GP Tech Conference 2018
Every year for the last number of years, Microsoft has been hosting GP partners at their Fargo campus for a few days of learning and networking with fellow GP partners.
This conference usually takes place in late summer early fall. Prophet sent a number of software consultants again this year. This conference gives us a chance to learn what's new with Dynamics GP and other related software. It also provides us a chance to network with fellow GP software consultants and ISV’s.
This year’s conference was held August 20–22. The first session of Day 1 started off with us learning about what's new with GP 2018 R2. There was also a surprise announcement that GP 2018 R2 will be released on October 1st vs the expected release date of December 1st. Plan to attend the Prophet Dynamics User Group on Wednesday, November 7th to learn more on what's new with GP 2018 R2.
After the opening session there were a number of sessions on Power Apps and flow. These are newer Microsoft technologies that allow the end user to build their own apps and trigger workflows without any coding. These are based on Microsoft’s suite of office 365 applications.
There was also a session from Njevity about moving your Dynamics GP up to the cloud and they reviewed their SASS solution. In addition, there were sessions on managing SQL Server and reviewing SQL indexes. This is always interesting stuff and you always pick up a few tips on things you could be doing differently.
After the sessions there was a reception hosted by Microsoft which allowed us to network, followed by a party hosted by eOne Solutions at their new offices.
SQL and Common Data Service
Day 2 started off with sessions on SQL and other sessions related to the Common Data Service. There was also a session on Power BI. The afternoon started off with an interesting session called “Yes GP does that.” It was all about things you may not or had forgot GP could do. They covered different modules and there was a discussion of interesting things people have done with GP and related products. Later in the day, a session included people from Microsoft to discuss enhancements of the product. It was a chance for partners to suggest enhancements they would like to see in the product and help drive the future roadmap of the products. Day 2 concluded with a party hosted by Njevity. Another fun evening of networking.
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
Day 3 started with a session on eConnect and a session on Security. This was followed by a session on SmartConnect. It provided some tips on how to use it better and showed some cool things that are possible with the product.
The last session of Day 3 was related to Business Central. For those of you not familiar with Business Central, it is Microsoft’s newest cloud based ERP software. It is based heavily on the Microsoft NAV product. It has some very cool features around ERP and leverages other Microsoft Stack products (AI, Flow, CDS,etc)
There are other conferences that are geared more towards the customer. One of these being GPUG Summit held October 15-18 in Phoenix. Being a member of GPUG allows you to connect, learn, share and save throughout the year. This allows you to access learning, connect with the community of other GP Users and submit ideas on how to improve the product.
If you’re attending Prophet’s Dynamics User Group on Wednesday, November 7th then you’ll get to hear more about the topics covered at the GP Tech Conference 2018. Save the date!