It's that time of year again!
Microsoft Dynamics users and partners from around the country will be descending on Orlando (Kissimmee to be exact!) for this year's User Group Summits.
Whether you're on an ERP system like Dynamics 365, AX, GP or BC/NAV, or have tapped into the capabilities of a CRM system or Power Apps, all of these Microsoft Business Applications will be represented at the Gaylord Palms Convention Center.
So now that you have your flight booked, hotel room reserved and your Disney-themed park picked out, how are you planning the rest of your UG Summit experience?
Like any work trip or vacation, a little planning goes a long way. To help make it easier, we've pulled together a few suggestions on how you can make the most out of your time at Summit.
Sessions, sessions, sessions!
As User Group Summit mentions on its homepage, "Summit is the only in-person event featuring user-produced education on how to maximize the performance of your software, regardless of version, to further your job role, career and product investment."
So it should come to no surprise that one of the things that Summit is known for is the large number of educational sessions it offers within each product group. The variety of topics spans across different tracks, presentations types and levels of experience, all of which you can filter by on the website.
If you're logged into your User Group account, you can favorite sessions you're interested in and other listings, like the Microsoft Keynote opening session, which will then populate your "My Schedule" section for easy access and reference (you can even add "Personal Appointments" to really customize your schedule and help keep all of your Summit items in one place).
And did you know that some of our own Columbus experts will be presenting this year? We've put together a session schedule so that you can easily keep track and see some of our team members in action!
Start building your schedules and check out the full list of sessions for each user group below.
Another huge part of Summit is meeting and connecting with peers, partners and Microsoft team members in-person. What better way to meet others in similar industries and roles, and then be able to swap helpful tips or stories.
Did you know that Summit has a Community webpage setup where attendees can post and participate in various discussion threads? It's a great source of knowledge about all of the happenings that will be occurring at Summit, while also offering a space for questions to be answered by the community.
Don't forget food and downtime
With your registration you have access to FREE breakfast and lunch through Summit in the Expo Hall. Here are the hours each day:
|Wednesday, October 16
Breakfast | 7:00-8:00 am
Lunch | 12:00-2:00 pm
|Thursday, October 17
Breakfast | 7:00-8:00 am
Lunch | 11:30-1:30 pm
|Friday, October 18
Breakfast | 7:30-8:30 am
Lunch | 11:00-1:00 pm
The food areas are on both ends of the hall, but if you need an additional pick-me up Columbus will have some candy and mints at booth #1506. Tell them that Katelyn sent you (or I might even see you there)!
Stay on top of the social buzz
The official hashtags for Summit this year are #UserGroupSummit and #PowerPlatformSummit. Make sure to give them a follow to catch all of the latest posts from attendees and see what's happening.
Hopefully all of these tips will help get your UG Summit planning started on the right foot. It's not everyday that you get to share the floor with such a large community of peers and business partners, so why not make the most of it!
We hope you have a great experience in Orlando and make sure to stop by our booth and say hi.