This is all about how I use GP, based on what I learned in my investigations with clients... attends Microsoft Dynamics Convergence

Posted by Belinda Allen on Apr 1, 2013 10:15:00 AM

My friend, and editor of, Jason Gumpert attended Microsoft Dynamics Convergence in New Orleans a couple of weeks ago.  He sat 5 Microsoft Dynamics GP MVP's (myself included) down for a chat during the conference.  As will happen we get together, there was a lot of laughing, joking and talk of Microsoft.  Luckily for Jason, he brought a recorded so he documented snippets of our conversation. 

5 Microsoft Dynamics GP and a MVP's MVP!

Left to right: Jon Lowther, Leslie Vail, Me (and my Surface Pro), Mark Polino, Dara Polino (Mark's Wife and personal MVP) and Jivtesh Singh.

Below is a link to his article:


Tags: GP, Convergence

Microsoft Dynamics Convergence for GP update - FREE EXCEL DASHBOARD

Posted by Belinda Allen on Mar 20, 2013 5:29:00 PM

Microsoft Excel Dashbard that pulls data directly from Microsoft Dynamics GP.

What an exhausting day at Microsoft Dynamics Convergence for GP, SL, NAV, AX and CRM.  Whew.  I’ve attended quite a few sessions today and have filled my head with all kinds of ideas I can share you all in the coming weeks.

I started the day today having a very early breakfast with my fellow MVP’s attending Convergence this year.  It was a great chance to meet and re-kindle relationships with other Dynamics people.

Then it was off to a deep dive in Project Accounting, then 50 tips for Dynamics GP, a session on the benefits of joining GPUG (GP user Group) and finally creating Dashboards with Excel. 

Microsoft’s Jared Hall showed GREAT dashboard that is available for free on the Microsoft website.

Above is the link to the Microsoft blog where you can download this cool tool.  One of the tabs provides you with instructions on how to set it up.  Yes, it’s FREE!

I used this same dashboard (with ratios and CRM data removed) during my session yesterday “GP for Prospects.” 

Tags: Convergence, Excel

Microsoft Dynamics GP Project Accounting Convergence Session

Posted by Belinda Allen on Mar 20, 2013 12:15:00 PM

This first day of Spring I am attending a great session "Deep Dive on Microsoft Dynamics GP." In the session with me are two fellow MVP's Mark Polino and Jivtesh Singh.

Sandra Dodge and Abby Moore are doing an amazing job showing us cool features that we all should be using in Project Accounting, some new and some not so new.

  • Accruals on Projects
  • Periodic Budgets
  • Mass adding of new Cost Categories
  • Useful Project Inquiry Windows
  • Combined History
  • Third Party Billing
  • Explaination of Project Tables
  • Transaction Adjustments
  • SmartList & SmatList Builder

Overall great session for Project users. There is one customer in the room with over 200,000 projects in PA. Cool!

Micosoft Dynamics Convergence, GP Project Accouting Deep Dive.

Let me know if you would like blog videos showing these features!

Tags: Convergence, Project Accountung

Microsoft Convergence Keynote brief

Posted by Belinda Allen on Mar 19, 2013 11:27:00 AM

While attending the Microsoft Dynamics Convergence Keynote here are some really cool things announced:

  • There are 11,500 people attending the Microsoft Dynamics Convergence. 
  • Over 400 Convergence attendees have volunteered their time to paint, plant and build the local community of New Orleans.
  • Heard lots of great Microsoft Dynamics Customer stories.

From the mouth of Kirill Tatarinov, Microsoft and You (an Us) are in this together!

Microsoft Dynamics Convergence Keynote, 2013

Tags: Convergence

Microsoft Dynamics GP Customer Story - Shock Doctor

Posted by Belinda Allen on Mar 19, 2013 10:39:00 AM

I just saw a Great Video from Microsoft Dynamics GP Customer Shock Doctor.  They are sharing how they used Microsoft Dynamics GP tools to acquire a new company and in less than 90 days had all the data from the new company absorbed into the Dynamics GP.  Very Cool.  Thanks Shock Doctor for sharing your story!


Microsoft Dynamics GP Customer - Shock Doctor shares their story with 11,500 Dynamics Customers and Partners.

Tags: Convergence

Microsoft Dynamics Convergence for GP begins today

Posted by Belinda Allen on Mar 18, 2013 11:44:00 AM

Today it all begins.  Microsoft Dynamics Convergence for GP, NAV, AX, SL and CRM.  We are all meeting in New Orleans, LA this year.  As I sit here on the Convergence Floor looking at all the exhibitors setting up their booths and watching the young employees of the Microsoft Retail Store employees dance to Xbox games my excitement is building. 

We start today with events from GPUG and then a reception tonight.

I’ll be blogging frequently over the next few days on the sights, sounds and smells of Convergence!  So if you cannot attend, you can attend virtually with me.

The Expo floor @ Microsoft Dynamics Convergence is setting up for a great Conference!

Tags: Convergence

Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2013 Early Bird Pricing ends tomorrow

Posted by Belinda Allen on Jan 23, 2013 10:15:00 AM


Microsoft Dynamics (GP) Convergence 2013

continues to have the same look and feel that you’ve come to know and love from past events – the feeling of community, the spirit of collaboration and the sense of a global marketplace coming together to share ideas. There’s no other event that takes place that brings together the great Microsoft Dynamics minds, solutions and services as Convergence. As you strive to move your business ahead, Convergence provides you with the environment to gather all the knowledge you need to stay abreast of the latest strategies and technologies.


Just as those same looks and feelings remain, Convergence also must evolve. We continue to invest in new or enriched practices and resources that enhance attendee experiences before, during and after the event:

  • Networking Reinvented – experience even greater ways to find and cultivate those valuable business connections via industry lounges, regional lounges and much more!
  • An Enhanced Mobile Experience – will help to put event navigation, tools and resources at your fingertips.
  • New Microsoft Technology Experience - including a Skype bar for attendees to be able to connect with family and teammates back home.
  • A Worldwide, Well-known Closing Keynote Speaker - We’re honored to welcome Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations and winner, with the United Nations, of the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2001.
  • The Addition of a Closing Celebration - featuring a concert with chart topping, Grammy nominee band, Matchbox Twenty.
  • An Easy-to-Use and Centralized Location for All Post Event Resources - including all PowerPoint presentations and Windows Media recordings.

From the start of Convergence on Monday, March 18 to the Closing Celebration on Thursday, March 21, you’ll have action-packed days and networking-filled evenings and you won’t want to miss a minute of it! To catch a glimpse of the week’s activities at Convergence 2013, visit the Agenda page.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Convergence early bird pricing ends tomorrow!

Tags: Convergence

Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2013 Early Bird Pricing

Posted by Belinda Allen on Jan 18, 2013 9:30:00 AM

FYI Microsoft Dynamics GP users...  Early Bird Pricing ends on 1/25/13 so Register today!

Full Attendee Pass

November 14, 2012 to January 25, 2013 = $1,495
After January 25, 2013 = $1,795

This pass includes access to:

  • Keynotes
  • Sessions
  • Conference meals
  • Convergence Experience Center (including the Expo Experience, Microsoft Solutions Experience, and Community Experience areas)
  • Convergence Celebration (Thursday Evening)
  • Convergence Experience Reception (Monday Evening)
  • Attendee tools & resources
  • Virtual Convergence

Join me in New Orleans for the 2013 Microsoft Dynamics Convergence!


Kofi A. Annan

Former Secretary-General, United Nations

Kofi A. Annan was the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, serving two terms (from January 1, 1997 to December 31, 2006) and was the first to emerge from the ranks of United Nations staff. In 2001 Kofi Annan and the United Nations were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace with the citation praising his leadership for “bringing new life to the organization”.

Since leaving the United Nations, Kofi Annan has continued to press for better policies to meet the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly in Africa. He has also continued to use his experience to mediate and resolve conflict. In Kenya in early 2008, Mr. Annan led the African Union’s Panel of Eminent African Personalities to help find a peaceful resolution to the post-election violence.

One of Kofi Annan’s main priorities as Secretary-General was a comprehensive program of reform aimed at revitalizing the United Nations and making the international system more effective. He was a constant advocate for human rights, the rule of law, the Millennium Development Goals and Africa and sought to bring the organization closer to the global public by forging ties with civil society, the private sector and other partners.

See Kofi Annan in the Closing Keynote on Thursday, March 21 beginning at 9:00am.



Convergence Closing Celebration

As Convergence comes to a close, get ready to celebrate a great week! You definitely won’t want to miss this closing party—complete with terrific food and beverages, fun activities, and an amazing concert with Matchbox Twenty! It’s the perfect way to celebrate with friends and colleagues and cap off your Convergence 2013 experience!


Matchbox Twenty

Tags: Miscellaneous, Convergence