Community Summit NA Diary

 

 

It's been a few weeks since Community Summit ended, and I'm still fueled by the excitement of the Dynamics GP and Business Central community. One of my favorite things about attending Community Summit is learning from my peers in the community and this year didn’t disappoint! I was able to attend several sessions throughout the conference and learn from many users, consultants, and even Microsoft employees. 


The conference kicked off with a great keynote program on Tuesday morning. The keynote speaker was the one and only NASCAR driver, Julia Landauer. What an amazing talk she gave about being a woman race car driver and how she and her team is using technology to advance her skills while driving.

One example she shared was a story about tracking her metrics during a lap. The metrics can tell her everything from her speed to when she let off on the gas or hit the breaks for example. This allows her to look at her metrics compared to a teammate and make the necessary changes. Learn more about how she uses technology here: How A 22-Year-Old Female Racer Uses Technology To Create Change, One Lap At A Time (forbes.com).

Sessions I lead

I had the opportunity to lead two sessions this year. Both sessions were heavily attended by current Dynamics GP users that are planning to move to Business Central. Due to the popularity of both sessions, I will turn them into a LinkedIn event/webinar in Q1-2024. Make sure to follow me on LinkedIn so you don't miss the invite.

  • Personalizing Dynamics 365 Business Central
  • What exactly are dimensions and how should you use them effectively?

Sessions I attended

Power Recruiting: From A to Gen Z

I kicked off the conference by attending the session Power Recruiting: From A to Gen Z. What a great opportunity for community veterans to inspire the up and comers. Taylor Dorward and Madison Hillend shared their experiences and excitement within the community. 

Bob McAdam, Taylor Dorward, Madison Hillend, and Belinda Allen

30 setup tips in 45 minutes

With so many great sessions happening at the same time, I had to choose between some pretty amazing speakers. I couldn’t miss the opportunity to attend a session presented by Soren Frits Alexandersen a Principal Product Manager at Microsoft. Soren focused on some tips when it comes to using/implementing Dynamics 365 Business Central. This session didn’t disappoint! I walked out with a list of things I didn’t even know about. When you can learn directly from someone on the product team you don’t want to miss. Next year they need to host this session in the keynote room just to accommodate all the attendees. 

Soren Frits Alexandersen standing in front of a crowd eager to learn

Let's build a complete Business Central app in 90 minutes

I often attend technical sessions so I can learn what's possible within Business Central development. Erik Hougaard didn't disappoint with this session either. As a developer he is able to explain things in such a way that even I can understand. He has a very successful YouTube channel as well where he posts weekly content. 

Erik Hougaard standing in front of room presenting to a room full of people

BC/NAV Tech Medic Desk


I had the opportunity to volunteer at the BC/NAV Tech Medic Desk this year. I enjoyed this part of the conference because I get to meet users and help them with some of their issues. Definitely seemed like there were tons of questions around production and manufacturing this year. 

Overall it was a very successful conference. I got to catch up with old friends and meet several new. I learned a lot and was able to come back to the office and use some new tools. 

Community Summit 2024 - San Antonio

Want to go next year? Register here: Home - Community Summit North America (summitna.com)

Written by: Kristen Hosman, Microsoft MVP

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