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Mar 28, 2021

Priyesh Wagh's current work in the Microsoft channel focuses on both Dynamics 365 Project Operations and various elements of the Power Platform. In this episode, Priyesh discusses the types of projects he has worked on recently, his community efforts and experiences as a new Microsoft MVP, and how Dynamics 365 project delivery has changed since he joined the Microsoft channel with CloudFronts in 2014.

 

Show Notes:

  • 2:00 - How Priyesh started his career and what tech he is focused on today
  • 4:30 - How standardized (or not) are Project Operations or Project Service Automation deployments?
  • 6:30 - How customization has changed in the era of Power Platform
  • 8:15 - Understanding the change from PSA to Project Operations
  • 9:30 - What kinds of organizations need project service capabilities?
  • 14:15 - Discovering new Project Operations capabilities like Project Buckets
  • 16:00 - How to understand Project Operations deployment options - Lite vs full (integrated with F&O)
  • 19:45 - Priyesh's experience as an MVP
  • 22:30 - What will Priyesh be exploring next?
  • 27:00 - Life in Mumbai during the pandemic

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Mar 24, 2021

There's a new virtual event coming in April with an educational focus for Microsoft technology users but a slightly different origin story.

 

WWMSTUG (or Worldwide Microsoft Technology User Group) will take place on April 14 and 15. It came into existence because a group of Microsoft partners wanted to provide a virtual educational experience to their customers and decided to invest in the idea together. Two of the event organizers, Jeff Goldstein of Queue Associates and Bob McAdam of SalesPad tell us more about how the event came into existence, what they hope to achieve, and what they hope attendees will get out of it in terms of understanding the Microsoft technology updates related to Dynamics 365, Power Platform, Teams, and more. They also explain the registration model. Unlike a lot of events there is a modest fee to attend, though the participating partner organizations are picking up the tab for some attendees (details on their site).

 

Show Notes:

  • 1:15 - Why did the organizers see a need for this event?
  • 4:45 - Getting a new user event started
  • 8:00 - Assembling a lineup of sessions
  • 10:00 - What do customers expect from Microsoft and their partners in terms of technology selection?
  • 15:00 - What can attendees expect from the virtual experience?
  • 19:00 - On the decision to make this a paid event (and how free passes are being made available via sponsors)
  • 22:30 - Thoughts on Microsoft's new plan around user groups
Mar 8, 2021

Note: This episode is sponsored by Continia Software. To learn more, join one of their webinars.

Since we last spoke to Chris de Visser on the podcast he has taken on the role of North America CEO at Continia Software. Continia provides financial automation solutions with a focus on Dynamics 365 Business Central and NAV and, as a vendor based in Europe, has been working to expand its presence in the North American market. De Visser explains how he approaches his role  and some of the ways a firm must adapt to succeed in North America compared to other parts of the world.

We also discuss some of the other challenges that Dynamics 365 Business Central has presented to firms like Continia. Veteran NAV ISVs have invested many thousands of hours into transitioning away from  Microsoft's previous generation of ERP technology and we talk about why 2021 may be an inflection point in that journey as Business Central gains momentum.

Chris also shares some background on his own role and how his career has evolved as the Microsoft Dynamics channel has matured.

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