A Diary of reIMAGINE 2016: Part 1 Leaving Home

reIMAGINE2016Just about to leave on first part of journey to airport.

Overnight, I decided to do a series of posts in diary format. So this is the first of man posts today as I make my way to Fargo.

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I’m at reIMAGINE 2016

reIMAGINE2016I mentioned the other week I am at reIMAGINE this year. I realise I’ve been fairly quiet recently, post-wise, and I am not sure how much I’ll be blogging while I am away, but I intend to return in October and get to get some regularity back to my posting.

Actually, I may take the opportunity to bore you all over the course of my 20 hour trip to Fargo from the UK; I set off at 0700 UK time and arrive 2200 North Dakota time after being on four different flights.

Pre-Conference Training for reIMAGINE Attendees

Microsoft Dynamics GPIf you are going to reIMAGINE then you can also sign up to one of two training courses which are being run on the day before the conference.

The first is on Working with Excel, Power BI and Dynamics and is being presented by MVP Belinda Allen:

Business Intelligence (BI) and Microsoft Power BI is everywhere you look. Are you getting the right answers AND the right questions? This class is designed to walk you through the basics of all the Microsoft Power BI tools. We’ll build dashboards, maps and even report on data from websites. When you leave the class you’ll understand the Microsoft Power BI tools and the Microsoft Power BI application. We’ll even talk pricing, although most of it is FREE.

The second is on Workflow 2.0 and is being presented by yours truly:

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2 saw the introduction of Workflow 2.0; a new Dynamics GP based approval workflow engine which replaced the old SharePoint based one. Learn how to design, create and maintain approval workflows and how to extend workflow to allow the creation of custom table joins.

If you want to attend training, you will need to select one of the two available courses (unfortunately, you can’t sign up to both) when registering for reIMAGINE.

reIMAGINE 2016 Partner Conference In September

Microsoft Dynamics GPMicrosoft’s conference aimed specifically at partners is called reIMAGINE and is happening in Fargo, North Dakota, between 19th and 21st September.

Pam Misialek did a post at the end of last month about the type of content content although exact details of sessions aren’t available yet.

She followed up a few days ago with a post pointing out, despite what many appear to think, that reIMAGINE is not the same as Amplify.

Amplify is a customer orientated conference, whereas reIMAGINE is aimed at partners and will therefore have content aimed at partners.

Key points from Pam’s post are:

  • The new US Sales team dedicated to helping partners sell more GP will be at reIMAGINE. They are not order takers. They were strategically hired to help partners sell more.
  • We will talk about the future of Dynamics GP with an updated roadmap.
  • The consultant track has more advanced sessions that go into troubleshooting.
  • The developer track will have new content plus content on PowerApps and PowerFlow.

One final point about this reIMAGINE, is that it will be the first Microsoft conference to which I have been. I don’t know if this will be a selling point to anyone, but it’ll be nice to meet the people I have been talking to online over the last few years.

You can book your place at the reIMAGINE home page.

Amplify Is In Five Weeks

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe Amplify Conference is only 5 weeks away when Microsoft will show off Dynamics GP 2016 to customers and partners.

Amplify will offer a first look at Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 and it will facilitate direct dialogue with Microsoft on future versions of Dynamics GP. Many of the sessions will be taught directly by the Microsoft Dynamics GP Product Team so you can improve your understanding of Dynamics GP.

If you’re deciding if this event will benefit you, here are some event highlights.

At Amplify, you can:

  • Connect with Microsoft to learn about product roadmaps and the future direction of the Dynamics GP product.
  • Dive into the features and functionality of Dynamics GP 2016, the latest release, with sessions led by the Microsoft Dynamics GP Product team.
  • Bring your support questions to Microsoft to receive live help at their Support Help Desk.
  • Discover the latest ISV solution innovations and new product updates. You can view all of the sponsors who will be exhibiting, by visiting the gpugamplify.com website (under the Sponsor tab).
  • Participate in pre-conference (Sunday, May 22) or post-conference (afternoon of Wednesday, May 25) Academy instructor-led training.
  • Sit for your Dynamics GP certification exams will be available.

Registration is now open.

See you there!

The Power Of A Name; Help Microsoft Name The New November Event

Microsoft Dynamics GPPam Misialek, on the Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog is bringing back Stampede and is looking for assistance in naming this event which will take place in November (subsequent years should see it move to September).

Pam is bringing Stampede back and combining it with Airlift, the technical conference. The merged event will include the technical elements and also have a sales/marketing track.

Drop by the blog and help out with a naming suggestion (prize available; prize yet to be determined).