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Anya Ciecierski, CAL Business Solutions

Why Microsoft Dynamics GP Users Can Look Ahead to Convergence 2011 Back in Atlanta


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What happens with 8,500 Microsoft Dynamics customers, partners and employees take over Atlanta? A whole lot of learning and even more fun.  This weekend Atlanta hosted the 14th US Microsoft Dynamics Convergence event.  The 8,500 attendees included customers using Microsoft Dynamics GP, CRM, SL, AX and NAV.  Plus Microsoft partners like us, from CAL Business Solutions, and Microsoft Dynamics employees. And of course the more than 200 ISV partners that participated in a giant expo tradeshow to show their products to the community.

The first Convergence event was held in Orlando in 1997. There were 150 people, 24 sessions and 15 exhibitors. Convergence 2010 featured nearly 400 sessions, 240 exhibitors and 8, 500 attendees. Many of the partners here have attended every Convergence since 1997 – what a difference!  It was officially announced today that Microsoft Convergence 2011 will be back here in Atlanta the week of April 10, 2011 – which is sure to set new records.

Every year we encourage our Microsoft Dynamics GP clients to attend this annual event.  I am looking forward to inviting our new Dynamics GP clients who have been able to take advantage of the fantastic 3 Dynamics GP Users for $1 promotion – all the money they saved on software licenses can be set aside for Convergence 2011.

Based on the fact that our clients here mentioned the ISV Expo (showcasing the Add On ISV Products you can connect to Dynamics GP) as the #1 benefit of attending, I am going to encourage more of my clients to attend next year on a day pass or guest pass – which is considerably less expensive than a full conference pass. The guest pass allows you to attend the ISV Expo, Keynote and Convergence welcome event (which is a great party!).  This may be a way for even more of our clients and team members to join us for Convergence 2011.

Here is some feedback from the clients and our team who attended this year:

“The ISV Expo hall is the best part of Convergence. You can have an interactive dialog with the product developers and decide what tools will fit your needs, there is no better way to get this information.” Jen – Connecticut based healthcare company.

“We realized how much more we can do with Dynamics GP now that we have seen what is out there.” Andrew, Connecticut based leasing company

“If you are looking for a particular solution to work with Dynamics GP, like document management for example, you can go to the expo and see several options, from $1k to $100k. You can see them all at once, instead of spending days researching online.” George, Connecticut based professional services company.

“I got value from the training sessions as a first time attendee, particularly the Dynamics Tips & Tricks sessions. I have a lot to bring back home with me, besides the xBox I won today!” Michael, Connecticut based leasing company.

We hope to see you back in Atlanta in April for Convergence 2011.

by CAL Business Solutions, Connecticut and Massachusetts Micorsoft Dynamics GP Partner

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