By Tonya Jones

The Expo at Convergence is analogous to a software and services candy store….lots of amazing technology and services to compliment and/or improve the functionality of your Dynamics business systems.  Just about every business process is represented in the Expo with an accompanying solution to make you a hero back home at the office.  Here are some tips that I’ve used that have helped me navigate through the Expo – I hope you find them helpful as well.

First, make a list of any gaps that your company has relative to business processes or functionality and prioritize the list.  Next, review the layout of the Expo…there should be one in the booklet which comes with your badge.  There is a larger version available in the conference literature you receive at check-in.  Map out those exhibitors that will address your needs and make sure to visit those when you first hit the exhibit hall.

 If your schedule permits, try to hit the Expo when it first opens for the day as it can become rather crowded as the day progresses…and you won’t have to rush through conversations due to queues of other attendees.   Once you have had a chance to meet with all of the vendors, you may want to schedule time for more thorough discussions during the week for those that you’re seriously considering.  Make a point to attend the Expo Reception on Monday evening as this provides another opportunity to speak with potential ISV’s in depth…..if there are lines, don’t worry..there is plenty of food and drinks to help pass the time while you wait.  You can also check out ISV Central’s website for information on ISV products for the Dynamics communities .

Another thing to keep in mind while visiting the Expo - be sure to stop by your respective User’s Group booth.  They can possibly provide you with additional assistance in your search.  Also, it’s just good to touch base with them to check on roundtable discussions or just networking.  Here are the links to the respective user groups… www.axug.comwww.crmug.comwww.gpug.com; www.navug.com; http://www.solomonusersgroup.com

Convergence provides an incredible chance to network with other users as well as find those niche ISV’s that can help eliminate bottlenecks or issues in your business.  Take advantage of the opportunities in the Expo to meet and network with others.  Have fun and enjoy the conference!


Tonya Jones is with WC Bradley IT