Developing for Dynamics GP

by Microsoft Dynamics GP Developer Support Team (Fargo, ND, USA)

What Training do you want and where?

What Training do you want and where?

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David MeegoOver the years I have had many requests for training on the various tools available for customising or developing with Microsoft Dynamics GP.

Training for Microsoft Dynamics GP tools does exist, but it is only run infrequently, in a classroom environment.  When it is scheduled, it is often canceled due to lack of numbers.

I find this frustrating as I know that many new developers would benefit from the training, but it seems very difficult to identify what training is needed in a specific location.

What I have also found is that the demand in one country is often not enough to justify a class being run, but there is quite often enough demand if you combine a number of countries in the same region.

Another issue I have seen is that the developers themselves want or need the training, but management is unwilling to invest the time and funds to pay for people to attend training.  You can see my recent post on that subject, October is the month to attend Developer Training.

What I would like to do with this post is get an understanding of what the demand for training is:  What courses are wanted? When are they wanted? Where are they wanted? How many attendees? and most importantly is management committed in principle to invest in their staff?

If I can demonstrate enough demand for any particular training course in a region, I will be able to open discussions with the training organisers in that region and look to getting the course run.

The courses that are available are:

  • Dex1: Dexterity 1 (previously known as Dexterity Fundamentals) - 5 days
     
  • Dex2: Dexterity 2 (previously known as Dexterity Advanced Integration Techniques) - 5 days
     
  • RW: Report Writer - 2 days
     
  • Mod: Modifier with Visual Basic for Applications - 3 days
     
  • DT: Developer Toolkit (Web Services, eConnect, Visual Studio Tools) - 3 days

The training materials for all the classes (except the Dexterity 2 course) can be downloaded from the web.  The links are available on the Articles & Links pages for Dexterity, Modifier, Report Writer and Developer Toolkit

Please email MBS Profesional Services (mbsprofessionalservices@microsoft.com) using the template below to let us know what training you are interested in.

Course: Dex1 / Dex2 / RW / Mod / DT
Location: City, State, Country
Region: North America / Europe / Middle East / South East Asia / Australasia
Number of Attendees:
Approved in principle by Management: Yes / No
Timeframe Required: Next 3 months / Next 6 months / Next 12 months
Additional Comments:

In addition to emailing MBS Professional Services, you can add the same information as a comment to this post. Adding a comment here is only to allow other blog readers to see your interest and will not be acted upon.

David

29-Oct-2008: Updating Post with Results so far

Region/Course Dexterity 1 Dexterity 2 Report Writer Modifier & VBA Developer Toolkit
North America 13 14 1 4 8
Europe 1 0 0 0 1
Middle East 0 0 0 0 0
South East Asia 0 1 1 0 4-6
Australasia 2 2 5 3 8-10

29-Jun-2009: Updating Post with Results so far

Region/Course Dexterity 1 Dexterity 2 Report Writer Modifier & VBA Developer Toolkit
North America 15 17 1 4 9
Europe 1 0 0 0 1
Middle East 2 1 1 0 1
South East Asia 1 2 1 0 4-6
Australasia 2 2 5 3 8-10

29-Jun-2009: Added instructions to contract MBS Professional Services.

  • In Sydney or anywhere on the East coast for the team.

  • Course: Dex2

    Location: Anywhere in the US

    Region: North America

    Number of Attendees: 1

    Approved in principle by Management: Yes

    Timeframe Required: Next 3 months

    Additional Comments:

    Currently doing Dex1 in Florida.  

  • David,

    Couple of queries:

    1. Is it mandatory to attend this training under the banner of an Organization?

    2. Is there any online training possibilities? Sort of Web Conferencing? In case the trainings are not available on our region, at least this would ensure we attend the training.

    I would try and get you the other details you had asked for, in a day.

    Thanks

    Vaidy

  • Hi Vaidy

    At this stage there is nothing planned so I cannot say anything is mandatory.

    Usually, the training is fairly flexible and should allow for Partners, Customers and individual consultants.  

    The materials for all the courses (except Dexterity 2) are already available for download for self study.

    I am not sure how well this would work as Web conferencing as the trainer needs to see your screens to know where you are at.  If you are going to have a live trainer, the classroom environment does work best.

    The issue is that most of the course are hands on exercises and each exercise builds on the previous exercises.  It is important to be sure all students have completed the current project before you can move onto the next. Working over the web in a one to many situation would make it difficult to ensure that no student is left behind.

    David

  • Tonight I was chatting with David Musgrave – Microsoft’s resident GP expert who quite rightly was on

  • Course: DT

    Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia

    Region: Australasia

    Number of Attendees: 2-4

    Approved in principle by Management: Yes  

    Timeframe Required: Next 3/6 months

    or

    Course: DT

    Location: India

    Region: South Asia

    Number of Attendees: 2-4

    Approved in principle by Management: Yes  

    Timeframe Required: Next 3/6 months

  • Course:  RW / Mod / DT

    Location: Plano, Texas, USA

    Region: North America

    Number of Attendees: 1

    Approved in principle by Management: Yes

    Timeframe Required: Next 6 months

    Additional Comments: Would like to go the next step beyond the published training materials on the GP site.

  • Course:   DT

    Location:  Texas, USA

    Region: North America

    Number of Attendees: 1

    Approved in principle by Management: Yes

    Timeframe Required: Next 12 months

    Additional Comments: Expanding what is already on the online docs is a must.

  • Course:  DT

    Location: NY Metro/ Northeast  USA

    Region: North America

    Number of Attendees: 1

    Approved in principle by Management: Yes

    Timeframe Required: Next 3 months / Next 6 months

    Additional Comments:

  • Course: RW / Mod

    Location: Wellington, New Zealand

    Region: Australasia

    Number of Attendees: 2

    Approved in principle by Management: Yes

    Timeframe Required: Next 6 months  

    Additional Comments: We are also interested in the Developer Toolkit, will send more details

  • Course: Dex1 / Dex2

    Location: Tupelo, Mississippi, USA

    Region: North America

    Number of Attendees: 10

    Approved in principle by Management: Yes

    Timeframe Required: Next 12 months

    Additional Comments: What I'd like to see is someone just going over the materials in some sort of screencast/live meeting format...so that a developer could work through the training materials and perhaps find out where they went wrong by watching the video.

  • Course: Dex1 / Dex2 / Mod / DT

    Location: New York, NY (USA)

    Region: North America

    Number of Attendees: 1

    Approved in principle by Management: Yes

    Timeframe Required: Next 3 months

    Additional Comments:

    I would like to see more of a focus on online presentation of the materials via webcasts, etc.

  • We'd love to see *something* in the UK!  It's kinda hard to convince management that a trip to Orlando will be anything other than a jolly...

    Preferably Dex and DT.

  • Course: DT

    Location: Melbourne/Sydney

    Region: Australasia

    Number of Attendees: 1

    Approved in principle by Management: Yes

    Timeframe Required: Next 6 months

  • Course: Dex1 / Dex2 / Mod / DT

    Location: state of New Jersey (or New York City) USA

    Region: North America

    Number of Attendees: 2

    Approved in principle by Management: Yes

    Timeframe Required: Next 6 months

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