All those GP Var’s that have travelled to New Orleans this week are in for a real treat. You will have plenty of time to get intimate with New Orleans as there will be very little of interest for you inside the convention centre.
Do not moan about it, just accept that this event is targeted at the greater Microsoft Community rather than Dynamics. It became clear when both Convergence and WPC were being held in the same city that they had very different target audiences. While I always have a great time in New Orleans I am not sure that I or my liver can tolerate more than one annual visit.
So where should the GP community put its energy:
1. Convergence: Convergence is the king of events and everyone should get there to make it bigger and better. A really strong Dynamics focus means a great event for both business and learning.
2. GPUG: This growing user group provides a much more intimate environment which is growing in popularity http://www.gpug.com/default.aspx?pageid=1262. To spend valuable and long periods of time with other users and solution providers this is the place to be.
3. Partner Event: http://thepartnerchannel.com/the-event/ this is another much smaller event held in Fargo. (everyone must take the pilgrimage to Fargo once a year so time it around the event). This is a partner only event that is well supported by Microsoft.