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February 18th, 2015

Best Convergence Sessions for a New Attendee

Convergence is not only a good way to meet others in the Dynamics community, but it’s also a great time to take advantage of a multitude of learning opportunities. From sessions on best practices, tips & tricks, and what’s coming up next in the Dynamics world, you’ll learn not just about Dynamics products but also tips on how to sharpen your skill set.

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With so many sessions available, it can be a challenge to put together a schedule that includes all the sessions you want to go to, especially if it’s your first time at Convergence. To help make your scheduling easier, we’re compiled a list of recommended sessions for a new Convergence attendee.

Best Practices

Whether you’re brand new to Dynamics or have been using it for a while, it’s always important to know best practices in the field. There’s a good refresher available for your technical staff about development practices in Dynamics AX:

CS15A017  Microsoft Dynamics AX: Software development best practices

For your business and management personnel, the sessions based on the work of Dale Carnegie can yield thought-provoking insights. These are some of our favourites, especially for a small company with global reach:

CS15B005 – Dale Carnegie: Leading effective virtual meetings
ID15B004 – Dale Carnegie: How to fight fair – keys to talking through conflict

Tips & Tricks

Want to take your skills and knowledge to the next level? These are our top picks for sessions to take your knowledge of all things Dynamics-related to the next level.

If you aren’t using PivotTables yet, then you are missing an opportunity to quickly represent your complex data through graphics without any coding:

CS15G008 – Creating and using Excel PivotTables

Navigating social media for sales can be a hit and miss process. Many companies have chosen to focus those efforts on LinkedIn. There are sessions geared towards sharing that knowledge:

ID15B005-R1 – The art of winning more business with LinkedIn

How good are you at identifying project risks? Sometimes, a reminder of the most common problems is a good refresher:

DD15X102-R1 – Top 10 implementation pitfalls and how to avoid them

How well do you speak the language of your clients? There are a number of sessions geared towards helping you understand more of the problems your typical client faces, like:

ID15A011 – Let’s discuss: A typical working day in the life of a cost controller

What’s Next?

Microsoft has some new products launching soon that you’ll have the chance to be some of the first people to hear about what’s coming. With Microsoft going the strategic direction of the cloud, it’s a good idea to check out the available sessions to find out how this will affect Dynamics.

CS15C201-R1 – Market smarter: an overview of Microsoft Dynamics Marketing
CS15X010 – The cloud: Moving Microsoft Dynamics and more to the cloud
ID15A012 – Microsoft Dynamics AX in the Microsoft cloud for business (technical discussion)

Have conflicting sessions?

Some of the Convergence sessions are offered more than once throughout the week. A session code followed by R-1 or R-2 means that session is offered more than once. The number tells you whether it is the first or second occurrence. For example, The art of winning more business with LinkedIn (ID15B005-R1), Top 10 implementation pitfalls and how to avoid them (DD15X102-R1) and Market smarter: an overview of Microsoft Dynamics Marketing (CS15C201-R1) are all offered more than once.

Want to learn more on how to simplify your Convergence experience? You can follow our blog series leading up the event here. We will also be at Convergence at booth 956, come by and say hi!

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