The final day, Tuesday. Mariano and I met up and had a late breakfast. Our session was the first concurrent session of the day and we were running a little late. Sadly, it meant that we missed the cool geeky Keynote speech from Kevin Schofield. It should be available from the Convergence site later.
After our breakfast and a little time to relax, it was time get set up for the repeat of our development related session, CSGPR28 - Microsoft Dynamics GP: Customization Tools Unravelled. We had a bit of time before the session, so Mariano and I had a chat with some of the attendees. It is always great to get an understanding of the people that have come to see you and what their roles are and how much knowledge they have of your topic.
My great friend, Support Debugging Tool beta tester and Dexterity trainer, Leslie Vail, managed to escape from the Learning and Community hall where she is the "Hands On Labs Woman" for Dynamics GP to sit in on our session.
Leslie Vail with cape and flashing pink cowgirl hat
The session went down very well, and showed how Dexterity, Modifier & VBA, Visual Studio Tools, Extender and SQL can all be used to create similar customisations using various methods. Each tool has its strengths and weaknesses and the use of more than one tool can be the best way to complete the desired customisation.
After lunch, I sat in on Mark Polino's session Getting More Out of Microsoft Dynamics GP: 50 More Tips in 50 Minutes. Make sure you get his materials for both sessions (CSGP06 and CSGP07). If people complain that Mariano and my sessions run too quick and we try to cover too much, they need to see Mark in action. Mark was also kind enough to give a little taste of what the Support Debugging Tool can do and then promote our session later in the day.
Finally, we get to the last time slot for the day and the repeat of our session CSGPR29 - Tools for Administering Microsoft Dynamics GP like the Pros. I was concerned that too many people had left before the end of the conference, but we had a reasonable turn out. The session was another huge success with spontaneous applause throughout. Obviously, the Support Debugging Tool's features were able to resolve pain points for the Microsoft Dynamics GP administrators. But then again, that's why the features were written!! Please keep the feedback coming as the tool will only get better.
Then it was over. The venue was empty. The Expo hall was gone. Conferences like this are always tiring because of the long days, but we also are getting a work out with the amount of walking we are doing. The Georgia World Congress Center venue is huge and we are spending long time walking between the various halls and session rooms. I know that the User Group booth at the Expo was handing out pedometers.... I wonder what the maximum number of steps recorded was? Post your numbers as comments.
I will leave the conference with this thought. The picture below sums up why a large proportion of the attendees were at Convergence.
Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 coming soon
I finished the day with a goodbye dinner with friends at South City Kitchen. I was told I had to try authentic southern fried chicken before I left Atlanta. The food was great and the company better. The saddest part was saying goodbye.... until next conference.
Sheila Jefferson-Ross, Catherine Jacobs, Jackie Smith, David Musgrave, Leslie Vail & Mariano Gomez
Stay tuned for a wrap up post with links to the materials for Mariano and my sessions.