Convergence 2013 – Where will you be?

In just a few short days, I and several thousand others will be heading to NOLA to attend Microsoft Convergence 2013

I am looking forward to sharing the learning experience with you, connecting with old friends and meeting new, learning about all the new vendor products and solutions, participating in and leading sessions, and so much more.  It is a lot to pack into four short days and I am excited to have the opportunity to attend, participate, contribute and have some fun with you.

In the event you would like to connect, below are a few of the places where you will find me:

Day Time Area / Room Activity
All Days 2 – 3 pm CRMUG Booth Authors of the CRM Field Guide will be available for book signing.  I hope to find time to drop by on at least one or two days.
Monday 3 – 3:45 pm   Hosting a CRMUG Roundtable session
Monday 6 – 9 pm Microsoft Solution Area I’ll be at one of the CRM booths
Tuesday 5 – 6 pm Room 386 Ask the MVP session.  Bring all your questions and you’ll walk away with answers.
Wednesday 2 – 3 pm Room 386 Ask the MVP session.  Another opportunity to get your questions answered.
Wednesday 3:30 – 6 pm Microsoft Solution Area I’ll be at one of the CRM booths

And last but not least, I hope to see all of you at the various evening events (parties).  If you aren’t sure what’s available, check out Sonoma Partners Convergence Event App.  Oh by the way, the Convergence Mobile app is available for download as well.

Please feel free to leave a comment and let us know where we can find you at Convergence.  Looking forward to spending time with everyone next week!


Are Visions of Microsoft Convergence 2013 Dancing in your Head?

In less than a week a whole crew of Microsoft Dynamics folks are heading to the great city of New Orleans to spend a week with some of our most favorite peeps; our peers, Dynamics guru’s, Microsoft Dynamics Product Team, Dynamics Community, our customers, clients and everyone Microsoft Dynamics.  I hope you enjoy this little tale to get you in the mood.

Twas the week before Convergence, when all through the land,
Everyone was stirring, in anticipation of the plan.
The session presentations were filed with care,
In hopes that the flights would get them there.
Each day, as presenters worked to prepare,
Their excitement and wonder brought magic to the air.
With Attendees in wait, and the Product Team in lead,
The excitement grew like a weed.
When out on the Internet there arose such a clatter,
We sprang to our desks to see what was the matter.
Away to the mouse we flew like a flash,
Fired up the browser and cleared the cache.
To the top of the page, to the top of the site,
Now hurry along! Hurry along! Soar like a kite!
The page on the site was incredible to behold,
It truly was like discovering gold.
Then what to my wondering eyes should appear,
An amazing agenda akin to a world premiere.
With a little click, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment my schedule was slick.
More rapid than eagles the information it came,
As I ran through the site to uncover the flame!
"With keynotes, sessions, discussions and deep dives,
With labs, networking, and expos it thrives!
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So all through the site my eyes they flew,
As I learned in amazement all that would be new.
And then, in a twinkling, I saw on the page,
The expo, the parties so much more than I could gauge.
As I drew in my head, and my fervor grew strong,
Through the site I went all the day long.
I was amazed, I was thrilled,
And in the end fulfilled.
With my mind now at ease, I’m well underway,
I will sit and wait to embark on the day.
Now freeing the mouse from my fingers I rise,
And go to my room to bask in the prize!
But before I lie down, I shall incite,
Get your tickets today, build your schedule out right.
"Happy Convergence to all, and to all a good-night!"

What’s happening at Convergence 2012

I don’t know about the rest of you but I’m pretty excited about Convergence 2012.  The line-up of Microsoft Dynamics CRM sessions alone is pretty amazing:

  • CRMUG Day One sessions
  • CRM MVP Chat Sessions
    • One with a Developer focus
    • One with a System Administrator, Power and End User focus
  • Birds of a Feather lunch sessions
  • Microsoft Solutions Experience
    • Wow, if you haven’t looked at the description for this then you should, its pretty amazing
  • Hands-On Labs
  • One-on-One with Microsoft Support Engineers
  • Product demos from Microsoft Product Managers
  • A huge variety or product sessions from 100 through 300 level

The above is just a taste of the terrific content available.

I am definitely getting the feeling that this is going to be one of the best Convergence experiences yet.  I’m also looking forward to meeting up with my fellow Dynamics CRM MVP’s and having the opportunity to chat with the community and hear and respond to your questions.

Oh, and I would be remiss to not mention the parties.  Oh Ya, we work hard at Convergence but we also play hard.  I’ve already registered for the big bash on Monday night, Convergence Party by: Scribe, Experlogix, ExactTarget, InsideView and CWR Mobility.  What a great lineup of Dynamics CRM Solution providers and attendees.  You know we are going to have some serious fun.  If you are not already registered, I recommend registering today.  If you are attending, look for me and stop by to say hi.

If you would like to look me up during Summit or have a question, you can find me in the MVP Chat sessions on Sunday, Birds of a Feather lunch sessions on Monday and Tuesday, and in the Microsoft SharePoint kiosk on Tuesday morning.  I also plan to help out in the Hands On Lab area throughout the conference.

I’ll be packing my bag in a little over a week, trying on my Cowgal attitude and heading to Houston.  I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone, reconnecting with friends and fellow MVP’s and making new friends this year.

Even if you are not able to attend this year, you have to visit the Convergence 2012 site and check out Cowboy Rodney.  He is a hoot and a kick.

To coin a popular phrase, “Houston, we have a  Go”!

Chat Live with the Dynamics CRM MVP’s

The Dynamics CRM MVP’s are at it again.  Eleven of us are gathering together for a roundtable chat hosted by CRMUG.  Here’s the lineup:

Alex Fagundes – CIO, PowerObjects

David Berry – Developer &Consultant, JourneyTeam

Donna Edwards – SeniorConsultant, Tribridge

George Doubinski – Technical Director, Alexanders IT

Guy Riddle – CRM Solution Architect for eSavvy

Julie Yack – Chief Operations, Colorado Technology Consultants

Leon Tribe – CRM Functional Consultant from Australia who likes codeless CRM solutions

Mitch Milam – Independent Contractor focusing on xRM development, architecture, and developer training

Neil Benson – Freelance CRM Architect

Shan McArthur – VP, Technology at ADXSTUDIO Inc.

Wim Coorevits – Senior Consultant at Delaware Consulting

For those of you who joined us for MSDynamicsWorld Decisions Spring 2011, you know we responded to a number of questions and had some great dialogue.  We are looking forward to the same at this CRMUG hosted event.

Some of the items that we hope to find time to chat about include:

  • Favorite &most frequently used 2011 features
  • Top 5 Wish List features for Vnext
  • Tips, Tricks & Advice for deploying, configuring and using CRM 2011
  • Excel Export & SSRS
  • Licensing

The above are a sampling of ideas that you might hear us discuss.  However, we really  want to hear from you!  We enjoy sharing our Dynamics CRM knowledge with you and encourage you to take this opportunity to ask your Dynamics CRM related questions.  We will do our best to provide an answer. 

The Dynamics CRM MVP’s look forward to hearing from you and participating with you in this event.

Register Today and send us your Questions