>Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011 Wrap Up

March 7, 2011

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I usually wait for David to return to Australia to do this post and link back to his, but our schedules were very different this year, so when he catches up with everything I will be adding links to his posts.

This year’s Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011 was very different from the one I attended in 2009. What made it different you may ask (if you did not attend of course)? The fact that we got full demos of the upcoming Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 R2 and code name GP “12” made a difference, the fact that we were able to preview the web client for Microsoft Dynamics GP made a big difference, the fact that we saw a renewed commitment from Microsoft to deliver a butt kicking product made ALL the difference in the world.

Bottom line, this Conference was the last straw being drawn by many partners in attendance to see if things would take a turn for the best, product wise. I can certainly say, partners got what they came for and more…lot’s more!

If you did not get a chance to catch up with the Conference, please click on the links below to take you to a different day of the Conference and the experiences of that day.

Pre-Conference Day 1: Getting here
Pre-Conference Day 2: Fine tuning presentations
Pre-Conference Day 3: Tech Check
Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011 begins today
Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011: Day 1 Opening Session
Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011: Day 1 Presentation
Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011: Day 2 Presentation
Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011: Closing Session
Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011: Trip back home
Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011: Sessions Materials

Also, don’t miss the in between posts on the product roadmap and features list.

The Evolution of the Microsoft Dynamics GP roadmap
Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 R2 Features List

What would be the world without social media…get a look into the Conference, catch some pictures of some really funny moments and see if you recognize some of the people that attended.

The Dynamics GP Blogster Facebook

Catch David’s perspectives and experiences at the Conference over at Developing for Dynamics GP.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011: Getting there
Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011: Day -3
Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011: Day -2
Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011: Day -1
Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011: Day 1 Morning
Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011: Day 1 Afternoon
Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011: Day 2
Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011: Day 2 cont.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011: Day 3
Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011: Day 3 cont. (David goes wild…and back to school!)
Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011: Post Conference
Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011: Getting Home
Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Confernece 2011: Wrap Up

Also, all session materials are available for download on PartnerSource

Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011 Resources

You can download the materials from the sessions presented by David and I here at The Dynamics GP Blogster:

MSDGPTechConference2011.zip (All materials for all sessions)

Development_Troubleshooting_with_the_Support_Debugging_Tool.zip

Introduction_to_Microsoft_Dynamics_GP_Customization_Tools.zip

Please come back to this post for updates on the links and remember: David and I will be at the next Microsoft Dynamics Convergence Atlanta 2011. Please register now and catch our sessions there, which will involve a DayOne with GPUG, a deep dive session, and a breakout session.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
IntellPartners, LLC
http://www.IntellPartners.com/

Edits:
03/07/2011 – Added link to David’s “Post Conference” article
03/08/2011 – Added link to David’s “Getting Home” article
03/10/2011 – Added link to David’s “Wrap Up” article


>Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011 Sessions Materials

March 4, 2011

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We hope you enjoyed the sessions this year and as promised, here are the materials for our presentations at the Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011.

MSDGPTechConference2011.zip

Here is the summary of each presentation session for added convenience:

Development Troubleshooting with the Support Debugging Tool
Presenters: David Musgrave and Mariano Gomez, MVP

Following the success of this session at Convergence Atlanta 2010, David Musgrave and Mariano Gomez return to the Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference with a number of advanced features included in the now popular Support Debugging Tool. Learn how to debug and trace your customizations, build temporary fixes, and troubleshoot development issues and problems with dictionaries. Discover some of the tricks used by the Microsoft Developer Support team. Presenters will demonstrate real life scenarios and work through their resolutions.

Topics:

– Manual Logging Mode
– Advanced Debugger Mode
– Dictionary Control
– Scripting and Triggers
– SQL Execute and Runtime Execute features
– Exporting and Importing fixes

Introduction to Microsoft Dynamics GP Customization Tools
Presenters: David Musgrave and Mariano Gomez, MVP

New to Microsoft Dynamics GP? Welcome to this jam packed session where Microsoft’s David Musgrave and MVP Mariano Gomez will walk you through the different customization tools available to address your next project. If you have plans for a Microsoft Dynamics GP customization, but you don’t know where to start and are skeptical about future upgrade issues, then this session is for you. Gain some introductory knowledge of Modifier and Report Writer with Visual Basic for Applications, Dexterity and Visual Studio Tools with two of the leading Community experts, who will contrast the tools and help you sort through the complicated terminology, to bring you a clear picture of the choices available for your next project.

Topics:

– Where to start?
– Modifier and Report Writer with Visual Basic for Applications
– Dexterity
– Visual Studio Tools
– Resources

The material will also be available for download from the Learning Resources page on the blog.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
IntellPartners, LLC
http://www.IntellPartners.com/


>Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011 – Trip back home

March 4, 2011

>After the goodbye-hugs at the Closing Session, I hitched a ride with Beat Bucher to the airport, as the Ramada decided at last minute to mess up my shuttle booking. The cab took us to the hotel, where I picked up my luggage and off we went to the airport. Beat and I went to the cafeteria, grabbed a cup of joe each, and talked about the latest world developments.

An hour before Beat’s flight we decided it was time to go through security as lines were quickly getting long. We were greeted by some very nice TSA agents with whom we spent time talking about the different [crazy!] seasons in Fargo and Montreal — Beat’s from Montreal.

Once our carry-on was inspected, TSA agents had a particular interest in Beat’s carry-on suitcase. As it turned out, my friend was trying to smuggle an apple juice box unsuccessfully out of the country :-). The juice box was confiscated and off we went to gate 1 from where both of our flights would depart.

Fargodome

Once in the air, I managed to capture this nice pic of the Fargodome, home of some of the best matches between archrivals UND and NDSU.

My flight arrived at Concourse G at the Lindbergh Terminal in Minneapolis. This was not all that bad considering my outbound flight to Atlanta was leaving at Concourse F. Nonetheless, MSP’s terminals are not to be taken lightly, as there’s considerable distance between each of their concourses. So, off I went to gate F9.


Nice display at gate G12 on the way to F9


Upon arriving at F9, I was able to catch a break and sit for a bit. The flight, as it is usually the case with Delta flights, was oversold and completely booked. However, and to my surprise, the cleared passengers list was taken care of by the gate personnel pretty quick, so boarding began on time – did not get an upgrade for this leg of the trip.


View from my seat in the aircraft to the tarmac


Once seated onboard the aircraft, after watching a tourtous boarding process for the non-Sky Priority passengers, and ready to depart, the captain announced that we had a “maintenance issue” and would be departing in 30 more minutes.

Well, at least this made me feel like David and I weren’t the only one having problems this week. You can read David’s post on his computer issues here. You can follow up on the issues I experienced here.

The “maintenance issue” translated into a defective toillet in the bathroom, which was frankly replaced very shortly after the captain made the announcement. It looks like the maintenance crew had their game face on. The captain returned and made the announcement that we would be leaving immediately and would still reach our destination ontime.

After a very exciting and draining week, that’s all I needed to know.

Tomorrow, don’t miss the Technical Conference materials on Support Debugging Tool and Introduction to Microsoft Dynamics GP Customization Tools on my blog. These will be made available for download.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
IntellPartners, LLC
http://www.IntellPartners.com/


>Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011 – Closing session

March 4, 2011

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It’s hard to believe that this is the last day of the Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011, in the very hospitable Fargo, North Dakota. After a late night putting together the Day 2 post and the Microsoft Dynamics GP roadmap post, and having a bit of fun with partners and ISVs at the bar in the Ramada’s lobby, it was now time to pack and get ready to go home.


At the Ramada’s bar last night – David drinking 2011 vintage H2O on the rocks and me, well…

However, the closing session would have a couple of surprises, including, but not limited to, 2 fire alarms! The situation was quickly managed in an orderly fashion by the Fantastic 3 (the Conference organizing team). Hat tips go out to Babs, Lanelle, and Naomi for such an awesome, hiccup-free event.

Note: I still believe Babs pulled the fire alarm cord to get all the poor tired souls in attendance up on their feet again 🙂

The Conference organization team – From left to right, Babs Coler (Microsoft), Lanelle Vasichek (Spider and Company), Mariano Gomez, Naomi Wavers (Spider and Company)

The triggerting of the fire alarms was possibly due to an issue with the local grid (earlier at the Ramada, lights flickered for a bit) which overloaded a few circuits on Campus. The local fire department quickly inspected the building and gave their clearance to return to the affected facilities, so we returned to the Dakota conference room where the closing session was going to be delivered.

With the closing session now running 1 hour behind schedule, I was only able to attend the Sponsors Shootout session – briefly anyways.

As with anything in life, the Conference must come to and end: it was time to say goodbye once more to my friends David and Leslie who will be leaving town in the next couple days.

David Musgrave, Leslie Vail, Beat Bucher, Mariano Gomez – Goodbye!

Just know that your Dynamic Duo will be back as presenters at Microsoft Dynamics Convergence Atlanta 2011, so register go and register now.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
IntellPartners, LLC
http://www.IntellPartners.com/


>The Evolution of the Microsoft Dynamics GP Roadmap

March 3, 2011

>I wanted to take the opportunity to show how the Microsoft Dynamics GP roadmap has evolved over the past 2 years, contrasting each slide that has been released at different stages. Clearly, Microsoft is going in the right direction and, while there’s a lot more work to be done, the future looks very promising.


Attendees at Convergence New Orleans 2009 saw a roadmap contemplating up to the release of the then code name “11 FP”. You can still expect to see a Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 coming soon.


Roadmap as of March 2009 (Convergence New Orleans)

 At the Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2009, the roadmap had been updated to incorporate code name GP “14”. However, code name GP “11 FP” had been dropped as part of the picture, all the while maintaining code name GP “12” and code name GP “14” as part of the future plans.

Roadmap as of November 2009 (Technical Conference 2009)

Now, at the Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011, and with GP 10 SP4 (and SP5) out of sight, you could see a slight change on the roadmap with the incorporation of GP 2010 R2 and the overall objectives for this release. Also, note that some futures that were anticipated to be in code name GP “12” have now been rolled into GP 2010 R2.

Roadmap as of March 2011 (Technical Conference 2011)

It is clear that heavy investment in the product continues to be a priority for Microsoft and this trend is not expected to decrease at least for the next 5 years. Of course, if you feel otherwise, please take your comments to The Dynamics GP Blogster Facebook feed.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
IntellPartners, LLC
http://www.IntellPartners.com/


>Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011 – Day 2 Presentation

March 3, 2011

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Following the opening session and our Support Debugging Tool presentation on Day 1, it was now time to present our Introduction to Microsoft Dynamics GP Customization Tools session. There was a certain anxiety in the air, as this is the first time David and I would build code, live!

The presentation began on time and on track with David taking the lead on the Dexterity and Modifier with Visual Basic for Applications portion of the session. However, we had a number of questions from the audience and things started to extend out a bit. 

Getting ready for the presentation

While David did his best to catch up, it was already apparent that the Visual Studio Tools portion, which I would be presenting, would run short. While presenting the VST session, it was necessary to cut short on the explanation of the customization itself, and skimp a bit on the build process of the VST project itself. This created a bit of confusion with the attendees.

Upon finalizing our presentation, we took a 1 hour and so break to relax a bit and get some food. However, on the way out of our session, we were informed by Babs Coler that a new “recap” session was being added by partners request to review all the presentations: Support Debugging Tool, Upgrading your Customizations (which would be presented by Patrick Roth and David Musgrave), and Introduction to Customization Tools sessions. This was a good news for David and I, as it meant our sessions were very well received. Despite being tired and dragging, we were certainly delighted to present once again.

Next up was David and Patrick Roth. Their session, Upgrading your Customizations, ran from 1:00 PM CST to 2:15 PM CST.  This session was filled with tons of tips on upgrading user interface customizations and data integration projects written in Dexterity, Modifier with VBA, Visual Studio Tools, and eConnect and Web Services, respectively.



David Musgrave and Patrick Roth presenting Upgrading your Customizations
The guys did a phenomenal job, which included demos of all the upgrade tools. Once again, we had another 2 hours of R&R time. I personally spent this time drafting some of this post content and zoned out for a bit.
The “recap” session, ran from 4:00 PM CST to 5:15 PM CST and counted with a good audience, despite being the last session on the schedule. We changed the format a bit and turned it into a Q&A session, featuring Dexterity, Visual Studio Tools, and Support Debugging Tool content. We really enjoyed interacting in a more informal setting with the partners attending the session.
The session concluded, and it was time for the Expo and round table topics, now a tradition at the Technical Conference.


Dexterity Team round table

 I met up with Kim Peterson from GPUG and Andrew Snook from FastPath to exchange a few words on the Conference and the upcoming DayOne at Microsoft Dynamics Convergence Atlanta 2011. It was also an opportunity to catch up with my friend Alice Newsam, Software Development Engineer in Test with Microsoft and a regular contributor over at Developing for Dynamics GP.

David championed the Tim Tam Slam event with a few brave partners interested in testing their abilities to absorb hot chocolate through a very delicate chocolate wafer – Tim Tam – that, when nibbled on both ends, acts like a straw.

It was time to catch the bus ride (6:45 PM CST) back to the hotel.

Back at the Ramada Plaza hotel, we walked ourselves back to the bar and sat in our favorite office location. This time, everyone agreed it was time to have a bit more than H2O and/or sodas. The 2 days had been a brutal one for everyone in attendance — I have been in Fargo since past Saturday, making it 5 days in total, so the strain is even more. Nonetheless, Tim Tam Slam was again the challenge of the evening.

It’s been a long week indeed. However, the chance to meet other partners and understand what’s going on with their business and how they are addressing the new challenges has been the most enlighting and gratifying experience. Also, I am always thankful for the reception that our sessions have had with the partners in attendance and I hope to see you all at Microsoft Dynamics Convergence Atlanta in April.

The Conference ends tomorrow, and I will be attending the closing session. After this I will be catching my 1:05 PM CST flight out of Hector International en route to Atlanta, through Minneapolis/St. Paul’s.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
IntellPartners, LLC
http://www.IntellPartners.com/


>Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2011 – Day 1 Presentation

March 2, 2011

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After a morning fill with excitement at the Opening Session, where Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 R2 was presented to all partners in attendance, you could only walk out of the session all pumped up. However, it was time for some lunch — “no MSG and buddies“, according to David.

This excitement carried David and I, right into our 2:45 PM CST presentation. Up was our Support Debugging Tool session. Everything went very well despite the computer problems (read David’s post for the full scoop) we had in the previous days. We had a great time presenting the session and partners overall expressed the increased adoption of Support Debugging Tool by customers and even themselves.

At the Support Debugging Tool presentation

We then took a ride after the Conference day was over back to the hotel. Interestingly enough, Leslie still believed she was enjoying a nice summer day in Dallas as she did not bring any layers with her, but being the gentlemen we are (ehem!), I gave her my gloves, David gave her his hat, and Beat provided the scarves (yes, he goes along with 2 of them!) for additional comfort.

Mariano Gomez, Leslie Vail, Beat Bucher, David Musgrave – In the bus back to he hotel. Picture courtesy of Stephan Labbe

Once at the hotel, we regrouped in the lobby to go for dinner at Grizzly’s Grill, a restaurant located at the entrance of the West Acres mall. The group decided to walk, which perhaps, has been one of the worst decisions I have made since arriving in town. The temperature? A whopping -7F (without the wind chill factor, which surely made it feel close to -17F).  When we arrived at the mall (through the JC Penney’s entrance, the closest to the Ramada’s lobby) we all felt the numbness in our faces. I personally had my sinuses completely cleared up!

Night went well and dinner was very pleasant, with lots of conversations and topics circulating around the table.

From left to right, front to back: Mark Rockwell (Rockton Software), Yvan Bruneau (Jovaco), Jean-Francois Tremblay (Jovaco), Beat Bucher (Strophe), Terry Blazer (Microsoft), Stephan Labbe (Strophe), Mariano Gomez, Haseet Sanghrajka (ST Consulting), Leslie Vail, David Musgrave (Microsoft), Jim Pelikza (Rockton Software)

Dinner was over and we were back at the hotel with rides offered by Terry Blazer and Sheila Ochoa. The temperature had dipped a few degrees more, but the winds had died down, however, I could not pass on the offer.

At the hotel, David and I had to do some code fine tuning on his machine to ensure that our Visual Studio Tools demo would work for our presentation next day — up first at 8:30 AM CST. Poor David felt asleep while I was transferring the code and making the adjustments. After all, we have been running on little sleep since we got here.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
IntellPartners, LLC
http://www.intellpartners.com/