You might not even be aware of this, but on November 4th. to 6th. 2013, Microsoft’s only conference directed towards Microsoft Dynamics customers takes place in Barcelona Spain. It’s been a some years ago since they last had a real multiday Convergence conference for the whole EMEA (Europe, Middle-East and Africa) area. In the US the Conference is a very big and popular Dynamics end-user and partner conference, every year visited by a large number of participants.
Previously most Convergence EMEA conferences in my opinion has been about 80% Microsoft marketing and product presentations and 20% end-user/developer directed “take-home” content.
This year the first day of the conference is arranged by the Federation of Dynamics User Groups (FODUG) together with Microsoft. FODUG is basically an advisory board consisting representatives from a number of user groups working with Microsoft Dynamics, the most well known being CRMUG, NAVUG, GPUG and AXUG, as well as of course the Dynamics User Group. The UG-day is basically a day by the users for the users. All presentations are done by either end-users or Dynamics MVP’s.
The remaining two days are with more traditional Microsoft Convergence content, but a notable larger number of more intimate break-out sessions.
As of today you will be able to access the session catalog to see the full list of sessions. The Convergence EMEA conference covers the Microsoft Dynamics AX, NAV and CRM products. Not Dynamics GP, as this product is primary sold in the US.
Personally I’m going to have a session on the UG-day about NAV development. The session will be on how end-users (without previous development experience) can use the object designers to add simple functionality without the need for a full application developer license. How they can add tables, fields, and add them to pages and reports. I’m also going to be a part of the roundtable discussion on International Implementations of Microsoft Dynamics NAV.
There will also be plenty of opportunities to meet and network on the conference. And I hope to see many of you there.
Microsoft Convergence EMEA is open for registration now.