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AXPC PreGAME in Conjunction with Convergence 2014

AX Partner Connections (AXPC)

Monday, March 3, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)

Atlanta, GA

AXPC PreGAME in Conjunction with Convergence 2014

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Dynamics AX VARs and ISVs are invited to this exclusive event just prior to Convergence 2014 Atlanta. Presented by AX Partner Connections (AXPC), PreGAME gives Dynamics AX Partners an opportunity to expand their network in the AX community, share experiences, collaborate with key Microsoft personnel, and gather tips on creating a better experience at Convergence 2014.

 

Don’t miss the chance to network and share knowledge with other Dynamics AX VARs and ISVs at the AX Partner Connections PreGAME event on Monday, March 3th, from 1:00 - 5:00pm at the Omni Hotel.  Last year almost 300 partners attended this event and enjoyed the opportunity to hear partner focused presentations and then participated in lively roundtable discussions around technical and functional Dynamics AX topics.  The goal of PreGAME is to provide you information which can immediately be taken back and implemented with your customer to make them successful.

 

This year’s agenda will again include great content, including presentations on Life Cycle Services (LCS), updates from Microsoft, and roundtable discussions around upgrades, managing code releases, industry, and partner resources.  The afternoon will conclude right before the Microsoft Executive Q&A and partner reception at the Omni.  Hopefully, you can attend the entire event, but the way it is structured, you are welcome to join in at any time, as we will have three different time slots of content.  


PreGAME 2014 is FREE to all Microsoft Dynamics AX Partner Organizations.  This is a Partner-only event. Attendance is free, so sign up today and we'll save you a seat! Important: This will sign you up to participate in PreGAME activities only.  Convergence 2014 will require its own registration. 


AGENDA: 

 

Rooms: Maple A - C Pine Birch
12:00 - 1:00pm Registration (Prefunction Lobby outside Grand Ballroom)
1:00 - 1:15pm AXPC PreGAME Welcome (Maple A - C)
1:15 - 1:45pm Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services (LCS) Overview, Cumulative Update (CU) Process Update, Partner R&D Council Update & Dynamics Academic Alliance Update: General Session (Maple A - C)
1:45 - 2:00pm Partner Connections Board & Community Content (Maple A - C)
2:15 - 3:15pm Ears to the ERP Ground - What is the Marketplace Telling You? Dissecting Dynamics AX 2012 Upgrades & Release Management The Evolving Partner Channel - We Are All in this Together
3:30 - 4:00pm   Trends in the High-Tech Industry - A Unique Customer View Trends in the Manufacturing Industry - A Unique Customer View
4:00 - 4:45pm Customer Panel - Partners Listen Up! (Maple A - C)
4:45 - 5:00pm AXPC Wrap Up (Maple A - C)
5:00 - 6:00pm Microsoft Partner Presentation - Presented by Hal Howard & Mike Ehrenberg (Omni Hotel)
6:00 - 8:00pm Microsoft Partner Reception (Location: Omni Hotel)

 * NOTE: Lunch will not be provided at AXPC PreGAME so please grab a bite to eat before you attend. Beverages and snack will be provided at one of the afternoon breaks.


SESSION DESCRIPTIONS: 

 

Session Title: Session Description:
Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services (LCS) Overview, Cumulative Update (CU) Process Update, Partner R&D Council Update & Dynamics Academic Alliance Update: General Session Dynamics Lifecycle Services (LCS) is providing customers and partners the opportunity to better manage their upgrades or implementations. If you have not seen LCS in action, or want to learn more about it, this session will provide a great overview of this revolutionary addition to the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 landscape. Furthermore, did you know Microsoft wants more partners involved in the R&D process? The Partner R&D Council is a great way to be involved and get your hands on the next release of Dynamics AX well before it is available to the marketplace. This session will include a review of the Council and the opportunities for VARs and ISVs to be involved in this great opportunity. Microsoft is making some changes to the Cumulative Update (CU) process. Don't miss the chance to learn the latest about these changes and how update releases will be handled going forward. - Presented by Shelly Bakke and Katie Hasbargen, Microsoft
Ears to the ERP Ground - What is the Marketplace Telling You? As the Microsoft Dynamics AX product evolves, so do the opportunities, but so does the competition. In this session, listen as fellow partners share their competitive experiences with Dynamics AX 2012. Don't miss the chance in this session to hear valuable insight from Microsoft based on the marketplace research they've conducted. - Presented by Partner Panelists
Dissecting Dynamics AX 2012 Upgrades & Release Management Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 includes many functional benefits for existing customers, but the real secret is how to upgrade your customers effectively and efficiently to use this functionality. In this roundtable discussion, we jump in and dissect approaches, techniques and tools that have been used to perform upgrades and manage the Dynamics AX 2012 code releases. Learn from other partners' experiences and hear what Microsoft has planned in this area. - Presented by Partner Panelists
The Evolving Partner Channel - We Are All in this Together Microsoft has made several changes to the partner channel program over the past 24 months. As the partner program evolves, so must VARs and ISVs. In this session, listen as some fellow partners share their experiences around this evolution. What has been easy? What's been tough? Most importantly, how have these partners ensured their customers are not negatively impacted as these changes take place? All of this will be discussed, along with a brief review from Microsoft of what might be next in the partner program. - Presented by Partner Panelists
Trends in the High-Tech Industry - A Unique Customer View The high-tech industry continues to grow and move at a faster and faster pace. Fortunately Dynamics AX, with its flexibility, enables customers in the high-tech industry to move at these accelerated paces. In this session, hear the view from an experienced high-tech industry AX customer, as they share their experiences working with Dynamics AX in the challenging high-tech space. Learn what is coming next in high-tech so you can be better prepared for your own customers and new opportunities in this exciting industry.- Presented by Jason Thorpe, Microsemi
Trends in the Manufacturing Industry - A Unique Customer View The manufacturing industry continues to grow, but today's manufacturer is very different than the one from a few years ago. Fortunately Dynamics AX has a continued focus on manufacturing so the customers in the manufacturing industry have been able to evolve with the software. In this session, hear the latest from an experienced AX customer as they share their experiences working with Dynamics AX in the manufacturing space. Learn about upcoming trends in manufacturing so you can be better prepared for your own customers and new opportunities in this exciting industry. - Presented by Christian Fordham, New Sunshine
Customer Panel - Partners Listen Up! Don't miss this exciting session as four prominent AX Customers share their thoughts around the topics of best practices for working with partners and what keeps them up at night. Use the information gleaned from this uncensored roundtable session to make your services more valuable to your customers and prospects. - Presented by New Sunshine, Microsemi, Alltech and Vergengo Solar

 

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When & Where


Omni Hotel at CNN Center
190 Marietta St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30303

Monday, March 3, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)


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AX Partner Connections (AXPC)

Microsoft Dynamics AX Partner Connections (AXPC) is an independent, professional networking group for software implementation professionals, consultants, and technical sales engineers specializing in Microsoft Dynamics AX.

Through peer-to-peer networking, education, training, and best-practice and knowledge sharing, AXPC is designed to increase the competency of the Microsoft Dynamics AX Partner channel. VARs and ISVs utilize AXPC as an open forum to meet and collaborate with other Partners, explore best practices, and collectively address community-wide Partner issues and concerns.

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