My first day on the World Partner Conference (WPC).
The day before yesterday, I landed at about 6pm in Denver … having travelled. It's about 8 hours earlier in Denver, so I'm enjoying a wonderful but killig jet lag still two days later .
Today (Monday), it a "pre-conference" day, with a dedicated track for Dynamics NAV. I don't know what to expect yet (writing this blog 'live' in the session), but I'm sure it's going to be interesting.
This is a session for partners, for CEO's and such people, so I don't expect to get Technical info … . And I was right. The session started of with saying how wonderful partners have been selling NAV, with stating that this was another record breaking year for NAV:
They stated that they got feedback from partners, and that they are taking these areas into account:
Furthermore, they announced that a new demo VPC has been released on partnersource. All demo's during this event will be done on this VPC. This is very good news for selling partners, in my opinion. What's on it?
The available demo scripts are:
Demo Time: Jesper Lachance Raebild and Michael Rosenorn are using the new VPC and showed us a number of things:
Michael also showed how to use the Stylesheet tool … . I was playing with this on the plane, so that was a needless effort, because you can't imagine how easy it is to use. A 10 minute demo is enough to know how it works, and to know what possibilities there are for business. Big applause to Microsoft
This was a 2 hour session, so finally … a break.
They continued with a session called "The value of upgrading". Now, I was concerned that it was going to ba a Celenia-show again (like on Convergence EMEA and Convergence San Diego) … and I was right. Again they were talking about Upgrade Centers (of which the concept is quite good), but again Microsoft was promoting Celenia, and a succesful Belgian partner Helios-IT. Now, I have nothing against these two partners, but please, Microsoft, give the opportunity to other Upgrade Centers (and partners) as well … . This is free advertising, and everybody should get that chance. For your knowledge .. I will look for people of Liberty Grove during this event .
Well, we can all answer that question: Legal customisations, new functionality, Technology, add-on's, … . But one slice in this pie is "Uncustomize customizations". This is difficult, as we all know … and don't expect from the upgrade centers that they take this into account. Celenia didn't know how to answer this on Convergence EMEA (last year), but now, they said they also take this into their services. Pro-actively, they will "warn" the partner that some customizations are replaced with standard functionality.
Next an highlight of the Sure step Methodology.
This tool is available for any partner with a PABS plan. It is a methodology to succesfully complete NAV implementation. This methodology is based on the experiences and workflows of hundreds of partners.
The IT editor, is a tool that shows you the methodology in a diagram way, and lets you adapt the workflow to your way of work. Not really my area of expertese, but I only hear positive comment on this tool and methodology. It's worth to try it out!
Thanks for the kind comments, guys.
fantastic report. I don't get chance to go to a lot of conferences (being stuck in NZ) and it's great to find out what's going on. I really appreciate your efforts in blogging.
Nice one - keep 'em coming!
Hey Eric, great blog. I had thought about going to the WPC, but by the time I decided to go, it was sold out, so its great to get all this information from you.
I totally agree about Upgrades, and although the concept has a way to go, they are going in the right direction this time.
By the way, I know that people don't often reply to Blogs, but a lot of people read them. For example your blog on NAV on Vista has about 1,200 link backs, coming from google searches, blogger.com, answers.com,
Oh and here is a cool one, someone searched on google.jp and then read your blog in Japanese.
Anyway keep up the great work, a real lot of people are reading your Blogs.