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GPUG Director: Microsoft Dynamics GP Is Different and So is the GPUG Summit

by Dann Anthony Maurno
Assistant Editor, MSDW

GPUG Summit 2015 

Kim Peterson knows Microsoft Dynamics GP like few others, and so knows just what users want out of GPUG Summit 2015. Before she became the GPUG Program Director in November 2010, she worked for Great Plains Software when it was acquired by Microsoft, and spent 21 years with the solution between the two companies. There she was responsible for business development, global partner services, and partner account management, among other roles.

Peterson has been the GPUG Director since November of 2010, where she says she aims to "offer a voice for customers, partners, training and collaboration amongst the community."

The GPUG Summit is one of four events run concurrently by Dynamics Communities Inc., or DCI (alongside CRMUG, NAVUG and GPUG Summits). DCI is member-driven and independent of Microsoft, but is recognized by Microsoft as its official user group, and the company actively participates in the summit.

Now planning her fifth GPUG Summit, Peterson aims to deliver what Dynamics GP users want most from the Summit's 200+ sessions - best practices, intimate settings, actionable intelligence, ISV solutions that extend the product, and some fun besides. We interviewed her about GPUG's Summit plans.

MSDW: What do attendees get from GPUG Summit that they don't from Convergence? What sets them apart?

GPUG Director Kim Peterson

Peterson: We have a lot of education and networking opportunities. About 70 percent ...

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About Dann Anthony Maurno

Dann Anthony Maurno is a seasoned business journalist who began his career as International Marketing Manager with Lilly Software, then moved on as a freelancer to write for such prestigious clients as CFO Magazine; Compliance Week;Manufacturing Business Technology; Decision Resources, Inc.; The Economist Intelligence Unit; and corporate clients such as Iron Mountain, Microsoft and SAP. He is the co-author of Thin Air: How Wireless Technology Supports Lean Initiatives(CRC/Productivity Press, 2010).