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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Top 3 Microsoft Dynamics Events That Should Be on Your Radar, Plus a Bonus Event for Developers

Posted by Armanino Dynamics Team

When it comes to Microsoft events, there are a ton of options to choose from. Which is right for you? We’ve compiled a list of our 2018 favorites, with key considerations to help you determine which might be the best fit for you (or your team).

Plus, we’ve added in a bonus event that all D365 Finance and Ops developers should keep on their radar.

1. Dynamics 365 UG Summit (aka AXUG, CRMUG, GPUG, AND NAVUG Summit)

Who should attend: ERP and CRM admins, developers and power users across Customer Service, Finance and Marketing

Cost: Early registration and membership discounts start at $900

When: October 15th-18th (Preconference Academy training on October 14th-15th)

Where: Phoenix, Arizona

Event Website: https://www.dynamiccommunities.com/conferences

Overview: Organized by Dynamics Communities (not affiliated with Microsoft), this is easily the largest, most popular gathering of Dynamics users across the country. It’s no wonder – the UG Summit has something for everyone, including:

  • Pre-conference Training Academies
    A few days before the official UG Summit kick-off, technical folks, power users and administrators can sign up for in-depth, half-day or full-day workshops to expand their skillsets.
  • Dynamics UG Summit
    There are literally hundreds of presentations across the entire Dynamics stack on topics ranging from tips and tricks to the best practices of using specific modules.
  • Networking and peer-to-peer interaction
    With thousands of attendees, this is a great opportunity to meet and learn from peers who are using Dynamics in their day-to-day operations. Exchange ideas and make new connections.
  • Expo
    Discover new ways to expand Dynamics 365 with ISV solutions or find a Microsoft partner for your next project. At the UG Summit, you can check them all out in one place.
  • Let’s not forget fun
    The UG Summit is a rare example of a truly balanced event. After a day of learning, you’ll have numerous events to pick from every evening, from receptions at the UG Summit Expo to free mixers and fun activities hosted by partners or solution providers.

2. Microsoft Ignite

Who should attend: C-level IT/Technology

Cost: TBD

When: September 24th-28th

Where: Orlando, Florida

Event Website: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/ignite/default.aspx

Overview: Microsoft Ignite isn’t “Dynamics-centric.” Rather, it’s the confluence of Microsoft’s entire platform of products under one roof.

Looking to stay on the forefront of upcoming technologies, stay aligned with the direction of Microsoft products your company is using, learn about new applications and how they work alongside your existing investments, or meet with product engineers? This is the event for you. Attendees can expect 700+ presentations, classes, and a robust expo area with solution providers, partners and peers.

*Important Notes: Microsoft Ignite and Microsoft Envision are connected events.

3. Microsoft Envision

Who should attend: C-level Finance & Operations, business leaders

Cost: TBD

When: September 25th-27th

Where: Orlando, Florida

Event Website: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/envision/default.aspx

Overview: Microsoft Envision can be described as the “the future of tech and business.” This conference is intended for companies that are looking to revolutionize their operations, embark on digital transformation and stay innovative. The agenda hasn’t been released, but based on past events, attendees can expect:

  • Keynotes and presentations from today’s biggest influencers in business
  • Industry-focused topics for the manufacturing, health, government, consumer packaged goods (CPG), retail and automotive sectors, and more
  • Strategic workshops on leadership, customer engagement, employee engagement and optimization
  • Women in Technology sessions
  • Admission to Microsoft Ignite
  • Networking

Bonus: 2018 Microsoft Dynamics Tech Conference

(not to be confused with Microsoft’s Tech Ready Conferences)

Who should attend: D365 administrators, developers, “techsperts” and pre-sales engineers

Cost: TBD

When: TBD (rumors are pointing to June)

Where: Seattle, Washington

Event Website: Not available currently

Overview: As the name implies, Microsoft’s Dynamics Tech Conference is where developers, architects, administrators and pre-sales folks go to delve into product functionality. Unlike the other conferences on the list, this event is a lot more fluid and typically takes place as new functionality is rolled out or updated.

Of course, that also means it’s a lot harder to pinpoint exactly when it will take place, which is why it tends to slip under most people’s radar.

The conference itself is relatively small. There are no bells and whistles, little to no promotion, about a dozen sponsors and 300 attendees. But don’t be fooled. For tech folks, this the learning event they look forward to each year. In addition to the general sessions, the Dynamics Tech Conference also offers a handful of technical certification workshops. While costly, these are in high demand and sell out quickly.

In the past, the Microsoft Dynamics Tech Conference has been very specific to Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX). However, with the evolution of D365 this might expand to include D365 Sales, Customer Service and Field Service.  It should be exciting to see what 2018 brings!

UPDATE: Microsoft is switching it up! They’ve just announced the Microsoft Business Applications Summit which replaces the Dynamics Tech Conference and Data & Analytics Insights Summit and adds in elements of Microsoft’s older event – Convergence. Expect a good mix of workshops, tech sessions, general sessions, keynotes, and networking:https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/businessapplicationssummit#july23

Have a favorite that’s not listed? Share it in the comments.

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