GPUG Amplify – Post Conference

The travel home from GPUG Amplify was pretty uneventful, although it was an early start to my day! My flight was at 6:00am Pacific time, which meant a 4:00am wake-up call to get to the airport on time and checked in etc. That felt SO early despite it being later than I wake up at home (based on 7:00am EST, converted time zone).

I’m very glad that I took the trip to Ontario, CA the night before to stay in a closer hotel, minutes away from the airport. The thought of trusting a shuttle or cab to get me to the airport on time (and waking up even earlier) just wasn’t appealing. It would have been fun to hang out with some colleagues at the Marriott the night before but sleep and being on time was more important!

GPUG Amplify 2017 – Day 2

At long last, here is my post on GPUG Amplify, day 2. I’m writing this on March 25th, but posting it as the last day of the event for consistency with the conference dates.

This was the last day of the conference, and I was heading to another hotel closer to the Ontario airport for my flight home, so I was up early and packed before the day began.

Three amusing things happened before the day even began. First, I was getting into the shower and I was confused at first as to where the rain head shower went… until I realized I was in a different hotel on Sunday that had the rain head shower. Doh! (You know you’re tired when…).

GPUG Amplify 2017 – Day 1

Tuesday was the first full day of content for the customer side at GPUG Amplify. After starting off with a continental breakfast and some caffeine, the day began. I must say the breakfast was better than last year, despite just being a continental breakfast. There was lots of fresh fruit, always welcome, and a bonus for me: tea and milk! Often when I’m in the US, I either have no option for tea, only cold (iced) tea, decaffeinated tea, or there is tea but no milk to put in it. So, I was a happy camper this morning! 🙂

GPUG Amplify 2017 – Getting here

It’s that time again! Another conference, and another series of posts around the content and observations I found interesting. This week’s conference is GPUG Amplify, in (mostly) sunny Anaheim, California. This is the 2nd year of the event, and it’s a great event for those that aren’t interested in big crowds! The attendance is in the hundreds vs. thousands for a multi-product event like the UG Summits. Personally, I prefer the smaller crowds, the chance to have meaningful conversations with other partners and customers, and not feel like a fish in a big pond.

What’s your Dynamics GP story?

I wanted to share something that Pam Misialek has posted on the Dynamics official product management blog. It’s an opportunity to share with the world YOUR Dynamics GP story!

At Amplify between March 20 & 22nd, 2017, Microsoft will have a director and videographers on site to record stories on video. There is also an opportunity to take part if you aren’t going to Amplify or near California then, via other methods, in written pieces. Don’t be afraid of the camera, if you have a story and want to share, start by heading to this survey to fill out the details and they’ll get in touch with you from there.

Every year at conferences like Amplify and Summit, you see the videos during presentations such as keynotes of customer success stories. Here’s your chance to talk about your company and why GP has helped you. Who are you? What problems have you solved with GP or how does your business run better with GP? What time savings do you have now that you have automated something in GP? What reporting improvements have you done to allow you to be more agile or get better insights into your business once you were on GP? Those kinds of things are all great starting points for figuring out what your story is.

It’s win-win: a way to promote your business in some way and a way for others to see how great Dynamics GP is, that may help other companies decide that GP is the best option for them too!

Women in Tech Week 2017 & Female MVPs

In case you hadn’t heard, February 27 to March 3, 2017 is Women in Technology week! Next Wednesday is International Women’s Day (Wednesday March 8, 2017), which, according to the official website, is “a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women”.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t realize that it was Women in Tech week this week until my Microsoft MVP team contacted me a few weeks ago, telling me about some different events I could attend or take part in. My bad… I am in technology but being an accountant by trade, I don’t always think of myself as a “woman in tech”. I’m not sure why exactly but I guess I am not one to label myself as I hate feeling like I have to fit into a certain box! I’ve been interested in tech since I was a kid, from learning to program on my Commodore 64, to learning Visual Basic (or was it just Basic) in high school, to writing my own VB.net windows app to track my NFL picks with a friend. I’m a geek through and through, no doubt about it!

Why Edit Lists are important

A few years ago, I had an idea for a post about batches and why I recommend them but I never followed through on the idea. I had written a short post last year about Transaction vs. Batch posting but that’s as close as I got to elaborating on my blog thought.

I was reminded today of why I wanted to write this article, which isn’t about batches specifically but about edit lists, which you only can use if you use batches in Dynamics GP. Two incidents in recent weeks have re-affirmed my belief that using batches, reviewing your work prior to posting and specifically, using the edit lists, is an important practice to follow.

Top 10 Blog Posts from 2016

I’m trying something new… now that I have site analytics for more than 12 months back. My original web designer had enabled google analytics on my site when I first started this in 2009/10, but I lost the tracking in a site redesign later, and unfortunately didn’t even notice for a while. I finally did something about it in October 2015 and now, finally, have year over year data to look at.

So, I’ve been looking at my “top” blog posts (most page views) over 2016 and here they are! I’m impressed that a new post from November made it to the 4th top post of this year, and equally impressed that people are still searching out Report Writer information, with some very old posts in the top 10!

GPUG Summit 2016 – Wrap Up

I’m writing this wrap up post, as I sit in the Atlanta airport on a nasty 5-hour layover from 5pm-ish to 10pm-ish. I’ve watched the end of the Blue Jays ALCS game 2 at the Delta SkyClub bar (vs. Cleveland Indians, we lost. Boo!). I’ve written the last of my blog posts except this one. I’ve eaten something resembling dinner, a random assortment of free food in the lounge area. I must say, thanks to Delta for letting me into the SkyClub… free food and drinks and more comfortable seating options are most certainly a bonus on a long layover. I even saw towels, which means there may be shower facilities, not that I’m about to go and find those!

I’ve now settled into the last half of my layover in a workstation with a very comfy desk chair, and a power outlet, like an office cubicle. I’ve got my iPad perched in the corner with Netflix (starting to watch a show my mom raves about, “Bletchly Circle”, that I can’t get on Netflix in Canada), and my laptop out to finish this blog post. I’m also going to finish cleaning up the last of the post clean up on the Dynamics Community side of things where it just syndicates anything from my RSS feed, so I have to manually delete what I’ve already removed on my primary site here. It’s about as good as I can make this work while I have to wait!

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GPUG Summit 2016 – Day 3

Friday! (Yes, I’m sure!) Today was the last day of the conference and it was a busy day, as it was the first time I was presenting or involved in sessions at GPUG Summit.

Here are the sessions I took part in today and how the day fared for me:

By |October 14th, 2016|General Stuff|0 Comments|