In this week’s episode of Enterprise Software Podcast, Todd, Bob & Darcy discuss the latest industry news, and interview Pam Misialek, Product Marketing Manager for Microsoft Dynamics SMB.
Pam Misialek is a Microsoft Dynamics GP marketing manager. She has over 21 years in Dynamics GP/Great Plains and 19 years of Microsoft Convergence experience.
The topics covered in this episode include:
- Website Pipeline Partner Huddle Wrap-Up
- Sage Summit / Sage Sessions
- HighJump Acquires RedTail
- GPUG Amplify
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Episode 59 Transcription
BOB Welcome to Episode 59, Enterprise Software Podcast. Pam Misialek, Marketing Director, Dynamics GP from fabulous Fargo was here in the Tampa Bay area in mid-February. So I had a chance to chat with her one on one since both Todd and Darcy were busy. So that’s coming up here shortly, but before we get to that, a couple quick announcements. Our events calendar for 2017 is up at enterprisesoftwarepodcast.com/events. Todd, I think you were in balmy Michigan when Pam was in town and Darcy was in Greenville, South Carolina at this thing they call the Website Pipeline Partner Huddle. What’s that, Darcy? I’m not sure.
DARCY Well, technically it started when we had our first partner come visit us and go to tailgate at a Clemson game. And the partner came and was really impressed when he came into our office and saw what we had going on. And we thought, wow wouldn’t it be great if we could get all of our partners here to the office and do some learning, have some fun. So we started doing these partner huddles and this is our third one, third official one after that first kinda trial run. And we really blew it out this time. We had 30 partners, ISBs, and Sage representatives join us in Greenville, South Carolina at our headquarters for a day of learning. We had a couple outside speakers. Jon Rivers came in and also Pat Ball with Avalara gave a great presentation as well as the keynote speaker. And then we had all the ISVs go around and come up for 10 or 15 minutes and talk about their solutions and give examples of customers they’ve helped. And then we had a little fun as well. So we’ll be getting a blog article out there sometime, probably by the time this airs. So check out websitepipeline.com’s blog or we’ll be tweeting it, I’m sure, to get more about it. But it was really great and we were excited to have record attendance.
TODD Very cool. South Carolina’s not a bad place to be, either.
DARCY It’s nice. It wasn’t too cold, I mean relative, but you know. It wasn’t too bad, but we had a nice time. Greenville’s a nice town so it was really good.
TODD So in other events, we got some new news from Sage. We have Sage Summit and Sage Sessions. Say that three times fast.
BOB Yea I was gonna say. Sage is in the news a lot.
TODD Sage Summit and Sage Sessions. Whew, man.
BOB What’s the difference between a Sage Summit and a Sage Session?
TODD I know the big difference. Sage Sessions are free.
BOB Ooh. Wow, that’s nice.
DARCY So, Sage Sessions appear to be single day events throughout the country. And it doesn’t appear that they have any sponsors from what I can tell. So I don’t know. We have not signed on to sponsor at this point. And if you’re looking at their websites, there are no sponsors listed.
TODD So there’s 4 in Canada and 4 in the US, right?
DARCY Right. And what’s weird is all the Canada dates have been announced and none of the US dates have been announced. And we’re talking all the way through September, so it’s not like they’re going through Canada first and then coming to the US. It’s just very strange. Like maybe the Canada team has their act together. I don’t know.
BOB Than the US team, yea. I see they’ve only listed the months, not the specific days, but they did hit all the big US cities. Chicago, LA, New York City, and Dallas. So they are spread out nicely.
TODD Yea, but Chicago they have listed as being in April and I mean, that’s not that far away now. Let’s be honest.
BOB No. No, it isn’t.
TODD So that’s a little. I guess maybe they’re looking for people that are primarily local and are just gonna drive in rather than people that would actually travel to these events, unlike Sage Summit.
TODD And then Sage Summit is going to be in Atlanta and Toronto in May and June. So they are canvassing the entire east coast of North America.
BOB Yea. That’s a lot of event planning. All these one day deals and then all these Sage Summits not just in North America, but in different cities around the world.
TODD Yea. Yea, lots of events.
DARCY They did something of a similar flavor a few years back with what they called The Inspire Tour. Same kinda idea, one day events throughout the country. So this is not new to them.
TODD They should have stuck with that name. It’s a verb.
DARCY It’s a verb. Yea, what are we doing with that. We’ve got a noun here.
TODD Yea, I know. Sessions. That’s not exciting at all.
DARCY Yea. It’s interesting. It seems that there is some ERP specific content on the agendas for the Canada as there is a Sage300 road ahead session. So I don’t know. We were trying to find out what the mix is. And will the Sage300 customers primarily focus on the Canada events, Sage Summit and Sage Sessions, and the Atlanta Sage Summit be a lot more heavy on the other ERPs. It’s hard to say. So it’s all uncharted territory at this point. So as a sponsor, we’re interested to see what’s happened, but Website Pipeline’s definitely still going to be a sponsor of Sage Summit.
TODD May in Atlanta and they still don’t have the agenda with session detail up. So it makes it a little difficult, but it is cheap. $199 early bird, so they’re keeping it affordable.
DARCY I mean I’m guessing people will plan to attend just based on their past experiences at Sage Summit and probably not assume there’s gonna be anything different. I kinda liken it to maybe Envision where for at least one more year, people are still gonna go even if the format’s changed. Although that didn’t really happen with Envision, did it?
BOB No, I was gonna say, that did not really occur.
DARCY I guess I was wrong then and I’m repeating my mistake.
TODD What’s Envision?
BOB Yea, yea.
DARCY And for those that don’t know, Envision was the congress formally known as Convergence, but not really.
TODD Yea. Now it’s just formerly known.
BOB Well, if you go to the Microsoft Envision website, it is still running. And you allegedly can go to that and the Microsoft Ignite at the same time and jump back and forth between concurrent events.
TODD Right. But as I pointed out to Bob when he showed me that the website was still up, Bob Dole’s campaign website is still up from 1996, so having a website does not mean you’re a viable entity.
BOB That’s true. That’s true. So we’ll see. We’ll see if they have something going on at the same time. I want to see two different …? there in Atlanta, wherever they’re having it.
DARCY Probably Altanta.
TODD Atlanta or New Orleans, right? Alright, we also had an acquisition in the ISV space.
BOB Yea, this was pretty big news in mid-February, I’d say.
TODD It was. So HighJump.
BOB Let’s do a little history on HighJump. Used to be.
TODD Oh my goodness.
BOB Yea, it’s confusing.
TODD Yea, so primarily I guess, the big merger, I guess it’s been almost two years ago, has it?
BOB Right. Mmhmm. Yea, I think so. A couple years.
TODD It was HighJump and Accellos.
BOB Accellos, right.
TODD So Accellos and HighJump, but Accellos even more had kinda made a strategy of purchasing several ISV, primarily supply chain ISVs. So EDI, Warehouse Management, and rolling those up into Accellos. And then Accellos essentially acquired HighJump, but they kept the name HighJump instead.
BOB Right, they kept their TrueCommerce name, right.
TODD Right. Right, and so now the TrueCommerce branch of HighJump has acquired RedTail EDI, which was more of a hosted EDI from what I understand.
TODD So now they have essentially TrueCommerce, Vsync, and RedTail all under their EDI umbrella has to be the best way to say it.
BOB Right. Yea.
TODD So it’s a one stop shopping EDIs.
BOB It really is. That’s definitely where they’re going, is definitely was an interesting piece of news when I saw that mid-February.
TODD Right. So we have inside news that there may be another acquisition announced very very shortly.
BOB Ooh. Stay tuned.
TODD Yes, so somebody tweeted us and said that, I guess it was Wayne Schulz that said that he expects to see more roll up in the ISV industry. And I guess that does kinda make sense as there’s fewer and fewer partners to deal with and they’ll kinda start walling up the ISVs also.
BOB ISVs, …, there’s a lot of them out there.
TODD Yea. Somebody said there’s over 350 just for GP.
BOB –50. That’s what I saw, too. Just for for GP alone, right? Which is a lot.
BOB That’s basis probably right for consolidation.
TODD Right. That’s a lot of dexterity going out there in the world, isn’t it?
BOB Mmhmm. Dexterity lives.
TODD Yea, I guess. Alrighty, so we also had some personnel news at Columbus/InterDyn BMI. So Jon Hendrickson changed positions there. He was CEO at InterDyn BMI, a Columbus company. I think that is how you’re supposed to refer to it.
BOB Mmhmm. That is correct.
TODD And so he has moved into a different role now. And there is a new CEO of InterDyn BMI, which basically gonna run the entire US operations for the Dynamics face for Columbus.
BOB And they have, I think, over 20 offices.
TODD Right, yup.
BOB Quite a few.
TODD Lots of acquisitions and stuff there, so good luck to Jon and his new role there. So some product news. Multi-Bin, this is in your area, Darcy. Multi-Bin for Sage100. Tell me why I should be excited.
DARCY Well, it’s just interesting. It seems to be one of those cases of a product that wasn’t really even a Sage100 product, but now they’re putting a basic version in for free for anyone who’s on the 100C version. And this is a collaboration between DSD and ScanForce. So they’re putting a basic version in the Sage100C version for anyone who’s using it. And then, of course, there’s an advanced version for anyone who needs more advanced Multi-Bin functionalities. So.
BOB Well that’s pretty exciting. Free Bin. Sage 100C. That’s not bad.
TODD Microsoft is taking a similar approach with Jet Reports now where they give you kind of a free basic version and then you can upgrade. I guess it’s that whole “free-mium” type approach.
BOB Yea, but you get lower level functionality. There’s a lot of things that you would hope would be in there that aren’t necessarily in there.
BOB Time now for an interview segment. Today we’re pleased to welcome Pam Misialek, Product Marketing Director for Dynamics GP at Microsoft. She’s down here from Fargo, visiting the Tampa Bay area so we dragged her into the Dynavistics Studios to talk a little bit about what’s going on with Dynamics GP and all the events. So Pam, welcome to Enterprise Software Podcast.
PAM Great, thanks for having me.
BOB You picked a good week here in mid-February. The weather’s been pretty fabulous.
PAM Yes, it’s been an awesome week. Great weather.
BOB That’s good to hear, good to hear. Okay, for the people that don’t know you, listening to this program today, please introduce yourself and give us a little background.
PAM Great. My name’s Pam Misialek. I am the Microsoft Dynamics GP Product Marketing Manager. So I work on the product strategy, pricing, licensing, the direction we’re taking the product as well as events. I am GP. I’ve been around for like 21 years now.
BOB 21 years at Microsoft, great playing software.
BOB Wow. That’s really amazing.
PAM It went by very fast. It did.
BOB I know. Who woulda thunk? Alright, so anyway. We’re working with you. You and I are working together on GPUG Amplify 2017, a brand new event that came out last year.
PAM Yes. I love this event ‘cause it’s smaller and we tried it for the first time last year when we planned it and I was kinda like uhh, is anyone gonna come? What’s gonna happen?
BOB Right. Exactly. If you go back on the story, it was like, Microsoft Convergence, there’s 19 years of Microsoft Convergence. It’s a great show, you know? It had a wonderful reputation going back to Great Plains Convergence when it was at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin every single year and it was just wonderful. And then Envision came around and Convergence, exit stage left. So you came, knocking on the Dynamic community’s door and said, GP 2016 rolling out May 1st. We need to do an event to show it off.
PAM Yea, right, exactly. And I had customers who said, I want my Convergence back, I want a GP event for GP customers. And that out came Amplify.
BOB Yea, I know. And that’s a great story, you know, born out of necessity, born out of people’s wanting to have something, born out of folks wanting to have a substitute event. It’s been great. So now, here we are, putting the finishing touches on it. Both for the partner day on March 20th out in Anaheim, California and then for the end users who show up Monday evening, March 20th, and then stick around for 2 more days out in Anaheim. So.
PAM Yea, I think it’s great. We’re gonna have our customer opening keynote that Monday evening. So they can come in during the day and then kick it off right away. And then on Tuesday and Wednesday, we can just really focus on really strong content and have 2 full days. So we’re gonna go all day on Wednesday, so don’t, if you’re flying in, make sure to stay for the end ‘cause we’re gonna keep that content really really strong throughout the entire event.
BOB So let’s talk about the tracks for GPUG Amplify and we’ve got at GPUG Summit, which is our fall flagship event, we’ve got like 10 or 11 tracks and 180 sessions. It’s a lot. It’s a lot for even a group of people to consume. But at GPUG Amplify, smaller audience, different set of tracks.
PAM Right, definitely. And comparing the two with Summit, there’s a lot of sessions that are very specific to a power user. They have things that we’re not gonna cover at Amplify and don’t intend to.
BOB That’s right. Mmhmm.
PAM And really, the overall goal is to give really good content about what’s coming up. What else should I take advantage of in my business? What should I do? What technologies can I bring in to do business differently so you can focus on running your business and not necessarily the day to day systems that you need to use to use it. So a lot of the content is going to be meant for those decision makers and people in those roles where they’re looking at what’s next. They’re not looking at what they got today, but what’s up next in the future. And that’s where Summit is great, is ‘cause they talk about how do I get things done today and do things more efficiently? And so I think it’s going to be a really good time. So we have several tracks for customers that they’ll be able to pick from. So we’ll have probably, was it 5, Bob, sessions going on at a time?
BOB Yes. Yes, at any one time we’ll have 5 rooms going. Couple for reporting only ‘cause we’ve got lots of reporting mechanisms that tie into Dynamics GP. People have lots of questions on those and those are always popular. We got a couple going on for general GP educational content, which is basically anything Dynamics GP related that isn’t reporting. And then that fifth room will be kind of a leadership or executive track where we talk about cloud, we talk about project management, we talk about deploying web client, we talk about managing millenials. We got a hodgepodge of stuff in there that doesn’t necessarily tie to GP directly, but is interesting for decision makers to contemplate or you know, think about as far as being more competitive with leveraging technology.
PAM Right, exactly. And that’s one of the things that I think is important, is businesses go beyond just GP. I mean, GP is great and we all love it and it does certain things, but when you think about your end to end business solution, you have to think about project management or hiring new people and how to onboard them in a different way. And I think we’ve brought that. And of course, reporting’s the number one.
BOB Reporting is endless.
PAM Yea, it’s endless. And Power BI is out now and it’s super super cool. And so I think we’re getting that right balance of getting you outside of GP, but also giving you that core GP knowledge as well.
BOB Yea, for reporting, you know, we could go on and on. Power BI, Management Reporter, Jet Express for Excel, …? doing customizing Word templates in Dynamics GP. I mean, we got reporting content is really thorough and solid.
PAM Yea, and I’ve been told from customers as well as partners, the number one thing they feel like they need in a business is better reporting or better analytics. Or they need, they have years of valuable data in their database and they can’t figure out how to get it out. And so we’re gonna do that at Amplify. And then the other one thing I like about this event is we are gonna have the Microsoft help desk come. So we’re gonna have the support resources come. So if you went to, let’s say a Power BI session, and you wanna get started, you can sit down with them and say can you help me create a report? And they’ll be able to do that.
BOB Yea, having the support help desk, that was a key thing at Convergence for years and years. I leveraged it myself in my implementation days. So we’re bringing that in, just like we had last year. There was a half dozen people there from Fargo that helped us out for that couple days and they were all busy, but it wasn’t crazy busy. And a lot of people got some good solutions while they were in town.
PAM You’re right, and I think it was a great balance because when we’ve had help desk at Summit, there was a line and as a customer, they feel rushed, where this wasn’t. I’d walk by and I’d see people that were VP and into their system and the support desk’s helping them like, fix their MR reports and do whatever, where you have that time where you feel like you can really sit down and you don’t have to say, ok that’s all for now ‘cause I wanna be respectful for the person that’s waiting behind me. And so that would be one of my biggest tips, is as a company, ask all the people who aren’t gonna attend Amplify, get all your support questions on a list. Bring it there because every one of those support questions would cost money and you just paid for your trip.
BOB Yea, you’re exactly right. Get the support you need by coming to GPUG Amplify and the trip pays for itself.
PAM Right. ‘Cause what’s nice about this event is it’s small, and so everything is just right there. And I was at every Convergence except for two. The very first one, I wasn’t invited, and the other one I was having a baby so I had an excuse.
BOB All but two. That’s pretty good.
PAM I know, it’s kinda crazy. So what’s interesting about this event compared to Convergence, I remember I’d plan out my day and you’d have to plan in the 20 minute walk from one place to another. You’d have to plan, I’m gonna spend 2 hours at the expo and kinda put it in your calendar ‘cause you just couldn’t do it all and you wanted to make sure you got your priority things in. And so now at Amplify, everything’s just right there. So the expo is right where you’re going to eat breakfast and lunch and it’s just all within walking where it’s like, hey you wanna meet? I’ll meet you at checkpoint 5, or I’ll just meet around the corner at Starbucks and buy you a coffee instead. So it’s just a lot easier to get around and that’s what customers loved about it ‘cause it’s GP only.
BOB And the vendors, too. The vendors were like, we’re always in the expo hall and we never get to see what’s going on, but at GPUG Amplify it’s such an intimate size of folks and we will cap out at 500. But they can be a part of it as well. They can work their booth and do the sales oriented stuff they gotta do, but they’re still part of the general session and the meals and all that, so I think they really appreciated that.
PAM Yea, I think they did.
BOB Now speaking of keynote, I pinged my buddy Zubin Gidwani there from Dynamic Budgets, he’s a UCLA grad, and I said, there’s gotta be somebody smart who went to UCLA that can help us on our keynote. And I’m like I want someone to talk about something different. We have lots of motivational speakers, that’s great. But how about cyber security? So Zubin pinged his alumni association and found this gentleman Eric Peterson to speak on cyber security and talk about identity theft and topical topics for the attendees regardless of what industry they’re in. so I’m looking forward to hear what Eric has to say. Some of the stuff I’m sure will be a little frightening with identity theft and all your favorite stores having breaches of data, but I think it’s important for people to take some time away from the GP trenches and listen to a topic that’s important to everyone.
PAM Yea, I agree and I was really excited about this topic ‘cause we’ve done keynotes before, we’ve tried motivational speakers, we’ve tried multiple different things. And I mean, this is something that’s top of mind ‘cause it’s not just the big companies these days that are getting hacked. I mean, it’s every day. It’s just out there.
BOB Yea, a little frightening.
PAM And when we’re thinking everyone’s out in the cloud and they’re out online, you don’t always think about somebody’s things that we probably should. So I’m looking forward to it.
BOB Yea, I hate hearing on the news when a retailer I visit, you see Home Depot that so many people are walking in and out of all over the world has their data breached or something like that. It’s frightening.
BOB Tuesday afternoon, we’re gonna do Industry Round Table, something we don’t do at GPUG Summit. What’s up with that?
PAM It’s new. It’s brand new. I’m a little scared about it so you might hear that in my voice ‘cause I’m a little nervous. But we have a lot of customers where they just wanna talk to other customers in their same industry. And we’ve tried various ways of doing that in the past. And so this year what we’re gonna do is a dedicated time slot, it’s gonna be for industry, and the goal is really to have it more of an interactive discussion. So you can talk to, let’s say a retailer if you’re one, and find problems for someone that’s not a competitor next door, but someone else and see how they solved them. And so I’m excited about it, but I’m scared ‘cause my tip for all you GP customers who are coming, be prepared to talk. Don’t come to the table and hope just to listen to someone else.
BOB That’s right.
PAM And bring your problems or ask your people for your industry specific things so we can make sure that that one hour time slot is hugely valuable ‘cause I think it could be.
BOB Yea, I agree. I mean people do come to us or reiterate that they want to discuss best practices and industry related items with folks that work in their industry, not just folks that are near them, say geographically. So we’re gonna carve out an hour Tuesday afternoon, throw this out at people, see how it goes. If it goes well, we’ll continue this practice and maybe expand upon it in future GPUG Amplify events. ‘Cause I think talking about specifics in manufacturing or distribution or not for profit or whatever industry we’ve got listed there could be very valuable for those who really want to come and discuss those arenas and get smarter as far as leveraging GP in those areas.
PAM Right. And I think it can add a lot of value ‘cause I do a lot of existing customer events. I get to visit with a lot of people and they give me product feedback. And a lot of times, the product feedback per industry is completely different. And so I usually say, ‘cause we have a site called connect.microsoft.com, which is where you go to give us product feedback, and I’ll go to them and say find your friends in this room because the stuff you want is different than what other people would want outside your industry. And so that would be the hope, is that since your problems are different, let’s get you together to solve them together. So we’ll have to see. So if you are interested, I’m excited. So we’ll see. And I’ll be there. I’m not …? expert, but I’ll be there to check it out.
BOB Right, to listen and to learn. That’ll be fun.
PAM Or hide in the corner and cringe ‘cause no one’s talking.
BOB That’s right. We want lots of people who came to talk and supply some input, not just listen. You’re exactly right. So one of the best things about GPUG. Well, GPUG Summit is end user driven. So we have a committee of end users and partners who helped compile the massive list of sessions that we do. But with GPUG Amplify, it’s smaller, and you and can sit here and we know the players, we know the people in the space that are knowledgable and well known to the end users. So we can put them into places where they’re really comfortable and watch them hit homeruns all day long. So many of the speakers that we’ve teed up for GPUG Amplify have been in the space a long time. They’re experts in their field. And we get to watch ‘em work their magic in areas that they’re really comfortable with. So Belinda Allen will be there. Leslie Vail will be there. Mariana Gomez, Mark Pellino, David Eichner, Rod O’Connor, I mean who am I missing? There’s a big list of big names who are dying to go to GPUG Amplify and show off what they know.
PAM Right. And I think that’s what’s a lot different about this event, is we have those big players who really know their stuff. And so rather than having it for customers by customers, it’s really, I want to find the best person that I know …? certain topic and get them on the stage. And someone who’s presented before so it’s not only really good content, but it’s also positioned and spoken in the right way so it’s entertaining and you can have fun doing it as well. So we have a really good lineup of some really strong people. I know, Bob, you forgot to mention me in your list of big heavy hitters.
BOB Did I forget to mention Pam Misialek in the list of heavy hitters speaking at GPUG Amplify?
PAM You did.
BOB I’m looking at my list here. It’s like the names are endless. Let’s see. Dan Krauss is gonna be there. Derek Krebs is gonna be there. Jeff Frisch is gonna be there. Amber Bell’s gonna be there, doing her superhero thing ‘cause it’s become so popular. So yea, we’ve got a super long list of people that are in demand at GPUG events and Dynamics GP events. And I’m pleased that you don’t have to ask any of them twice. They’re all like, ok what can I do next? Can you sign me up for another session? I can do this or I can talk about that. It’s awesome.
PAM Yea, it’s great. It’s the one thing I like about GP is our community is so strong. And people are stepping up and
BOB Tons of momentum. Alright, so anyway. Pam and I have been thinking about GPUG almost nonstop now since the beginning of the year. So all the information on how to register and how to get yourself out to the Marriott Anaheim is available at GPUGAmplify.com. So please check it out. Alright so since this is Pam’s first visit to Enterprise Software Podcast, we are obligated to ask the three questions. And since we’re here in the Dynavistics Studios, but neither Todd nor Darcy are in town this week, I get to ask all three. So the first one is, you’re from the Fargo Moorhead area.
BOB So if the three of us were to venture up there and with the exception of Darcy, Todd and I have certainly been up there many times, where would you recommend we go to eat?
PAM Where I’d recommend you go to eat. So there’s a pizza place in downtown Fargo. It’s called Sammy’s Pizza. It is the GP pizza place. So for years, when we have team events or we, we go to Sammy’s. So even now, people who have worked at Great Plains and have left and are gone, we get together all the time and we’re like, you wanna go do lunch? We don’t even say where. You wanna go do lunch? Yup. And we just know we’re gonna go to Sammy’s. Um, don’t be scared when you walk in, when you see the broken tile and the dirty ceilings and stuff. It’s a really old place, but they have really good pizza. So that would be my like, back home town GP type story. But downtown Fargo’s known for eclectic cuisine. So anywhere downtown would be great. But I go to The Toasted Frog is my other one.
BOB Toasted Frog. I’ve been there. It’s a nice place. Alright. So if you were not Product Marketing Director for Dynamics GP with all the marketing tasks on your plate, what would you be doing?
PAM I would be hopefully a successful author and writer.
BOB Really? Wow.
PAM Yes. Of fiction books.
BOB Really? Have you written anything before or you’ve just thought about it?
PAM I’ve written several books. I’ve never published anything. So Mark …? has been buggin me a little bit. Come on, go do it. I’m like no, not quite ready yet.
BOB Yea. Right, ‘cause he’s publishing all kinds of stuff. And I’m buying it and reading it.
PAM Yea he is.
BOB And it’s pretty good.
PAM Exactly. So that would be my hope or my dream if I didn’t do that.
BOB Wow. Okay, I didn’t know you had those aspirations. That’s excellent.
BOB Alright, the final question that’s non technical that we ask all our guests is, if you knew someone who had just purchased Dynamics GP, you know, end user, and you were gonna advise them to go have a drink with someone in the space that could teach them about this community, who would that person be? And you can’t answer Todd McDaniel or Darcy Boerio.
PAM Well then I guess I’m going to have to answer Bob McAdam.
BOB Oh my goodness. I can’t believe you would say it would be me. Gee.
PAM But in all seriousness, you are the person I would pick. And the reason why is because the community is so big. As a new person, where you have Belinda knows Power BI. You have Amber knows GP. You have Mariana who knows Web Client. There’s all these people and I would want someone who can kinda pave the way of who, based on where I’m at, who would I want to meet with when. And you would be someone that knows and is connected to all of those people together. ‘Cause it’s kinda hard as a new person to figure out what’s your path and what’s your way.
BOB Right, there’s a lot of options.
PAM And even at Summit will have 10 to 15 sessions going at one time.
BOB 10 to 12, yea.
PAM So much. And then here, there’s 5 where you have a little bit, but it could be we’re gonna have down time, right? I’ll have a coffee with you and say, hey I don’t know anything. And if I try to talk to Amber Bell, will I get lost because I don’t know enough? And then you could kinda pave that way for that person.
BOB Well, okay. That’s very nice of you. Thank you.
PAM Well yes. My second person would be me, of course.
BOB Right ‘cause you’ve been, 19 years.
BOB 21, sorry. 19 years of Convergence, 21 years of …
BOB Todd and Darcy are still rolling their eyes, but hey, it’s okay.
PAM They’re not here, so.
BOB That’s right. Just you and me. Well hey, thanks for coming in to the Dynavistics Studios and talking Dynamics GP and GPUG Amplify with us at Enterprise Software Podcast. And I really appreciate all your help that you’re doing with all these events. And we will be seeing much of you down the road.
PAM Okay great. Thanks for having me.