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What Will Users Be Talking About at Convergence 2008?

by Jason Gumpert

With Microsoft in a state of some flux-with issues ranging from new Dynamics program releases to the company's planned acquisition of Yahoo--the Convergence trade show beginning tomorrow in Orlando may provide answers to at least a few questions on the minds of users.

Here is a preview of the major issues expected to come up. ( will be providing regular coverage of the meeting, so there will be lots more to come.)

  • Has the dream team arrived? There are a number of questions around key Dynamics-related personnel. Jeff Onesto of Advanced Systems Integration, wonders how smoothly the transition will occur to the new president of the Microsoft Business Division, Stephen Elop, from Jeff Raikes, the previous president. There's a new general manager of Dynamics NAV. Another personnel issue that has just come up: Microsoft's hiring from Oracle of Douglas Kennedy to become vice president of Microsoft Dynamics Partners.

  • What's the status of Dynamics upgrades and new tools? There are a variety of questions regarding various Dynamics programs. For example, the timing of NAV 6.0 was thrown into some uncertainty last week with the naming of the new general manager. Then there are questions about the online versions of both Dynamics CRM and AX. While Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made much at last year's Convergence about CRM Live, the fact that it isn't fully available-despite the introduction late last year of CRM 4.0-may be a matter of discussion. CRM Live is intended to compete directly with, but has so far ...

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About Jason Gumpert

As the editor of, Jason oversees all editorial content on the site and at our events, as well as providing site management and strategy. He can be reached at

Prior to co-founding, Jason was a Principal Software Consultant at Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC), where he implemented solutions, trained customers, managed software development, and spent some time in the pre-sales engineering organization. He has also held consulting positions at CSC Consulting and Monitor Group.

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