By Kyrus Keenan Wescott
Microsoft Convergence 2015 EMEA is an annual staple for every Microsoft Dynamics application user.
This year it promises not to disappoint as more visitors are expected than ever before with new features added to the line-up, such as intimate fireside chats where you can make more connections with people within the Microsoft business community.
The big theme at this year’s opening keynote address is Digital transformation in the age of the customer which takes place on Monday 30 November 15:30 – 17:00.
The digital revolution is entering a new age that presents unprecedented challenges for all businesses. Digital tools are invading the business environment, evoking significant changes in the way we work, communicate, and sell. This keynote address examines how organizations often lack alignment about what “digital transformation” means and what it takes to get there. This keynote sees a mix of executives, customers and technology thought leader heavyweights come together:
Spearheading the keynote presentation is Jean-Philippe Courtois. A French national, Jean-Philippe rose through the ranks of Microsoft accumulating 27 years of experience. In 2009, Courtois joined European Commission President José Manuel Barroso in Brussels to discuss how to improve European creativity and innovation. He is responsible for strategic planning, operations at a global level and programs for growth for the developing and emerging markets.
Joining Jean-Phillipe in this opening keynote address is Microsoft’s Chief Marketing Officer, Chris Capossela. Chris leads Microsoft’s global product marketing, advertising, brand, research and communications functions for businesses and consumers.
Also in the arena is acclaimed Author, and serial Entrepreneur Peter Hinssen, one of Europe’s thought leaders on disruptive innovation. Peter collaborates with organizations who want to understand and leverage how digital has disrupted entire industries and business models.
Finally, Simeon Lewis, Head of IT at the World Society for the Protection of Animals, a global Animal Welfare organization. World Animal Protection has consolidated its disparate finance and operations processes, by adopting Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, Microsoft Azure, and Microsoft Office 365, and no longer relies on a disconnected collection of spreadsheets to manage its work.
Recommended Dynamics AX Sessions
Dynamics AX is Microsoft’s utmost robust enterprise resource planning software, the upcoming release of Dynamics AX7 will undoubtedly be a major one. Nigel Frank has crafted out some interesting Dynamics AX sessions for you to consider attending:
Monday 30 November 13:30 – 14:00 (MT15EE11)
Accelerating business productivity with Microsoft Dynamics ‘AX7’ and workspaces
Frank Dahl, Senior Program Manager working with AX
Brandon Potter, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft in Fargo, ND, and a member of the Microsoft Dynamics AX HCM and Public Sector product development teams. Brandon is primarily responsible for the design and building of the US Payroll module and the Public Sector features in Dynamics AX.
This Microsoft theatre session addresses how process-based workspaces deliver quick, accurate views of your company’s operations and enable actions to be taken efficiently from a single, intuitive place and how Microsoft Dynamics ‘AX7’ will increase the productivity of your workers.
Monday 30 November 14:45 – 15:00 (ST15ES83)
EPiServer presents: Enterprise e-commerce integrated with Microsoft Dynamics AX
Johan Liljeros, CTO Avensia. Johan is a leading competence expert in creating business values with world-class system architecture. He is one of the brains behind Avensia Storefront which completely revolutionises the e-commerce landscape for Dynamics AX users. This sponsor theatre session will examine an enterprise e-commerce platform that is completely integrated with Microsoft Dynamics AX7 and meets the customers’ demands while also avoiding unnecessary complexity.
Tuesday 1 December 11:30 – 12:30 (SB15ES10)
IBM and Microsoft: Making a difference together
Iain Fox, UKI Dynamics Leader IBM GBS. Since joining IBM Iain has pioneered the establishment of the Microsoft practice and has lead a number of successful Microsoft ERP and CRM implementations within Retail, CPG and M&E clients. This sponsor breakout session looks at how IBM and Microsoft are making a difference together discussing ways in which they helped clients transform their businesses using pioneering Microsoft Dynamics AX platform.
Tuesday 1 December 17:00 – 17:30 (FC15EE08) NEW AT THE EVENT!
Fireside Chat with Dan Brown, General Manager, Microsoft Dynamics AX
Up close and personal with Dan Brown, as he shares his insight into how business applications are built at Microsoft. Learn how ‘AX7’ has presented new opportunities to design systems that help increase employee productivity and provide real-time analytic insights virtually everywhere.
Wednesday 2 December 12:00 – 12:30 (MT15EE17)
Streamlining your consolidations, closing, and financial reporting
Sara Shilke, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft ND. Sara has 13 years’ experience working at Microsoft working on tax, general ledger and accounts payables and is on the Microsoft Dynamics AX financial management team. Attending this session you will see a demonstration on how Microsoft Dynamics ‘AX7’ supports consolidations, financial reporting and key tasks in your closing process.
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