Day 1 of this year’s GP Tech Conference was Tuesday August 8, 2017. I’m writing this recap post as I sit in the airport on my way back home, as the week just came and went too quickly to get on top of these posts on each day! This year’s recaps will also not quite be in as much detail as they may have been in prior years, it’s quite simply too time consuming to attempt to pay attention and document everything in detail!
My first post for this trip can be found here, if you’re interested: Getting to Fargo.
Today’s story actually starts 2 days ago. You see, I was scheduled to fly in on Saturday, not today (Monday). I had registered to attend eOne Solutions‘ SmartConnect Boot Camp, a 2-day course before the conference begins. I was willingly giving up more of my Civic Holiday long weekend to learn some new skills. However, that didn’t pan out and today I’m starting this as I’m sitting in the airport trying to fly one more time!
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!
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…).
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! 🙂
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.
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!
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!
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.