The ArcherPoint Convergence 2013 Survival Guide
Convergence 2013 is fast approaching, and we hope to see everyone heading for New Orleans March 18-21 for what is sure to be an incredible event.
We prowled around the web, made some inquiries, and gathered what we hope will be a guide to help you, our Dynamics NAV community members, get the most out of Convergence.
To receive event updates on your mobile phone, text CONV13 to 696738
A few tips and tricks for Convergence
1) Plan to attend sessions – Review the available sessions that interest you and create a plan to attend them. Use the Convergence Schedule Builder (accessed from here) to identify the sessions that interest you and build a schedule around them that can be incorporated into Outlook or other calendars. Session notes are often available from the Schedule Builder prior to the event, so be sure to download them, review them, and make notes to ask questions for the sessions that interest you. And get to your sessions early – many fill up fast. Be aware that Concurrent Sessions are recorded and are available after Convergence is over – but Interactive sessions are not! Keep that in mind if you are facing a schedule conflict between two sessions you want to attend.
2) Take time to visit the Expo – Go here to find the companies that support your product or are people you are interested in talking to and make it a point to see them during expo hours. And don’t forget to stop by booth 337 to share what YOU love about NAV.
3) Network – Make the most of your time by meeting as many people as you can. There will be many opportunities to talk to Microsoft product specialists, partners, developers, and other attendees. Update your registration to include the virtual business card printed on your badge – and carry your own business cards as well.
4) Talk to your colleagues – Ask your co-workers who will not be joining you if they have questions that you can have answered while you are at Convergence. They might be able to think of things that never even crossed your mind.
5) Expect the unexpected – No matter what your plans were, be prepared to change them if a better opportunity presents itself. Being flexible ensures you get the most out of your experience.
6) Pace yourself – and bring comfortable shoes. Expect long hours and a lot of walking and standing. Enjoy yourself while you are there.
Here are some of the Twitter hashtags and handles to follow during the event:
#CONV13 – Coverage of the Convergence 2013 event
#ilovenav – Site dedicated to crowd sourcing NAV product suggestions
#navugforum – Follow NAVUG’s annual event
#MSDYNNAV – Follow discussions on MS Dynamics NAV
#NAV2013 – Follow NAV 2013 information
#SharePoint – Microsoft’s SharePoint Product Group
@archerpointllc – ArcherPoint’s Twitter feed
@MSFTConvergence – Microsoft’s Convergence 2013 event
@navug – Dynamics NAV User Group
@msdynamicsworld – MSDynamicsWorlds.com provides news and views on Microsoft Dynamics
@msretail – The official Microsoft for Retail Twitter feed
@Office – Microsoft’s Office Team
@MSFTDynamics – Microsoft Dynamics feed
ArcherPoint sessions at Convergence
No doubt, you won't want to miss some of the great sessions, speakers, and musical guests that are planned for Convergence. We'd like to think that, among those "can't miss" presentations, you'll find the following sessions worth your while – the following sessions include participation from ArcherPoint employees:
Ask Your Peers: Manufacturing Setups & Processing in Microsoft Dynamics NAV: IDNAV06
Wednesday, March 20th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Microsoft Dynamics NAV Track
Speaker(s): Marc Allman, Bob Bergman, Heather Allman
Database Optimization & Best Practices in Microsoft Dynamics NAV: UBNAV06
Monday, March 18th from 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Microsoft Dynamics NAV Track
Speaker(s): Matt Traxinger
User Group Breakout
Ask Your Peers: Upgrade Experiences with Microsoft Dynamics NAV : IDNAV03
Thursday, March 21st from 11:00am - 12:00pm
Microsoft Dynamics NAV Track
Speaker(s): Kerry Rosvold, Kim Congleton, David Hatker, Greg Kaupp
After hours – recommendations from our friends
There are a lot of great places to eat, dance, drink, and enjoy music in New Orleans. We won’t even begin to say that we know them all. But the following list provided by our friends and associates – plus a few of our own favorites – should give any newcomer a place to start!
First, here are a couple of general restaurant guides where you can search information on the local restaurants:
NOLA.com’s Top Ten Picks for 2012:
Clancy's – 6100 Annunciation Street., 504.895.1111
Cochon – 930 Tchoupitoulas Street, 504.588.2123
Commander's Palace – 1403 Washington Avenue at the corner of Coliseum Street in the Garden District, (504) 899-8221
Coquette – 2800 Magazine Street, (504)265-0421
Domenica – 123 Baronne Street, (504) 648-6020
Galatoire's – 209 Bourbon Street, (504) 525-2021
Herbsaint – 701 St. Charles Avenue, (504) 524-4114
La Petite Grocery – 4238 Magazine Street, (504) 891-3377
Lilette – 3637 Magazine Street, (504) 895-1636
Restaurant August – 301 Tchoupitoulas Street, (504) 299-9777
Some classics in the French Quarter:
Brennan's – Just off Bourbon Street – 417 Royal Street, (504) 525-9711
Arnaud's Restaurant – 813 Rue Bienville, (504) 523-5433
Broussard's – 819 Rue Conti, (504) 581-3866
Red Fish Grill – 115 Bourbon Street, (504) 598-1200
Tony Moran's – 240 Bourbon Street, (504) 523-4640
Court of Two Sisters – 613 Royal Street, (504) 522-7261
Acme Oyster House –724 Iberville Street, (504) 522-5973
Ralph & Kacoo's – A few blocks off Bourbon Street – 519 Toulouse Street, (504) 522-5226
Cafe Du Monde – Make it point to stop in for a cup of coffee and chicory and a beignet (or two...or five...) – French Market, 813 Decatur Street, (504) 581-2914
Restaurant R’evolution – 777 Bienville Street, 504.553.2277
Root –200 Julia Street, 504.252.9480
Late Night Food and Drinks:
Mulate's Cajun Restaurant – Across from Convention center featuring live Zydeco band and dancing every night – 201 Julia Street, (504) 522-1492
Bouligny Tavern – 3641 Magazine Street, (504) 891-1810
Delachaise – 3442 St Charles Avenue, (504) 895-0858
Oak – 8118 Oak Street, (504) 302-1485
Three Muses – 536 Frenchmen Street, (504) 298-8746
Carousel Bar – 214 Royal Street, (504) 523-334
Channing Tatum’s Saints & Sinners – 627 Bourbon Street, (504) 528-9307
Howlin’ Wolf – 907 South Peters Street, (504) 522-9653
Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop – 941 Bourbon Street, (504) 593-9761
See you there!
We hope to see all of you at Convergence in New Orleans next week.
And remember to stop by the I Love NAV booth (#337) and show us some LOVE!