NAV users just “get” it

conversationDon’t you love it when you’re talking to someone about something and you can immediately tell they “get” what you’re talking about? There’s that magical click in your conversation when you can both relax into the discussion and really geek out about the topic.  That topic might be baseball, or marathon running, or gardening, or maybe even Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

If you ever wished there was someone out there who would really like to talk about inventory costing, or C/AL coding, or dimensions or other things, the NAV user group (NAVUG) is the place where you can find those people.

This amazing group of people have formed one big network of NAV users who are eager to connect with you, welcome you to the community, and help you solve business problems for your company.

There are a wealth of opportunities to connect with the members of NAVUG.  There is not only the annual user conference, NAVUG Forum, held in October each year, but also many chances to engage with other users in webinars throughout the year, and now, last week, we’ve seen the launch of Collaborate.  This online tool was built to give NAV users a virtual environment where we can gather regularly to have those kind of discussions and to keep up with all the things that are going within the community.

If you’ve been looking for more people who just “get” it, you’re here. Check out the new Collaborate site and get into a discussion today!


Users helping users at Convergence!

Did you know when you see a session labeled *hosted by the __UG at Convergence, most of these sessions are run by customers? Did you also know all of these customers are volunteers? Why do they do it?

Most of these folks are offering what they know as a way to give back to other people who are using the same ERP software. They’ve had the benefit of having someone else share with them what they know in the past and want to do the same for others.

navug with nameAt Convergence this year, the NAVUG (NAV user group) is more active at Microsoft Dynamics Convergence than ever before, offering 19 sessions given by end users who use the software every day at their companies!

Last week, I posted a daily summary of what sessions are being offered by the NAVUG, loosely categorized by user type. Follow the links to find the sessions you want to attend in order to network with people who use NAV, just like you do!

NAVUG spotter at Convergence:  Where will you find international users?

NAVUG spotter at Convergence: Where will you find finance users?

NAVUG spotter at Convergence: Where will you find IT and developer users?

NAVUG spotter at Convergence:  Where will you find supply chain users?

NAVUG spotter at Convergence: Where will you find IT and developer users?

navug with nameThis year, the NAVUG (NAV user group) is more active at Microsoft Dynamics Convergence than ever before, offering 19 sessions given by end users who use the software every day at their companies! There are plenty of opportunities to attend sessions on IT and developer topics and to meet other IT and developer end users.

The user group gets Monday’s sessions started with three sessions for IT and developer roles. Kali Petit, Systems Analyst Manager at Group O, gets the day going with a session on integrating Microsoft Dynamics NAV with SharePoint, while Kim Congleton, Director IT for Supply Chain Solutions at Group O, gives a session on reporting 101 using the role tailored client. Matt Traxinger, Dynamics NAV MVP and Developer at ArcherPoint, caps off the Monday sessions with database optimization and best practices in Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

Kali Petit is joined by David Long, SharePoint Practice Leader at Tribridge, and Doug Shepard, Director of Information Technology at Augsburg Fortress Publishers, as peer experts for an interactive discussion on getting more out of Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Dynamics NAV.  Anticipating quite of bit of interest in this topic, the session is offered in time slots on both Wednesday and Thursday.

Also on Wednesday, Scott Rose, VP of Operations at Mirus Bio joins forces with Fria Kurowski, Account Manager for ABC Computers, for a session on how to make a smooth transition when moving from classic to RTC.

To end off the week, there is one last session offered on Thursday for folks looking for an interactive discussion with a peer panel related to upgrade experiences with Microsoft Dynamics NAV.  This session makes NAVUG members who are in all different stages of NAV upgrade and implementation available to Convergence attendees to ask questions about what their experiences have been.  Peer panelists for this session are David Hatker, VP of IT at CCA & B, Kim Congleton, Director IT for Supply Chain Solutions at Group O, Kerry Rosvold, Corporate Controller at Augsburg Fortress Publishers, and Greg Kaupp, CEO of ArcherPoint.

Don’t forget there are plenty of opportunities on Monday during the time slots for roundtable discussion, with specific tables available for IT Managers, Developers and Programmers.  The IT and Developer roles dominate the hot topic roundtables this year covering upgrading, reporting in NAV, integrating NAV with SharePoint, NAV modifications, recent go lives, current implementations, and converting forms to pages.

NAVUG spotter at Convergence: Where will you find finance users?

navug with nameThis year, the NAVUG (NAV user group) is more active at Microsoft Dynamics Convergence than ever before, offering 19 sessions given by end users who use the software every day at their companies! There are plenty of opportunities to attend sessions on finance topics and to meet other finance end users.

On Monday, there is a session offered by Robb Delprado, President of Western Data Systems, on fixed assets, and a session on account schedules being offered by Kerry Rosvold (me!).

Robb and Kerry join Dave Wiser, Controller at Tillamook Cheese, and Lee Weiner, Chief Financial Officer at The Bradshaw Group, Inc. as peer experts for two sessions of Ask Your Peers: Finance Professionals, on Tuesday and again on Wednesday.

On Thursday, Kerry returns to do a session on dimensions, and Andy Snook, President of FastPath, offers a session on audit compliance.

All of these sessions are made possible by the NAVUG and the participation of their users!  Don’t forget about the roundtable discussions on Monday as well.  There are tables planned for CFO/Controllers and Cost Accountants where free discussion will be facilitated by user group leaders.  These are great opportunities to meet other end users who use NAV every day, just like you do!

List of official bloggers announced for Microsoft’s Convergence 2013

blog convergence headshotJon Rivers of Data Masons just wrote this article about how Microsoft is showcasing the role of social media at Convergence 2013.

I’m happy to announce that I’m also one of the official bloggers on the list this year, and will be joining 11 other bloggers during the conference in keeping attendees in touch with the pulse of Convergence during the week.  Microsoft is providing all of the bloggers with Surfaces to keep us mobile, traveling light, and connected and is also providing a Social Media Command Center to give attendees a place to charge devices, sit, and observe or engage in social media activities.

Jon’s article lists all of the official bloggers, make sure to look it over and add these experts to your list of social media sources to watch during the week.

If you haven’t already, and especially if you’re not able to attend this year, subscribe to Dynamics NAV Financials through my email link, RSS Feed, or Facebook page; or for up to the minute updates, follow on twitter @krosvold!

NAVUG spotter at Convergence: Where will you find international users?

navug with nameThis year, the NAVUG (NAV user group) is more active at Microsoft Dynamics Convergence than ever before, offering 19 sessions given by end users who use the software every day at their companies!  For the first time ever, there are two international business sessions being offered by end users.  If you are looking to make connections with users who utilize NAV with a global or international emphasis in their businesses, these sessions are the place to be.

Sydney Stroyer is an International Supervisor with Bally Technologies and Jesus Carbajal is Head of Information and Systems at Nissin Foods of Mexico.  These two speakers, along with Alexander Lutz, Head of Microsoft Dynamics NAV at metabowerke GmbH, in Germany, will also be hosting a Hot Topics Roundtable on International Installations on Monday.

Don’t forget there is also an International Lounge at Convergence this year, located in the Atrium Cafe, next to the Starbucks.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV: How to Approach an International Deployment  UBNAV05  Monday, March 18    1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Would you like to network and share experiences with users with global deployments of Microsoft Dynamics NAV? If your company is running Microsoft Dynamics NAV in more than one country (or plans to!) join us and share your experiences. We’ll explore how your company has addressed challenges with operating Microsoft NAV on a large scale and/or on a multi-country scale. Share your experiences and in turn listen as peers share their knowledge on international installs. *Hosted by NAVUG*

Microsoft Dynamics NAV & Global Finance Accounting CSNAV14; Thursday, March 21 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Does your company manage international operations? Then this session is for you. This session is packed with information about the new financial management functionality in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013. You’ll learn how to use currencies, review the recommended settings and find out how to update exchange rate currencies automatically. See how to setup an additional reporting currency on your G/L accounts, and how to consolidate accounts from subsidiaries – including amounts in other currencies. *Hosted by NAVUG*

It’s Convergence time! Where will you find the NAV people?

Anyone who knows me will nod their head and smile if you describe me as a compulsive planner. I have a white board in my office and my kitchen, my best friend will be happy to tell you an old college story about me and excessive use of index cards, and I’ve already been using my Convergence Schedule Builder for weeks. The biggest question I have every year is: where will I find the NAV people? With projections of over 11,000 attendees in 2013, it can be a serious challenge to find folks to network with who are using the same ERP solution. Here’s my list of where I’ll be looking for other people who use NAV every day, just like I do. UG people

1)  Watch for any session labeled with ID, these are interactive discussions and are generally your best bet to find like-minded NAV professionals.  The bonus of attending these sessions is that participants are encouraged to interact and discuss the topic during the session.  This is a great opportunity to ask questions of other NAV users, but is also a great chance to introduce yourself to someone later.  Catch them in the hall with a quick, “that was a great point you made on database optimization in that last session” and you’ve got an instant conversation starter.

2)  NAVUG, the NAV user group, is giving a session on Wednesday at 12:30 titled “Get to know NAVUG – your resource group for all things Microsoft Dynamics NAV”.  If you haven’t been involved with the user group yet, this is a great way to hear what they’re all about, meet a few folks, and see what they have to offer during the year. The user group also has a booth in the Expo hall.

3)  Go to the booth, also in the Expo hall. This is a wonderful group of people who are looking to give NAV users a voice, using idea crowdsourcing, in what happens next with their chosen ERP solution.

4)  Head to the Microsoft help desk.  There is sure to be a line of people waiting for their appointed NAV guru to help them solve business challenges. Most of the folks standing there will also be NAV users, so don’t hesitate to strike up a conversation.

5)  Watch for the user group banner in the meal hall. There’s generally a banner somewhere in the meal hall that indicates a special roped off area for user group members. Do not be intimidated by the rope!  If you’re looking to meet other NAV users, come on in and come on over! Folks in the NAVUG are always happy to meet a fellow NAV user.

See you there!