Day 3 at Amplify was short and sweet, to enable the travellers to avoid the traffic that the Donald Trump rally might bring, which was scheduled to be at the Anaheim convention center next door! Originally we were supposed to start the day with a 9am breakout session followed by the closing keynote, ending the day at noon-ish. Everything got moved up by an hour, so we could get out of dodge without possible traffic delays.
The second day at Amplify was a little more streamlined than day 1, with 5 breakout session timeslots and a wide-open evening. 🙂
Here are the sessions I attended and some more GP Live fun!
The remainder of the first day at Amplify consisted of breakout sessions (4 timeslots throughout the day), with expo time and lunch in the middle and a social/mingle sponsored welcome reception in the evening. Each session timeslot, there seemed to be 5 choices of session content, with one breakout timeslot being entirely ISV presentations. Overall the pace of the day was good, not quite a “full” feeling as previous conferences. The only negative in my mind was the extremely long break between in the middle of the day. The 2nd session ended at 11:15am and the third session started at 1:45pm. The intention was to have specific expo hours and a separate lunch break but that just felt way too long and in my opinion, could have been abbreviated to 90 minutes or perhaps even 2 hours but 2.5 hours just seemed excessive for a break in the middle of the day. I’d be curious how the expo vendors felt as they should have been the ones who benefited from that extreme amount of time.
Day 1 of the inaugural Amplify 2016 conference started with a general session at 8:30am. The general session followed the familiar format of introductions and general administrative things, followed by Dynamics GP product strategy, roadmap and GP 2016 product demos. I won’t get into details on “breakfast”. The organizers got an earful of feedback on the disappointing breakfast each day so I won’t add on with more on that. Let’s just say thank goodness for the Starbucks beside the meeting rooms! On the bright side, there was a wide selection of tea for me each day! 🙂
This is the first post of a small series of posts to come this week, outlining some of my thoughts and take-aways from the brand-spanking-new GPUG Amplify 2016 conference.
What is Amplify you ask? It’s a brand new conference, driven by demand from our fantastic Dynamics GP community, for end-users of Dynamics GP. With the transition of Convergence to a new conference called Envision, there was left behind a gap where the only “user” conference left – VAR conferences excepted – was GPUG Summit, where the focus is on peer-to-peer learning, rather than what’s new and upcoming from a Microsoft perspective.
Quick update: I’ve changed my twitter handle from @kuntzconsulting to @jenkuntzGP.
Well… it’s something that I’ve thought about for a long time. When I first started my business, I didn’t know what direction my new consulting firm would be heading in: solo consultant for life or start to grow and build a team. Nearly 7 years into my latest self-employment adventure, it’s pretty clear, I love being a solo consultant.
This came out last Friday, and it’s a hotfix for Dynamics GP that resolves some ROE issues from the year end tax update as well as other things.
Many people have asked if I have heard when the tax update is being released this year.
Microsoft appears to be still waiting for some more information from the CRA to finalize things so there is no tentative release date yet.
How cool is that?
So, last week I received an email, as did many others, welcoming them to the new Association of Dynamics Professionals. If you had registered your interest when they were first putting their website up, I assume you were one of the ones who received this email.
The email suggested to update your profile and log in to the new website etc., so I went ahead and gave it a try, always the keener! I knew I wanted to register for the exams coming up at reImagine 2015 in September, so I figured I would check out the new website, and then sign up.
While I was there, I noticed that there were two types of memberships – an associate (free) and a professional (for a small cost). The professional membership seemed like a no-brainer, and “investing” in the new association was important to me.
Well, imagine my surprise when Bob McAdam tweeted shortly after that I was the first Professional Member ever! Cool!
Today I also was mentioned in the Dynamics Pros first tweet ever, double cool… did I mention small things amuse me?
In all seriousness, that was a pleasant surprise, but at the end of the day, I’m proud to be a professional member of the new association, first or otherwise. I’m looking forward to taking both of the exams in September at reImagine, and hopefully be among the first to pass the very first exams!
It’s that time of year again… and the tax table updates / year end updates for Dynamics GP2010 and Dynamics GP2013 were just released, for English installs. For French installs, they are hoping for early next week.