80 NAV pros, 80 badges, 80 pizza's, 80 pair of hands applauding and … of course Mark Brummel, Arend-Jan Kauffmann, Peter Bosch, Marja van Harberden (thanx once more for helping us out), and me. Thumbs-up for all of us; it was definitely a promising start of our community.
Just after 17:00 I arrived on the spot in Barneveld next door to Arend-Jan's company and little less than an hour to go before the event would start. Arend-Jan, Marja and a couple of others were already busy getting things in place. So I unpacked my computer to connect it to the beamer in the central room and project our welcoming slide.
From all over the Netherlands people came trickling in: Peter (DIN Solutions) from Eijsden, Hans (GAC) from Groningen, Joep and Guido (Mercash) from Hoorn and many more (76!). And longer after the major part of the people had arrived the pizza's start to trickle in. 80 pizza's! For sure mine tasted good.
After the pizza's, drinks, a lot of social talks, networking, and of course my welcoming introduction and after we assured ourselves Mark indeed had arrived …
Sorry, I have to make a small stop here, and give a little background on this. You know, Mark, Arend-Jan and I, in our utmost enthusiasm and after our first get-together were unanimous on getting this whole thing of the first Dutch Dynamics Community starting. So we planned an event; this event. And we picked a date. Not to soon, not to far away: October 26! Clear, and, o, yes, Mark and his wife's baby would be due around that date … No problem.
… so Mark had arrived after his baby boy had come that morning! Congrats, pal. (Lucky me as I did not have to step in for the Form Transformation session. )So the two sessions - Form Transformation, by Mark, and Web Services, by Arend-Jan - could start. 40 attendants in each room, as still as a mouse. One mouse? No, 40 of them. Absorbing all the details. 69 slides (Form Transformation), 69 lines of C# code (Web Services) in 80 minutes. Great job guys as could be concluded from the applause.
A Dutch Dynamics Community; how are we going to shape this, carry it into the future? Together!I felt that I tickled us all well enough in my after-sessions discussion. Yes, Mark, Arend-Jan, and I had picked up this challenge, but it's a community, a communal challenge. Hands in the air. Agreed!Enough fellows to get on moving. A next session. Enough topics for the years to come. Report Transformation, Migration, SQL performance matters, Security and Authorization, Sure Step, …, to name a few. Enough experts to pick up these gauntlets. Enough for today.
Like many it was still a long while driving home. Satisfied and knowing that we had made the right decision back in July.
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You might recall my post Dynamics and DevDays - will they ever meet?
Yesterday, I found the September issue of .Net Magazine in my snail-mail in-box featuring a SharePoint special with 4 pages on the integration of SharePoint (a offspring of the MS Classic stack) and Dynamics. Wow, Dynamics and Classic are meeting in public!
To be honest, i am not a SharePoint expert and cannot value the full extend of that article, but it seems promising to me. Cannot recall I read something on Dynamics in .Net Magazine. Could also be my colored perception.
While thinking about writing this post I thought: Let's have a look on the Internet version of the magazine: www.dotnetmag.nl. But to my dismay no articles are there, and guess what? This one was also not there.
May I live (at least) until the day that MS Dynamics and MS Classic will meet. Or should I stop hoping?