We’re ramping up for a productive week in Atlanta! With Convergence 2011 #conv11 only 8 weeks aways our preparation is in full swing. It’s always amazing to me how much time goes in to planning an event like this and then how quickly in goes by once onsite. But if there’s one event each year worth it all, I have to say it’s Convergence.
Like many of the other Microsoft Dynamics sponsors there are so many things that need to be done and deadlines are fast approaching. My advice is to get all of the logistical “to-do” items checked off as soon as possible so that you can focus on compiling your onsite schedule, as well as preparing for any business you want to conduct at the conference. Details are never fun – prepping the booth for shipping, finalizing marketing material, booking travel accommodations, etc. – but getting them out of the way now means that they won’t bog you down later.
And one last note on Data Masons' participation. We're a proud bronze sponsor of Convergence 2011 and it’s official, we’re booth #1121, so make time to stop by and say hello!
Once you’ve covered your bases on logistics, I suggest taking the time to find other attendees that you may have interest in meeting with while at the conference. Microsoft offers a couple of convenient online tools, one of which is Convergence Connect, a structured networking tool that makes it easy for you to connect and network with other attendees. Using this tool you can share information about yourself, identify others you would like to meet with and schedule meetings. (I see on the Convergence website that Convergence Connect will be live in late February.)
I’m also a big fan of Convergence Scheduler as it helps you select agenda sessions relative to your interest and the numerous topics available at Convergence. With this tool you can create a schedule of all the classes that you want to attend. Not only can you have your schedule ready before you go, but this tool will also allow you to quickly make changes onsite if a particular class is full and you need to find an alternative session.
I also have to say one thing that I’ve noticed this year. I’m not sure if it’s just me as I’m using more social media outlets like blogs and Twitter, but I’ve seen a huge uptick in the number of blogs talking about suggestions, recommendations and where to eat while in Atlanta. Have you seen that as well?
Here are a few Microsoft Dynamics bloggers that got my attention:
• Suggestions for Convergence Newbies by Janice Woodard of John R. White Company https://community.dynamics.com/b/convergence/archive/2011/01/10/suggestions-for-convergence-newbies.aspx
• While you are in Atlanta take advantage of great food… by Andy Vabulas CEO of I.B.IS http://community.dynamics.com/b/convergence/archive/2011/01/13/while-you-are-in-atlanta-take-advantage-of-great-food.aspx?sms_ss=twitter&at_xt=4d2f8647dc14c0b8%2C1
• Convergence Tips for Attending by W.C. Bradley Co. https://community.dynamics.com/b/convergence/archive/2011/01/17/convergence-tips-for-attending.aspx?sms_ss=twitter&at_xt=4d34a2f1eebeaa36%2C0
• Convergence-Plan Ahead and Go With The Flow by Jack Ades Managing Director, InterDyn AKA https://community.dynamics.com/b/convergence/archive/2011/01/31/convergence-plan-ahead-and-go-with-the-flow.aspx
• Measuring Your Return on Convergence Kerry Rosvold of Augsburg Fortress Publishers https://community.dynamics.com/b/convergence/archive/2011/02/01/measuring-your-return-on-convergence.aspx?sms_ss=twitter&at_xt=4d498bd1ecc5d7a7%2C0
• Five Ingredients for a Successful Convergence Atlanta 2011 Experience BY Mariano Gomez, EVP, Middlemarket Solutions, IntellPartners http://msdynamicsworld.com/story/dynamics-ax/five-ingredients-successful-convergence-atlanta-2011-experience