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There's No Place Like Home, but the Partner Reception Makes Convergence 2011 Feel Like a Home Away from Home

One of the great things about the Microsoft partner community is that all of us in it are truly part of a tight community of professionals. So last night’s partner-only reception hosted by Microsoft was a relaxing opportunity to meet up with the connections that we’re always working with or hearing about, but rarely see face to face. I think I can speak for others when I say that although it’s not always easy travelling for business, sharing evenings like last night with colleagues, and friends, makes home feel a little less far away.

I caught up with many folks that I had been looking forward to seeing, such as Bob McAdam (@4mcadam) and Mark Polino (@mpolino),as well as many members of the Dynamics Communities crew including, Andy Hafer, Frank Vukovits, Kim Peterson and Heather Williams. I also had the opportunity to talk with John Kleb of Sikich, Steven Gregory from Metafile and Mark Rockwell of Rockton Software. And there were many new introductions thrown in the mix for me as well, such as meeting Dave Musgrave (@Dev4DynamicsGP), who writes a blog for Microsoft Dynamics GP Developer and Consultant community.

It’s kind of funny, as much as we all talk and work together throughout the year, for most of us we couldn’t pick each other out in a crowd. For example, last night I introduced Kim Peterson of GPUG to both Bob McAdam and Mark Polino as they had never meet personally! I was joking that as long as they’ve all been involved with GPUG, it was funny that a newbie like me brought them together, finally, for an introduction.

During all these handshakes and introductions, the band BANG provided some great tunes in the background and the Data Masons team joined me in enjoying all of the evening’s food. Between bites we discussed social media with some folks and as a result, I started trading tweets with other people attending CONV11. In fact, we even tried getting together a #Tweetup for Sunday morning at 7:00am for social media participants attending Convergence. Probably a bit ambitious after a long night, right?

If you haven’t yet followed @datamasons and @jon_rivers, or other members of the Dynamics tweeting community, like Bob McAdam (@4mcadam) and Mark Polino (@mpolino), you’re missing out on some great tidbits coming from Atlanta. If you’re on Twitter, you’ll also want to follow the hashtag #CONV11 to stay up-to-date on Convergence goings-on. For a short overview on using Twitter hashtags to locate information quickly, checkout this blog post: Using Hashtags to Benefit the Microsoft Dynamics Tweeting Community.

And as my friend @4mcadam tweeted, “@jon_rivers will enjoy seeing everyone wearing their name badges with the @datamasons name sponsor on them.” That said, stop by booth #1121 to say hello!

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