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Updates from NAVUG Forum 2012 Opening Session

NAVUG Forum 2012 kicked off today with a great audience in attendance, drawing approximately 340 attendees, which is around 100 more than last year’s event. As a regular attendee, it’s great to see the growth from year to year! Lee Weiner, NAVUG Chairperson kicked off the keynote and was followed by keynote speaker and Microsoft Dynamics NAV MVP, William (Bill) Pearson III.

Speaking of growth, we learned during the session that NAVUG itself has over 1000 members. I can remember the first NAVUG Forum that I attended years ago, much smaller in scale, and to watch how the event has evolved is an amazing attribute of the NAV community. The level of dedication the NAVUG team demonstrates in harnessing the power of this community falls nothing short of 100%. With a growing network of regional chapters and an expanding social media channel, the NAVUG member community is sure to see its reach continue outward.

Dennis Bruce discussing Trends in Dynamics NAV EDI during the NAVUG Opening Session


During the opening session, Trish Boccuti, NAVUG Program Director, discussed the value of using social media channels and mentioned the use of Twitter hashtags to help connect the community. These social channels (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) have been an integral part in knowledge sharing and networking within the community.

To get started with Twitter Hashtags for the NAV Community, read this Hashtag blog post.

Trish also noted that NAVUG is using m.foreversnap.com as its online photo collection site for NAVUG photos. I believe you need an iPhone or Android and then search for Forever Snap in the market.

Other information coming from the NAVUG Forum Opening Session:

  • Questions for the NAVUG Town hall question can be submitted to townhall@navug.com
  • Brett Johnson, Manager of TAP Program for NAV, shared:
    • Dynamics NAV 2013 Hit General Availability Oct. 1s
    • New features document online
    • 250+ customers in Beta
    • 13 customers live in TAP
    • 4 CfMD solutions before RTM release

Last up with Data Masons’ very own Dennis Bruce who shared insights into the latest Trends in Dynamics NAV EDI, including: Broader, Deeper Integrated Transaction Sets needed in the SMB market; SMB’s are Becoming the Transaction Hubs; No Embedded ERP Customization; Demise of Value Added Networks; Cloud Based Solutions Integrated via Web Services; End to End Automation; Emergence of Transaction Audit Frameworks and EDI Management by Exception. Read more about the Trends in Dynamics NAV EDI or catch up with Dennis and other members of the Data Masons team this week at:

  • EXPO Booth #233
  • Session: EDI Trends - The Outlook on What EDI Should Deliver
    Tuesday @ 2:45pm: Sherman Room, 7th Floor
    Wednesday @ 9:30 am: Sherman Room, 7th Floor
  • EDI Shootout
    Wednesday @ 8:00 am Tolmie Room, 6th Floor

Stay in tune with what’s coming from NAVUG Forum and follow #NAVforum on Twitter!

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