This fall, from October 16-18, is the NAVUG Forum annual conference, a user group conference organized and presented by NAV users for NAV users. The conference focuses on educational sessions and networking opportunities for people who use the Microsoft Dynamics NAV product in their businesses.
Educational sessions are offered in eight different tracks, and cover the range of all different levels of experience with NAV, from prospective new users to users who have been using the product for many years. Presentations, round table discussions, how-to sessions, deep dives, and customer showcases all fill the agenda, ensuring there are many options to choose from for the attendees of the conference.
This year, the finance track at the conference offers twelve sessions in just three days. Presentations on account schedules, dimensions, budgeting, and month end close set the stage for covering the basics for new users as well as for experts who are looking for a refresher on best practices. A two-hour deep dive session called Finance 101 covers setup and maintenance of the NAV finance functions, comprehensively walking through the elements of the finance module. New sessions this year include fixed assets, payroll, posting groups, and even a customer showcase highlighting how two customers solved the problem of paying their vendors with ACH electronic payments instead of paper checks. Sessions on multi-company consolidation and managing security and compliance round out the agenda for companies with more complex setups and regulatory environments. A round table session called Ask the Experts fills out the track, giving attendees a chance to ask a panel of peer experts questions regarding business challenges they are trying to solve.
The agenda is chock full of choices for finance folks, and there are just as many sessions planned in other tracks like Business Intelligence and Reporting, IT/Developers, Manufacturing and Supply Chain, and Strategic. A new track in 2012, Global Finance, focuses on the particular needs of our ever-growing international companies with never before offered sessions on VAT, multiple exchange rates, and additional reporting currencies.
I’m excited to see so many sessions being offered on such a wide variety of topics, but even more valuable is the opportunity to network with other finance users between sessions. Getting a chance to network with other professionals who use NAV every day, just like I do, is priceless. NAVUG allows ample time during the conference to meet other attendees, helping by providing job role themed meal tables, and even offering a buddy system that matches new attendees with veterans to assist in getting their questions solved and making sure they can find their way around.
I’ll be presenting some sessions at NAVUG Forum this year, and am bringing three of my colleagues to the conference. We’re looking forward to learning, sharing, networking, and bringing home a whole bunch of new ideas and solutions back to our company. I hope you’ll find as many benefits to this conference as we do. See you at NAVUG Forum!