by Linda Rosencrance
2016 marks the first Dynamics NAV User Group (NAVUG) Focus event.
Microsoft Dynamics NAV users who attend Focus can dig deeper into topics aimed at helping them do their jobs more effectively. NAVUG Focus offers numerous 90-minute deep-dive sessions in the three areas (and learning tracks), being finance, IT, and manufacturing. The goal is to enable attendees to come away with best practices, improved industry knowledge, and sharpened skills that they can immediately apply to their jobs.
“This is the first year that we’ve done a Focus event for NAVUG,” says NAVUG Program Director Mark Rhodes. Dynamic Communities launched AXUG Focus in 2014, and it is partly based on its success that NAVUG is launching this event.
Additionally, Rhodes says that NAV community members continue to advocate for more in-person events so users and partners can get together, talk face to face and share experiences.
“So we wanted to do another event that bridged the gap between Summit and the regional chapter meetings,” he says. “And we also wanted to provide more advanced-level topics and content and wham, we’ve got a NAVUG Focus event.”
Describing the content, Rhodes says “We really wanted to go into more detailed topics – we like to say 201 and 301 types of sessions. So intermediate and advanced topics.” Rhodes worked with a committee of partners and customers to determine what topics were most in demand, and the sessions include such practical ones as:
NAVUG is adding a class to the schedule on application architecture and design patterns. Microsoft Dynamics NAV MVP Mark Brummel will be coming from the Netherlands to provide that class.
Another opportunity aimed at partners – but in which users can participate, too – is NAVUG certification exams, offered by the Association of Dynamics Professionals (DynamicsPro). “We have one certification available now, by June we will have at least two, if not three, certifications that we will offer exams for on Wednesday [June 8] and on Tuesday, we will offer refresher training for two of the exams,” says Rhodes.
About Linda Rosencrance
Linda Rosencrance is a freelance writer/editor in Massachusetts. She has written about information technology for 10 years. She has been a journalist since the late 1980s. She wrote for numerous community newspapers in the Boston area, where she covered politics and was a high-profile investigative reporter. She has freelanced for the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald. She is the published author of four true crime books “Murder at Morses Pond,” “An Act of Murder,” “Ripper”, and “Bone Crusher” for Kensington Publishing Corp. (Pinnacle imprint). She has just started her fifth true crime book for Kensington.