The New Year has truly dawned upon us, and there’s no shortage of options when it comes to attending business conferences.

Now is a really good time to start planning which Microsoft Dynamics conferences and events will offer you the best solutions for your business in 2016.

As world-class leaders in Microsoft Dynamics recruitment, Nigel Frank International has provided a comprehensive overview of must-attend events for each role in the Microsoft Dynamics lifecycle, some of which we are attending as sponsors and/or exhibitors. These events cover a variety of key initiatives in Microsoft Dynamics AX, NAV, CRM, GP and SL plus hot topics critical to business success.

Recently released numbers from Microsoft Convergence 2015, confirmed that 60% of Fortune 500 companies use the Microsoft Dynamics suite of tools. The Microsoft Dynamics community is projected to accelerate its growth, with public IT cloud services spend expected to reach an estimated $127 billion by 2018 according to the latest IDC research.

Some of the other conferences and events that made the cut for our recommendations in 2016 are in their inaugural stages, while others remain renowned conferences that consultants, engineers, architects, developers, system admins, and other professionals working within the Microsoft Dynamics space will look forward to attending. Specifically, we chose events that feature expert keynote speakers, industry leaders, and tracks that focus on the hottest Microsoft trends and innovations.

If you’re trying to stay on top of your game for 2016, attending one (or more) of these events on our list is a great place to start! Consider these events and how they align with your business goals, the professional development of your organization and networking needs. You’ll learn more about the advancements in Microsoft Dynamics and see how the latest solutions benefit businesses.

So be sure to pencil in some of these events on your new calendar – here’s this year’s guide to the top industry events with our compliments, Nigel Frank International!

Audience: Solution Architects | Implementation Consultants | Application Developers

Support | Project Director/Manager | System Administrator | Business User

We’re kicking off our 2016 event calendar with the Microsoft Dynamics Technical Conference.

The Microsoft Dynamics Technical Conference is the premier technical event for Microsoft Dynamics AX and has multiple learning and networking opportunities for partners. Attendees can make key business connections with the people who implement and build on Microsoft Dynamics AX along with expertise on technologies such as Power BI, SharePoint, and others. Attendees can expect to:

  • Experience the anticipated release of Microsoft Dynamics ‘AX 7’ and build product competency
  • Get the information you need to construct a deployment plan that leverages R&D team expertise
  • Gain an understanding of the new implementation of business processes through the new tool, Conference Room Pilot

Conference Format:

  • Keynote
  • Sessions: General Sessions, Breakout Sessions and Instructor Led Labs
  • Conference Giveaways: gift item and conference guide, plus special sponsored items
  • Attendees Tools & Resources: access to Schedule Builder, session recordings, presentations, and the mobile website
  • Deep Dive Sessions February 26-27, hosted in Redmond, WA 

Sponsorship Options: Yes

ExpoN/A

Cost:

  • $1,395 – Early registration price until 11:59pm PT on December 18, 2015
  • $1,695 – Price starting on December 19, 2015
  • $800 – Deep Dive Sessions

Reasons to Attend: The opportunity to interact with peers and Microsoft experts will increase your chance to get access to information and expertise from leading experts.

Microsoft Dynamics US Industry Summit 2016

Audience: Microsoft Employees & Microsoft Dynamics Partners Only

*This event is open to Microsoft Dynamics Partners and Microsoft employees only. You will be contacted if you are neither a partner or Microsoft employee.

Description:

The event aims to strengthen its focus on industry; building off insights from industry analysts, customers, and industry experts within Microsoft, their partners and the industry marketplace. The event will build on “Solution of One” in respective industries, bringing more rigour around the sales opportunity with Microsoft Dynamics, Cloud and Mobility strategies.

Conference Format:

  • Keynotes
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Happy Hour
  • Ancillary Training
  • Reception and Expo

Sponsorship Options: Yes $30,000 – $16,500

Expo: Yes$5,000 Click here for further information

Cost:

  • Early Bird Pricing begins at 1/15/16 for $720
  • Standard Pricing begins at 1/16/16 for $840

Reasons to Attend: This Summit will focus on insights from Microsoft Dynamics ERP & CRM Partners & Field Teams; targeting the roles of Leadership, Sales and Marketing.

CRM User Group Meeting

Audience: All Dynamics CRM users are welcome. CRMUG membership extends to ALL employees. Partners members are welcome to attend provided they are accompanied by a customer

Description:

Attend this in-person learning and networking opportunity with Dynamics CRM peers in your area. Learn best practices, tips and tricks, and proven results from individual experiences to get the most out of your company’s investment.

Conference Format:

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Chapter Business, CRMUG News & Events
  • Educational Session
  • Member Showcase
  • Networking/Roundtable Discussions

Sponsorship Options: N/A

Expo: N/A

Cost: N/A

Reasons to Attend: Microsoft Dynamics users congregated together for peer to peer reviews and insights.

Nigel Frank International is pleased to be attending the CeBIT 2016, where you can learn more about key issues currently shaping the IT world.

Audience: SMEs, Major  |  Corporations and ICT Professionals

Description:

CeBIT is the only event worldwide where visitors can experience the entire spectrum of digital transformation on the basis of specific showcases and examples of best practice. The exhibition is targeted at SMEs as well as major corporations.

Conference Format:

  • Exhibition
  • Conferences
  • Scale11 – young entrepreneurs meet experienced decision-makers
  • Summit

Sponsorship Options: Yes

Expo: Yes

Cost:

Exhibition:

  • Early Bird Tickets €400 (Full event) only until 29 February
  • Full Event Ticket: €55 (Advance Sale). At the ticket office €60
  • Day Tickets: €25 at the ticket office

Exhibition and conference:

  • Day Tickets: €600
  • Full Event Ticket €1,000

Red Tickets:

  • Exclusive access to all the top events €1,990

Reasons to Attend: The CeBIT Global Conferences provide an all-round survey of the digital marketplace. The world’s ICT elite comes here to analyse cross-industry trends and ground-breaking innovations.

Nigel Frank International are pleased to be Silver Sponsors of Microsoft EnvisionEnvision is a new flagship event designed for CxOs and their senior department and functional leaders who are driven to shape their own future and position their organizations and business for success.

Audience: Business Leaders and Decision Makers

Description:

Microsoft Envision is an event for business leaders and decision makers, designed to give business leaders powerful ideas and real-world solutions that can move business forward. You’ll hear about the latest trends, disruptive technologies, and gain new perspectives for making smart decisions about the future of your business.

Conference Format:

  • Business Trends and Themes – including Internet of Things (IoT), big data and analytics, cybersecurity, productivity, mobility, and more
  • Industry Trends – including Manufacturing, Retail, Financial Services, Public Sector, Consumer Packaged Goods, Hospitality and Travel, Professional Services, and more
  • Leadership Growth in Key Business Roles – including sales, operations, IT, marketing, finance, customer service, and more

Sponsorship Options: Yes

Expo: Yes $695

Cost:

  • Full Conference Pass $1,995
  • Full Conference Up! Pass $2445
  • Day Pass $995
  • Expo Only Pass $695

Reasons to Attend: If you’re a business leader who is charged with making or influencing key business decisions within your organization, you’ll gain tremendous value at Microsoft Envision. You’ll find a depth of resources here that will help you not only come away better positioned for your future, but help you discover how to take advantage of solutions available today that will deliver immediate results to your business.

Nigel Frank International are excited about being Silver Sponsors at the 2016 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) and we look forward to the prospect of greeting over 15,000 visitors.

Audience: Executives  |  CEOs  |  Directors  |  President/Vice President/s  |  CTOs  |  COOs  |  Sales  |  General Managers  |  Channel Leaders in SMB

Description:

The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) brings together over 15,000 attendees from around the globe for a week of networking and learning all with the goal of increasing partner profitability and accelerating business growth. At WPC, you’ll hear the latest revelations from top Microsoft leaders on industry analysis, strategic direction, and how Microsoft enables partners and their customers to achieve more. For those looking to expand their network and learn from peers, no other event offers the breadth and depth of Microsoft partner experience that WPC does.

Conference Format:

  • Keynotes
  • 455 Interactive Sessions
  • Evening Events

Sponsorship Options: Yes   $250,000 – $55,000

Expo: Yes   $24,500 – $14,500

Cost:

  • $ 1,795 for an All Access Pass
  • $200 refund – WPC Group Discount on each All Access Pass

Reasons to Attend: At WPC you will find the leaders and the visionaries of the IT industry all coming together to spur innovation and growth to new heights. Interact, network and meet with industry leaders from around the globe.

AXUG Focus 2016

Audience: Microsoft Dynamics AX Users, End Users, Partners & ISV’s

Description:

AXUG Focus 2016 offers Microsoft Dynamics AX users the opportunity to spend two days gaining a deeper understanding of their job role and the topics relevant to their success. Through continuous deep dive sessions during the event, attendees will join other Dynamics AX users in Chicago, IL, and choose from three specific learning tracks: Finance, BI & Reporting, and Technical. 

Conference Format:

  • Finance Track: This learning track will be geared toward roles focused on financial functions
  • BI & Reporting Track: This learning track will be geared toward roles needing to understand analytics and reporting
  • Technical Track: This learning track will be geared toward technical roles

Sponsorship Options: Yes $4,000

Expo: N/A

Cost:

Dynamic AX Users

  • AXUG User Members (Paid Annual Dues) $649, Onsite Price begins at 4/1/16. Early Bird $549 Ends 4/31/16
  • User-subscribers and non-members: $749, Onsite Price begins at 4/1/16. Early Bird $649 Ends 3/31/16

Dynamic AX Partners

  • Members (Paid Annual Dues) $1,049
  • Subscribers and non-members: Click here for more information on how you can join AXUG and receive the benefits of an AXUG Partner Member

Reasons to Attend: This unique learning structure blends the extended training available through AXUG Academy with the one-hour breakout sessions experienced during our the AXUG Summit.

After its first successful year in 2015, Nigel Frank International will be featured as this year’s Silver Sponsors at Microsoft Ignite 2016

Audience: IT Decision Makers, IT Professionals Enterprise Developers and Analysts

Description:

Microsoft Ignite gives you five days of hands-on learning, industry insights, and direct access to product experts.

Conference Format:

  • Keynotes and Foundational Sessions
  • 700+ Breakout Sessions
  • Interactive Digital Labs
  • Direct Access to Product Experts
  • Deep Dives and Demos
  • Theater Sessions
  • Women in Technology
  • Partner Sessions
  • Product Roadmaps, Vision, and Strategies
  • One-on-one Discussions

Sponsorship Options: Yes 

Expo: Yes

Cost:

  • Pre Order begins at $2,220

Reasons to Attend: Get hands-on experience and boost your skills on the tech you use today and see what’s coming next. Take a test drive of the latest tech to really get a feel for its potential. With tips and techniques from industry experts, you’ll walk away inspired and ready to put it all into action.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner Peers at reIMAGINE 2016

Audience: Sales, Marketers, Consultants and Developers

Description:

The ultimate knowledge-sharing and networking event exclusively for GP partners. This event offers attendees powerful new ways to increase your knowledge, skills and professionalism. Get expert insights and outstanding, role-based content for every member of your team: sales, marketing, executives, developers and consultants.

Conference Format:

  • Interactive Sessions

Sponsorship Options: (TBC)

Expo: (TBC)

Cost: N/A

Reasons to Attend: Get involved in informative sessions across sales, marketing, consulting and developer tracks.

Directions 2016 is the only Microsoft Dynamics NAV event driven by NAV Partners, for NAV Partners!

Audience: Developers, Implementers Technical Experts, Sales and Executives/Owners Representatives from Dynamics NAV Partners across North America and beyond

Description:

Directions is designed to help your organization build new business contacts, learn about best practices, and discover valuable tools for execution and success.

Conference Format:

  • Conferences
  • Reception
  • Expo
  • Partner Celebration
  • Networking

Sponsorship Options: Yes

Expo: Yes

Cost: N/A

Reasons to Attend: At Directions 2016 you’ll find a wealth of sessions and speakers offering relevant and crucial information to give you the knowledge base you need to be successful. Just as important are the many networking opportunities at the Conference where you can enhance your relationships throughout the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Community.

Dynamics SL Users Group Fall Conference

Audience: Dynamics SL User Group

Description:

The Dynamics SL Users Group is an association of professionals sharing the common interest of optimising their usage of Microsoft Dynamics SL. This independent community of users meets remotely and face-to-face through conferences, online forums, and social media to share knowledge and best practices.

Conference Format:

  • Interactive Sessions
  • One-on-one Sessions
  • Networking

Sponsorship Options: Yes  Expo: N/A

Cost: N/A

Reasons to Attend: This is the Premier End User event of the year for Microsoft Dynamic SL End User, Partner or ISV. If you are within the SL community, this is a must event to attend.

AXUG Summit TAMPA 2016

Audience: End users of Microsoft Dynamics AX

Description: AXUG Summit 2016 will include 200 user-led, role-based educational sessions covering current and past versions of Dynamics AX. Over 1,000 Dynamics users, partners and industry experts are expected to attend. The Summit provides a unique opportunity to make resourceful connections with Dynamics peers in the same role, industry and geography.

Conference Format:

  • 200+ Breakout Sessions
  • Networking with Dynamics Peers, including dedicated Networking Receptions
  • Visibility into product add-ons to advance your use of Dynamics AX
  • Collaborate with Microsoft Dynamics® AX Staff, & Microsoft MVPs, and AXUG All-Stars
  • Exclusive Access to the Summit 2016 Online Community
  • CPE Credits
  • Two Full Days of Pre-Conference Training hosted by AXUG Academy

Sponsorship Options:   Yes $12,500- $27,000

Expo: Yes $6,500

Cost:

Dynamic AX Users

  • AXUG User Members (Paid Annual Dues) $1,299, Onsite Price begins at 10/10/16Early Bird $899 Ends 4/28/16 Upcoming Price Points: $1,099 Begins 4/29/16$1,199 Begins 9/9/16$1,299 Begins 10/10/16
  • User-subscribers and non-members: $1,599, Onsite Price Begins at 10/10/16Early Bird $1099 Ends 4/28/16 Upcoming Price Points: $1,299 Begins 4/29/16$1,399 Begins 9/9/16$1,599 Begins 10/10/16

Dynamic AX Partners

  • AXUG AX Partners (Paid Annual Dues) $1,499, Onsite Price Begins at 10/10/16Early Bird $1099 Ends 4/28/16 Upcoming Price Points: $1,299 Begins 4/29/16$1,399 Begins 9/9/16$1,499 Begins 10/10/16
  • Non-subscribers and non-members: $1,899, Onsite Price Begins at 10/10/16Early Bird $1499 Ends 4/28/16 Upcoming Price Points: $1,599 Begins 4/29/16$1,699 Begins 9/9/16$1,899 Begins 10/10/16

Reasons to Attend: AXUG Summit is focused specifically on education for end users of Microsoft Dynamics AX. The Summit is dedicated to helping companies using Dynamics be more successful. Learn what compelled users, to attend the Summit in 2015.

NAV TECH DAYS scheduled for November in Belgium, is the event for Microsoft Dynamics.

Audience: Microsoft Dynamics NAV Developers (working for Microsoft Partners or Customers, Freelancers & Trainers), Technical Decision Makers, Project Managers, IT Managers

Description:

NAV TechDays conference offers 2 days full of technical only and highly relevant sessions, related to Microsoft Dynamics™ NAV. NAV TechDays is the place where some of the best developers and leading business owners cross paths, exchange ideas, find partners and conceive projects. It is where community ties are strengthened and where boundaries are broken.

Conference Format:

  • Keynote
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Walking Dinner Exhibitions

Sponsorship Options: Yes 

Expo: Yes

Cost:

  • €295 (excl. 21% VAT) if you register on or before 30 June
  • From 1 July until 18 October, the fee is €350 (excl. 21% VAT)
  • After 18 October, the fee is €430 (excl. 21% VAT)

Reasons to Attend: To get first-hand details about the new release of Microsoft Dynamics NAV. The only conference which is accessible to end-users, and provides technical-only content related to Dynamics NAV. Great sessions, presented by some of the finest speakers. If you are passionate about Microsoft Dynamics NAV, then you need to be at NAV TechDays!

This is an event to look out for, the Microsoft Business Summit Asia. Microsoft postponed the event back in December 2015, where it was scheduled to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Rumour has it that it might well be resurfacing this year. Nigel Frank International hopes to attend this event so if you hear the news before we do, get in touch! enq@nigelfrank.com