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!


By | 2017-08-13T11:46:23+00:00 January 2nd, 2017|General Stuff|0 Comments

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!


By | 2017-08-13T11:46:23+00:00 October 15th, 2016|General Stuff|0 Comments

GPUG Summit 2016 – Day 2

I’m catching up on writing these (on Saturday in the airports on my way home!) but dating them for the actual day of the sessions… and this post onwards I’m writing AFTER I figured out what day of the week is what. (LOL, if you missed it, I’m not admitting to anything!). This is ‘day 2’ or Thursday, in real days!

For my first posts, they are here: Pre-Conference, Keynote Day and Day 1.

So, here we go with a summary of what I attended etc. on day 2!


By | 2017-08-13T11:46:23+00:00 October 13th, 2016|General Stuff|0 Comments

GPUG Summit 2016 – Day 1

Continuing on from my first two posts, Pre-Conference and Keynote Day, this post covers the highlights of my Wednesday.

This was the first day where there was an organized breakfast, and it was at Amalie Arena today where the opening Dynamics GP (GPUG) session was held. I’ll be honest and say I was disappointed with breakfast. It was boxed packages with yogurt, a granola bar and a juice plus a breakfast sandwich and coffee. Not my thing. There was nothing to drink other than coffee, not even water, which seemed like a strange oversight. I suppose there was OJ in the box but still… I ended up eating a couple of bites of my breakfast and left the arena to go to Starbucks to get some tea, and came back for the keynote.


By | 2017-08-13T11:46:23+00:00 October 12th, 2016|General Stuff|0 Comments

GPUG Summit 2016 – Keynote Day

I wrote and published this with the wrong day so this is a correction!

Technically, I don’t think today ‘s schedule was considered to be the first day but the keynote was this afternoon, so with this re-write, I am now just calling it Keynote Day. Confused? Yes it was a little but I’m assuming the rest of the conference is now Days 1 to 3. I give up labelling days since I goofed once already! 🙂

For the morning, it was a quiet start to the day. It was a nice day, as it has been every day in Tampa, but today there was a nice breeze to keep it cooler than it was the previous couple of days. So, I walked to the convention centre area and funnily enough, I arrived at the front of the convention centre at the exact moment that Tim Wappat was standing there waiting for his shuttle to the hotel. I hadn’t met Tim yet although we have chatted quite a bit on Twitter, so I was looking forward to meeting him! We chatted for a bit until his shuttle bus arrived and then went our separate ways.


By | 2017-08-13T11:46:23+00:00 October 11th, 2016|General Stuff|0 Comments

GPUG Summit 2016 – Pre-Conference

For the first time, I’m attending the Dynamics Communities’ User Group Summits, or as Dynamics GP customers know it, GPUG Summit in this case. I have heard the attendance is somewhere between 6,500 and 7,000 people overall, which is astounding! It’s also the 10th anniversary so it’s a great one to be at for my first one.

This year’s conference is in Tampa, Florida. I booked into the conference late and as such, I couldn’t get a hotel room near the event. I ended up booking with AirBnB, and got a great place to stay for much less than I would have paid in hotel costs, plus a 15% discount if I stayed for a full week. So, I decided to book a full week; I came into town on Saturday and leave next Saturday. I am paying the equivalent of about $120 per night USD, which is at least half of the hotel room rates near the Convention Center. Between that and completely scoring on my flight (first class both directions, total $600 CAD!), saving on those costs goes a long way in making this trip affordable.


By | 2017-08-13T11:46:23+00:00 October 10th, 2016|General Stuff|0 Comments

reImagine 2016 – Recap

Travel update: made it home safely. Flight delay again leaving Fargo, no delay on MSP flight to Toronto, fairly straight forward 1.25 hour drive home from YYZ. Odd drive home in that I passed a tractor-trailer on fire (still driving) with a fire engine truck following it, going the other way on Hwy 401 and then as I was around the corner from home, there was a house fire. Two things you don’t see every day, in the same day. (more…)

By | 2017-08-13T11:46:23+00:00 September 22nd, 2016|General Stuff|0 Comments

reImagine 2016 – Day 3

The last day of the reImagine 2016 conference was a half day, like previous years. The plan when I woke up this morning was pretty simple: check-out, take in the 3 sessions in the morning, kill a bit of time doing my blogging in the afternoon, head to the airport and fly home. (more…)

By | 2017-08-13T11:46:24+00:00 September 21st, 2016|General Stuff|0 Comments