TechEd North America is a four day event happening May 16-19, 2011 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. I’ll be there presenting a couple of sessions and participating in a few more. Below is a detailed list of the sessions that I’ll be presenting. If you are at TechEd and want to chat more about CRM, please feel free to look me up.
Given my interest in SharePoint and Azure, I’m also working on creating some new content for the SharePoint and Azure Development Primer as a pet project. You can expect an updated version of the primer on MS Downloads by TechEd, so stay tuned!
Integrating Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online
Building Cloud Apps Using Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and Windows Azure Interactive Discussion
Hadley Pettigrew from New Zealand has built a simple yet powerful mapping component for CRM 2011 that integrates with the “Advanced Find” dialog. This allows you to take the results from Advanced Find and plot them in Bing Maps with a click of a button. Checkout the tool at http://crmmapping.codeplex.com/
Hadley has also been blogging the details on how he built it at his new blog here: http://crm-dev.blogspot.com/2011_04_01_archive.html. He has built a number of cool CRM stuff for us recently so be sure to subscribe to the blog.
Convergence is one of my favorite conferences that I’d love to attend. It is a unique event with the blend of technical and business people, high-level & deep-dive content and finally casual & serious game-changing conversations. With over 8000 people attending, the event is very huge but approachable at the same time! If you are attending it, there’ll be lots of people you’ll meet, tons of content to learn and plenty of food and drinks to be had! It’s kind of like what Dilbert refers to below
Yours truly will be there delivering a lots of presentations -
Harnessing Cloud Technologies with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Bruno Nowak, Girish Raja, Shan McArthur
Developer's Guide to Integrating Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 & Microsoft SharePoint Girish Raja, Steve Fox
Besides the above ones, I’ll also be participating in the user group sessions and presenting in the Managed ISV CTO summit.
At Convergence, you’ll also see the CRM 2011 RTM Developer Hands-on Labs fresh out of the oven. If you have participated in one of the Metro CRM2011 events in the past, it is the same kind of labs updated for CRM 2011 RTM build. Play with them and let me know if you have any comments or feedback.
Do spend time, lots of time at the Expo and talk to a few people around there to get some independent perspectives. Obviously the Microsoft folks will only give you the standard polished answers but fellow attendees at the Expo hall or even in the meal halls might stir up some interesting conversations to solve your problems and help your business. If you are happy, we are happy! Parties are fun and a great way to meet like minded people and I personally have seen many deals and agreements made at these parties than at the actual conference.
Many have written tips and tricks about attending Convergence 2011 and I’ll stop here so that this isn’t another “Guide to Convergence”. If you are attending Convergence, below are few links that you might find useful.
One more thing. There will be plenty more conversations happening in the social world about the conference and you wouldn’t want to get left out, would you? Use the official hash tag: #CONV11 to join the conversation and I hope to see you in Atlanta.