Dynamics AX EDI, Dynamics GP EDI, Dynamics NAV EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration, Convergence 2011

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

Related Press Release: Data Masons Software, LLC., is a Bronze Sponsor of Convergence 2011 in Atlanta, GA, April 10 - 13, 2011

Dynamics AX EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration, Convergence 2011

The buzz around the office just keeps getting better and we are only 1 month into 2011, so I asked Dennis Bruce, Director of Business Development, if he could share some of what’s been happening around here.

[Jon] I hear that we just signed on as a premier sponsor of the Dynamics AX User Group, so what does this mean to Data Masons?

[Dennis] Becoming a premier sponsor of AXUG is extremely important to Data Masons. We've been actively involved with the user group for the last 3 years as a platinum sponsor and had communicated our desire to move up to premier status if an opening became available. Thankfully this year a premier position opened up and we gladly filled that role. Dynamics AX is currently our largest customer base within the Dynamics ERP community and we want to reflect our support of that particular community in our level of sponsorship. I’m confident that you’ll see Data Masons as a premier sponsor of the AXUG Summit for many years to come.

[Jon] So that means Data Masons is a premier sponsor for both Dynamics AX & NAV and a gold sponsor for GP. Can you share the importance of the Dynamics user groups?

[Dennis] Growing the Dynamics footprint is not only important to Microsoft and the Dynamics reselling partner community, but it's important to the ISV community as well. The user groups are a direct reflection of that growth. Data Masons not only sponsors each of the annual user group meetings, but also regional meetings throughout the year (see below) and other Dynamics-focused events. We do this because we want to build momentum within the user groups themselves. If each of the user groups is active, growing and thriving, that bodes well for the entire Dynamics ERP line as a whole.

[Jon] With Convergence just around the corner I hear you just signed up with GP Partner Connections to be part of the PreGAME event on Sunday April 10th.What can you tell me about this event?

[Dennis] Dynamic Communities is always looking for ways to connect resellers and ISV's and we believe that this initiative needs to be supported by all parties. Very few Dynamics ERP deals get sold without an ISV solution somewhere in the mix; it's just the way that these ERP products were developed. Resellers and ISV's cannot afford to be figuring out how to best work together once an active sales cycle starts. Instead we should be figuring out that part of the equation beforehand, and events such as the PreGAME go a long way in building those relationships.

[Jon] Talking about Convergence 2011, how does this event differ from the user group Summits/Forums and what’s the importance to the Dynamics ecosystem?

[Dennis] In my opinion, Convergence is all things Dynamics from the Microsoft perspective. Members of the Dynamics community need an event like Convergence to not only hear and see what Microsoft has in store, but also to connect with other members of that community. The annual user group conferences are much more targeted to each individual product line. Since they are driven by the user community, you get a distinct product-specific focus for each event. Although similar people might attend both Convergence and the Summit, the focus and tone are different. Both Convergence and the annual Summits are important to the growth of Dynamics, this is why Data Masons is a sponsor for all of them.

With that said I want to share information on some of the events that we’ll be sponsoring and attending in the near future:

Upcoming Events

AXUG New York/New Jersey Regional Chapter Meeting - March 1st
We're co-sponsors with Green Beacon and my colleague Dennis Bruce has the fun task of pulling everyone out of their food commas as he’s on stage straight after lunch. Dennis will be presenting on how Vantage Point can help you with your EDI requirements without the need to customize Microsoft Dynamics AX. Register for Event
Location Details: Microsoft Office in Manhattan

GPUG Washington DC Regional Chapter Meeting- Feb. 17th
No more hibernating inside, it’s time to get out there even if there's still snow on the ground to meet and network with fellow Microsoft Dynamics folks. More info
Location Details: Mid Atlantic Microsoft Office

Convergence, Atlanta – Apr. 10-13
Please visit us at the Expo (Booth #1121).