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Now displaying: August, 2023
Aug 28, 2023

The Microsoft Power Platform Conference returns for its second edition in October, and Microsoft's Heather Cook, who is also an executive producer of the event, joins us to talk about the conference and trends in the community. Heather joined Microsoft's Business Applications team in June of 2020 after working in the Microsoft Teams group, and she tells us about her efforts over that time, from supporting grassroots local groups to large centralized events like MPPC 2023.

 

MPPC will offer sessions for a range of interest, from technical to professional development to community. Heather tells us how MPPC fits into Microsoft's broader approach to supporting the Power Platform community, how newcomers are getting involved, and what else Microsoft will be doing in the coming months. 

 

Show Notes:

  • 5:00 - Evolution of the Power Platform community since Covid across products, events, and initiatives
  • 8:00 - Heather's event experience and how she applied it when joining the Business Apps group in June of 2020
  • 13:00 - Speaker highlights at MPPC 2023: Execs, product managers to community members
  • 15:00 - More event agenda details
  • 17:30 - How members of the community take the first steps toward adding their voices
  • 20:00 - Stories of Power Platform career changers and career opportunities
  • 23:00 - How newcomers get started today
  • 25:00 - Heather's broader community planning outlook for 2023 and beyond

 

Follow Mondays at Microsoft (https://www.linkedin.com/company/microsoft-community/) with Heather and Karuana Gatimu at 8am PT every other week, where they share product and community updates.

Aug 18, 2023

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central veterans Robb Delprado and Steve Chinsky of Accelerynt attended Cavallo's recent PANELS'23 event and joined us as the event was winding down to discuss their impressions. We discuss Cavallo's Business Central product roadmap, the role of ISVs more generally in today's BC ecosystem, today's balance between investing in custom development (including Power Platform) and add-on solutions, and what an ISV like Cavallo, with its existing GP customer base, can teach NAV and BC veterans about the future of Business Central projects for organizations with on-prem ERP today.

 

Show Notes:

  • 3:30 - Reaction to Cavallo's roadmap, focused on both Dynamics GP and D365 Business Central
  • 8:00 - The challenge of planning for a Business Central implementation project
  • 12:00 - The importance of exposing GP customers to a future with BC
  • 14:30 - Customization versus packaged solutions for Business Central
  • 22:30 - More about the BC 3 Amigos podcast
  • 23:45 - Other impressions of the PANELS'23 experience

 

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Aug 2, 2023

This episode is sponsored by Mazars USA.

 

As Microsoft and other large technology firms accelerate their AI-related roadmaps, businesses have no choice but to reckon with how different technology will impact their employees, customers, and partners. Some AI tools will be relatively easy to deploy, like prebuilt capabilities coming to Microsoft Dynamics 365 apps via Copilot. Other uses of AI will require greater investment, carry different risk profiles, and raise new ethical, regulatory, and governance question. 

 

Ivan Cole, managing director at Mazars USA about AI adoption in the Microsoft space, joins us to these topics and expand on some of the points he and his colleague, Microsoft MVP Chris Segurado, raised in a recent webcast for the MSDW audience about adoption and momentum of AI in the Dynamics space.

 

As Ivan explains, all artificial intelligence isn’t created equal. With the popularity of generative AI, we are seeing a tendency for people to confuse it with other capabilities like machine learning (ML) and natural language processing (NLP). Ivan explains how he untangles some of these fundamentals and shares his outlook on why an AI framework helps guide businesses in their approach to the various technologies.

 

Show Notes:

  • 2:30 - What do people understand well about AI today and where do they need education?
  • 6:00 - How to harness an organization's enthusiasm to take advantage of AI capabililties in the Microsoft space
  • 12:30 - How AI's implementation could change specific roles in organizations
  • 16:00 - Looking for AI solutions that extend beyond what Microsoft offers out of the box
  • 18:30 - What it means to enable security and guardrails for AI adoption
  • 22:00 - Why organizations need to make rapid progress on their AI governance policies

 

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