My personal experience is that the experts at Convergence are the same experts at GPUG Summit because users with real-life experience using Microsoft Dynamics GP are the experts—not the Microsoft VPs and CMOs who spin what’s next and great.
The real Microsoft Dynamics GP users are the experts; they’re the ones that provide the value. Over the past 5+ years,
As a fervent Microsoft Dynamics GP community supporter and ISV for 16 years, based on what I saw and translating what Microsoft is saying, they’re making it clear that if you use GP/NAV/SL you might as well stop coming to Convergence. You’re going to be bored. I’m sad for this, but I applaud Microsoft for attempting to make it clear. What is tough for me as an ISV is that we’re not sure if we should show up next year because we don’t know if this message has been heard by all GP customers. We likely will continue to sponsor until we can determine when our customers and partners stop attending. We love to meet our customers and prospects face-to-face, so we don’t want to exit too early if our customers are still attending Convergence.
Microsoft has a clear vision, not one that I’m necessarily excited about, but they do have a vision. I’m sad to see “my Convergence," the roots of which came directly from GP, hijacked into a yawn-fest of Microsoft ego. However, I’m thrilled that Andy Hafer and crew at Dynamic Communities understand what the community needs to have the best user conference focused on actual users.
Written By Mark Rockwell, President of Rockton Software, a Microsoft Dynamics GP Add-On Partner.