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The Microsoft MVP program gets some cosmetic lifting

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Microsoft today announced that they are going to shrink the number of MVP categories existing so far..  Steve ‘Guggs’ Guggenheimer said hat Microsoft is going to move from 36 technical expertise areas to about 10, new, more broader categories, encompassing some 90 contribution areas.

For us Dynamics GP MPV’s this means that our number is going to grow significantly with the consolidation of all the Dynamics ERP product lines, and surprisingly ‘Project’ server (don’t really get that… ). The new Category would be labelled ‘Business Solutions’ (that’s not really a surprise and makes sense).

This means that from current 18 MVP’s the GP group counts today (David being the latest addition, for now showing up as Anonymous on the MVP site), the new Category will grow up to 212 (as per today). That’s over 10 times the number of members. Not saying this is bad, some other current groups having 100 times more members, after all the whole MVP program has over 4500 members today.

To the root question : is this good or bad ? We have an opportunity to start discussing those changes right away next week when over 50% of the Dynamics GP MVP’s will gather at an evening event in Reno during the GPUG Summit. It’s certailnly going to be an interesting debate, and as the MVP Summit in Seattle is in less than a month away.. it’s the right moment to talk about.

Meet you all next week #INreno15
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

Categories: All Stars, Dynamics GP, GPUG, MVP, News | Tags: , , | 2 Comments

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

So here I am… for almost a week now there has been a whole social rumble that went around the globe and hitting Twitter & FB like crazy… Though this doesn’t seem really related to Dynamics GP or ERP at all, it hit me actually because some fellow Dynamics GP friend and blogger, MVP Jivtesh Sing nominated me and another great GP buddy, David Musgrave, to take the challenge of the ALS Ice Bucket..Seems nobody can escape it, as it hit also Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates and the current MS Business Solutions VP, Kirill Tatarinov.

First of all I thought that I’m not going to participate in those silly / crazy social ring events that go around and come back once in a while… not me, I’m not that kind of guy, nah not me… but this morning a whole new information came to my hear.. I very close friend of mine that I work with was in the hospital last night to visit her nephew. As I’m a great admirer of people that have achieved something in life and have great respect for my colleague too, I was really touched by this story and decided to take the challenge. Listen to this quick video of her nephew, who happened to get on the news last night on CTV channel. He has been diagnosed in 2005 of ALS and is now in his 9th year, which is extreme considering the disease. Most people don’t live up to the 4th or 5th year.

And I already did posted my contribution to the Canadian ALS Support Organisation and as of this morning they had passed the mark of 500k$ raised so far with an objective of 1$mio… By the time I’m writing this, the mark has already passed 780k$ !!! less than 12 hours to raise 250k$… lets go and break that million dollars goal.

And now the  funny part 🙂

It’s now my turn to nominate someone, and to keep the ball rolling inside the Dynamics GP community, I’m challenging here Mark Rockwell from Rockton Software, Erroll Schoenfish from Microsoft, and to send back the ball to the southern hemisphere, our national Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield who happens to be in Australia this week (Chris actually has no connection with Dynamics GP, but I love & admire what he does).

I’m looking forward to see your own recording and who’s next on the list  🙂

Have fun !

Categories: Fun, GPUG, News | Tags: , , , | 5 Comments

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