The final day of reIMAGINE 2015 combined breakfast with another Rapid Fire Partner Solution session. Then we had a Closing session which included a great keynote by one of the fathers of Dexterity (the language behind Dynamics GP), Tim Brookins.
Tim discussed the Internet Of Things (IOT) and how gathering data can help make smarter decisions. For example, understanding the driving habits of different demographic groups allows insurance companies to offer policies and premiums appropriately so they can still run a profitable business. He mentioned that some insurance companies now offer lower premiums to “safe” drivers if they are willing to install a dongle into their car which monitors car usage and metrics such as hard acceleration and braking. If you decide to protect your privacy and not use the dongle, you will be left in the “risky” drivers group. Over time the premium for the safe group will drop and rise for the risky group. Even if you are a safe driver, protecting your privacy will cost you.
Tim’s final example related to email and whether you are paying for your email service. If you are not paying and are using a “free” service, you will have to accept that your privacy will be diminished as the service provider is going to either serve up adverts or is expecting you to also use other paid services.
In summary, you will need to pay in one way or another if you want to protect your privacy. The service providers have to make their money somewhere. An Australian TV show about advertising called “The Gruen Factor“, summed it up as “If you are getting a service without paying for it, then you not the customer, you are the product”.
The Closing Session finished with the details of when the next conference will be, mark your calendars now for reIMAGINE 2016. It will be back in Fargo, September 19-21, 2016. More details will be available later this year, but it will be at the Hilton Garden Inn again.
Insert great photo here of David with Tim Brookins. 😦
The conference was not over yet with the last sessions still to come.
I actually was able to attend my first breakout session that I was not directly involved with. I sat in on Brian Roney’s “Tried and True Practices for Developing SBA Operations”. This was a great session which covered Service Based Architecture, .Net objects and .Net Interop as well as window linked and decoupled service enabled procedures.
Now, it was time for another new (and experimental) session presented by Mariano and myself. The “Developing in Dexterity” session was designed to be a bit of an introduction into Dexterity development while still having some advanced topics covered. Mariano and I have covered Dexterity before we have usually skipped over some of the steps involved or used macros to speed them up.
This time I decided to raise the bar and challenge myself. With Mariano’s help, I would code an example customisation live in a 60 minute session. To prove it was live, we got the audience to select the window (from a list of 3 suggestions) and to provide the names for a string field and a drop down list field. This fields would be added to the window as user defined fields and stored in a parallel table. The default value for the string and the contents (3 items) of the drop down list were also chosen by the audience.
After creating the fields and the table and adding the fields to the window, I used previously exported scripts to drive the windows. To make them work, I had to perform a number of find and replace steps to rename all the objects as required. I then created and deployed the chunk and showed it working in a live application.
The next step was to create a set of Service Based Architecture services to allow the additional fields to created, updated, deleted and retrieved. While I messed up one of the find and replace steps, I was able to get the code compiled and deployed into the live system. Hopefully, the attendees enjoyed the session seeing me put under pressure and almost screwing up.
Insert photo of session attendees here. Sorry guys can’t make you famous.
After the Dexterity session was over, we had a quick boxed lunch and then I had a couple of meetings with the Dynamics GP development team and Dynamics GP product managers. These meetings were very productive, but I can’t tell you any details. If I did, then I would have to get someone else to shoot you…. I don’t own a gun.
After the meetings, we assembled at Sheila JR and Leslie’s room at the Home2 Suites for some pre-dinner drinks before we all headed over to Passage to India for what has become an annual tradition. Yummy Butter Chicken, Rogan Josh and Garlic Naan.
This brought the conference to a close with most of the attendees flying out the next day (except for the locals). You have already heard of some of my exploits on the next day with the destruction of all my photos.
Conference Wrap Up in the next post…
This article was originally posted on http://www.winthropdc.com/blog.