Thoughts from Seattle’s Microsoft Dynamics AX Technical Conference

After an exhausting 10+ hours flight, finally we set foot in Sea-Tac, Seattle’s Airport, in Washington state USA. Seattle is home to a number of software houses, including big names like Amazon, Nintendo, Expedia and Microsoft. And for the latter it is that we paid visit to Seattle, as to attend the annual Microsoft Dynamics AX Technical Conference at the end of October.

The 3-day conference kicked off on early morning Tuesday with an introductory key note speech from Hal Howard, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Dynamics ERP Research and Development, and Sri Srinivasan, General Manager for the Customer and Partner Programs of Microsoft Dynamics AX. Both vividly expressed the effort Microsoft have been putting in to further extend and enrich the Dynamics AX solution and cited that the new R2 release will be increasing the AX 2012 functionality breadth. The R2 release will be made available this coming December.

Following the key note presentation, which lasted about 90 minutes, a number of break-out sessions were in schedule (in fact, over 50 of them spread across 3 days) covering a number of topics and targeting different expertise and interests. These featured among others the BI solution and functionalities that are packaged as standard with the Dynamics AX solution, and which, with the introduction of the Power View, enthusiastically awed the audience. Other breakout sessions addressed the technical and solution architecture advancements about to be introduced with the coming release, including the awaited data partitioning. There have also been a number of Q&A sessions where participants had the opportunity to ask questions to the people who are directly involved in building the Dynamics AX solution.

Other areas that were addressed in the breakout sessions related to advancements in the HR, Projects, Manufacturing, Finance and Inventory modules, just to mention a few. Other sessions were more vertically oriented in nature, like for example they addressed new functionalities which are about to be introduced and typically used by Public Sector organisations.

In summary, attending the annual Microsoft Dynamics AX conference has been a great experience, the kind of event after which you are eager to get back into office to continue embracing the opportunity to work and offer Dynamics AX as the ERP solution of choice.