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Ten Tips to Make the Most of Microsoft Convergence

March 9th, 2015 Brianne Schaer No comments

The clock is running out to finalize last-minute Convergence plans. The Georgia World Congress Center in Downtown Atlanta will soon be filled with trailblazers, visionaries, Microsoft partners, and more at Microsoft Convergence 2015. The expo starts on March 16, with the opening keynote from Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, and Kirill Tatarinov, executive vice president of the Microsoft Business Solutions Group.

Those of us who have spent the last several weeks prepping for Convergence-coordinating flights and hotel rooms, planning schedules, prepping for networking opportunities-are kicking into high gear for the next two weeks. Not only do the loose ends of all pre-Convergence planning need to be tied, but we also need to figure out what to do once we get there. The amount of activities, presentations, and booths to check out is overwhelming.

We have created a starting point to ensure you make the most of your time at Convergence by dedicating yourself to important sessions, networking opportunities, and, of course, some fun too. Check out the below infographic for our 10 tips to make the most of Microsoft Convergence.

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Brianne Schaer is a Product Marketing Specialist at Ignify. Ignify is winner/finalist of the Worldwide Microsoft Partner Award in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010, and offers eCommerce, ERP, CRM, Order Management and POS solutions based on the Microsoft Dynamics line of products. Ignify has been included as the fastest growing business in North America for seven years in a row by Inc. Magazine and Deloitte in the FAST 500 from 2008 to 2013.

Which Session Do I Choose? A Quick Breakdown of Microsoft Convergence Session Categories

February 12th, 2015 Ashley Harbaugh No comments

Every time a new year arrives, Microsoft Dynamics customers and partners know what that means – Microsoft Convergence is just around the corner.

As the cornerstone event for the Microsoft Dynamics community, this is a conference jam-packed with in-depth, educational sessions – from technical, functional, and industry perspectives. Attendees know they need to prepare and plan in advance to get the most out of their experience.

No matter if you’re a first-timer, or if you’ve attended more Convergences than you can count, it’s good to know what exactly the differences are between sessions – that way, you can make the right choices in budgeting your time appropriately.

Check out the list below for a quick breakdown of Convergence session types, and which ones resonate with you.

For more information on specific sessions, as well as the full session catalog, please remember to check out the official Microsoft Convergence site – new sessions are getting added all the time, so keep it on your radar!

Concurrent Sessions:

Microsoft Definition: 60 minutes of presentation, demonstration, panel discussions, tips and tricks, best practices-or some combination of all of these. Presenters may offer Q&A time at the end of the session, but the priority in this type of session is on the presentation.

Why You Should Attend: Concurrent Sessions are really helpful if you’re looking to get either an overview or more information on a solution; a feature of a solution; industry and technology trends; experiences of other businesses in your industry; or advice on general business management practices. The presenters of these sessions are focused on teaching, which is great if your purpose is to gain more knowledge about how or why something works now, how it will work in the future, or how you can improve it.

Type of Attendees: Anyone – Concurrent Sessions cover a wide variety of topics, so they can appeal across departments and business levels.

Interactive Discussions:

Microsoft Definition: 60 minutes of dialogue. With a moderator to lead the discussion, this type of session is designed to optimize for a great exchange of experience and ideas from the audience. Think: less presentation, more conversation. Seating is limited in these sessions to provide a more intimate discussion.

Why You Should Attend: Interactive Discussions are similar to concurrent sessions, but they have more back-and-forth between the moderator and the audience. This is a session for you if you want to hear feedback on how your peers face certain issues within your industry or solution, and if you’re looking to ask them specific questions directly. The collaborative environment can help you get interesting, and sometimes refreshingly honest, responses (or can even make you look at something in a different light). Some of these sessions even have Microsoft Dynamics team members present, which means you can ask questions and share opinions with the people who created the products themselves.

Type of Attendees: It depends on the type of interactive discussion – some have a more technical bent, while some are more industry-slanted. Find the ones that are most relevant to your role, and to your day-to-day working life.

Deep Dive Sessions:

Microsoft Definition: 90 minutes in length, which provides even more time to dive deeper into the topic at hand. Generally presented by Microsoft product experts, you’ll spend your time exploring product functionalities, customizations, enhancements, troubleshooting, integrations-the sky is the limit!

Why You Should Attend: As the name suggests, if you’re looking to get into the nitty-gritty details of a product, product feature, or business practice, then you will want to attend these sessions. These sessions are focused on giving an in-depth look at the material at hand.

Why You Should Attend: Deep dive session attendees are generally solution power users – the ones who work in-depth with the solution every day. They already have deep technical and functional knowledge of the system, and they’re looking to either: a) further enhance their system know-how; b) learn about new features or releases; c) grow their understanding of solution areas that they aren’t very familiar with. If you’re looking for a broad overview of a solution or set of features, a deep dive probably isn’t for you. But if you’re looking for thorough explanations of how something works, then this type of session is the right call.

Type of Attendees: People in IT positions, management level positions, or heads of departments/practices are generally the most likely attendees.

Sponsor Theater Presentations

Microsoft Definition: Sponsor Theater Presentations feature a brief snapshot from one of our event sponsors. Conducted on the expo floor, you’ll want to take this opportunity to learn more about the solutions and services provided by our valued partners. Don’t be late-these presentations take place in either a 15 or 30 minute timespan.

Why You Should Attend: No two implementation partners are the same – some specialize in specific industries, some in particular product features, and some in niche business practices. Attending these presentations are a nice way to get a quick understanding of what these different partners provide. And you never know – by attending this session you could learn of a partner that offers a solution or service that could help your organization.

Type of Attendees: Anyone.

Sponsor Breakout Sessions

Microsoft Definition: 60 minutes in length and a fantastic way to learn more about the services and solutions offered by our valued Microsoft partners. Dive in to find out more from these event sponsors and who knows-you just may find the solution you’ve been searching for.

Why You Should Attend: This type of session is similar to a Sponsor Theater Presentation, but it allows Microsoft partners to discuss their solutions and services more in-depth. This is a good choice if you’re interested in a particular solution, service, or partner and want to get more information.

Type of Attendees: Anyone.

Roundtable Discussions

Microsoft Definition: Roundtable Discussions have a much greater emphasis on the learning you can achieve by networking with others. Roundtables provide you the opportunity to actively participate in small group discussions-while seated at a round table! How much you get out of the discussion is largely up to you!

Why You Should Attend: Roundtable Discussions are similar to Interactive Discussions, but instead of having an official moderator guide the discussion, these discussions are held in small peer-to-peer groups. These discussions are a way to explore solution features and functionality with the people who use them day-in and day-out. Also, they present valuable networking opportunities – making new business connections is always a good goal for any conference. 

Type of Attendees: Anyone.

Ready for Convergence?

As the premier event for Microsoft customers and partners alike, it’s always exciting seeing which speakers and topics Microsoft Convergence will feature each year. Be sure to drop by Ignify Booth #442 and chat with us about the ones you liked the most. 

For more information on Ignify at Convergence, please email us at events@ignify.com.

Ashley Harbaugh is a Marketing Coordinator at Ignify. Ignify is winner/finalist of the Worldwide Microsoft Partner Award in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010, and offers eCommerce, ERP, CRM, Order Management and POS solutions based on the Microsoft Dynamics line of products. Ignify has been included as the fastest growing business in North America for seven years in a row by Inc. Magazine and Deloitte in the FAST 500 from 2008 to 2013.

Ignify Customers Receive Top Awards at Microsoft Convergence 2014

March 11th, 2014 Brianne Schaer No comments

The team at Ignify survived our nonstop work to coordinate and prepare for the events surrounding the Mecca of all things Microsoft Dynamics: Convergence 2014. Wednesday’s Microsoft Dynamics Customer Excellence Awards Luncheon allowed the team to wind down and celebrate our clients’ successes using Microsoft Dynamics over food and drink. Two of Ignify’s clients, Asurion and Rapiscan Systems, received top awards at the luncheon.

The 2014 Customer Excellence Awards, which are presented in 17 categories, recognize and celebrate Microsoft Dynamics customers that have achieved notable accomplishments using their Microsoft Dynamics solutions.

Asurion, the global leader in technology protection, won the Productivity Award in Customer Care for its use of Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Asurion provides premier support that enables users to fully utilize their digital devices and products; applications to protect privacy and provide security; and rapid replacement of lost, stolen, damaged, or malfunctioning devices. Asurion supports the top wireless companies, retailers and service providers, enabling those companies to focus on their core businesses.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM provided a much-needed interface for Asurion to manage its customers and claims. The completely configurable, multi-client, multi-lingual service dashboards for administrators and supervisors organize data to track the progress of handling service claims and quickly drill down into pertinent data. Managers can drill down and view relevant data easily using claims processing data, business rules, and customizable dashboards.

Asurion honored on-stage at the Microsoft Dynamics Customer Excellence Awards at Convergence 2014

Asurion honored on-stage at the Microsoft Dynamics Customer Excellence Awards at Convergence 2014.

A division of OSI Systems, Rapiscan Systems is the world’s leading security screening provider, manufacturing and providing state-of-the-art security equipment and systems designed for checkpoints, cargo, vehicle, baggage, parcel, and air cargo security inspection.

Dedicated to developing customer solutions that serve to lead the way to a safer and healthier world, OSI Systems follows a common IT strategy for the company’s three independently operated divisions. With the rapid business growth and global expansion that the company was experiencing, OSI Systems required a CRM system that could better organize and consolidate customer information, as well as provide a comprehensive view of sales data.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM’s platform flexibility provides OSI Systems and its subsidiaries with a fully connected and integrated sales, marketing and customer service tool, enabling team members to more quickly and efficiently access and act on crucial data.

Rapiscan Systems, a division of OSI Systems, honored on-stage at the Microsoft Dynamics Customer Excellence Awards at Convergence 2014

Rapiscan Systems, a division of OSI Systems, honored on-stage at the Microsoft Dynamics Customer Excellence Awards at Convergence 2014.

We congratulate our customers on these remarkable business achievements, and we look forward to Convergence 2015!

Brianne Schaer is an Assistant Copywriter at Ignify. Ignify is a technology provider of CRM, eCommerce, ERP, and Point of Sale software solutions to organizations. Ignify has won the worldwide Microsoft Partner of the year Award in 2013, 2012 and 2011. Ignify has been included as the fastest growing business in North America for 7 years in a row by Deloitte, Inc Magazine and Entrepreneur Magazine from 2007 to 2013.

Check out Ignify Customers’ Microsoft Dynamics AX and Retail Sessions at Convergence

March 18th, 2013 Ashley Harbaugh No comments

With New Orleans being the headquarters of Microsoft Convergence this year, we knew the conference would kick off in style – and we were right! So many great speakers, exciting learning opportunities, and in-depth educational seminars – it’s hard to choose just one at a time.

If you’re having a hard time deciding which session to attend, we encourage you to check out some Ignify customer speaking sessions to get more insight into how our clients are using Microsoft Dynamics technology.

Microsoft Dynamics for Retail: Customer Panel

Date: Tuesday, March 19th, 2013
Time: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Room 286
Ignify Customer Speaking: Lynda Barr, CFO of Edwin Watts Golf
Description:
Attend this interactive discussion to learn from dynamic retailers who are leveraging our solution for store systems, omni-channel, order management and more. We'll discuss their experiences and their vision for the future of retail.

Microsoft Dynamics for Retail: Delivering the Future of Retail Today – Strategy, Solution Overview, Next Generation Investments, & Customer Insights

Date: Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Auditorium B
Ignify Customer Speaking: Lynda Barr, CFO of Edwin Watts Golf
Description:
Microsoft Dynamics for Retail is the most widely available retail solution in the world today with complete omni-channel, store management, and mobility offerings. Come and learn our vision, investment priorities and roadmap. In addition, we’ll provide a preview of our investments on mobility and related client experiences, retail server and commerce runtime. 

Upgrading to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

Date: Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Room 293
Ignify Customer Speaking: Andre Vargas, IT Executive at Creative Artists Agency
Description:
Join us to learn more about upgrading to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. We'll walk through a model for planning and executing your Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 data and code upgrade and we'll discuss the latest recommendations, features, tips and best practices for your data and code upgrade.

Microsoft Dynamics AX for Service Industries: Behind the Success Stories, Lessons Learned & Partnerships Formed

Date: Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
Time: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Room 286
Ignify Customer Speaking: David Freedman, Director of IT at Creative Artists Agency
Description:
Implementation of new business applications is an inherently disruptive activity because they touch upon so many day-to-day user activities. Behind every success story are moments of uncertainty and stumbling blocks encountered–learning experiences that stakeholders may have been happy to do without. Join us for peer-to-peer sharing of insights earned the old fashioned way–on the job–with an emphasis on situations specific to professional services, AEC and media & entertainment industries.

Ashley Harbaugh is a Product Marketing Specialist at Ignify. Ignify is a technology provider of ERP, CRM, and eCommerce software solutions to businesses and public sector organizations. Ignify has been included as the fastest growing business in North America for 5 years in a row by Deloitte, Inc Magazine and Entrepreneur Magazine and ranked as one of 100 most innovative companies in the world in the Red Herring Global 100 in 2011.

Ignify Customer Celluphone Honored at Convergence for Business Accomplishments in Microsoft Dynamics

March 21st, 2012 Ashley Harbaugh No comments

Microsoft Convergence has come and gone, and there are so many great memories of things seen and done – but a particularly special highlight of the trip so far was seeing Ignify customer Celluphone receiving recognition for their business accomplishments, as well as for their significant contributions to the Microsoft Dynamics community, from the Microsoft Convergence team. Celluphone, winner of the 2012 Microsoft Dynamics Champion Customer Excellence Award, was honored for their win at a special reception for the select few who earned Customer Excellence Awards.

Dynamics Champion award  given to Celluphone and Ignify by Kirill Tatarinov, President of the Microsoft Business Solutions Division and Michael Parks, Corporate Vice President Microsoft Business Solutions

Dynamics Champion award given to Celluphone and Ignify by Kirill Tatarinov, President of the Microsoft Business Solutions Division and Michael Parks, Corporate Vice President Microsoft Business Solutions

The 2012 Customer Excellence Awards, which are presented in 9 categories, recognize and celebrate Microsoft Dynamics customers that have achieved notable accomplishments using their Microsoft Dynamics solutions. After an intensive assessment process of each category’s nominees, a team of Microsoft executive judges then reviewed and selected from the proposed winners for each category the final winner. Each year the awards are given at the Convergence conference.

Celluphone’s use of Microsoft Dynamics AX in managing the company’s financial, warehousing, and logistics operations has powerfully impacted the company, enabling the organization to increase its business, automate previously manual processes, and ultimately provide unparalleled customer support to its retailers. With a fully integrated, highly flexible business management system and built-in multi-company support, Celluphone had increased efficiency in its warehouse operations by 50 percent, achieved total operational growth of nearly 40 percent, and improved customer and dealer service.

Working with Ignify – winner of the Worldwide Microsoft Dynamics Partner of the Year Award in 2011 – since Celluphone went live on Microsoft Dynamics AX in 2008, Celluphone has developed and presented numerous materials on the use of Microsoft Dynamics AX, including the return on investment (ROI) and intangible benefits that the system has delivered to them.

Ignify is especially proud of our customer’s award, and glad to have leveraged our company’s technical, design, and functional expertise to assist our customer in developing and achieving a winning ERP transition.

Congratulations, Celluphone, on a truly well-deserved win!

These past few days have been a whirlwind of activity, and we’re glad to notch another Convergence experience onto our belt. We already are looking forward to next year, and we can’t wait to see you there!

Ashley Harbaugh is a Product Marketing Specialist at Ignify. Ignify is a technology provider of CRM, eCommerce and ERP, software solutions to businesses and public sector organizations. Ignify has been included as the fastest growing business in North America for 5 years in a row by Deloitte, Inc Magazine and Entrepreneur Magazine and ranked as one of 100 most innovative companies in the world in the Red Herring Global 100 in 2011.