3 Big Reasons We’re a Member of BCUG/NAVUG…and Why You Should Be, Too
If you’ve spent any time around an ArcherPoint employee, it’s very likely you’ve heard at least a mention of NAVUG or BCUG – the Microsoft Dynamics NAV/Business Central User Group. That’s because we are big fans. In fact, we’d argue that we’re their biggest fan, which is why we’ve been active members for over a decade.
We have always encouraged our customers to join BCUG/NAVUG, and many are already very active members. But with the User Group Summit—the “can’t miss” annual conference for users and partners of the Microsoft Business Applications platform—fast approaching (October 13-18 in Orlando, FL), it’s time to spread the word to all you NAV/BC users out there: You need to join TODAY! Here’s why:
1 - The User Groups were Formed by Users, for Users
The User Group community is powered completely by users, and its focus is on users. No corporations with hidden agendas—just users and partners who want to share their knowledge and learn from one another. The idea for BCUG/NAVUG came from the desire to connect with other users and learn firsthand the best way to maximize their investment in Dynamics.
Dynamic Communities, the supporting organization behind the User Groups, is independent from Microsoft or any other company. This means you’re not going to attend an “educational” webinar that ends up being a sales pitch.
In fact, members volunteer their time to sit on our board of advisors to lead the strategic direction of the community. They also volunteer their time and talents to present webinars, lead chapter meetings, and share their knowledge.
2- BUT…Everyone Benefits from a Positive Relationship with Microsoft…Including Microsoft
While Dynamic Communities and, by extension the User Groups, are independent from Microsoft, they still have close working relationship, which benefits everyone. The User Groups are well respected in the Dynamics Community, including Microsoft. Microsoft sees the User Groups as a way to disseminate information while gathering valuable feedback from people who know NAV/BC intimately. The User Groups are positioned to be a collective voice that can express concerns, needs, and requests to Microsoft…and Microsoft listens. If you want your voice to be heard, being a member of BCUG/NAVUG is a great first step!
3 - There are So Many Ways to Learn!
We’re all busy people. We want to expand our knowledge, but it’s difficult to find the time. That’s why BCUG/NAVUG offers education and insights—provided by your peers—in many formats and at all levels:
Live Learning. Webinars offer the opportunity for an interactive experience and are offered several times per month on a variety of topics for different roles, while the Academy offers deep dives into specific topics as well as CPE credits, giving you the opportunity to learn from experts in a hands-on environment.
On-demand Learning. For us who don’t have the time or flexibility to attend webinars when they’re offered, all live webinars are recorded, offering User Group members on-demand access, 24/7. And there is a full library of blogs and podcasts, too.
Networking/In-Person Learning. Prefer meeting face to face—or voice to voice? Local User Groups are in-person, quarterly meetings, hosted by User Group volunteers and designed to foster peer-to-peer collaboration and knowledge sharing. Currently, there are 35 local User Groups, located all over the world. For virtual collaboration, users can participate in lively Discussion Forums on a variety of topics.
And let’s not forget the conferences! We already mentioned the User Group Summit, but there’s also the World Tour, Focus, and extreme365. Learn more about each to determine the best fit for your role and goals.
Resources Galore. Looking for NAV or BC info? The BCUG/NAVUG website offers many resources, including a BC Resources page, NAV Resources page, Acronym Glossary, Partner Company Directory, and even a magazine!
What are You Waiting for?
These should be reason enough to join, so join, already! We promise you won’t regret it—it’s been over a decade, and we haven’t. Learn more about BCUG/NAVUG and the different membership options.
We hope to see you at Summit!