Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Convergence Copenhagen 2007

Last week I attended the Convergence in Copenhagen (Denmark). This was for me the first time to attend a Convergence. In the past I attended several times the Microsoft DevDays in the Netherlands, so the experience wasn’t really that new for me.

Guess most of you know how it works, the mornings start with keynote session and later followed by other usually 1 hour session about different topics concerning the Microsoft Dynamics stack. Other topics also included Office 2007 and MOSS 2007, which are of course the products we are using already or will be using soon.

Microsoft & Partners
And yes there was more also Microsoft was represented with country lounges and in the (third) partner area all kind of partners were represented like Qurious, Columbus IT, Annata, Avanade and Mondo.

For my interest, yes Microsoft CRM, some interesting partners/exhibitors were Scribe Insight, C360, Mondo, Brimstone, CWR Mobility and SalesCentric.

What is hot?
No Copenhagen was definitely not hot, guess more cold or chilly :-) Nevertheless I think one of the hottest add-ons for Microsoft Dynamics CRM was the “Relationships Charts” of SalesCentric



This add-on visualizes the relationships within Microsoft Dynamics CRM and think the tool we were waiting for, because I can’t remember one customer who didn’t ask for this feature. So check out the add-on at: www.salescentric.com

Integration within Dynamics stack
Of course I like to write about integration and migration, because I find it very interesting. Two companies launch adapters for integration between two Dynamics products CRM and NAV. I know a little about NAV and wondered many times when there would be the possibility to integrate CRM and ERP in the Microsoft Dynamics stack in easier way.

The first company is Scribe Insight and the other is VisionPeople both released their adapter to integrate CRM and NAV.

Business Intelligence
Also in the field of Business Intelligence new add-ons were launched/ presented on the Convergence C360 promoted their recently released “BI Analytics for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0” a very nice easy to use tool for getting your analytics out of Microsoft Dynamics CRM.



An new arrival for me on the market was BI4Dynamics from Slovenia company NPS, they also had an out of the box BI Solution, which could be up and running within 1 hour. More details at their website www.bi4dynamics.com/



Verticals
Every company like to specialize in their own field and some do develop their own vertical. One of the nicest I saw was from the company Brimestone. They have two verticals for Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences and nice detail that the were the winner of the Innovation Award 2007 for Sales and Marketing.



And more is…
It was very busy time at the Convergence visited many sessions and met a lot of people and I think next time you should attend it yourself. Coming week I will write some more about the Convergence.

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