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Microsoft Dynamics Profile: Journey to MVP, after a dozen years of Dynamics AX and D365FO work

by Linda Rosencrance
Contributing Writer, MSDW
November 08 2019

Sukrut Parab's Microsoft MVP journey began in 2007, when he was fresh out of India's Doctor Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University with a degree in electronics and telecommunications engineering. Over the last 13 years he has learned the ropes of Dynamics AX and then Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations while working with Hitachi Solutions America, steadily climbing the ranks to senior manager and most recently receiving the MVP award in October. He shared his story in an interview with MSDW.

Gaining experience

Back in 2007, Parab was a newly minted graduate looking for work and still based in India. "That's when I came across a job opening for an ERP [technical analyst] with a company called Ignify, which was acquired by Hitachi in 2015. Ignify was looking to train recent college graduates on ERP. But the job description didn't specify which ERP, and I was only aware of SAP ERP. I had never heard about Dynamics AX," he says.

Nevertheless, Parab got an interview and was ultimately hired to work as a Dynamics AX technical analyst. He spent about a month being trained on the system then began working on a variety of projects, all the while building up his AX knowledge and experience. Starti ing as a technical analyst, he built up his skills from small customizations to more advanced and complex work. Now, with twelve years of experience, he has worked on every version of the product since AX 3.0.

Currently, Parab is a senior manager at Hitachi Solutions America where he works on implementations and upgrade projects, designing integrations and complex processes related to D365FO for customers. Although his work is mainly focused on the technical side, he also spends time learning about the functional capabilities.

"As you experience growth, you have to have some functional knowledge as well," he says. "If you understand the business processes well, you can modify the system according to the business requirements. And you will have fewer issues while you’re designing those business processes."

About seven or eight months ago, Parab also started working with the Power Platform to bring more automatino to his clients.

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About Linda Rosencrance

Linda Rosencrance is a freelance writer/editor in the Boston area. Rosencrance has over 25 years experience as an reporter/investigative reporter, writing for many newspapers in the metropolitan Boston area. Rosencrance has been writing about information technology for the past 16 years.

She has covered a variety of IT subjects, including Microsoft Dynamics, mobile security issues such as data loss prevention, network management, secure mobile app development, privacy, cloud computing, BI, big data, analytics, HR, CRM, ERP, and enterprise IT.

Rosencrance is the author of six true crime books for Kensington Publishing Corp.