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social media stockingsThe Dynamic Communities User Groups are ramping up for all of the networking to come for Convergence 2014 in Atlanta! If you are registered or thinking about attending Convergence, it's never too early to start making connections with other attendees. Start networking by joining the Convergence 2014 communities on AXUG Collaborate, GPUG Collaborate, and NAVUG Collaborate.

See you on Collaborate and at Convergence!

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totherescueDid I mention that I lost my prized Surface in Tampa during the User Group events? Talk about panic. But it really is amazing how it came back to me.

We work within a great community of people and at some point, I’m sure my Surface would have found its way back, but the kudos really go out to the Dynamics Social Network. My one plea for help in locating my Surface was retweeted across the community within minutes and then not too long after that, it was located and returned to me. Thank you social media!

That’s one example of the power of social media, but from what I hear, the buzz around the Summits/Forum was incredible this year. Take a look at the traction that Dynamic Communities alone had during the event

  • Total of 40 blog posts that drew in 5,824 views
  • More than 500 original Tweets were sent out via the @AXUG, @CRMUG, @GPUG and @NAVUG handles including General Session live tweeting
  • 4,600+ photos were taken, transferred, sorted, prioritized, and shared throughout the week.

And that was just the start of it all. The ripple-effect kicks in once one person retweets or shares the original, and then so on and so on, the information is shared across the community. Whether the community was tuned in to follow the action, share in the experience or engage in conversation, we did it! Thanks to Dynamic Communities and all the other social contributors during the week – let’s keep this energy going!

Stay tuned in as 2014 is right around the corner and so is the next installment of the “Must Use Hashtags.”

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Did you know that Microsoft hopes to hit its 100,000 customer milestone this year?

It was a big day in Barcelona for Convergence 2013 EMEA as Kirill Tatarinov, Executive Vice President, Microsoft Business Solutions, and Jean-Philippe Courtois, President, Microsoft International, took the stage for the keynote. Their presentation focused on how people and businesses can reimagine the way they engage with customers, build brand relevance, and collaborate to stay ahead of the ever-changing market and business environments.

Microsoft announced that Dynamics AX 2012 R3 is planned for April 2014 and will be supported for deployment in Windows Azure via infrastructure as a service (IaaS). AX 2012 R3 delivers new warehouse and transportation management capabilities, powered by software recently acquired from Dynamics AX ISV partner Blue Horseshoe. The company also shared that it remains on track to deliver the next major version of Microsoft Dynamics AX, also known as Rainier, on-premises and as a public cloud service offering.

The message delivered to the audience is that Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 is all about "Amazing Customer Experiences" and this theme continued on in the NAV General Session led by Jesper L. Ræbild, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft. Raebild discussed the role of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 in helping companies deliver on their customer promises, highlighting specifically the roles of Office 365 and the Cloud. Microsoft Dynamics NAV customer Pall-Ex / CFS was featured during the session.

To view these sessions on-demand, login to the Convergence EMEA 2013 Virtual Conference.

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I called it the “Breakfast of Champions,” but officially it was the Microsoft MVP Breakfast in Tampa. Together with Fastpath, Data Masons had the pleasure of hosting many of the Microsoft MVPs for the morning before heading off to sessions. Knowing how much knowledge these MVPs hold, I reached out to them last week to see which sessions they attended and would recommend to the community.

Here’s the MVP session recommendation list:

[Mark Polino] "I really enjoyed Microsoft Sr. Program Manager Kevin Racer’s session on deploying the web client for small companies. I think there is a fear of the web client, that it’s big and complicated and requires a lot of resources. Kevin showed how approachable it is for small companies.”


[Belinda Allen] “’Power Up Your BI Capabilities with Power View in SQL Server 2012’ presented by Miguel Lozano is no doubt the session I recommend. He showed Power Q&A, which I feel will absolutely change BI as we know it today. I just loved this session!”


[Gretchen Opferkew] “Most of the great sessions were roundtables, which offered users the opportunity to connect and gain wisdom from each other. However, I recommend that all the XRM geeks check out the CRM Confessions sessions on XRM in the public sector (Celia Gust from Carver County) and higher education (Scott Guthrie from Winona State University). [Leslie Vail] “The most valuable session for me was presented by Belinda Allen about BI. She introduced me to a new perspective on how to approach clients about possible BI engagements. Her session was very thought provoking and has changed the way I think about BI. “


If an MVP is recommending it, you know it has to be good! Catch of the replays of these sessions and others on the AXUG Collaborate site, GPUG Collaborate site, NAVUG Collaborate site and CRM Collaborate site. If the presentations aren't yet posted, they should be coming soon. Thanks to all the MVPs for their continued support of the community!

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While we had already marked our calendars for March 4-7 in Atlanta, we hadn't planned on going this big... We're excited to announce that we'll be sponsoring Microsoft Convergence 2014 as a Silver Sponsor! What this means to us is more expo space to host more conversations and the opportunity to share our EDI expertise with attendees during the educational sessions!

Did we mention that we're excited? We're looking forward to seeing everyone in Atlanta. Until then, you can register for Convergence 2014, stay tuned in with the Twitter hashtag #CONV14 or sign up for event email alerts.

See you in March!


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how manyLooking at the percentage of folks that have attended 5+ Summits/Forums, I see that I’m one of the few making up that 7%. But what’s most interesting, if you’re part of the 7%, is how we’ve seen the community has grown in such a short timeframe.

I remember very clearly attending the first AXUG Summit. In its beginning, it was a small conference, I believe in Redmond, where exhibitors had a small space in a cramped hallway. Today, look at the number of sponsors and exhibitors that fill these huge expo halls. 5+ years ago we walked a few steps to shake hands with our colleagues, today we have to set aside three days and numerous expo hall hours to make a dent in our who-we-want-to-meet and what-we-want-to-learn goals. If you’re lucky enough to be part of that 7%, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

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Congratulations Dynamic Communities, especially Andy Hafer (@ahafer) and Frank Vukovitz (@Fvukovits), and to all of its members and supporting partner organizations! It’s no small feat to grow a community to this level in just 5+ years, but we’ve done it. Thank you for a fantastic week in Tampa and now let’s see how we can extend even more as we head to St. Louis in 2014!

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I hope that everyone had as successful of a week as I did, along with Data Masons. Start to finish, a quality educational program, inspiring speaker panel and engaging networking opportunities. Some highlights for us included:

  • The Partner Connections Event:
    Only about 18 people that attended this event did not continue on to another User Group event. This event was a great beginning to the week, starting discussions on Sunday and then having the rest of the week to develop the conversations. Keynote speaker Joe Mechlinski also led a timely and inspiring discussion which highlighted the theme of growing business within this competitive economy.


  • AXUG Summit Premier Party: Who doesn’t like to Chill-AX? Thanks to all of the attendees that joined us and our co-host, RF-SMART, at Jackson’s Bistro to chill-ax before kicking off the AXUG Summit. Each year this party seems to get better and better! Watch out St. Louis!



  • Opportunities with Vendor EDI: We were excited to see the high interest in our sessions this year that focused on Vendor EDI. Our clients that have implemented a vendor EDI strategy have realized measurable cost savings for their business and it’s a huge opportunity for other companies investing in EDI technology.


  • MVP Breakfast: Thanks to all the Microsoft MVPs for inviting us to co-host this “breakfast of champions” along with Fastpath.



A day back in the office and we’re already looking forward to the 2014 User Group events in St. Louis during the week of October 13, 2014. But if you’re planning to attend the NAVUG Forum, forget it, this was the final Forum. But not to worry, the first NAVUG Summit is shaping up for St. Louis.

Checkout #AXUGSUMMIT, #GPUGSUMMIT and #NAVUGFORUM on Twitter to catch all the commentary on last week’s events.

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Congratulations to the 2013 GPUG All Star Award recipients that were announced last week by the Microsoft Dynamics GP User Group (GPUG)!

The GPUG All Star Award program recognizes GPUG members who have in-depth knowledge of the Microsoft Dynamics GP application and make significant contributions of their time and expertise to educate and connect the greater GPUG community. GPUG All Star Award recipients are nominated and voted on by GPUG members.

The 2013 GPUG All Star Award recipients are Michelle Kocher of Delta Medical Systems; Terry Heley of Microsoft; and Beat Bucher of Forensic Technology.

Congratulations to all! Thanks for your contributions to the GP Community!



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Announced today in Tampa, NAVUG Forum will officially change over to NAVUG Summit for NAVUG Summit 2014. So mark your calendars for the first NAVUG Summit event, scheduled for the week of October 13, 2014 at the America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis!

Registration is open for Premium Members at a special registration rate of $499. NAVUG Premium User Members who attended NAVUG Forum 2013 Tampa can register for NAVUG Summit 2014 St. Louis for only $499! This early, early bird registration is open to Premium User Members only and is only good until October 31, 2013. Registration for non-Premium User Members and all Partner Members will open in the Spring of 2014.

See you in St. Louis!

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A quick thank you to all the MVPs and a special thanks to those that joined us for this morning's Microsoft MVP Breakfast:

Mark Polino: @mpolino

Gus Gonzalez: @GusGonzalez2

Charles Allen: @charlesallenbkd

Joris de Gruyter: @jorisdg

Brandon George: @dynamicsERP

Per Morgensen: @mergetool

Mariano Gomez: @dgpblogster

Murray Fife: @murrayfife

Joel Leicht: @AXManuals

Mitch Milan

Joel Linstrom: @JoelLindstrom

Chris Cognetta: @ccognetta

Jerry Weinstock

Alex Fagundes

Gretchen Opferkew: @CRMgretchen

Frank Hamelly: @sledg77

Belinda Allen: @BelindaTheGPcsi

Jamie Miley: @mileyja

John Lowther: @jlowther

Leslie Vail: @Leslie_Vail

Claus Lundstrøm: @ClausLundstrom

Daniel Cai: @danielcai

Richard Whaley: @AccoladePubs

Howard Swerdloff: @hcswerdloff

Zubin Gidwani: @zgidwani

And of course, a huge thank you to our co-host Fastpast.

Opportunities like these while all together in Tampa really do contribute to the sense of family within the community. So appreciative of this awesome community!