Step Up to New Learning at Convergence 2011

Our theme this year, Connect | Discover | Exceed, helps paint the picture of what you’ll experience when you take part in this annual event. Convergence provides the platform for you to CONNECT with one another to reinforce and extend communities. Grab onto the opportunity to DISCOVER new information, skills, common experiences and best practices. And in making these connections and discoveries, attending Convergence can effectively empower you to EXCEED your goals and aspirations.

Likely one of the first opportunities for you to CONNECT at Convergence is the Keynote presentation. Far more than just a chance to ‘sit back and relax’, our time together will set the stage for the days ahead. Make plans to begin your learning journey on Monday morning as the excitement and anticipation has never been greater, nor has the opportunity for gaining insight into the future of Microsoft and Microsoft Dynamics. We’re also excited to invite you back together on Wednesday morning, as we gather once again for a keynote presentation from one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people.

Next up on your path to discovery are the Product General Sessions. With new product releases across all of our product lines, there’s a lot of strategies, demonstrations and information to share at each of our general sessions. These presentations lay the foundation for the breakout sessions that take place the remainder of the week. Make a point to participate in your particular products session, and learn more about some of the other Microsoft products. Either way, you’re sure to gain a clearer picture of the road up ahead.

The Breakout Sessions are served up to you with all the variety, energy and beefiness of your favorite buffet. You’re going to want to plan out each of your days at Convergence, so that you can prioritize and maximize your learning venues. We’ve carved out three distinct types of breakout sessions this year to attract and meet the demands of attendees with all different styles of learning:

Each of our information-rich sessions—no matter what type—will be centered on a product-focused ‘track’. Attendees are able to attend sessions in whatever tracks are of interest, but these identifiers will be of assistance to you as you determine your priority list of sessions. Each track has been developed based on feedback gathered at past events, from our ongoing customer relationships, from our Customer Advisory Board, Partner Advisory Council, and from those that have submitted topic ideas via our call for topics process. Here’s what our tracks have to offer you in 2011:

Microsoft Dynamics AX

The world economy is ever changing; how do you anticipate and embrace change? Is IT the enabler of your plans to grasp new opportunities? And what is the best way to leverage the innovations in Microsoft Dynamics AX to become more transparent, improve efficiency and agility? Within this year’s Microsoft Dynamics AX track agenda you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about functionality in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 and to share experiences across our core themes: business and customer insight, upgrades, operational and IT efficiency, and implementation best practices. We’ll engage you in sessions this year like Microsoft Dynamics CRM connector, Enterprise Portal, and Solution Architecture. You’ll also have the opportunity to see what’s coming in the next release, Microsoft Dynamics AX ‘6’. We’ll cover a wide range of topics from industry-specific enhancements, like lean manufacturing, and core ERP enhancements in the finance domain to deep technical sessions on the new model-driven architecture.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM

At Convergence 2011, you will experience the excitement of the new Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 release – including key enhancements in business productivity, collaboration and insights. Whether you are deploying CRM for the first time – or you’re looking to extend your deployments with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011, you will leave this event with a complete view of how this new release delivers the “Power of Productivity” for today’s businesses that want to take advantage of the cloud or keep their solution running from their own IT investments. As with all Convergence conferences, attendees will find additional value in networking with members of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM team, partners with detailed solution and industry expertise, and with other successful customers from around the world who benefit from Microsoft Dynamics CRM. We look forward to seeing you there.

Microsoft Dynamics GP

It is an exciting time in the world of Microsoft Dynamics GP with our new release, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010, and a powerful new R2 release coming fast. The concurrent sessions and interactive discussions topics are based on what you’ve asked for! Topics focus around in-depth product tips and tricks, going beyond basic reporting, personalization and finding the right ISV to meet your needs. Plus you’ll get to hear from others like you on how they leverage Microsoft Dynamics GP to maximize their investment. You’ll also have the opportunity to see what’s coming in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 R2 to help you find a new way to do business. Take your learning back and help make calculated changes in your organization to get the most out of your solution.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV

It’s an exciting time in the world of Microsoft Dynamics NAV – the newest release opens for new cloud opportunities, online payment services, easy access for remote and roaming users, integration to Microsoft Dynamics CRM, and many more. Explore all of these new features in the concurrent sessions and interactive discussions, and what’s more—get tips and tricks, learn from peers how they get the most out of the solution and be updated on product information and the future direction. Take your learning back and help make calculated changes in your organization to optimize for a new way to do business.

Microsoft Dynamics SL

Convergence 2011 is an important event for Microsoft Dynamics SL Customers. Come celebrate the launch of Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011, the most anticipated release in recent years and one that is based on what you – our customers – have told us you want in your solution. The Microsoft Dynamics SL breakout session topics will showcase the Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011 release and topics based on your feedback, ranging from easy customizations, web services and the ISV showcase and much more. You will have an opportunity to learn about useful tips and tricks, and hear from customers of their successes with Microsoft Dynamics SL. Become your company hero – take back your learning, put them into practice and experience the results and plan your upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011!

Business Leadership

Within this track, you have the opportunity to hear directly from visionary business leaders as they discuss emerging technology trends, as well as the latest business challenges and strategies. Throughout the conference, you can hear first-hand how Microsoft Dynamics customers are tackling their individual challenges and taking advantage of emerging opportunities. This track is all about enhancing your leadership skills and gaining knowledge that helps you adapt and plan for the future.

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