Convergence Schedule Recommendations – Dynamics GP Accounting Professional Track

Convergence Schedule Recommendations – Dynamics GP Accounting Track

March 18-21, 2013 | New Orleans, LA

 

About Convergence

 

As the premier event for the Microsoft Dynamics Customer and Partner business community, Convergence is where opportunity and innovation meet to deliver real business value. It’s the chance to make key business connections and to discover the full potential of Microsoft Dynamics solutions.

 

Expo and Microsoft Solutions Experience

 

The Expo Experience puts the global Microsoft Dynamics community front and center as our valued partners from around the world bring their technology innovations to you. The Microsoft Solutions Experience runs through the middle of the Experience Center and is your place to go for Technical Support, Product Demos, and the AXUG, CRMUG, GPUG, and NAVUG User Groups.

 

Expo and Microsoft Solutions Experience Hours:             Monday, March 18 – 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Tuesday, March 19 – 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Wednesday, March 20 -12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Thursday, March 21 – 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM

 

Community Experience

 

See the community come alive as this gathering space–on Level 1 of the NOMCC—offers you opportunities for networking, sharing and relaxation.

 

Community Experience Hours:                                                            Monday, March 18 – 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Tuesday, March 19 – 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Wednesday, March 20 – 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Thursday, March 21 – 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

 

Convergence Café

 

Stop by the new lounge area, similar to your favorite neighborhood hangout. You’ll find tables and couches where you can meet-up with others, access Wi-Fi, recharge your devices, and enjoy fun refreshments from some of our Microsoft Dynamics customers.

 

 

 

Monday, March 18

 

11:00 AM – Registration Opens

Onsite registration will be located in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (NOMCC), NO, LA.

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Lunch – Attendee Meal Hall located in the Convergence Experience Center at the Ernest N.                                     Morial Convention Center.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Financial Report Writing Options for Microsoft Dynamics GP, 353-355

You have several options for financial report writing in Microsoft Dynamics GP. This session is designed to help you evaluate and uncover your preferred reporting tool. You’ll hear selection process best practices from industry experts. There will be an overview and comparison of several reporting products that you may further review while at Convergence.  Presented by GPUG.  ***This session is not repeated.

OR

–        Sex, Lies & Refreshable Excel Reports, 343-345

Learn how to deploy, secure and use the refreshable Microsoft Excel reports in Microsoft Dynamics GP. We’ll cover the deployment, security model and security specifics of using Excel reports. The focus of this session is on the Excel reports available out of the box with Microsoft Dynamics GP; we will not cover Excel Report Builder. Hosted by GPUG. ***This session is not repeated.

OR

–        Finance Module Best Practices for Microsoft Dynamics GP, 356-357

Join this session, hosted by GPUG, and learn best practices for batch controls/approvals, batch naming conventions, SmartList batch query, budget imports/exports, copying journal entries, recurring batches, expense deferrals, eliminating inactive accounts and much more.  For more information about the independent GPUG, visit http://www.GPUG.com. ***This session is not repeated.

1:30 PM – 2:30 – Year End Closing Process for Microsoft Dynamics GP, 352

Dig into the important steps required to close out your fiscal year in Microsoft Dynamics GP. In this GPUG hosted session, you’ll pick up valuable time saving tips and orderly tasks so that you can hammer through this annual journey easily, efficiently and without missing a step.  For more information about the independent GPUG, visit http://www.GPUG.com. ***This session is not repeated.

OR

–        Excel Report Builder: How2, 343-345

In this GPUG-hosted session, we’ll dig into Excel Report Builder and build reports from scratch –                                     step by step. Discover how to use sexy formatting in Microsoft Excel without breaking your data                                        connections to deliver everything SmartList Builder does but without a GP license. ***This session is

not repeated.

OR

–        What to Know Before the Auditors Ask:  Risk Management & Controls in Microsoft Dynamics GP, 350-351

Don’t be caught off guard when your auditors show up and start asking questions you can’t answer. Join audit and compliance experts in this GPUG hosted session to learn how taking a risk-based approach to controls monitoring will significantly reduce system risks, fraud risks, operating costs and audit prep time. Walk away with tips, tricks and a roadmap for implementing best practice controls in your organization. For more information about the independent GPUG, visit www.GPUG.com. ***This session is not repeated.

OR

–        Using SharePoint to Extend Dynamics GP Functionality, 340-341

Looking for ways to leverage Microsoft SharePoint for intranet and document management needs? We’ll share different ways we can extend Microsoft Dynamics GP functionality using SharePoint, as well as how we can take advantage of SharePoint workflows to automate business processes, incorporate document management solutions into Microsoft Dynamics GP, and how we can grant end users read-only access to information. Hosted by GPUG. ***This session is not repeated.

 

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM – Roles, Hall C, CEC

This informal networking session offers you the opportunity to gather together with others in the                                            Microsoft Dynamics GP community that serve similar roles in your day-to-day work life, including:                                       Accountants; A/P Professionals; A/R Professionals; Budget Managers; Business Analysts;                                                          CFO/Controllers; Customer Service/Order Entry; Developers; Human Resources; Internal Auditors; IT                                  Professionals; Operations/Inventory Managers; Owners/Principles; Payroll; Project Managers;                                   Purchasing; and System Administrators.

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM – Geographies, Hall C, CEC

Join this informal networking session as we gather together regionally with others in the Microsoft                                    Dynamics GP community to share experiences and swap ideas. You’ll be able to easily connect with                                 folks from your region, whether in the United States, Canada, or internationally. Hosted by GPUG

5:00 PM – 5:45 PM – Hot Topics, Hall C, CEC

Join this informal networking session as we gather together with others in the community with                                        similar interests to connect, share experiences and swap ideas. Topics will include: budgeting;                                         business intelligence; collections management; disaster recovery; document                                                           management/workflow; E-commerce; GP in the cloud; inventory management; manufacturing;                                  multi-company installations; project management; recent implementations; sales & tax                                                       management; security; tools & integration; transitioning from FRx; and upgrading.

6:00 – 9:00pm – Convergence Experience Reception

                             Join us as we kick-off Convergence 2013! This year we are starting things off in the hub of it all –                                          the Convergence Experience Center. This is your opportunity to get familiar with the amazing                               resources and activities in this area that are available to you all week – from the hottest solutions                                        and offerings from our partners from around the globe, to the multiple opportunities to network                                        with your peers. And no reception would be complete without food and beverages, a little music                                  and entertainment, and other fun activities that await – all with some great New Orleans flavor                                           kicked in!

9:30 PM – Convergence Carnival – Republic New Orleans – 828 South Peters Street

 

Tuesday, March 19

 

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM – Breakfast – Attendee Meal Hall located in the Convergence Experience Center at the Ernest N.                                     Morial Convention Center.

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM – Opening Keynote

The Opening Keynote is our time for the community to come together as the course is set                                               for both the future of Microsoft Dynamics and your time at Convergence 2013. Join Kirill                                                  Tatarinov, President of Microsoft Business Solutions Division, Microsoft Corporation, as the                                stories unfold and the vision is revealed for A World Ahead.

11:00 AM– 12:00 PM – Getting Inspired with Microsoft Dynamics GP, Hall IJ

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 is here! Come and see the product in action, experience the innovative new Web Client, rich interoperability with other Microsoft technologies, and some of the 125 feature and capability enhancements that make this such a historic release. Hear from early adopter customers who are benefiting from the solution right now, and find out where we are taking the solution in the future. Get excited, get ready, and prepare to be inspired with Microsoft Dynamics GP.

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Lunch – Attendee Meal Hall located in the Convergence Experience Center at the Ernest N.                                     Morial Convention Center.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Your New Office – Social Productivity at Work, Theater ABC

Join Jared Spataro, Senior Director – Microsoft Office Division, for an overview of the new Office and Microsoft’s vision for enterprise social. Learn how Office is putting the cloud, social, and mobile to work to help you compete and win in an increasingly fast-paced world.

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM – 50 Tips in 50 Minutes for Microsoft Dynamics GP: The Next Generation, 271-273

Want more tips for Microsoft Dynamics GP? Come to this session for a new and refreshed 50 tips in 50 minutes. This session will cover existing functionality as well as what’s new in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 in a fast-paced format that will give you tips on getting more out of your solution.

OR

–        Microsoft Dynamics GP Collections Management, 278-280

If you are using Collections Management, come to this session to see what features are being added to Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and what is planned for the future. This session is intended for people already using or planning to use Collections Management for Microsoft Dynamics GP.

OR

–        What’s New in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013:  System, 266-268

Many new features in Microsoft Dynamics GP span the entire system, giving value to all Microsoft Dynamics GP users. We’ll dissect the new features that all Microsoft Dynamics GP users will enjoy.  A few of those features include email functionality, deployment changes, printer options and much more.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Microsoft Dynamics GP & Microsoft SharePoint: Overview, 278-280

Microsoft Dynamics GP has key integration points with Microsoft SharePoint. Join us as we review the integration options available today, as well as explore how to extend the integrations farther and add more functionality that can ultimately change the way you do business. ***This session is not repeated.

OR

–        Better Reporting with Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013, 271-273

Overwhelmed by the number of reporting options available or just feel like you are not taking full advantage of the tools you use?  This session will provide an overview of the reporting tools available for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 as well as showcase how to make the most of the reporting tools you use.

OR

–        What’s New in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013: Fixed Assets, 266-268

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 has over 150 new features. In this session, we’ll shine a spotlight on Fixed Assets and you’ll soon see why you should consider taking advantage what Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 has to offer. We’ve added over a dozen of your most requested Fixed Asset features such as historical reporting and multiple calendars. So if you are using Fixed Assets, this is a ‘must attend’ session.

OR

–        Using SmartList Builder Effectively with Microsoft Dynamics GP, 265

Let’s dig into the details of taking SmartList further with SmartList Builder (SLB), Microsoft SQL Views in SLB, standard lists, and SLB and Extender for Microsoft Dynamics GP.  See how everything works together, and investigate how to get the most out of Role-Based home pages. *Hosted by the Microsoft Dynamics GP User Group*

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM – ACE Partner Reception – Hilton Spirits Bar – 2 Poydras Street

 

Wednesday, March 20

 

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM – Breakfast – Attendee Meal Hall located in the Convergence Experience Center at the Ernest N.                                     Morial Convention Center.

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM – Ask the Experts: Financials for Microsoft Dynamics GP, 265

Are you an experienced power user of Financials in Microsoft Dynamics GP?  Come share your knowledge in this open and interactive format! With experts on hand to field the tough questions, this discussion will cover the core modules of General Ledger, Receivables, Payables and other Financials modules.  *Sponsored by the Microsoft Dynamics GP User Group *

OR

–        Microsoft Dynamics GP: Email & Microsoft Word Templates, 266-268

Microsoft Dynamics GP has the ability to leverage Microsoft Word for crafting external documents and sending them out via email. This deep dive will cover all aspects of leveraging this functionality including how to deploy, how to setup, how to modify the templates, how to setup the email and how to create personality email bodies.

OR

–        Microsoft Dynamics GP Project Accounting for Advanced Users, 281-282

If you have strong working knowledge of Microsoft Dynamics GP Project Accounting, we invite you to join us as this deep dive is just for you.  We’ll explore advanced scenarios and troubleshooting tactics related to working with projects. ***This session is not repeated.

OR

–        Microsoft Dynamics GP Manufacturing for Advanced Users, 278-280

This deep dive is intended for users who are already competent in Microsoft Dynamics GP Manufacturing. During our session, we’ll drill into more advanced functionality in Manufacturing to give you a better understanding of how the product works, how you can leverage it better, and important best practices. ***This session is not repeated.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – 50 Tips in 50 Minutes for Microsoft Dynamics GP: The Next Generation, Theater C

Want more tips for Microsoft Dynamics GP? Come to this session for a new and refreshed 50 tips in 50 minutes. This session will cover existing functionality as well as what’s new in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 in a fast-paced format that will give you tips on getting more out of your solution.

OR

–        What’s New in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013: Distribution, 275-277

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 has over 150 new features.  In this session we will cover the features in distribution, which includes Inventory, Sales Order, and Purchase Order, that were added in this latest release and why you should consider using them.

OR

–        Microsoft Dynamics GP Collections Management, 281-282

If you are using Collections Management, come to this session to see what features are being added to Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and what is planned for the future. This session is intended for people already using or planning to use Collections Management for Microsoft Dynamics GP.

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Lunch – Attendee Meal Hall located in the Convergence Experience Center at the Ernest N.                                     Morial Convention Center

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Reconciliation Best Practices in Microsoft Dynamics GP, 278-280

Are you confident in the process you take to reconcile the sub-ledgers to the General Ledger?  Gain even greater confidence as we talk about the best practices in reconciling with the reconcile process including Inventory, Bank Reconciliation, Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable.

OR

–        Building Dashboards with Microsoft Dynamics GP & Microsoft Excel, 275-277

Dashboards are an effective way to get important information to people within the organization. Come to this session to learn how to build dashboards that are refreshable and can easily be created and maintained. This session will focus on leveraging Microsoft Excel with a connection to the Microsoft Dynamics GP database.

OR

–        Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Web Client For Smaller Companies, Theater C

Do you think you are too small to add a web client into your existing deployment? That may not necessarily be the case.  In this session we’ll focus on deploying and maintaining a web client geared towards smaller companies who do not have a large IT department. Attend this session to see what is possible with the web client and what is realistic for your company.

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM – What’s New in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013:  Financials, 278-280

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 has over 150 new features.  Join us as we review the hot new features in financials–including General Ledger, Accounts Payables, Accounts Receivable and Fixed Assets–that were added in our new release and why you should consider leveraging them.

OR

–        Take Microsoft Dynamics GP & Microsoft Office to the Next Level, 275-277

Microsoft Office 2013 has added new functionality that gives businesses the ability to take a huge leap forward in reporting without complicated IT projects. In this session we’ll review how you can take advantage of the new features coming to get better insight into how your business is performing now and also the future.

OR

–        Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Overview, 271-273

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 has over 150 features giving people more value than any other release. In this session, we’ll provide an overview of the top features in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013–and you’ll walk away with the top reasons you should consider upgrading.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – What’s New in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013: Fixed Assets, 278-280

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 has over 150 new features. In this session, we’ll shine a spotlight on Fixed Assets and you’ll soon see why you should consider taking advantage what Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 has to offer. We’ve added over a dozen of your most requested Fixed Asset features such as historical reporting and multiple calendars. So if you are using Fixed Assets, this is a ‘must attend’ session.

OR

–        Better Reporting with Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013, 266-268

Overwhelmed by the number of reporting options available or just feel like you are not taking full advantage of the tools you use? This session will provide an overview of the reporting tools available for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 as well as showcase how to make the most of the reporting tools you use.

OR

–        SmartList Builder & Excel Report Builder for Microsoft Dynamics GP, 275-277

Discover how every Microsoft Dynamics GP user can build Smartlist reports on any data, to do their job better. Publish your new SmartLists as ‘live’ excel reports so everyone can access them. We’ll teach you how to build a complex SL report from scratch.

OR

–        Current Extender Customers: Discussion on Move of Product to eOne Solutions, 265

Do you currently own Extender–now offered by eOne Solutions?  In this interactive discussion, we’ll answer all of your questions related to the transfer of the Extender product back to eOne Solutions.  Topics we’ll include in our discussion are: how this transfer affects customers;  steps customers should take; and eOne Solutions’ new product roadmap for the future. This is not a product related session. ***This session is not repeated.

8:00 – Midnight – The Parish at the House of Blues, 225 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA

9:00 – Midnight – Rock-N-Rave – Bourbon Cowboy Beach on Bourbon, 241 Bourbon St.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, March 21

 

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM – Breakfast – Attendee Meal Hall located in the Convergence Experience Center at the Ernest N.                                     Morial Convention Center.

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM – Keynote

Join us as the Microsoft Dynamics community gathers together to consider our role in the global community. Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations (1997-2006), will draw from his deep experience in the world of international diplomacy to offer stories, insight and advice about leadership and cooperation in a global business environment.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Ask Your Peers:  SmartList with Microsoft Dynamics GP, 265

Do you love SmartLists? Join this discussion with other Microsoft Dynamics GP users and experts as we dig into using the standard SmartList functionality included with Microsoft Dynamics GP.  Come prepared to share your tips on the most popular feature in Microsoft Dynamics GP. *Hosted by the Microsoft Dynamics GP User Group*

OR

–        Microsoft Dynamics GP: Email & Microsoft Word Templates, 266-268

Microsoft Dynamics GP has the ability to leverage Microsoft Word for crafting external documents and sending them out via email. This deep dive will cover all aspects of leveraging this functionality including how to deploy, how to setup, how to modify the templates, how to setup the email and how to create personality email bodies.

OR

–        Ask the Experts:  Security in Microsoft Dynamics GP, 350-351

Is your Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment secure?  Do you have questions about security?  Join us for an enlightening discussion with other security administrators as we explore the best practices and approaches for controlling all aspects of security with Microsoft Dynamics GP. *Hosted by the Microsoft Dynamics GP User Group*

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Lunch – Attendee Meal Hall located in the Convergence Experience Center at the Ernest N.                                     Morial Convention Center

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM – Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Web Client Overview, 266-268

With Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013, a new option for accessing the system is available through the web. This session provides an overview of the web client including how it works, options to deploy, and important factors to consider when thinking about implementing.

OR

–        Getting Better Reporting with Business Analyzer for Microsoft Dynamics GP, 271-273

For Microsoft Dynamics GP users, the most important report viewer is Business Analyzer. It provides you the ability to view reports in a way that make sense by role and allow you to perform actions that help make you more productive. Join us as we give an overview of what is available, how to deploy and why you should consider implementing this in your organization.

OR

–        Building Dashboards with Microsoft Dynamics GP & Microsoft Excel, 278-280

Dashboards are an effective way to get important information to people within the organization. Come to this session to learn how to build dashboards that are refreshable and can easily be created and maintained. This session will focus on leveraging Microsoft Excel with a connection to the Microsoft Dynamics GP database.

OR

–        SmartList Builder & Excel Report Builder for Microsoft Dynamics GP, 275-277

Discover how every Microsoft Dynamics GP user can build Smartlist reports on any data, to do their job better. Publish your new SmartLists as ‘live’ excel reports so everyone can access them. We’ll teach you how to build a complex SL report from scratch.

 

 

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Overview, La Nouvelle AB

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 has over 150 features giving people more value than any other release. In this session, we’ll provide an overview of the top features in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013–and you’ll walk away with the top reasons you should consider upgrading.

OR

–        What’s New in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013:  Financials, 281-282

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 has over 150 new features.  Join us as we review the hot new features in financials–including General Ledger, Accounts Payables, Accounts Receivable and Fixed Assets–that were added in our new release and why you should consider leveraging them.

OR

–        Ask the Experts: Financials for Microsoft Dynamics GP, 349

Are you an experienced power user of Financials in Microsoft Dynamics GP?  Come share your knowledge in this open and interactive format! With experts on hand to field the tough questions, this discussion will cover the core modules of General Ledger, Receivables, Payables and other Financials modules.  *Sponsored by the Microsoft Dynamics GP User Group *

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM – What’s New in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013: Distribution, 281-282

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 has over 150 new features.  In this session we will cover the features in distribution, which includes Inventory, Sales Order, and Purchase Order, that were added in this latest release and why you should consider using them.

OR

–        What’s New in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013: System, 278-280

Many new features in Microsoft Dynamics GP span the entire system, giving value to all Microsoft Dynamics GP users. We’ll dissect the new features that all Microsoft Dynamics GP users will enjoy. A few of those features include email functionality, deployment changes, printer options and much more.

OR

–        Reconciliation Best Practices in Microsoft Dynamics GP, 271-273

Are you confident in the process you take to reconcile the sub-ledgers to the General Ledger?  Gain even greater confidence as we talk about the best practices in reconciling with the reconcile process including Inventory, Bank Reconciliation, Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable.

7:30 PM – 11:00 PM – Convergence Closing Celebration

As Convergence comes to a close, get ready to celebrate a great week! You definitely won’t want to miss this closing party—complete with terrific food and beverages, fun activities, and an amazing concert with Matchbox Twenty! It’s the perfect way to celebrate with friends and colleagues and cap off your Convergence 2013 experience!

 

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