I’ve recently had the pleasure of attending Summit EMEA , which was hosted at the RAI conference centre in Amsterdam. This event, hosted by Dynamics communities brought together users and expertise across all the Dynamics product areas and delivered 3 full days of exceptional content.
Location wise, it was great for me. A short hop from Stansted to Schiphol Airport, a relative distance which felt like it would be an easy daily commute if it wasn’t for the hours required for check in and security. Amsterdam’s RAI centre was an awesome venue, wall to wall with great conference rooms and a huge main auditorium which felt oddly reminiscent of traditional theatre house.
For content, I picked a fairly technical track and attended some really impressive and thought provoking sessions. These Community events always manage to inspire me, either a fresh look at new features, finding out how people have moulded Dynamics CRM to business, the pain points or the adoption success. Then there’s there’s all the bits in between the sessions, it’s so great to chat with like minded people outside of the working environment who are passionate about the same technology (None of my friends and family understand CRM despite my many attempts to convert them). There’s always so many ideas to bring back to the office, and in my case 22 pages of semi-legible shorthand notes. Whether its just a different point of view or an introduction to a method of extending Dynamics 365 that you just havent researched yet, Someone has, and you can learn from that first hand based on their practical application.
I cannot do these sessions justice but simply summing them up, and sadly it was impossible to attend them all with so much interesting concurrent sessions so my views would only be partial. A few key takeaways for me personally would be…
The Microsoft Keynotes, Strategy and road-map.
Their vision and investment is evident, and direction seems equally as grounded in the right direction. There is a real buzz around the May 3rd event in New York, which will be streamed live, so I’d definitely suggest adding that to the Calendar to get the latest information.
The CRM Manifesto
An action packed and engaging session, presented by Simon Whitson and Andrew Bibby. I’ve know them both from the CRMUG-UK chapter, but this was my first time seeing the presentation, which really drew the crowds! I mean that literally, every seat of the room was full with easily 10 or more Standing outside to listen in. The “CRM Manifesto”resonated well with me, a focus on strategy rather than the product directly. It concluded with a room full CRM professionals, hands raised in the air to sign up! Which of course, I recommend you do also if you haven’t already… https://crmmanifesto.wordpress.com/
Design Patterns with Sparkle XRM
Evolution of Extensibility with Microsoft Dynamics 365
Without listing all sessions, I will simply say that the content and delivery where I attended was superb, a great mix of code, features and fun.
This was the third European event attached to the CRM user group which i have attended and this event was by far the best I’ve been involved with to date, not only in respect to the content but it was bigger and better in so many areas.
It was also the second EU event which I’ve been able to present at, which in itself is a mid-blowing thing and still feels pretty incredible that I’ve had the chance to share some of my experiences with the wider community and present to such engaging people! Who would have thought a dive into the Plugin Execution pipeline would draw people in!
This leads me on perfectly to the point of this blog, and the reason for my first post (Woo!). Attending and presenting at these events, and more locally the CRMUGUK chapter meetings is a genuine joy for me, and I hope that this blog becomes an extension of that and a method of sharing my areas of interest on a more regular basis in a visual and fun way (hopefully it will be interesting to any readers too!). So between the local user group events, this can be my outlet, my open vault of research with how-to guides and development ideas relating to Dynamics 365, it’s technology stack and the .Net Framework.
Hopefully, you’ll visit again!