Having relocated from Boston to the D.C. area in the past two years, I’m always excited for the next opportunity to meet people or try something new, and without a doubt, I discovered a great new event this week for Dynamics GP professionals – GPUG’s first-ever Washington D.C. regional chapter meeting.
This event garnered the largest audience for a new chapter meeting in GPUG’s history with over 70 attendees, including both end users and partners. Attendance exceeded expectations to the point that we had to play a bit of musical chairs, moving rooms to acquire a larger space.
Personally I was able to meet some of my LinkedIn connections face-to-face, which is a rare opportunity that I greatly appreciate when it happens. Along with the networking benefits of the event, attendees heard from Mark Polino, Senior Consultant, Professional Services at I.B.I.S., or more accurately, I should say we tried to hear from him but due to technical hiccups, it became a challenge. Unfortunately the “hiccups” got the best of Mark’s time on the agenda, but read Mark’s blog to hear more about the technical challenges that kept him at bay.
Live in-person was Mark Rockwell, CEO of Rockton Software, who presented the company’s Certified for Microsoft Dynamics (CfMD) add-on solutions for Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Strong attendance and informative content created a valuable networking opportunity for all of the attendees. As Dynamics GP continues to develop, onboarding new users and expanding its technology, GPUG’s importance to the community develops as well. Growing the Dynamics footprint is not only important to Microsoft and the Dynamics reselling partner community, but it's also important to the ISV community.
The GP user groups are a direct reflection of this growth, as confirmed with the attendance at the D.C. chapter meeting. This type of regional chapter meeting offers face-to-face interaction and knowledge-sharing with other GP users within your region and a convenient networking forum with other Dynamics GP professionals.
The D.C. chapter meeting set the bar high and I encourage all of us professionals within the GP space to keep this momentum going by supporting other active chapters, working to develop new regions and attending other GP-focused events, such as:
Hosted by GP Partner Connections, this exclusive event is designed for VARs and ISVs to meet with each other, gather tips on creating a better experience at Convergence and collaborate with Microsoft executives.
Let’s keep the momentum going! If you’re planning to attend Convergence, I would appreciate the opportunity to meet you face-to-face. Visit me and other members of the Data Masons Dynamics EDI team at Booth #1121.