Last night I boarded an airplane from Perth, Western Australia heading to Johannesburg, South Africa.
When this article is published, I will be somewhere flying over the Indian Ocean with a couple more hours before landing.
I am going to the ReigniteGP 2017 conference in Gauteng, Johannesburg and will spend a week with the South African Microsoft Dynamics GP community.
Thanks to Pieter Cornelius (for inviting me) and the team from Braintree, I will be going to the ReigniteGP 2017 conference in Gauteng, South Africa near Johannesburg.
This first of a kind event in South Africa will bring together Microsoft Dynamics GP end-users, technical resources and partners in instructional sessions, and showcases, focusing on all versions of Dynamics GP.
Following on from last week’s GPUG Amplify conference, Pam Misialek has released an updated version of the Microsoft Dynamics GP Product Roadmap as at March 2017. While I was unable to attend the conference, I heard that it was a success!
This corrected slide has fixed some minor errors that were on the slide presented at the conference (oops).
Since forever, the pundits have been preaching the demise of Great Plains Dynamics / Microsoft Dynamics GP.
When I joined Microsoft in 2001, one of the things that influenced my decision was the thinking that Dexterity (the language behind Dynamics GP) was going to die and so I decided that I would be better off inside Microsoft than continue working as an ISV (Independent Software Vendor).
Now sixteen years later in 2017 and I am back working as an ISV, and Dexterity, along with Microsoft Dynamics GP, is still going strong… despite the launch of Dynamics 365.
Earlier today, my friend Pam Misialek from the Microsoft Dynamics GP product marketing team announced the release date for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 on the Inside Dynamics GP blog.
This is the first release of Microsoft Dynamics GP to support HMTL5 for its web client, which enables it to work across any browser on any device (including Apple and Android tablets).
One year ago on 17th October 2014, I left Microsoft after thirteen and a half years and restarted the consulting business that I had before joining Microsoft.
Winthrop Dexterity Consultants was formed in September 1999 and when I joined Microsoft in December 2001, my wife Jennifer continued to run the business for almost five years before the Omni products were acquired by Rockton Software. The business as a Microsoft partner was put on hold at that time. When I found out I was leaving Microsoft, I restarted the business as Winthrop Development Consultants.
I have been involved with the Great Plains / Microsoft Dynamics GP Community for many years and for much of that time I have been friends with some of the most knowledgeable and helpful people in the community.
A number of these friends have been recognised by Microsoft for their contributions by being awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status.