January 12 by Patrick Wolf
It is now officially 2017, and with the New Year comes a new lineup of must-see Microsoft events. 2016 was a year of exciting growth for Microsoft and the Microsoft Ecosystem – with customers coming to embrace many of the innovations, such as the cloud and AI, which are driving the digital revolution. As there is no shortage of events this year to attend, it is a must for forward thinking professionals to begin the decision process. To help on this front, we did all of the research for you, and produced below a comprehensive list of can’t miss Microsoft events for the Microsoft Dynamics customer.
Much of the story of 2016 focused around Dynamics 365 – and you can expect the story to stay centered there in 2017. There is tremendous excitement around the Microsoft Dynamics community – a community which is only set for explosive growth – and this excitement can be immediately observed in the events slated for 2017. No matter your area of focus in the Dynamics Ecosystem, or your role within your company, the events below provide unparalleled opportunity to learn about the latest Microsoft innovation and trends. The events below are in chronological order.
Must-Attend Microsoft Dynamics Events of 2017
Dates: March 12th-15th
Location: Seattle, WA
Do you work in operations? Do you work with Dynamics 365? If you answered yes to both then Dynamics 365 Tech 17 conference is for you. The Tech conference allows users to interact directly with Microsoft Engineering, the people that build Dynamics 365 for Operations. The General session speakers at this year’s conference are Mike Ehrenberg, CTO in the Business Application Platform and Intelligence organization, and Sri Srinivasan, General Manager for Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations in the Cloud and Enterprise Group.
Dates: March 13th-17th for partners; 16th-17th for customers
The second event on this list located in EMEA, eXtreme365 is focused on helping the Microsoft Dynamics CRM community maximize the impact of their CRM. The conference is split into 2 main focuses, eXtreme365 for Partners and eXtreme365 for customers. For Partners is focused on any partner “starting or growing a Dynamics 365 practice” and has been expanded to address the entire Microsoft Intelligent Business Cloud. For Customers, eXtreme365 is a 2 day event with content geared towards technical know-how to get the most from the current Dynamics 365 solution. The event is also held in Newport, CA – however the dates have yet to be released.
For Partners: 1495 Euros
For Partners – Executive Exchange: 2095 Euros
For Customers: 995 Euros
For information on the eXtreme365 training academy, click here.
Dates: April 4th-6th
The Summit EMEA is a peer-to-peer focused Microsoft Dynamics CRM conference. If you are looking to attend one conference this year in EMEA focused on networking and user adoption, then Summit is for you. At this year’s event, MS Dynamics users and partners will lead sessions, showcases, and how-to’s on all versions of the Dynamics footprint – AX, NAV, CRM and Power BI. The Summit EMEA is hosted by Dynamic Communities – the world’s largest community of MS Dynamics users.
Session Information: AXUG Sessions, CRMUG Sessions, NAVUG Sessions, PBIUG Sessions
Dynamics User Pricing: $1,399 (Early bird pricing of $999 until 1/12/17)
Dynamics Partner Pricing: $1,199
CRM Magazine’s conference, CRM Evolution promises to bring together over 60 speakers in 40 sessions, on topics created to drive the ROI of your CRM investment. The format of the conference will be spit into keynotes, sunrise sessions, case studies, panel discussions, and much more. The conference this year will be held at Washington Marriott Wardman Park. CRM evolution provides a perfect opportunity to network with colleagues, peers, and experts in the customer relationship managment industry.
Full Three Day Conference Pass: $1,795 ($1,595 before March 24th)
One Day Pass: $995 ($795 before March 24th)
Full list of confirmed speakers and agenda for CRM Evolution
Dates: May 8th-11th
Location: St Louis, Mo
FOCUS ’17 is a two day event covering specific Dynamics software products – and is the User Group event devoted to advanced-learning of MS Dynamics. AXUG & CRMUG are the focus concurrently on May 8th-9th, while NAVUG and PBIUG are the focus on May 10th-11th. FOCUS allows attendees to customize their learning path based on their individual persona and needs.
FOCUS 17 by Job Role/Persona:
AXUG Tracks – Finance, Technical, Supply Chain Management (SCM), and Retail
CRMUG Tracks – Sales, Service, and Citizen Developer
NAVUG Tracks – Developer, Administrator, and CFO/Controller
PBIUG – Essentials, Technical, Visuals
User Group Members (Paid Annual Dues) – $649 (Early bird pricing of $549 available until 3/23/17)
User Group Subscribers & Non-Members – $849 (Early bird pricing of $749 available until 2/23/17)
Dates: July 9th-13th
Location: Washington D.C.
Venue: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Previously known as Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, the revamped Microsoft Inspire brings together Microsoft employees, industry experts and partners for 4 days full of networking, learning and collaboration. Inspire is the largest event in the Ecosystem for Microsoft partners, and as such it is the cant miss Microsoft networking event of 2017. Microsoft communities are a major part of Inspire, and attendees will have the opportunity to join and hear directly from community leaders, and engage with community members around the world.
Cost: Early discounted price of $1,695
More information: FAQs, 2016 Highlights
Dates: August 7th-10th
Location: Fargo, ND
reIMAGINE is the only conference on this list dedicated to learning and educational opportunities for Microsoft Dynamics GP Partners. The conference, hosted on the Microsoft Campus in Fargo, ND, will hold content for developer, technical and consultant roles. During this event, you will hear the latest in Dynamics GP developments, insights and expertise that every member of your team, from sales to executives.
Registration is not currently available for reIMAGINE 2017, but you can sign up for the latest news and updates here.
Agenda: For last year’s agenda, and reference on the type of sessions offered at reIMAGINE, click here.
Dates: September 12th-14th
Location: Redmond, WA
Held in Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington, the Global CIO Summit brings together a rich community of digital leaders to share ideas, elevate collective knowledge, and continue to build the community.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates: September 17th-20th
Location: Orlando, FL
The Directions North America conference is the channel-driven event focused solely on Microsoft Dynamics NAV. Directions is built by NAV partners for NAV partners. Similar to many of the events above, at Directions you will have a wealth of opportunities to listen to relevant information and make needed connections in the NAV community. Directions brings together developers, implementers, technical experts, sales and executives from across North America. In addition, Directions offers specialized sessions by NAV experts and certification exams offering leading training opportunities.
Session information: Find a full line up of last year’s agenda here, and take a look at last years conference through pictures and video.
Registration not yet available
Dates: September 25th-29th
Location: Orlando, FL
Microsoft is shifting their Envision event – the largest Microsoft event for business leaders – to be part of Microsoft Ignite on Sept. 25th-29th. The event will cater to both the IT and business professional audience – a pairing that Microsoft feels “has never been more important” – and help nurture collaboration between the two. The Ignite conference gives you five days of hands-on learning, industry insights and access to product experts.
By the Numbers:
– 700+ sessions,
– 300+ Partners at Expo
– 5 Days
800+ Hours of recoded Sessions from last year’s Ignite 2016
Dates: October 10th-13th
Location: Nashville, TN
The CRMUG summit is the can’t miss annual conference for users of Microsoft Dynamics CRM. This user-led conference delivers top-shelf keynotes, unmatched learning opportunities, insights into visionary product roadmaps, and – of course – networking opportunities. Learn from Microsoft Dynamics users like you, with the same challenges and organizational goals as your company, how best to maximize the performance of your CRM.
CRM User Members (Paid Annual Dues) – $1,499 (Early bird price of $1,099 until 6/30/17);
User Subscribers & Non-Members – $1,899 (Early bird price of $1,499 until 6/30/17)
CRMUG Summit 2016 Highlights
User Group Events
Throughout the year, there are numerous user group events focused on all segments of the Dynamics community. These events provide nearly endless opportunities for Dynamics customers to get expert training on their product, anywhere there is an internet connection. Built by users, for users, these events are tasked with delivering education and networking for community members. For events in your area click on your community below.
NAVUG – Dynamics NAV User Group
AXUG – Dynamics AX User Group
GPUG – Dynamics GP User Group
CRMUG – Dynamics CRM User Group