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BCUG/NAVUG Summit 2018 Preview: Preparing NAV users for the Dynamics 365 Business Central era

by Eamon McCarthy Earls
Assistant Editor,

Mark Rhodes, general manager of NAVUG with Dynamic Communities spoke with MSDW about what attendees should expect at the NAVUG/BCUG Summit in Phoenix, from October 15-18th. (Note: MSDW is a media sponsor at the Summit 2018 user group events.) After a 15 year career in consulting, Rhodes joined Dynamic Communities 10 years ago and previously led the CRMUG.

MSDW: Could you give a little background about the upcoming event?

Mark Rhodes: This is our premier event during the year, with over 7,000 people total and 1,200 Business Central and NAV community members. With 170 educational breakout sessions to choose from it's a chance to network and learn. For NAVUG, we have eight Microsoft MVPs coming and the R&D team will be there.

How is the transition from NAV to Business Central impacting users?

BC in the cloud has been out since April, but BC on-prem is not out until this fall. This will be the first chance to see. We want to make sure that Summit is a good place for the community to learn. But with BC, so much has changed in terms of the architecture and infrastructure. I think it's the most significant change in the life of the product.

I talk almost every day with members about how they are looking at Business Central and what research they've done. A recent customer survey will give us ...

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About Eamon McCarthy Earls

As the assistant editor at, Eamon helps to oversee editorial content on the site and supports site management and strategy. He can be reached at

Before joining, Eamon was editor for at TechTarget, where he covered networking technology, IoT, and cybersecurity. He is also the author of multiple books and previously contributed to publications such as the Boston Globe, Milford Daily News, and DefenceWeb.