vendredi 25 juillet 2014

Not much activities here..

The life keeps us busy and thus there is not much time to follow up with the online world.. I realize that spending quite some time on the Dynamics GP community forums has the side-effect that I don't post much on my own blogs... maybe because it wouldn't bring much towards it's existence :-)... It's a little the chicken-in-the-egg... no content, no visitors, and no visitors means no reason for putting up content..

For some technical reasons, I've decided to start a dedicated blog about Dynamics GP that would focus solely on that topic and no other IT related stuff... you can find the blog here on the Wordpress platform.

Have a great day and enjoy your summer. For those who know the GPUG community, hope to see you in St-Louis this fall for the GPUG Summit 2014.

mercredi 14 mars 2012

I'll be on the stage at Convergence 2012 in Houston TX

After being in the Dynamics GP community for quite a few years and having answered (and asked) numerous posts (in the old Microsoft forums first and now in the new community web interface), I finally convinced my company that we should join the GPUG community.

Not only is this a great community, but they are also very active in the Dynamics GP world by providing plenty of webinars and training sessions (on-line and on-site). Having participated in quite a few webinars and discussions on-line, I noticed one day that GPUG was looking for some members to participate in topic discussions at Convergence 2012 to cover various aspects of the day to day usage in Dynamics GP. As I'm working now since several years with GP and my last company switch brought me together with the GP security a lot and cleaned up the mess from the last migration that was badly done, I thought it would be an excellent occasion to share my experience and knowledge.

So I submitted my candidature to GPUG, was auditioned on the phone with a few peers that are involved with the GP security too and got the job ! kidding, actually I was offered to share the stage at Convergence for two sessions about 'Ask the Experts:Security in Dynamics GP' (IDGP02). This will be an interactive discussion with other users in the room, a Q&A like session where people bring up their problems related to the GP security and we'll try our best to answer and share our knowledge.

This year will be my third Convergence (plus one Technical GP conference) participation and I'm very excited to be the first time on the other side of the fence :-), meeting again with my fellows of the community and my MVP friends (Dynamics GP has currently about 10 MVP's and I know personnaly 6 of them). The 4 days that I'll spend there will be a real marathon, and I'll attend to not less then 18 sessions, one receptions, two suppers and if there is some time left, why not a party (The Spot) ?

I'll try to provide some feedback on the sessions live or right after on Twitter, so follow me @GP_Beat. Hope to find some time to make a few nice pics and post them somewhere on the net (sorry, don't have FB profile...).
Houston, we don't have a problem ! lets get there...

vendredi 8 janvier 2010

About 1.5 years later...

So what’s about this blog you would think... A guy that post once every 6-12 months isn't very active as a blogger... You're right and in fact I could blame about everything in the life to not have time for the blog, but mostly it was due to a busy schedule.

Now, last year (6 months ago, early June 2009), I resumed from my IT Admin position in the company I was since working the past 6 years. I just felt it made no sense to continue to fight against the management to try to explain them the proper usage of an ERP system like Dynamics Great Plains. They just decided a year earlier to throw their ERP system (used since 1998) out of the Window and replace it with a complete newly different ERP... Having been gently left aside during the evaluation process, I had no chance to give my comments about the new system, so I decided that it was time to move on to something where I could apply my knowledge and experience I gained in the past 6 years with Dynamics GP.

It's like when you air a radio-show... speak about it (on the net of course :-) ) and someone will call in and ask if you’d be interested in a great position as Dynamics Great Plains Administrator. I evaluated the offer and decided that the company’s background was much more aligned with my skills and objectives, negotiated a little bit and after a few days it was a signed deal. I was leaving a SMB-sized company for another SMB-sized company, but which has the spirit and minding of a World-Class business. The technological challenge was there and the infrastructure, budgets, etc.. were all 10 times bigger than those of my previous environment.

So here we go with a great new opportunity, a top of the line software environment (Dynamics GP 10, SQL 2005/2008, MOSS 2007), what ask more? In the coming weeks, I’ll try to post a little more about my work with the new company (Forensic Technology Inc.) and share my experiences and thoughts about GP and SharePoint. Until then, happy New Year 2010 and all the best to all the fellows of the Dynamics GP community.

jeudi 4 septembre 2008

Finally some Days Off...

Hello Everyone,
Back to my blog.. jeezzzz ! it took me 4 months before I could post a new message !?!? what a shame.. that's the life of an IT guy that does the job of a Jack-of-all-trades... In a small company like the one I'm working for, you have no spare time to do funny things, like read IT books, blogs, magazines, Technet bulletins :-), etc... because the moment you find some spare time, be sure that someone jumps into your door and ask for another urgent business stuff ... or that £!@#& printer that just decided to jammmmm.
So I'm on Vacations for a couple of days, and hopefully will find some time to write a couple of stories in that blog. So stay tuned and come back once in a while to see if somes interesting readings were posted :-)
Have a great day.
Your IT Admin...

mercredi 7 mai 2008

Welcome in the (troubled) world of IT Administration

Dear Reader,
Though this is my first attempt to jump into the world of 'blogs', it will hopefully not be the last message of a series.
Stay tuned, as I'll try to update this blog with my day-to-day experiences as often as possible.

Have a great day everyone !
Your truthfully IT Admin