I was not overly enthused about returning to Atlanta for a 3rd time, however, Convergence was just as informative as ever. I joined the other 12,000 attendees taking in as many sessions as possible and talking to as many users/partners/MSFT people as I could. There was plenty of excitement around Dynamics CRM, GP, and AX. This year I found myself gravitating towards CRM, as well as Microsoft’s new Power BI tools within Excel.
The KTL Solutions Empower the User Conference is about to kick off momentarily with the Keynote presentation by Microsofts own Steve Demming. I would like to thank our sponsors Avalara, Di Central, Integrity Data, Kwiktag,ReQlogic, SalesPad Solutions, and Solver as well as are record setting guest attendance for being here today as we conduct our 7th annual User Conference. Stay tuned here as I bring you a live view of todays sessions and presentations.
Welcome to this year’s live streaming blog of the eighth annual Empower the User Conference sponsored exclusively by KTL Solutions. This year we have one of the most exciting lineups of presenters to date. Amy Kennan of MyAppsAnywhere, Randy Chung of OfficePro, Doug Johnson of Acumatica, and Nills Rasmusen of Solver are just some of the many presenters at this year’s event. Let’s not forget GP Fully Loaded delivered by the President and CEO of KTL Solutions, Timothy Lally, and a special guest from Microsoft, Mr. Steve Demming. Keep checking back as we bring you updates on presentations, pictures of the event, and some thoughts from our many attendees at this year’s Empower the User Conference.
Having been in the Microsoft Dynamics world for more years than I care to admit, I have attended more than a few Partners Users Conferences in the past. My general experience is that they were noble attempts to sell products and services under the guise of a “workshop”. Attendees were usually newbies to the Dynamics world or were veteran clients harangued by the management of the conference promoter into attending and speaking about the merits of the partner.
Every Convergence brings two competing thoughts for a seasoned partner; the familiarity of an old friend (I have been attending for a long time) and the anticipation of the unknown (what new technologies are going to be presented). Here are my top five takeaways for 2013:
Convergence started out as a 100 person event held in 1997 in Orlando, Florida, and has grown to the 12,000 attendee event it is today. The idea for the event came from Doug Burgum (The Great Plains Software founder and CEO) as a way to get closer to customers and build a true community of developer, partner and customers.
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