Where will you find me at NAVUG Summit 2015 in Reno?

NAVUG Summit 2015 Speaker TileIt’s that magical time of year again when NAV users and partners get together to network and learn about the software we all use every day!  I’ll be attending again this year, which will be my 8th year in a row, which is pretty hard to believe. It’s been an amazing journey to see this group that was pretty darn small back in 2008 become an amazing premiere event in 2015.

Here’s where you’ll find me during next week’s conference:

Monday – Attending a NAVUG Academy class on Jet Reports Product Suite Training. I’m kicking off the week by sharpening my saw. I love teaching and training, but I also love to learn new things myself, so I’m looking forward to refreshing what I already know about Jet.

Tuesday – Teaching a NAVUG Academy Class on Account Schedules for Dynamics NAV. This day is my favorite day of the year because I get to spend an entire day with a group of people who want to talk about Accounts Schedules! This will now be my 6th year teaching this class and it’s always amazing to help people solve their financial reporting needs by using software they already own in a more robust way.

Wednesday – Presenting 50 Tips in 50 Minutes in the Finance track. As it does every year, this one hour session goes fast! If you want to pick up some new tips for your own use or to bring back to your coworkers at the office, this is the place to do it. The entire session is LIVE DEMO covering all the tips lightning fast and there are 1-3 minute videos posted on this blog that you can view later when you’re back at home.

Taking the new Dynamics NAV Certification Exam from the Association of Dynamics Professionals. You might know that Microsoft discontinued all certifications for NAV and GP products about this time last year. What you might not know is there’s a new certification program that’s just emerged and they’ll be offering the exam at a reduced rate at NAVUG Summit! I’ve roped a couple of my co-workers in to take the test with me, come join us!  http://www.navugsummit.com/event/certification

Thursday – Presenting the Wide World of Web Based Dynamics NAV Resources in the Community Resources track. This session will take a grand tour of resources you can find on the Web to help you get the answers you need about NAV when you need them.

Bowling! at the FastPath Summit Bash being held at the National Bowling Stadium. Good clean fun. Great people.

Friday – Presenting What Works for Women at Work in the Business Leadership track. This session is a continuation of the discussion we started at NAVUG Summit two years ago about gender equality. Since talking about Lean In and The Confidence Code, the cross-UG Women in Dynamics group has also been formed.

I’ll be attending many sessions as well – stay tuned for an update on my picks for next week.

In between times you’ll find me at the ilovenav booth, the Innovia Consulting booth in the Expo or the Innovia Consulting networking hub (Watch for the NAV Medics), the Microsoft Dynamics NAV help desk, or just circulating and talking to as many amazing members of my NAV tribe as possible!

See you in Reno!


Account Schedules class being offered on Wednesday, September 16th

I’m offering a class on Account Schedules next week through NAVUG Academy! This class is a great way to get familiar with account schedules if you’ve never used them before, or if you just need a refresher because it’s been a while since you’ve set up a new one. It’s also a great way to fit in those CPE credits!

I’ve got more classes offered this year on a wide variety of topics. Check out my 2015 classes page for more details on how you can learn more about financial setups, posting groups and dimensions, greater optimization of finance features, and month end, year end, and budgeting.

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Financial Reporting Using Account Schedules in NAV2015

Instructor-led training on-line!

Microsoft Dynamics NAV account schedules are a powerful tool used to create custom financial statements directly from your general ledger. In this in-depth training session, you will learn the fundamental principles of account schedule construction.

Using hands-on exercises, you will have the opportunity to apply what you learn during class to a basic trial balance and master the three basic account schedule building blocks: row setups, column layouts, and analysis views. You’ll discover how to filter your financial reporting by dimensions, layer in budgeted information, and produce reports by exporting to Excel!

Preparation: The detailed instructions for connecting and attending the class will be sent one to two days prior to class. Students have the option of connecting to the class via conference call or VOIP. If using VOIP, a headset with a microphone is strongly recommended. If your instructor will use the hands-on training environment you will receive a separate email with the setup instructions, and a dual monitor is strongly recommended to facilitate navigation.

Delivery Method: Group Internet-based

CPE Credits: By participating in this class you are eligible to earn up to 4 CPE credits which will be distributed automatically following class completion. Class participation will be monitored and you will not receive CPE credit for any portion of the class that you do not appear fully engaged.

You can see all the classes NAVUG Academy has to offer, including this one, by following this link.


NAVUG All Stars – Cast a vote by September 3rd to recognize a member for their Leadership, Passion, Resolve, and Advancement of NAV

go voteCongratulations to those nominated for NAVUG’s inaugural All-Star awards!

Nominations have been out for a week or so, get your votes in for some amazing leaders in our community! PLEASE VOTE BY SEPTEMBER 3RD BY CLICKING HERE.

The NAVUG All-Star Award program recognizes NAVUG members who have a passion for Microsoft Dynamics NAV and have made significant contributions of their time and expertise to educate and connect the greater NAVUG community. NAVUG All-Star Award recipients are nominated and voted on by NAVUG members.

Criteria

Leadership – A NAVUG All-Star has dedicated significant time and expertise to educate the NAVUG community.

Passion – A NAVUG All-Star has demonstrated their passion for teaching and sharing NAV.

Resolve – A NAVUG All-Star has shown willingness to help others with their challenges.

Advancement – A NAVUG All-Star has worked to improve the NAV software, and leverages their knowledge to help other NAV users leverage their investment in NAV.

 


Posting Groups and Dimensions class being offered Wednesday, July 15th

I’m offering a class on Posting Groups and Dimensions next week through NAVUG Academy! This class is a great way to get familiar with posting groups and dimensions for the first time, or as a refresher because it’s been a while since you set up the database you already have. It’s also a great way to fit in those CPE credits!

I’ve got four other classes I’ll be offering this year as well on a wide variety of topics. Check out my 2015 classes page for more details on how you can learn more about account schedules, financial setups, posting groups and dimensions, greater optimization of finance features, and month end, year end, and budgeting.

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Posting Groups and Dimensions in NAV2015

Instructor-led training on-line!

Posting Groups and Dimensions are important features of your NAV2015 product that work in the background to get all of your company’s transactions to the right place in your database. Often a set-and-forget feature, they are also frequently misunderstood. Find out what the differences are between posting groups and dimensions and how you can use them both in different ways to gain control, consistency, accuracy, and efficiency in your financial postings and make your financial reporting not only flexible but powerful at the same time.

Using hands-on exercises in an online NAV database, you’ll get to try different configurations in multiple scenarios to really understand how both posting groups and dimensions behave. Get a chance to see how they both flow through your accounting system from beginning data entry to final financial statement production. This class is your opportunity to finally understand posting groups and dimensions in Microsoft Dynamics NAV and how they can help you and your business.

Preparation: The detailed instructions for connecting and attending the class will be sent one to two days prior to class. Students have the option of connecting to the class via conference call or VOIP. If using VOIP, a headset with a microphone is strongly recommended. If your instructor will use the hands-on training environment you will receive a separate email with the setup instructions, and a dual monitor is strongly recommended to facilitate navigation.

Delivery Method: Group Internet-based

CPE Credits: By participating in this class you are eligible to earn up to 4 CPE credits which will be distributed automatically following class completion. Class participation will be monitored and you will not receive CPE credit for any portion of the class that you do not appear fully engaged.


Financial Setups class being offered Wednesday, June 17th

I’m offering a class on Financial Setups next week through NAVUG Academy! This class is a great way to get familiar with the financial setup requirements of your NAV system for the first time, or as a refresher because it’s been a while since you set up the database you already have. It’s also a great way to fit in those CPE credits!

I’ve got four more classes I’ll be offering this year as well on a wide variety of topics. Check out my 2015 classes page for more details on how you can learn more about account schedules, financial setups, posting groups and dimensions, greater optimization of finance features, and month end, year end, and budgeting.

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Financial Setups in NAV2015

Instructor-led training on-line!

Get under the hood to understand the inner workings of financial setups in Microsoft Dynamics NAV. This class covers all the basics you need to understand for how the financial management area can be configured. Whether you’re new to NAV, a prospective customer deciding if NAV is the right fit for your company, a Controller or CFO who is new to a company already using NAV, or even an experienced NAV user who wants to know how to maximize your software, this class will get you the foundation you need to make important configuration decisions regarding your ERP software.

Focus on financial considerations like understanding and using posting groups, choosing dimensions, set up of master records for customers, vendors, and items, why number series are important, and what the options are for financial reporting. Understand what options are available to you related to budgeting, intercompany transactions and consolidations, and month end close and get a tour of best practices related to journal entries, accounts payable, and accounts receivable.

Preparation: The detailed instructions for connecting and attending the class will be sent one to two days prior to class. Students have the option of connecting to the class via conference call or VOIP. If using VOIP, a headset with a microphone is strongly recommended. If your instructor will use the hands-on training environment you will receive a separate email with the setup instructions, and a dual monitor is strongly recommended to facilitate navigation.

Delivery Method: Group Internet-based

CPE Credits: By participating in this class you are eligible to earn up to 4 CPE credits which will be distributed automatically following class completion. Class participation will be monitored and you will not receive CPE credit for any portion of the class that you do not appear fully engaged.

You can see all the classes NAVUG Academy has to offer, including this one, by following this link.


Account Schedules class being offered May 13th

I’m offering a class on Account Schedules next week through NAVUG Academy! This class is a great way to get familiar with account schedules if you’ve never used them before, or if you just need a refresher because it’s been a while since you’ve set up a new one. It’s also a great way to fit in those CPE credits!

I’ve got five more classes I’ll be offering this year as well on a wide variety of topics. Check out my 2015 classes page for more details on how you can learn more about financial setups, posting groups and dimensions, greater optimization of finance features, and month end, year end, and budgeting.

academy

Financial Reporting Using Account Schedules in NAV2015

Instructor-led training on-line!

Microsoft Dynamics NAV account schedules are a powerful tool used to create custom financial statements directly from your general ledger. In this in-depth training session, you will learn the fundamental principles of account schedule construction.

Using hands-on exercises, you will have the opportunity to apply what you learn during class to a basic trial balance and master the three basic account schedule building blocks: row setups, column layouts, and analysis views. You’ll discover how to filter your financial reporting by dimensions, layer in budgeted information, and produce reports by exporting to Excel!

Preparation: The detailed instructions for connecting and attending the class will be sent one to two days prior to class. Students have the option of connecting to the class via conference call or VOIP. If using VOIP, a headset with a microphone is strongly recommended. If your instructor will use the hands-on training environment you will receive a separate email with the setup instructions, and a dual monitor is strongly recommended to facilitate navigation.

Delivery Method: Group Internet-based

CPE Credits: By participating in this class you are eligible to earn up to 4 CPE credits which will be distributed automatically following class completion. Class participation will be monitored and you will not receive CPE credit for any portion of the class that you do not appear fully engaged.

You can see all the classes NAVUG Academy has to offer, including this one, by following this link.


Day One NAV General Session at Microsoft Dynamics Convergence

Conv 2015_Blog_Bling_ConnectThe first day of Convergence is always a thrill; excitement is high, everyone is curious about what is to come, and there is a lot of discussion of what will be announced. Like all years, 2015 has not disappointed. There were plenty of great announcements and excitement at the Keynote with Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, delivering much of the news. I particularly loved the demo “a day in the life of a salesperson” that Julia White did. Her presentation of the wide variety of tools that are now available to us all to work in a cloud first, mobile first world was realistic and inspiring all at once, and in particular the section showcasing use of the Surface Hub was really great. If you want to see it yourself, you can view it through the new Convergence video library, where key sessions are being made available 24 hours after the conclusion of the session.

While it is always exciting and inspiring to be a part of the shiny new future Microsoft shows us every year, I actually look forward to the NAV general session more than any other session.

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I anticipate getting a quick check in on the road map as well as in the numbers on the install base, enjoy seeing what new demos there might be, and getting a few nuggets on what might be coming for the next version.

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Jesper Lechance Raebild did a great job of guiding the attendees through all of that with his typical dry humor, and put up a few demos, some of which impressed the room, and some of which did not.

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We also go to see some nice customer stories, showcasing new NAV capabilities and focusing in on Cloud First, Mobile First.

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It was also nice to hear Marko Perisic address the group with a message on how the newer upgrade paths will truly be more like an oil change to your car instead of engine repair. Marko did also give us view of what they can tell us about ‘Corfu’, the next NAV release, revealing that workflow, document management and OCR, e-services integration, and enhanced finance functionality will be upcoming improvements to the product as well as continued effort to streamline and simplify the UX across all clients and align with Office 365 and Windows 10.

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The final treat of the session was the offer by sponsor 1ClickFactory to provide a copy of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 Tablet Client. Anyone can sign up at http://nav2015demo.azurewebsites.net. It’s a great way to get your hands on a copy of the tablet client in Azure and try it out. I tried it myself today on my Surface Pro 3 and was able to get it up and running in only a couple of minutes and now have a copy to play with until the offer expires on March 30, 2015.