All Stars

GPUG Summit 2015 is around the corner

In less then 5 days I’ll be heading for the airport very early in the morning (actually need to be there before 6:30AM), in order to board the plane for SFO (San Francisco for those who don’t understand Flight language ūüôā ) for my first leg to the GPUG¬† Summit 2015 that will take place from Oct. 13 to 16th.

This will be my 3rd GPUG Summit, and actually my first as Dynamics GP MVP. My first year in 2013 I got awarded the GPUG All Stars in recognition for my contribution in the GPUG community. This year will also see an increase of 50% of my ‘active’ contribution to the Summit as I’m presenting 4 sessions, co-present 1 with my buddy¬†David Musgrave and will sit as panellist or be on stage in at least 2-3 others. I’m going also to play the Dr. and hand out some Rx for Dynamics GP users & folks at the GPUG Help Desk Center (can we say that ?).

It’s going to be a lot of fun, and I realize that the more you put into this community, the more you get out of if. When I started back in 2012 the first time co-presenting a GPUG user session at Convergence, it was on the request of Kim ‘Mama’ Peterson, who thought that I could bring some fresh ideas and experience to the community. I agreed and never regretted it.. Thank you Kim for this great opportunity.

My week is going to be very hectic, that’s the least I can say. It will start on Tuesday with the GPUG Chapter leader training sessions (yes I’m involved in a local activity too here in Montreal QC), that should provide us with the latest marketing tricks to lure new members into our local community :-).

Here is an overview of the sessions I’m presenting / co-presenting¬† /¬† participating:


 

UPG02 Embrace the New: Business Portal Timesheet & Expense Reports Transition 10-14-15 11:00 AM 10-14-15 12:00 PM Upgrades Presentation
GPA05 GP Security and the New Web Client 10-15-15 02:00 PM 10-15-15 03:00 PM GP Admin Presentation
TOT03 Why is the Support Debugging Tool so Amazing? 10-14-15 04:30 PM 10-14-15 06:00 PM Tool Time Deep Dive
GPA08 Lions and Tigers and Bears… Oh My! Disaster Recovery Planning for Dynamics GP 10-16-15 08:00 AM 10-16-15 09:00 AM GP Admin Presentation
GEN04 Ask the GPUG All-Stars 10-16-15 10:30 AM 10-16-15 11:30 AM General Session Ask the Experts
GPA09 PSTL Toolset – A GP Admin’s Dream 10-16-15 01:00 PM 10-16-15 02:00 PM GP Admin Presentation
HUD11 GPUG All Star Huddle Up! 10-16-15 02:15 PM 10-16-15 03:15 PM Huddle Hour Roundtable

I wish everyone a safe travel and hope that we’ll have a wonderful weather and a fun time #INreno15 next week. See you all there..
Until next,
@GP_Beat

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My Journey to the Dynamics GP MVP Award

Now that April 1st is behind us and this would no longer fall for an April fool, I can officially anounce the good news.. I’m now part of the big ‘small’ family of the very ‘select’ Dynamic GP MVP group.

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It’s great because of all the GREAT people that make this group a real family… and it’s probably the smallest MVP group dedicated to a Microsoft product : there are only 15 active Dynamics GP MVP’s around the world with 2 new ones added on April 1st, 2015, with myself and Mahmoud AlSaadi. ¬†And it looks like I’m the only Canadian one as far as I could inquire from the official Microsoft MVP site, which means either that Kanuks are not big Dynamics GP fans or that it is just too cold and people spend more time shovelling snow around half of the year then caring about Great Plains :-)…

Hold on ! ¬†Great Plains.. isn’t that a place somewhere in the middle of North America, where all the crop farms are ? we have some provinces like Saskatchewan and Manitoba that are actually sharing that qualification: always windy, hot in the summer and darn cold in the winter. There is no spring or fall season… just winter and summer. Reminds me when I was in Fargo in 2011 in March and it was no different from Montreal at this time of the year.

That said, I would never have imagined that when I started to work in 2003 with Dynamics Great Plains (aka GP) that one day I would end up being one the few subject matter experts for that product… quite a long way since those first days where I was hired to do some process rework for a manufacturing company to optimize the production forecast with big Excel workbooks. In those days I was relying on the newsgroup forums (only a few ones dedicated to GP) that were barely monitored by Microsoft, but mostly by dedicated users like Mariano Gomez and David Musgrave, to only name a few.

It was after a few years later that I really understood the power of the ‘community’ when Microsoft took back control of the newsgroups and put them into a controlled environment to be able to better ‘moderate’ the discussions and keep the spammers away from the subjects. Since those days I was grateful already for the numerous tips and hints that I had received from other users, that I seamlessly started to give back what I had received during a few years.

During the life I spent in IT (which covers almost 30 years back in the early 80’s), I always made a point to keep up with the latest technology and try to be ahead of everyone else, mostly by educating myself or getting ad-hoc training for the products I was working with. I never really had a mentor as such, since most of the people I was working with always came to me to ask questions… The wheel turned and one day it happened that I was myself asking for questions about a product I had no idea how to work with. As my motto has always been “if you know how to do it, you’ll save yourself lots of trouble in the future”, so rather then relying on a partner to fix problems, I just looked around on the net.. that was when started the long Journey about my apprenticeship with Dynamics GP :-).

I’m happy with the road I decided to go at that time since it opened me already much better opportunities in my professional work back in 2009 and many others that came along when joining the GPUG community. Today I’m at a point I only dreamed about several years when looking at all those MVP VIP’s (Valuable Informed People) that where providing advice and technical content to others in need. I’m now too one of the very few Dynamics GP SME (Subject Matter Experts) around the world and hope it’s only the beginning of another lengthy joyful journey.

Thank you all for your support and recognition. Looking forward to more exciting online & in-person discussions.

Until next post..

@GP_Beat

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The All New TWMBSSDGPPPSATPLCPAT4MSDGP… without me !

For quite a few weeks/months there were uncertainty about the outcome of the SDT (aka Support Debugging Tool) for Dynamics GP. As my good friend David Musgrave had been left in the dust by Microsoft due to the high speed of the all new GP 2015 not being able to wait on the aging SDT, nobody knew would happen in the future.

I was holding my breath hopping that David would be able to #FreeTheCode of the SDT from the #WorldCompany Microsoft, as it was mostly his baby that he raised over the years, though while he was working for Microsoft, but still genetically the creator of the SDT. My guess that Microsoft would loose the tie quite quickly as they had no idea how to decipher the spaghetti code behind that tool (even Edward Snowden was not able to)… and finally a few weeks back David confirmed (just before Convergence 2015) that he got the intellectual property of the code back with some exclusive rights to use.

Then shortly after he started a poll to rebirth¬†the SDT under a new name and was gathering all kinds of suggestions, including my own for the “Dynamics GP Power Tools” which gathered a whooping 45%… So hope was there that we would soon get a brand new tool that would hold on par with the “high speed” GP 2015 and its super-duper Web Client..

Oh Boy ! how foolish¬†was I … Today David announced against all odds that the “Next Generation” of SDT would be called¬†TWMBSSDGPPPSATPLCPAT4MSDGP ! ¬†Yes you read that right… be prepared for some tongue twisting. How can someone expect to be able to remember that name ? don’t even think about spelling it out ? Imagine yourself talking to your partner on the phone and asking for the “The Winthrop¬†Microsoft Business Solutions¬†Support Debugging Great Plains¬†Pro Power System Administrator¬†Toolbox Pack Library Control Panel Assistant Tool for Microsoft Dynamics GP”.¬†It’s likely partner will have hung the phone up before you even ended talking…

And that’s why I decided to speak up and use my brand new freshly awarded¬†status¬†as Dynamics GP MVP and my influential position as @GPUG All Star, to encourage everyone that is using the old SDT and frantically waiting on the new offspring to openly boycott David’s product… No one should be fool enough to get talked into using such a product with an un-pronounceable name.

Please spread your voice out on Twitter and the community blogs & forums to stand up against such a stupidity and convince David to get a more reasonnable name. Use hashtags like #FreeDavidsCode, #MSDynGPofApril1st and #MVPBustingSDT.

Until next post,

@GP_Beat

 

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Hot off the Press: GPUG Q2/Q3 2014 Magazine

Last month was released the Summer/Fall edition of the GPUG Magazine 2014, and as there is now less then 2 months left for the GPUG Summit 2014 in St-Louis MO, I’d like to encourage all Dynamics GP aficionados to download and read the content, especially the article about the coming Summit on page 8 & 9…

This Fall I’m going to be (if nothing unforeseen happens ) in St-Louis for my second GPUG Summit and I’ll be presenting some of the interesting sessions that are totalling over 200 this year. Check out the schedule here on the web site : http://gpugsummit2014.sched.org/

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Check the GPUG Summit 2014 schedule and reserve your seats for my sessions !

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet some of the most engaged users of the community by attending the GPUG All Stars event and the GPUG Idol session where some of the best tips and tricks are shared with other users in the room.

This edition also has a tribute page to remembering our long time GPUG member and friend Riachard Whaley. Several of his friends were very sadden to hear the news as he passed away the day of his 63rd anniversary. My good friend Leslie Vail wrote some words about him in her blog, always worth reading.

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GPUG All Stars at the 2013 Summit in Tampa FL. Richard Whaley is getting the microphone to answer some questions from the attendees.

 

As always, don’t forget to check the many webinars and events available from the GPUG site and the community sharing on the Collaborate site. Looking forward to see you in St-Louis ūüôā

Enjoy your summer !

@GP_Beat

PS: I forgot to mention that you’ll find me on the Accolade Publication booth to help Richard’s daughter Betsy to raise some interest from by-passers for the excellent books Richard published.

 

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