Customer Excellence Award Nominations to Soon!
The Customer Excellence Awards recognize, honor, and celebrate customer organizations that are achieving outstanding success with their Microsoft solutions. Award winners will be chosen on their ability to provide amazing experiences for their customers through the use of their Microsoft Dynamics solution, and will be recognized at Convergence 2014 in Atlanta, March 4 – 7, 2014. Nominations will be accepted beginning December 10, with nominations closing January 13 at 11:59pm PT. Visit the Customer Excellence Awards page for information on this year’s awards and related criteria.
Let us know how to improve Convergence EMEA
For registered attendees, submitting an evaluation is YOUR voice to Microsoft regarding your experience at Convergence EMEA. This is your chance to tell us what you loved, what needs improvement, and how this event can be more valuable for you. Evaluations take just a few moments of time. Please take a few minutes today to login to our online tool and send us your feedback. Evaluations are open until 20 November.
Mobile App Update for Convergence 2013 EMEA
The Convergence Mobile App is now available for Windows Phone and Windows 8, and we are continuing to address known bugs in the Apple iOS and Android mobile platforms. As an alternative, you can select and login to our mobile optimized site from our mobile download page. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and encourage you to check back to the mobile download page or your app store for daily updates and improvements.
Registration now open for Convergence 2014
Registration is now open! This year, the Microsoft Dynamics community meets in Atlanta, Georgia, March 4–7 for Convergence 2014. Attendees who register before January 10, 2014 will save $300.
Convergence is the best place to learn about changes and new features for their Microsoft Dynamics solution, get answers to tough questions from product experts, and find new ways to stay ahead of the competition. It is your one chance each year to network with 12,000 others and discover why some people never miss a Convergence.
This year offers a revised agenda that begins right away with the opening keynote, and concludes with time to wrap up and transition your conference experience back to your home base. We’re also offering attendees the opportunity to come a bit early to participate in offsite community outreach events in the Atlanta community, promising you a rewarding and enriching experience at the start of your time in Atlanta.
Now, more than ever, your conference investment will pay off if you come early, stay late and don’t miss a minute of the event. For more information, visit the Convergence website, the conference agenda and our registration details.
Enhance your experience with the Convergence 2014 Preferred Access Pass!
Now you can get the same great Convergence experience, but with an even more generous helping of convenience and time-saving goodness!
Registration for Convergence 2014 in Atlanta March 4 - 7 opens next week, and we’ve got something new to offer this year. The new Preferred Access Pass offers all the same features as the regular full conference pass, but with the following additional benefits:
• Reserved hotel block at the Omni Hotel – the closest hotel to the Georgia World Congress Center
• Convenient badge & material pick-up at the Omni hotel
• Express registration line at the Georgia World Congress Center for onsite assistance
• Dedicated lounge/work area with seating, power and connectivity
• Preferred seating in the Keynote
• Reserved buffet and seating area within the Meal Hall
• Express line for luggage check and airport shuttle reservations at the Georgia World Congress Center
But make sure you act fast – there are only a limited quantity of Preferred Access Passes available! Preferred Access Passes are priced at $1,845, and are available when registration opens on October 30, 2013.
There’s been some exciting developments within the sessions being planned for Convergence 2013 EMEA. Here’s a brief recap:
- Registered delegates can now login to our secured portion of the website to begin accessing online tools designed to help customize your schedule at the event. Take a few minutes to login to Schedule Builder, using the same Microsoft Account used to register for the event. You’ll see a page that’s similar to our Session Catalog, yet adds functionality for you to choose sessions, create your custom session schedule and save them to your profile.
- A new track has been added to our Session Catalog: Business Leadership. Convergence is once again partnering with Dale Carnegie Training to deliver sessions that are presented for business leaders by certified Dale Carnegie trainers on some of the hottest topics today. Visit the Session Catalog (or Schedule Builder) to check out these sessions today!
- While the bulk of Convergence sessions, including the keynote, all general sessions and most breakout sessions will be conducted in the English language, the Microsoft Dynamics NAV track is partnering with a local Microsoft partner to deliver NAV-specific sessions in the Spanish language. Titles and abstracts are now posted—in Spanish. These sessions, like all Convergence breakout sessions, will be recorded and available for viewing post-event. Visit the Session Catalog (or Schedule Builder) to check out these sessions today! -
We invite all delegates to begin sorting through the many available sessions to determine how you’ll spend your time in Barcelona. And-- if you haven’t yet registered, there’s still time! Visit the registration page for all the details and to register today!
Can’t Make It To Barcelona? Attend Convergence 2013 EMEA Virtually!
Travelling to exotic locales like Barcelona isn’t always in the plans. Whether it’s geography, budget, timing – we have your virtual option!
Virtual Convergence is our free online event experience. Broadcasting directly from the event in Barcelona, you’ll be able to watch the keynote and general sessions live on 5 November, then return after the event for on-demand versions of the some of our most popular sessions. Social media conversations will be integrated into our live broadcasts, so you can participate in a global conversation with other virtual attendees as well as those in Barcelona.
This is a great opportunity to share the same space with Microsoft partners, product experts, customers and prospects. Whether you know exactly what you’re looking to learn or this is your first experience with Microsoft Dynamics and you want to learn more – Virtual Convergence EMEA is a great way to get access to our event without having to leave your desk.
Registration is simple and costs nothing. Sign up today, share the opportunity with your friends and co-workers and then return on 5 November, 2013 for the live event. We’ll see you (virtually) in Barcelona!
Register for Virtual Convergence 2013 EMEA today!
Convergence is the great gathering place of the Microsoft Dynamics community and there’s no greater place to see it in action than in the Expo Experience. Valued Microsoft partners come together from around the world to spotlight the solutions and services they offer that are designed to help your organization become even more streamlined, productive and efficient.
Delegates attending Convergence 2013 EMEA are encouraged to set time aside in their conference schedule to visit those booths of greatest interest. Why not start your research now by visiting the Expo Experience page to review this year’s line up. Jump over to the ‘categories’ tab to refine your view into the solutions or capabilities that you’re looking for.
Collaboration Opps Now Open Thru November 22 for Convergence 2014
Convergence has nearly everything, but it’s really about the collaboration that happens when Microsoft solution experts, customers and partners, industry analysts and influencers all come together to talk about working smarter and more efficiently through Microsoft Dynamics. This year, we expect 12,000 of the coolest members of the Microsoft Dynamic community, and a whole lot of fun and good times. The only thing it doesn’t have yet is you.
That’s why we’re inviting you, our wicked smart community, to help us plan this awesome event. Now through November 22, you can:
• Help set the direction for breakout session content. Just completing our Content Survey is a great start—the information gathered will help us craft and deliver the breakout sessions.
• Submit a Speaker Nomination. Nominate yourself to make presentations, speak on panels, facilitate discussions and—most importantly—share your experience and perspectives as a Microsoft Dynamics user.
Both online tools will close at the end of the day on November 22, but don't wait until the last minute--jump in and send us your thoughts today!
Jean-Philippe Courtois and Kirill Tatarinov Join Together for Convergence 2013 EMEA Keynote
In addition to the exciting product announcements that will be shared at Convergence, delegates will have a unique opportunity to hear from two of the thought leaders from the Microsoft leadership team. Kirill Tatarinov, executive vice president, Microsoft Business Solutions, will be joined by Jean-Philippe Courtois, president, Microsoft International, during the opening keynote on the morning of 5 November. The meeting of these two business minds will help reveal the compelling vision and future for the international business landscape for both Microsoft and Microsoft Business Solutions.
For more information on these keynote speakers, visit the keynote speaker page and make plans to join us at Convergence 2013 EMEA.
Lots of Great Learning to be had at Convergence 2013 EMEA--Including Industry-Focused Sessions!
The industry-focused sessions featured at Convergence 2013 EMEA provide delegates with a high level overview of how Microsoft is effectively providing world-class solutions in specific industries:
• Professional Services – AX track
• Financial Services – CRM track
• Government, Healthcare, and Education (Public Sector) – AX and CRM track
• Manufacturing – AX track
• Retail – AX track
The focus of these sessions will be to show industry trends and how Microsoft is building solutions to address those trends. Some of the industry sessions will have demonstrations along with real life customer experiences. All of the sessions will be viewed as an introduction to other more detailed sessions to be shown later in the event. Presenters will call out specific sessions that promote product functionality that will be presented in later sessions so that attendees can gain a deeper level of knowledge. For example, in the manufacturing industry session we plan to call out additional sessions including Demand Forecasting, Warehouse Management, and Transportation Management sessions.
To view industry specific sessions, visit the Session Catalog on the Convergence 2013 EMEA website, and utilize the filter “Industry” to drill down into the industries of interest.
Why Should I Attend Convergence 2013 EMEA?
Convergence 2013 EMEA is rapidly approaching. Registration has already opened. Are you still not sure if it’s the right choice for you and your business? Here are a few reasons why you should attend and how it will not just be an exciting experience, but one that can help your business’ performance.
Gleaning Insights from Experts
This is your chance to get tips and tricks on how to make the most of Microsoft Dynamics from the people who make it. You’ll walk away with priceless advice from our panel of experts and developers.
Getting Exclusive Looks into Microsoft Dynamics AX, CRM and NAV
We’ll be unveiling new features around several of our Microsoft Dynamics products, some of which include new mobile capabilities being introduced with CRM 2013, cash management functions with NAV 2013 R2, and new apps and industry specific updates for AX 2012. That’s just the beginning. More will be revealed in Barcelona. You will be among the first to know about these and other major developments with Microsoft Dynamics.
Meeting New People
Businesses are coming from around the world to Convergence 2013 EMEA. Network, share experiences, and enjoy each other’s company. Whether it’s in an interactive session or checking out the Barcelona night life at the end of the day, there are countless opportunities to connect with new people.
Checking out Barcelona
During all of these sessions and networking, you’ll be in the gorgeous city of Barcelona. At the end of the day you can look out and see the serene scenery of the Mediterranean coast. Watch a performance at Palau de la Música Catalana or see the flashing lights and color show at the Font Mágica Fountain. Delicious food and incredible architecture abound in Barcelona.
Register here today. See you this 4- 6 November.
Be Sure to Attend the In-Person Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Global Premiere Event and Celebration
Join us on Monday, 4 November at 17:30--live from Convergence 2013 EMEA--for the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Global Premiere Event. This event celebrates the transformation of CRM into a tool for reigniting people’s passion to deliver better customer experiences and build deeper relationships.
This is your opportunity to hear from companies who are using Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 to help their people engage their customers in a way that clearly sets them apart from their competition. Discover how your teams can benefit from all the new capabilities of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 and see its newly reimagined user experience for the first time.
Registered Convergence delegates in Barcelona are automatically registered to attend this exciting event. Doors open at 17:00. Make plans today to gain a front row seat to all the action and information!
Take Advantage of Early Registration to Save €300 per Delegate for Convergence 2013 EMEA
If you haven’t attended Convergence in the past, or if it’s been a couple of years, here are just a few of the ways you and your company can benefit:
- Build knowledge. Convergence is the most concentrated opportunity to gather the product knowledge and insights you’ll need to make the most of your product.
- Get connected. Year after year, customers report that the greatest gain they get from Convergence is the time they spend talking with other customers, partners, and Microsoft specialists.
- Discover what’s new. With exciting product announcements across Microsoft Dynamics AX, NAV, and CRM product lines, this year’s Convergence promises to be the one conference you can’t afford to miss!
- See the future. Hear top Microsoft and industry analysts discuss the direction of technology in business.
Offer Ends on 2 October—Register Now and Save!
Register now for Convergence 2013 EMEA in Barcelona, Spain, 4–6 November.
Early registration goes through 2 October—make plans today to take advantage of this outstanding offer. Prepare to make Convergence 2013 EMEA the best business conference you’ve ever attended!
Session Catalog Now Available for Convergence 2013 EMEA
New to the conference website, the Session Catalog houses all of the details of the sessions that will be available at the event to be held in Barcelona 4 – 6 November. Our Microsoft product experts are working diligently to craft sessions that spotlight the latest product information, strategies, and functional specifications, so that you can walk away with newfound product knowledge and increased expertise.
To learn more about the types of sessions featured at the event, visit the Session Overview page. Then, hop over to the Session Catalog to review the latest information on the breakout sessions and interactive discussions planned for the event. As the development of the session content continues, the Session Catalog will continue to expand and evolve as new session information is available.
Session development should conclude in the early October timeframe, after which we’ll add in the specific dates and times for each session in the catalog.
Convergence 2013 EMEA provides a unique opportunity to showcase your Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Microsoft Dynamics AX and Microsoft Dynamics NAV products, services and solutions to customers and Microsoft partners from around Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Customers and partners alike appreciate the in-person opportunity that Convergence provides to seek out and research the solutions provided by our valued Microsoft partners. Don’t miss this chance to begin AND build relationships with the members of your Microsoft Dynamics community.
Visit the Expo page for more information, and contact details.
Information Continues to Roll Out for Convergence 2013 EMEA
The momentum and excitement is building as information continues to roll out here on the Convergence 2013 website. Arriving to the site today is the planned agenda for our time in Barcelona, an overview of the types of sessions provided for our delegates, and a portion of the initial information regarding registration and hotel reservations
Stay tuned for the first week in September as we roll out the starting edition of the Session Catalog, and the opening of registration.
Get Excited. Get Connected.
It’s time to save the date and make plans to attend Convergence 2013 for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Convergence 2013 EMEA is 4-6 November in Barcelona!
Past attendees agree, there’s no better way to get energized and network with others like you. Convergence 2013 EMEA is the place where inspiration meets conversation—your chance to gain an edge with Microsoft products, meet with product experts, and discover new ways to drive business.
And Convergence 2013 EMEA will feature exciting new product announcements including:
• Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 helps make business personal by delivering a re-imagined user experience, new mobile capabilities including sales applications for Windows 8 tablets and iPads, and embedded social capabilities to keep users connected to the people and resources they need.
• Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 features new cash management, hosting on Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, and new business opportunities with Microsoft Office 365.
• Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 features new Windows 8 business apps, industry-specific enhancements, and the brand new Lifecycle Services that help customers get even more value from Microsoft.
4 Steps To Get The Most Out of Convergence 2013 EMEA:
1. Get Ready.
Save the Date in your calendar for Convergence 2013 EMEA (at the Fira Barcelona Gran Via Conference Centre) for you and your team.
2. Get Excited.
Identify those from your company that will benefit most from joining you at Convergence 2013 EMEA, and have them the Save the Date. There’s no better venue to discuss new ideas and help you get the most from your Microsoft Dynamics investment!
3. Get The Latest News.
Checkout the Convergence 2013 EMEA website in the weeks ahead for pricing and session details.
4. Get Connected.
Turn to your favorite social media channel to keep in touch with the latest Convergence news on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, or through text messaging (text CONV14 to 696738).
Have immediate questions? Email the MBS Events Inbox for answers.
Happy planning. We look forward to seeing you in Barcelona!
Convergence 2013 EMEA provides an unique opportunity to showcase your Microsoft Dynamics CRM, AX and NAV products, services and solutions to customers and other Microsoft partners from around Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Don’t miss out on this chance to make key business connections and strengthen existing customer relationships by sponsoring or exhibiting at Convergence 2013 EMEA in Barcelona, Spain, 4 - 6 November 2013.
For sponsor and exhibitor opportunities for Convergence 2013 EMEA contact Alexis Post via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 425.706.0948.
Convergence Attendees: Continue the Learning!
Now that you've returned from Convergence 2013, be sure to continue the learning! In addition to viewing the session downloads and recordings, extend the value of your Convergence attendance by leveraging the enhanced learning opportunities that are available with online Hands on Labs. To take the labs, all you need is your computer, so set aside some time during your day – or night! – for this informative, hands on training.
To get started, log into the secure portion of the Convergence website (using the same login credentials as when you registered for the event--either your username and password OR your Microsoft account), and navigate to Schedule Builder; search by session type “Hands on Lab”. You can also filter by product to drill down even further. When you’ve found the lab you want to take, launch the lab by clicking on “View Lab”.
Microsoft Dynamics Reimagines and Unites the Worlds of Business and IT
NEW ORLEANS — March 19, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. today opened a sold-out Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2013 with a keynote address from Microsoft Business Solutions President Kirill Tatarinov featuring Microsoft Dynamics customers Chobani Inc., Habitat for Humanity International, Revlon Inc., Shock Doctor Inc. and Weight Watchers International Inc.
Speaking to more than 11,000 attendees, the largest in conference history, Tatarinov addressed how business leaders can reimagine the way they engage with customers, build brand relevance and collaborate with employees to stay ahead of the changing roles across all levels in business. Observing the increased influence of marketing and other areas of business over a company’s technology investments and the value of collaboration, Tatarinov reinforced the idea that business functions can work more effectively when they unite with their IT counterparts. Tatarinov noted that Microsoft Dynamics is uniquely positioned to serve as a catalyst for unity, and he announced new advancements in integrated marketing, embedded social capabilities, and new cloud and mobile scenarios enabled through Microsoft Dynamics solutions that will help businesses unite with their customers, unite their organizations, and unite their people and technology.
“To realize the promises and possibilities of a world ahead, organizations must be united” Tatarinov said. “Microsoft Dynamics solutions reimagine what’s possible for businesses, helping them unite to unlock innovation and creativity in people and to enable more meaningful experiences for their customers. When a business is truly united, great things happen.”
Revlon, one of the strongest consumer brand franchises in the world and a Microsoft Dynamics customer, brings the concept of unifying IT and business to life. The company is transforming the way people work and collaborate, starting by replacing 21 disparate business systems and 531 point systems with Microsoft Dynamics AX.
“The speed of beauty and glamour is unforgiving,” said David Giambruno, chief information officer of Revlon. “We are in a hypercompetitive market, and Microsoft Dynamics provides our employees with real-time information to access business-critical information virtually anywhere, anytime on almost any device, helping unite them with each other so they can innovate in a collaborative way across product development, manufacturing, sales and marketing.
Unite With Customers
Strengthening relationships by successfully engaging with customers is vital to business growth. Marketing, sales and customer service are essential to effective customer engagement, and the right business solution can unite these various functions. In addition, integrated marketing management has emerged as a critical strategy for companies that want to reach and engage with new customers while differentiating their brands, driving market excellence and making the most of their investments.
To help businesses achieve true integrated marketing, Microsoft announced a new version of the recently acquired MarketingPilot, which features a simplified user experience, a familiar look and feel, and seamlessly works with Microsoft Dynamics CRM.
Through MarketingPilot, marketers get access to a complete marketing automation solution with rich business intelligence, enabling them to successfully plan, track and optimize customer interactions across digital, social and traditional channels. This capability, when combined with Microsoft Dynamics CRM, fulfills the Holy Grail of marketing: omnichannel marketing that enables top-line revenue growth while managing costs and measuring return on marketing investment. The new version of MarketingPilot will be available to customers in the United States in March 2013. Microsoft plans to make MarketingPilot available to additional international markets later this year. More information is available at https://community.dynamics.com/crm/b/crmconnection/default.aspx.
“Marketing is changing and evolving rapidly, and we need business solutions that help us grow top-line revenue while managing costs. Our marketing needs require us to engage and interact with our customers, while providing technical solutions to efficiently distribute the appropriate information to our dealers to complement and enhance the sales process,” said John Johnston, director, Digital Marketing at Volvo. “We’ve been using Microsoft Dynamics to better align our marketing and sales processes and are constantly developing our solutions to increase our sales potential and personalize our customer interactions.”
Microsoft’s vision is to deliver social monitoring and analytics features as an integral part of the user experience and provide these capabilities to all roles and functions in an organization. To help businesses analyze and act on market intelligence from social conversations, including measuring sentiment across a wide array of social channels, Microsoft today announced an initiative to seamlessly embed social monitoring capabilities across Microsoft Dynamics CRM offerings. This effort has been accelerated with the acquisition of Netbreeze GmbH, which delivers cutting-edge native language analytics combined with data mining, transactional and text analysis capabilities. More information is available at https://community.dynamics.com/crm/b/crmconnection/default.aspx.
Chobani, maker of America’s No. 1-selling yogurt brand, uses a wide range of Microsoft technologies, including Microsoft Dynamics AX and CRM to keep pace with its aggressive plans for future global growth. The company uses Microsoft Dynamics CRM to communicate and connect with its consumers around the clock.
“As our company grew, so did the volume of messages from consumers across the world. We receive hundreds of contact messages and phone calls daily,” said Maureen Hurley, vice president of information technology at Chobani. “Microsoft Dynamics solutions have enabled us to make that feedback actionable, better track and understand what our customers want, and continue to provide best-in-class service. This has helped us build deeper, more immediate connections with our fans and continue our growth.”
Chobani also recently opened a new domestic manufacturing facility in Twin Falls, Idaho — considered the world’s largest of its kind — and was able to bring it online with Microsoft Dynamics AX in just 27 days.
Unite With Technology
Microsoft today announced a set of new applications for phones and tablets, which will be available with the next update to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Designed to be personal, social and immersive, these mobile applications will provide a more relevant experience based on people’s roles and devices, help them connect with their social networks, and provide an engaging and actionable experience. In addition to the Business Analyzer application, which is currently available in the Windows Marketplace, the company unveiled a new set of application capabilities for mobile usage, targeting the following:
• Expense management. Helps workers both capture and reconcile expenses while traveling, cutting down time and effort — meaning getting money back more quickly; helps organizations implement expense policies more seamlessly
• Time. Captures time on projects “on the go,” simplifying this administrative burden while providing businesses with the opportunity to improve working capital through decreased billing cycle times
• Approvals. Enables managers to approve business requests such as budget requests, time sheets, submitted expense reports and purchase requisition to cut down on administrative task and time spend
These applications will be available for Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets, Windows Phone 8, Android phones, and iOS phone devices.To ensure extensibility and encourage innovation, Microsoft is also releasing documentation for its mobile APIs to help customers and partners build their own mobile applications. Learn more about these new applications at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dax.
In addition, Microsoft will deliver a mobile CRM sales application with the next Microsoft Dynamics CRM release in the second half of 2013. Optimized for tablets, this application will help people manage an opportunity from lead to close and easily connect with customers and colleagues, regardless of location. The application brings guided selling to Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets as well as the iPad. Businesses can configure this application, enabling them to tailor the experience to fit their sales processes and approaches.
Microsoft today announced the availability of the Community Technical Preview of the new Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services helping IT professionals simplify the application lifecycle experience. These services help organizations improve predictability of Microsoft Dynamics AX implementations by simplifying and standardizing implementation processes. They also allow them to proactively manage the application and reduce downtime. As an online service, Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services helps minimize an organization’s IT burden. Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 were released in Q4 2012 and were received positively by customers and partners. Enabled for the cloud, these solutions offer customers a complete choice of deployment both in the cloud and on-premises. In addition, these products will be available through partners to customers hosted on Windows Azure in June 2013.
Reaffirming the road map for Microsoft Dynamics AX, Microsoft expects to release updates to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 in the second half of 2013. In addition to new mobile scenarios for phone and tablet devices, this release will also include capabilities such as warehouse management and transportation management, giving customers a real-time global view of supply chain operations. The company also reaffirmed availability of the next major release of Microsoft Dynamics AX in the cloud on Windows Azure and on-premises with early adoption programs commencing in 2014.
Microsoft Dynamics Momentum
Microsoft announced the latest Microsoft Dynamics CRM adoption numbers, with more than 3 million users and more than 39,000 customers. Microsoft Dynamics AX continues on a strong growth path with more than 18,000 customers and an increase of more than 50 percent license growth in North America in the last Microsoft fiscal quarter. Microsoft Dynamics also announced a number of global independent software vendor (ISV) partners supporting Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM, including Acorn Systems Inc., Bull, Flintfox International Ltd., Dominion, Hitachi Solutions Ltd., Hubwoo and XAPT Corp. These partners join Microsoft’s broad portfolio of other leading global ISVs, which view Microsoft Dynamics as a critical component in helping propel customers become Dynamic Businesses.
More information about Microsoft’s Dynamic Business vision can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics/about.aspx. More information and news from Convergence 2013 is available at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/presskits/dynamics. The opening keynote presentation and general session keynote speeches are available on the new virtual event platform for Convergence 2013 at http://www.microsoft.com/dynamics/convergence. Those who want to follow and engage with the Microsoft Dynamics Twitter community can do so at @MSFTDynamics and @MSFTConvergence using #CONV13.
About Microsoft Dynamics
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We Have a Winner! 'Share Your Story' Contest Winner Announced
Congratulations to Jerry Weinstock from CRM Innovation LLC —winner of the Convergence 2013 Share Your Story contest! For being chosen as the People’s Choice award winner, he will receive a free all-event pass to Convergence 2014. Thanks to Jerry and all those who contributed their compelling stories about the amazing things that can happen during Convergence. Check out his excellent tale on the Convergence contest site, and don’t forget to wrap up any last-minute registration or event plans for an tremendous conference next week. See you in New Orleans!
Not Able to Attend Convergence 2013? Be a Virtual Attendee!
If attending Convergence 2013 wasn't in your budget this year, or schedule conflicts arose, never fear--Virtual Convergence is here! Virtual Convergence is our free online event experience. Beginning March 19, 2013, Virtual Convergence will live broadcast the event keynote and our product-focused general sessions, with integrated social media so you can join the conversation online. In addition, concurrent sessions and deep dive sessions will be available on Virtual Convergence within 24 hours of their designated time. You'll be able to view as much of the session content as you wish, picking up much of the same information and knowledge as in-person Convergence attendees. Virtual Convergence will remain available for 12 months following the event.
While Virtual Convergence can never replace the in person experience, by making select content available, we hope to raise awareness about Convergence and build momentum with your future attendance.
Attendee Sales Offer Announced
For a limited time, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, and Microsoft Dynamics SL existing customers who attend Convergence 2013 to be held in New Orleans, LA March 18-21, 2013, are eligible to receive a 20% discount on additional GP, NAV and SL users and/or modules meeting a minimum System Price List value of USD $2,400 (EUR €1800 for EU/EFTA countries). The discount may be applied across certain product line or edition transition fees.
For all the promotion details, including the terms and conditions, visit the Attendee Offer page.
Counting down to the Convergence Closing Celebration: Spark The Future!
We hope you’ve made plans to join us as we cap off what’s sure to be a terrific Convergence 2013 with a fantastic closing celebration! The Convergence Closing Celebration will take place on Thursday, March 21 from 7:30-11:00pm at the Woldenberg Riverfront Park located in the heart of the city. You’ll enjoy great local cuisine, refreshing beverages, fabulous music, and exclusive access to the city’s state-of-the-art aquarium.
And after 9:00pm, chart-topping, multi-platinum rock band Matchbox Twenty takes the stage! The concert will be held on the Great Lawn with the beautiful Mississippi River as the backdrop. You definitely won’t want to miss this amazing concert and celebration – it’s the perfect way to bring Convergence to a close and spark a bright future with friends and colleagues!
(An informational flyer with a detachable wristband will be handed out at the Registration Desk at the Convention Center upon conference check-in that will include more information about guest passes, transportation, weather and other details.)