Warm Climate at Convergence 2011 Brings Exciting Microsoft Announcements

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Being a northerner, a week in Atlanta, GA was very appealing, especially after the long winter we had. Not only was the weather beautiful, but the warmth of customers, partners, and Microsoft impressed me this year. The attitudes have improved since previous years and I dare say the economy may be getting better…and warmer! Microsoft had a few exciting announcements to make while in Atlanta and here are just a few of my takeaways:

Cloud Computing

Although many of us already suspected this to happen sooner than later, the word is out! An announcement was made while in Atlanta that each of the ERP products will be available on the Windows Azure platform in their next release. That means that future versions of Microsoft Dynamics AX, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, and Microsoft Dynamics SL will all take advantage of this new platform to allow customers unparalleled flexibility in deploying cloud solutions throughout their organizations.


Dale Scruggs from Dale Carnegie & Associates presented a workshop, “Succeeding in the Recovering Company” and discussed the speedy growth of e-learning. New products are sold and delivered online and businesses are expected to leverage the technology out there while also trying to engage their employees. Whether your company is providing e-learning or taking part in an online class for your job, it’s important to note this trend is not going away.

Microsoft Dynamics® GP

Pam Misialek, Senior Product Manager of Microsoft Dynamics GP presented GP’s general session and shared a few updates. One of which was around Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 R2. The new version is releasing May 1st, 2011 and comes with new features such as online travel and expense reporting, business analyzer, and email customizations.

If you were able to attend Convergence this year, please share your takeaways from this year’s conference. Was it all you had dreamt it would be? What would you like to see more of? Either way, we would love to hear your thoughts.

By Rimrock Corporation, Toronto Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner

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