Everything from the announcements of exciting new features to look for in the latest version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, to the great people I had the opportunity to meet in the Expo, made this conference informative, productive, engaging, and energizing.
Everything, that is, except for the part where my bus crashed.
My arrival at the Atlanta, Georgia convention centre where Microsoft Convergence 2015 was held last week was, shall we say, a little less than optimal. The bus I was riding in actually managed to crash into a traffic signal along the way, and shatter two of its windows. Luckily, no one was hurt, but the accident definitely got my day off to a dramatic start!
Once safely inside the convention center, though, things took a turn for the better.
Over 12,000 people from 76 countries were in attendance. That’s a lot of Microsoft users!
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivered the keynote address, announcing the dawn of a new era in enterprise resource planning due to all the powerful new technology available.
I also attended a GP presentation with Errol sharing Microsoft’s roadmap for developing Dynamics GP into the future. This summer, new features such as historical received but not invoiced purchasing report capabilities, the ability to auto deposit cash receipts to the bank, and AP invoice approval capabilities will be released, along with a new Dynamics GP Time Management app for iOS, Android, and Windows. Later this year, HTML5 will allow access via smartphones – we were even shown how it would look on a Samsung Galaxy!
Beyond that, we were told that 2016 would bring with it an enhanced user experience, more support for web clients, enhanced workflow capabilities, and enhanced cloud deployment. Top features requested by customers will continue to be incorporated into the product as well. The future looks extremely bright for Microsoft Dynamics GP – and its users!
Throughout the week, I was able to meet up with a few of our partners at the Expo – Avalara, EOne, Professional Advantage, K-eCommerce, Wennsoft – the usual suspects.
Later, I had the opportunity to attend a presentation about the new GP workflow, boasting ultra convenient new features like the ability to approve workflow via an email link on a smart phone. That would be especially helpful in a situation where, say, someone’s bus gets in an accident, for instance, and they need to approve workflow on the fly. Just sayin’.
So in summary, Microsoft Convergence 2015 was definitely the best of conferences, in spite of a rocky start for yours truly. If you’d like to learn more about the updates and new features in the works for Microsoft Dynamics GP, or find out more about how we here at TGO Consulting can help you upgrade your own ERP system, contact us today!