Convergence 2013 – Day 2

Posted on: March 20, 2013 | By: Jarrod Kraemer | Microsoft Dynamics AX/365

Day 2 at Convergence came without disappointment. Kirill Tatrinov, President of Microsoft Business Solutions Division, kicked off the day nicely. We heard from four different customer experiences with Dynamics ERP and CRM. Among them were Chobani, a producer of high quality yogurt products and a Dynamics AX and CRM customer. They told the audience how they were able to bring on a newly acquired facility into their deployed AX environment in less than 1 month using their streamlined business processes and lessons learned from their initial deployment…wow! We also heard from Revlon, a manufacturer of high-quality cosmetic products. Also using Dynamics AX 2012 R2, they showed how they have made the front office more productive and able to make decisions quickly using collaborate back office information pushed to their tablet devices. With empowered people, innovation happens daily!

As the day progressed, we continued to be inspired by others in the Microsoft Dynamics AX community. We learned of business benefits and process improvements from organizations like the Lotus Formula-One racing team. We learned about what’s to come later this year as well as what we can expect in the next major release of Dynamics AX. In fact, it was announced today that there our mobile applications ready in the Microsoft Marketplace to ease time and expense reporting to a mobile workforce. Also, following in the footsteps of Dynamics GP and NAV, the next major release of Dynamics AX will have the option for a Microsoft Azure Cloud deployment. This is very exciting for those organizations that need the robust vertical capabilities of Dynamics AX without the need for on-premise deployment overhead cost.

As the afternoon went along, the attention moved to the ever important customer. Whether a new formed or an established brand, it is crucial that companies continually connect with their customers. Real life examples were shown by Desiree Rogers on how we can connect with customers and improve our overall relationship with them.

One session that I was definitely excited to attend today was on Dynamics AX Implementation with RapidStart Services. All though a lot of the concepts shown ran in line with Logan Consulting’s Dynamics AX implementation approach, it’s always welcome to learn about different styles on how implementation timelines can be reduced through repeatable steps, especially when implementing in the same type of vertical industry over and over. We saw real-life demos that illustrated the value.
Well that is all for now.

I’m really looking forward to Day 3 for more innovation and inspiration ideas!

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