Azure support for Dynamics GP is huge, and will in the next couple of years completely change how GP is deployed. Partners/Customers will be able to focus on the product and its features, rather than the underlying infrastructure - which would be hosted on Azure (secure, scale-able, and robust).

[JR] What was the most asked question that you received during CONV13 and what was your response?

[JS] There were a lot of questions around the web client, and customers were looking forward to using this alternative deployment model. People wanted to know if their add-on products would work on the web client. As the web client can run in parallel with the thick client / terminal server environment my suggestion was to review individually if the features they used were supported on the web client, and then come up with a mixed topology where you had some users on the web client, and the others on terminal server/windows client. You can't really go wrong with that.

Thanks Jivtesh!

Read what Microsoft Dynamics CRM MVP Donna Edwards has to say after Convergence 2013.

Dynamics NAV EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration, Convergence 2013

This is the fourth post in the series “Convergence Climbs the Social Ladder” that features the perspective and insights from the Microsoft-appointed Convergence 2013 official bloggers.

Picture1Convergence was huge for many reasons, one of which was the prominent emphasis on the social community. Prior to the event, Microsoft tapped 11 bloggers to serve as the conference’s official bloggers and promoted the social community with its release of the Live Wall. Once onsite we heard from Wayne Morris, Corp VP of Microsoft Business Solutions Marketing, about the integration of mobile and social capabilities within its go-forward strategy. The Result… A measurable growth in the Microsoft Dynamics social community with a very impressive ranking for the Twitter hashtag #CONV13, climbing to one of the top 10 trending hashtags for the week (that’s global, that’s a huge success!)

 

On that success, featured Convergence 2013 Official Blogger: Kerry Rosvold, Microsoft Dynamics NAV user since 2004 and blogger for www.dynamicsnavfinancials.com, shares her thoughts on the Dynamics social community:

[JR] How did you leverage social media during the event?

[KR] For me, engaging in social media is just one more way to build community, and building community is what all of this is about! We’re all trying to do our jobs using Microsoft Dynamics products, no matter what they are, and the best way to get those jobs done is to be experts in how to use the products. What better way to learn how to use the products in the most real world way possible than by learning from our peers?

Social media allows us to feed each other little bits of information in a constant stream of accumulated and evolving knowledge. Sometimes that may be “how to”, or it may be “how do I,” or it may be “celebrate – look what I did!” An event like Convergence gives us some space to really focus some of that effort into a single time frame where we can consume all of that information in a more cohesive context.

I leveraged social media in two primary ways during Convergence this year. First, I built a little focus around Microsoft Dynamics NAV Dimensions this year, kicking off a 15 day informational series on my blog, tweeting and promoting on LinkedIn and Facebook daily, and focusing these activities around the presentation I did on the same topic at Convergence. Second, I made sure to tweet a couple of tidbits from every place I was all week, sharing my experience, sharing factoids that were interesting to me, and getting my Convergence experience out there for folks who couldn’t be more than one place at a time.

My NAVUG tribe even had some social media fun with a member who was attending via Virtual Convergence, using Skype on our mobile phones to connect them to the closing Matchbox20 concert. What a great way to keep that connection going, even when we were scattered across the nation!

[JR] How do you think Microsoft’s focus on social integration will affect the community in terms of engaging social channels?

[KR] The continued focus on social integration just keeps expanding that amazing net of knowledge. I’m continually impressed by the number of international experts I meet through social media sources that I would never have the opportunity to meet otherwise. The global impact of community is changing in my life already after being engaged in the social media world for only one year.

[JR] What would you tell community members who have not yet jumped on the social bandwagon?

Pick two or three things to try and just get started. Begin by watching: follow some people on Twitter, or LinkedIn, or read some blogs for a while. But don’t watch forever, engage! Set yourself a “tweet goal” of tweeting once a week about something you find interesting or get involved on the Microsoft Dynamics Community forums by responding to questions. Share your experiences and put yourself out there, you’ll be amazed at what information begins to come back to you, once the world knows you’re there.

About Kerry Rosvold

Kerry Rosvold has been the Corporate Controller at Augsburg Fortress Publishers since 2008, and has been using Microsoft Dynamics NAV as her ERP of choice since 2004. Kerry has been an active member of NAVUG since 2009 and frequently conducts webinars, speaks, and teaches classes on NAV financial topics. She blogs regularly at www.dynamicsnavfinancials.com and also can be found on Twitter @krosvold.

Dynamics ERP Integration, Convergence 2013

This is the third post in the series “Convergence Climbs the Social Ladder” that features the perspective and insights from the Microsoft-appointed Convergence 2013 official bloggers.

Picture1Convergence was huge for many reasons, one of which was the prominent emphasis on the social community. Prior to the event, Microsoft tapped 11 bloggers to serve as the conference’s official bloggers and promoted the social community with its release of the Live Wall. Once onsite we heard from Wayne Morris, Corp VP of Microsoft Business Solutions Marketing, about the integration of mobile and social capabilities within its go-forward strategy. The Result… A measurable growth in the Microsoft Dynamics social community with a very impressive ranking for the Twitter hashtag #CONV13, climbing to one of the top 10 trending hashtags for the week (that’s global, that’s a huge success!)

On that success, featured Convergence 2013 Official Blogger: Gus Gonzalez, Solution Architect at Zero2Ten, Inc. and Microsoft Dynamics CRM MVP, shares his thoughts on the Dynamics social community:

Jon: How did you leverage social media during the event?

Gus: I engaged my followers on Twitter and Convergence attendees via other social media vehicles days before the event to drive attendance up to my session on Monday. I was originally scheduled to lead my session in a room with a capacity for 200 attendees but due to the promotion the session received I was moved to a bigger room with a capacity for 440 attendees. The room was full for that session and I think that a big part of that was due to Social Media. On the other side, I tried to keep good commentary via Twitter on the sessions I attended; I received several messages from people that could not attend the event thanking me for sharing the good news. In a way, Social Media enabled many people to participate in the Convergence Buzz even though they were not in New Orleans with us.

Jon: How do you think Microsoft's focus on social integration will affect the community in terms of engaging social channels?

Gus: I believe that the community as a whole holds the key to success for many implementations out there and Microsoft’s focus on social integration makes the community resources more available to everyone pursuing success on their Microsoft Dynamics implementation.

Jon: What would you tell community members who have not yet jumped on the social bandwagon?

Gus: You are missing out big time. I wasn’t an active Social Media participant until recently and to be honest I was a little overwhelmed with the whole concept but I sort of forced myself into it. At first, it was like the first time I bought a smart phone, it looked complex, it looked like it would take a lot of time to figure out, too many options and buttons, but later (just like my first smart phone) I was able to see the potential and I couldn’t believe it took me so long to get active with it. I believe that Social Networking today is the main vehicle to stay informed about what’s happening with your Microsoft Dynamics product and to learn from experts in the field before anyone who’s not involved in Social Media. Staying out of it is detrimental to your professional development and possibly the success of your organization.

Thanks Gus!

Read: ‘Convergence Climbs the Social Ladder’ with Microsoft MVP Joris de Gruyter

Dynamics GP EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration, Convergence 2013

After Convergence 2013, I caught up with many of the Microsoft MVPs to get their insights on the information shared at the event. Mark Polino, Microsoft MVP for Dynamics GP and a Senior Consultant with I.B.I.S., Inc. shares his thoughts: imagesCAK5K28C

[JR] What did you think were the major announcements and what are the implications for the ERP community(ies) that you support?

[MP] I loved the focus on customers in the Keynote and the GP session. For GP, I thought it struck the right balance of highlighting customers and showing off features. There weren’t any giant GP announcements but many previously announced items, like Business Analyzer on Windows 8, were nicely highlighted.

[JR] What information do you feel flew lower on the radar but that can impact / create opportunities for the user audiences?

[MP] I thought that the continued release of the web client for more areas of GP was a bigger deal than people realized. They are truly building out the whole product.

[JR] What was the most asked question that you received during CONV13 and what was your response?

[MP] People wanted to know how to get the presentations afterwards. Everyone wants instant gratification and we’re going to have to get better at delivering that. Mine are up at Virtual Convergence and at DynamicAccounting.net.

Thanks Mark!

Read what Microsoft Dynamics CRM MVP Donna Edwards and Microsoft Dynamics GP MVP Jivtesh Singh have to say after Convergence 2013.

Dynamics GP EDI, Microsoft Dynamics Community, Dynamics ERP Integration, Convergence 2013

This is the second post in the series “Convergence Climbs the Social Ladder” that features the perspective and insights from the Microsoft-appointed Convergence 2013 official bloggers.

Picture1Convergence 2013 was huge for many reasons, one of which was the prominent emphasis on the social community. Prior to the event, Microsoft tapped 11 bloggers to serve as the conference’s official bloggers and promoted the social community with its release of the Live Wall. Once onsite we heard from Wayne Morris, Corp VP of Microsoft Business Solutions Marketing, about the integration of mobile and social capabilities within its go-forward strategy. The Result… A measurable growth in the Microsoft Dynamics social community with a very impressive ranking for the Twitter hashtag #CONV13, climbing to one of the top 10 trending hashtags for the week (that’s global, that’s a huge success!)

On that success, featured Convergence 2013 Official Blogger, Belinda Allen of Smith & Allen Consulting, Microsoft GP MVP and author of the blog “Belinda, the GP CSI” shares her thoughts on the Dynamics social community:

[JR] How did you leverage social media during the event? For example, promote announcements, commentary on sessions, etc.?

[BA] I was not attempting to leverage social media for the gain of myself or company, initially. However, on day 1 when I saw my Flickr pictures appearing with my company name on the Social Media wall, and I realized not many were using Flickr (so I just gave away a big secret, huh?) I started putting more out there. The Social Wall would show my picture and just say “Smith and Allen Consulting, Inc.” As a result of this, a few attendees would comment on my pictures when they saw my name badge.

[JR] How do you think Microsoft's focus on social integration will affect the community in terms of engaging social channels?

[BA] With Office 365, SkyDrive, SharePoint and Yammer, the word “collaboration” moves from a noun, past verb, to a living breathing entity. Through the use of social media tools, my team that was unable to attend Convergence stayed up to date.

[JR] What would you tell community members who have not yet jumped on the social bandwagon?

Perhaps in the “Mad Men” era one could advance by working hard and keeping their head down. But in today’s swiftly moving technology era, we must embrace new ideas or you’ll risk being left behind. The more I talk with businesses, consumers and users of social media the more I find transactions and business relationships developing via the use of social media. I welcome all potential customers and/or followers to join me in the social media movement; for my competitors, feel free to stay behind.

Checkout what Microsoft MVP Joris de Gruyter had to say on the same topic.

About Belinda Allen
Belinda Allen is originally from Georgia, and started Infoserv Accounting with her husband in 1989, which was primarily a payroll processing and booking department for small businesses in South Carolina, basically being the liaison between the customer and their CPA. In 1991, they became Great Plains Qualified Installers. Once they became a Value Added Reseller in 1992, they closed the accounting side, and focused exclusively on Great Plains. In 1998, they sold their customer base in South Carolina and moved to New York City; renaming their company to Smith & Allen Consulting. With over 20 years of experience, in a variety of businesses up and down the east coast, Belinda has a vast knowledge in GP and how people use it, earning her the nickname “Belinda, the GP CSI.”

Dynamics ERP Integration, Convergence 2013

It’s impossible to be everywhere all the time at Convergence, especially when I heard that the NOLA Convention Center is 1.5 miles long! Thankfully the community’s MVPs had us covered, making sure that they took in all the information and announcements that impact the communities they support.

imagesCAK5K28CI caught up with Donna Edwards, Dynamics CRM Consultant and CRM MVP 2009 – 2012, and asked her, “What did you think were the major announcements and what are the implications for the ERP community that you support?”

From Donna: One of the key themes that I heard throughout Convergence in relationship to Dynamics CRM is Microsoft’s focus on developing an application that people love and love to use. I think Microsoft is proving it is their focus with the new flat form UI which eliminates the multiple window issue in previous versions. This design supports a more interactive approach with the use and should increase user adoption which will be a win for staff and companies as we can expect the application to contain more data, more data that is relevant and data that is easier to discover and consume. I also see great strides being made in the areas of social, collaboration, marketing and access with the recent acquisitions of Netbreeze, Marketing Pilot, Yammer and, on the horizon, their device agnostic approach to accessing CRM (new mobility strategy) and more seamless integration with Microsoft Office products to include Outlook.

Thanks Donna! For more from Donna’s, checkout her MSCRM Dynamics blog.

Dynamics AX EDI, Dynamics GP EDI, Dynamics NAV EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration, Convergence 2013

This is the first post in the series “Convergence Climbs the Social Ladder” that features the perspective and insights from the Microsoft-appointed Convergence 2013 official bloggers.

Picture1Last week was huge for many reasons, one of which was the prominent emphasis on the social community. Prior to the event, Microsoft tapped 11 bloggers to serve as the conference’s official bloggers and promoted the social community with its release of the Live Wall. Once onsite we heard from Wayne Morris, Corp VP of Microsoft Business Solutions Marketing, about the integration of mobile and social capabilities within its go-forward strategy. The Result… A measurable growth in the Microsoft Dynamics social community with a very impressive ranking for the Twitter hashtag #CONV13, climbing to one of the top 10 trending hashtags for the week (that’s global, that’s a huge success!)

On that success, featured Convergence 2013 Official Blogger: Joris de Gruyter , Senior Developer and Technical Services Supervisor at Sikich, LLP and Microsoft MVP , shares his thoughts on the Dynamics social community:

How did you leverage social media during the event?

[JG] Convergence is a growing event, with 11,000 attendees this year, and Microsoft is trying to open this up further by making it available online in real-time and offering recordings post-conference. With many announcements made about future plans, state of the products, etc., this effort makes total sense. Social media these days is a source of real-time information for a lot of people, so it’s a natural next step for Microsoft to also push it during the conference - partly through our "social media command center."

For me personally, both my blog (Dynamics AX Musings) and Twitter feed are about sharing what I feel is important information for my topic of choice (Dynamics AX development/administration). If I didn't read it myself and find it interesting, how can it possibly be interesting to my followers? So, sharing my excitement, announcements and new information I gathered at Convergence were my main goals for using social media at a Conference. Since there is typically not much free time at this event, Twitter was really the quickest and easiest way to share tidbits as I got them. I'm sure in the weeks to come I'll get to writing up some things on my blog and sharing them on LinkedIn (just blogged this one - http://daxmusings.codecrib.com/2013/03/performance-info-from-convergence-2013.html )

How do you think Microsoft's focus on social integration will affect the community in terms of engaging social channels?

[JG] I think the effort being put into the community site (community.dynamics.com) is important and a good way to unite and open up the community for sharing information, which traditionally has been very closed. It’s starting to work in my opinion, and a result of that is that people get to know other experts in the field, they start following Twitter feeds, blog posts, etc. It's a natural progression in today's social media world. So Microsoft and the Community Site are getting a lot of social media engagement for free that way. This year at Convergence, they kicked into the next gear by promoting and actively engaging community members that are already heavy social media users, and I think it's working. Kicking it into high gear generates a lot of buzz and excitement around our beloved Dynamics products, which is a good thing for everyone. And it builds the community out even further.

What would you tell community members who have not yet jumped on the social bandwagon?

[JG] Twitter is almost the successor to RSS feeds - you get real-time updates from the experts that you know have something relevant to say. Community members should check the authors of their favorite blogs, the forum experts, etc. and check if they are on Twitter. Chances are they are active Tweeters as well, which means a great source of real-time information on what's happening in the community or in the product groups at Microsoft. And I'm sure before you know it , you'll be sharing too. Facebook is not quite the medium for our business world, but LinkedIn is definitely another way to follow those experts you like, and there are some valuable forums on LinkedIn as well.

About Joris de Gruyter
Senior Developer and Technical Services Supervisor at Sikich, LLP. Started developing for Ax in 2002 in Belgium on Navision Axapta 2.5, been on implementations in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Italy, England and across the continental US. Heavily involved with AX 2012 in the beta program, wrote content and presented for Microsoft at the 2011 AX Tech Conference in Redmond, and reviewed and wrote Microsoft AX 2012 technical training manuals. MCITP, MCT and MVP in Microsoft Dynamics AX Development.
View his complete profile and visit his Dynamics AX Musings Blog.

Dynamics AX EDI, Dynamics GP EDI, Dynamics NAV EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration, Convergence 2013

While last week in NOLA was exhausting, there really is no time to rest given all the activity and announcements that came out of Convergence. While hopefully we all have some next steps that are pertinent to us and our businesses, there are four things that all attendees need to do in order to insure the maximum ROI on your time at Convergence:

1 – Tell Your Convergence Story!
It’s no easy task getting away from the office for a week, nor is a Convergence registration fee pocket change. It’s a big deal to attend, and after the Convergence experience we had last week, it’s an even bigger deal. That’s why it’s important for you to spread the word on the value of attending this event. Not only does it help your case in attending next year, but it also demonstrates to your business leaders how this event catapults the community into what’s to come. Who knows, by touting the event’s impact, maybe next year a few additional colleagues can join you as well.

2 – Listen to Wayne!
While I can tell you all day long that staying connected socially delivers benefits to you and your company, when Wayne Morris, Corp VP of Microsoft Business Solutions Marketing, tells us too, that’s even more motivation. I was excited to hear Wayne emphasize the future role of mobile and social in the Dynamics community during Tuesday’s opening keynote session. Did you get the message? Microsoft is 100% behind the relevancy of social networks in our businesses and our customers’. Jump on the bandwagon, get connected socially and let’s keep these conversations going! Checkout the most used Twitter hashtags in the Dynamics community, update your profile on the new Microsoft Dynamics Community Site, checkout the new AXUG Collaborate and GPUG Collaborate sites, or just ping @jon_rivers and I’ll help get you started.

3 – Download Convergence 2013 Presentations

Full pass Convergence attendees can download the PowerPoint presentations from Convergence inclusing the concurrent sessions, deep dive sessions, keynotes, etc. Sign in with the login and password designated upon registration.

3. Submit Feedback on Convergence 2013

Please help Microsoft continue to improve Convergence by letting them know what you think. Complete the online evaluations for each session you attended.

 

Great seeing everyone in New Orleans! Looking forward to connection soon and seeing you in Atlanta for Convergence 2014.