On monday, I will be off to Convergence US 2008 in sunny Orlando.
I have some mixed feelings about it this time (don't worry - enough positive feelings to be looking out for it): Leaving my children behind / traveling alone / not many people I know that are comming over (I'm the only NAV MVP and only a few people from the product team that I know - I think I will spend much time with Olga - hope she likes my company ).
On the other hand, there is a whole new area that is new to convergence: the Community & Learning Area. I will have a specific role in this area as I will have to "host" the "Ask The Experts" table for Dynamics NAV. I don't know what to expect from this, but it sounds challenging . This is not the only thing I will have to do. I will also be involved in staffing the booths on the Microsoft Pavilion for Dynamics NAV (as my GP knowledge is a bit rusty ). It's slightly different as last year (last year, I "manned" an ISV booth on the Microsoft Pavilion because we (with iFacto) were involved in the ISV Beta Access Program) ... but at least equally interesting .
There are also quite interesting sessions. There are more NAV sessions then ever before - which is a very good sign for the US market. Furthermore, there are much more interactive sessions (110 in stead of 60) - which I prefer above all the "marketing fluff" . I have been completing my schedule with sessions I didn't attend yet in previous conferences - or sessions that are in line with my daily job. As you might already expect - there will be a number of blog posts comming up about Convergence next week . Hope you enjoy it.
To conclude, I would like to shed some light on one remarkable effort of the Convergence organisation team sometimes described as "the Green Initiative". Namely: Microsoft would like to reduce the Environmental impact of Convergence - and they want to do this by these efforts:
I find this a really nice effort they're doing which was important enough for me to put in the picture. Nice going, Microsoft!
Have a great time Eric.
i for one will be waiting in anticipation for the high quality blogs that you are now famous for at these events.
Sorry that you are there "alone" this year, and good on you for going.
Have fun! And say hi to everyone I know.
Have fun at Convergence and looking forward to your blogs.