What Training do you want and where?


David MeegoOver the years I have had many requests for training on the various tools available for customising or developing with Microsoft Dynamics GP.


Training for Microsoft Dynamics GP tools does exist, but it is only run infrequently, in a classroom environment.  When it is scheduled, it is often canceled due to lack of numbers.


I find this frustrating as I know that many new developers would benefit from the training, but it seems very difficult to identify what training is needed in a specific location.


What I have also found is that the demand in one country is often not enough to justify a class being run, but there is quite often enough demand if you combine a number of countries in the same region.


Another issue I have seen is that the developers themselves want or need the training, but management is unwilling to invest the time and funds to pay for people to attend training.  You can see my recent post on that subject, October is the month to attend Developer Training.


What I would like to do with this post is get an understanding of what the demand for training is:  What courses are wanted? When are they wanted? Where are they wanted? How many attendees? and most importantly is management committed in principle to invest in their staff?


If I can demonstrate enough demand for any particular training course in a region, I will be able to open discussions with the training organisers in that region and look to getting the course run.


The courses that are available are:




  • Dex1: Dexterity 1 (previously known as Dexterity Fundamentals) – 5 days
     


  • Dex2: Dexterity 2 (previously known as Dexterity Advanced Integration Techniques) – 5 days
     


  • RW: Report Writer – 2 days
     


  • Mod: Modifier with Visual Basic for Applications – 3 days
     


  • DT: Developer Toolkit (Web Services, eConnect, Visual Studio Tools) – 3 days

The training materials for all the classes (except the Dexterity 2 course) can be downloaded from the web.  The links are available on the Articles & Links pages for Dexterity, Modifier, Report Writer and Developer Toolkit


Please email MBS Profesional Services (mbsprofessionalservices@microsoft.com) using the template below to let us know what training you are interested in.


Course: Dex1 / Dex2 / RW / Mod / DT
Location: City, State, Country
Region: North America / Europe / Middle East / South East Asia / Australasia
Number of Attendees:
Approved in principle by Management: Yes / No
Timeframe Required: Next 3 months / Next 6 months / Next 12 months
Additional Comments:


In addition to emailing MBS Professional Services, you can add the same information as a comment to this post. Adding a comment here is only to allow other blog readers to see your interest and will not be acted upon.


David


29-Oct-2008: Updating Post with Results so far













































Region/Course Dexterity 1 Dexterity 2 Report Writer Modifier & VBA Developer Toolkit
North America 13 14 1 4 8
Europe 1 0 0 0 1
Middle East 0 0 0 0 0
South East Asia 0 1 1 0 4-6
Australasia 2 2 5 3 8-10

29-Jun-2009: Updating Post with Results so far














































Region/Course Dexterity 1 Dexterity 2 Report Writer Modifier & VBA Developer Toolkit
North America 15 17 1 4 9
Europe 1 0 0 0 1
Middle East 2 1 1 0 1
South East Asia 1 2 1 0 4-6
Australasia 2 2 5 3 8-10


29-Jun-2009: Added instructions to contract MBS Professional Services.

Comments (45)

  1. Matt Calderwood says:

    In Sydney or anywhere on the East coast for the team.

  2. Samith Kollipara says:

    Course: Dex2

    Location: Anywhere in the US

    Region: North America

    Number of Attendees: 1

    Approved in principle by Management: Yes

    Timeframe Required: Next 3 months

    Additional Comments:

    Currently doing Dex1 in Florida.  

  3. Vaidy says:

    David,

    Couple of queries:

    1. Is it mandatory to attend this training under the banner of an Organization?

    2. Is there any online training possibilities? Sort of Web Conferencing? In case the trainings are not available on our region, at least this would ensure we attend the training.

    I would try and get you the other details you had asked for, in a day.

    Thanks

    Vaidy

  4. David Musgrave says:

    Hi Vaidy

    At this stage there is nothing planned so I cannot say anything is mandatory.

    Usually, the training is fairly flexible and should allow for Partners, Customers and individual consultants.  

    The materials for all the courses (except Dexterity 2) are already available for download for self study.

    I am not sure how well this would work as Web conferencing as the trainer needs to see your screens to know where you are at.  If you are going to have a live trainer, the classroom environment does work best.

    The issue is that most of the course are hands on exercises and each exercise builds on the previous exercises.  It is important to be sure all students have completed the current project before you can move onto the next. Working over the web in a one to many situation would make it difficult to ensure that no student is left behind.

    David

  5. Tonight I was chatting with David Musgrave – Microsoft’s resident GP expert who quite rightly was on

  6. Jivtesh says:

    Course: DT

    Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia

    Region: Australasia

    Number of Attendees: 2-4

    Approved in principle by Management: Yes  

    Timeframe Required: Next 3/6 months

    or

    Course: DT

    Location: India

    Region: South Asia

    Number of Attendees: 2-4

    Approved in principle by Management: Yes  

    Timeframe Required: Next 3/6 months

  7. David Flowers says:

    Course:  RW / Mod / DT

    Location: Plano, Texas, USA

    Region: North America

    Number of Attendees: 1

    Approved in principle by Management: Yes

    Timeframe Required: Next 6 months

    Additional Comments: Would like to go the next step beyond the published training materials on the GP site.

  8. BeerMan says:

    Course:   DT

    Location:  Texas, USA

    Region: North America

    Number of Attendees: 1

    Approved in principle by Management: Yes

    Timeframe Required: Next 12 months

    Additional Comments: Expanding what is already on the online docs is a must.

  9. George says:

    Course:  DT

    Location: NY Metro/ Northeast  USA

    Region: North America

    Number of Attendees: 1

    Approved in principle by Management: Yes

    Timeframe Required: Next 3 months / Next 6 months

    Additional Comments:

  10. eva_eagle says:

    Course: RW / Mod

    Location: Wellington, New Zealand

    Region: Australasia

    Number of Attendees: 2

    Approved in principle by Management: Yes

    Timeframe Required: Next 6 months  

    Additional Comments: We are also interested in the Developer Toolkit, will send more details

  11. Steven Vallarian says:

    Course: Dex1 / Dex2

    Location: Tupelo, Mississippi, USA

    Region: North America

    Number of Attendees: 10

    Approved in principle by Management: Yes

    Timeframe Required: Next 12 months

    Additional Comments: What I’d like to see is someone just going over the materials in some sort of screencast/live meeting format…so that a developer could work through the training materials and perhaps find out where they went wrong by watching the video.

  12. Steven Beals says:

    Course: Dex1 / Dex2 / Mod / DT

    Location: New York, NY (USA)

    Region: North America

    Number of Attendees: 1

    Approved in principle by Management: Yes

    Timeframe Required: Next 3 months

    Additional Comments:

    I would like to see more of a focus on online presentation of the materials via webcasts, etc.

  13. Andrew Cooper says:

    We’d love to see *something* in the UK!  It’s kinda hard to convince management that a trip to Orlando will be anything other than a jolly…

    Preferably Dex and DT.

  14. Lawry Blakey says:

    Course: DT

    Location: Melbourne/Sydney

    Region: Australasia

    Number of Attendees: 1

    Approved in principle by Management: Yes

    Timeframe Required: Next 6 months

  15. Course: Dex1 / Dex2 / Mod / DT

    Location: state of New Jersey (or New York City) USA

    Region: North America

    Number of Attendees: 2

    Approved in principle by Management: Yes

    Timeframe Required: Next 6 months

  16. Do you get frustrated when you register for a training class and then 2 weeks before the scheduled training

  17. Matt Calderwood says:

    Course: DT

    Location: Sydney, NSW

    Region: Australasia

    Number of Attendees: 2

    Approved in principle by Management: Yes

    Timeframe Required: Next 3 months  

  18. Vaidy says:

    Course: Dex 2, RW, DT

    Location: India

    Region: South Asia

    Number of Attendees: 1

    Approved in Principle by Management: N/A (Self-Interested)

    Time Frame Required: 2-3 Months

    Additional Comments: It would be great to have a session also on BP Installation, Configuration & Customizations. And of course, a separate Training agenda, which is not included in this.

  19. hoifook@pcs.com.my says:

    Course: DT

    Location: singapore or australia

    Region: South East Asia / Australasia

    Number of Attendees: 1

    Approved in principle by Management: Yes

  20. egraham@eclipsecomputing.com.au says:

    Course: Dex1 / Dex2 / RW / DT

    Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia

    Region: Australasia

    Number of Attendees: 2

    Approved in principle by Management: Yes

    Timeframe Required: ASAP :o)

  21. Course: Mod/ RW /

    Location: Perth, WA, Australia

    Region: Australasia

    Number of Attendees: 1

    Approved in principle by Management: Yes

    Timeframe Required: ASAP :o)

  22. If you want/need Dexterity training for Dynamics GP now is your chance to speak up. David Musgrave is

  23. Do you get frustrated when you register for a training class and then 2 weeks before the scheduled training

  24. Vic Berggren says:

    Course: DT

    Location: Tampa, FL, USA

    Region: North America

    Number of Attendees: 2

    Approved in principle by Management: Yes

    Timeframe Required: Next 3 months / Next 6 months

    Additional Comments:

  25. David Musgrave says:

    I have compiled a table of the request to date as of 29-Oct-2008.

    David

  26. Leslie Vail says:

    This is really cool David.  I’m a little surprised though. There are 13 requests for Dex 1 and 14 requests for Dex 2 in North America, yet I just ran a Dex 1 class in Florida and only 3 people attended (thank you Samith!).  

    We’ve had all of the Dex classes (both 1 and 2) cancel in the last year or so because of lack of interest.  You were even kind enough to point out the class in October, but still no takers.

    Heck, David Flowers and I are within ‘spitten’ distance of one another.

  27. How about taking the Microsoft Dynamics GP Developer Toolkit training straight after the Dexterity Training

  28. This is it. The opportunity to get trained in the Dexterity fundamentals by one of the best trainers

  29. Rayzback says:

    Northwest Arkansas, USA. I’ll take advantage of any training on Dynamics GP development I can get. I’ve been able to make it on VS, VBA, IM, RW, Smartlist, etc from the information I’ve got off Customer Source, Websites like these, meeting others at Convergence, etc. I haven’t had the time to dedicate to the huge Dexterity Manual… but feel a better understanding of Dexterity would improve my GP development.

  30. Alex says:

    Course:Dex 1, Dex 2, RW, DT

    Location: India

    Region: South Asia

    Number of Attendees: 1

    Approved in Principle by Management: N/A (Self-Interested)

    Time Frame Required: 2-3 Months

  31. Hulder Mwasela says:

    Course: Dex1

    Location: Kenya

    Region: Africa

    Number of Attendees : 1

    Approved by Management.

    Time Frame required : 1 month

  32. Jie says:

    Course: Dex 2

    Location: Montgomery AL, USA

    Region: North America

    Number of Attendees: 1

    Approved in principle by Management: Yes

    Timeframe Required: ASAP

    Additional Comments:

  33. Scott Stephenson [MSFT] says:

    First, a thank you to everyone that has posted so far in regards to their need for training. In some of the comments, I am notice some immediate demands that partners or customers have.

    While David was initial looking to gather data on immediate needs, we want to make sure and help direct folks on an ongoing basis for their training need.

    My ask is to have you email mbsprofessionalservices@microsoft.com if you have an immediate need for personalized training. This team will take your request and see if they can find a resource available to offer some sort of training, whether it be classroom, onsite, web based, etc. So, please send your requests to this email and we can work with you to determine how we can help.

  34. Mofu Nandipha says:

    Last year we were promised by Okuhle consults students with A+ AND N+ that there is training they are doing they asked if in interested and i told them yes by they did not respond back if what is happening so iwas wondering if its still on or its been close.

  35. David Musgrave says:

    Hi Mofu

    We do not know anything about the arrangements you mentioned.

    Please use the Email link at the top of the blog to contact us so we can discuss further offline.

    Thanks

    David

  36. Angela says:

    Course: Toolkit

    Location: Columbus, OH, USA

    Region: North America

    Number of Attendees: 1

    Approved in principle by Management: Yes

    Timeframe Required: ASAP

  37. brian hull says:

    Course: Dex1 and Dex2

    Location: Los Angeles, CA

    Region: North America

    Number of Attendees: 1

    Approved in principle by Management: Yes

    Timeframe Required: ASAP

    West coast classes are preferred but managment would be willing to send me wherever they are available.

  38. Jim Loo says:

    Course: Dex1 and Dex2

    Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Region: Asia

    Approved in principle by Management: Yes

    Time frame required: 2 Month

    I hope not too late to post my request.

  39. David Musgrave says:

    I have compiled a table of the requests to date as of 29-Jun-2009.

    I have also updated the instructions to request that you contact MBS Professional Services with your training requests.

    You may update the blog comments if you wish, but no action will be taken.

    David

  40. Asif Raza says:

    South Asia

    Course:Dex 1, Dex 2, RW, DT

    Location:

    Pakistan

    Region: South Asia

    Number of Attendees: 1

    Approved in Principle by Management: N/A (Self-Interested)

    Time Frame Required: 1 Months

  41. shaneck says:

    Does anyone know of any Dexterity courses being offered anywhere in the world during 2010?

  42. David Musgrave says:

    I would suggest contacting Integrated Business Group to see when they are next running training.  Contact details in the post below:

    http://blogs.msdn.com/developingfordynamicsgp/archive/2009/09/28/dexterity-training-in-orlando-oct-5th-to-9th-2009.aspx

    David