Top Things to Not Miss at GPUG/ User Group Summit in Orlando

Summit is my favorite time of the year and I can't believe it is almost upon us. Here is my list of top things not to miss each year.


  • Welcome Reception for New Users- If you are a first-time attendee, this is a must attend! Get your questions answered and bond with other newbies. 
  • Expo Reception- Appetizers, Drinks, and Giveaways- Oh My! The first night of expo is the best one to attend while there are still free-giveaways available.Save room in your suitcase to bring all these fun little things home for yourself or the kiddos. 
  • Expo Hall- Visit my favorite top vendors and see what all the buzz is all about: EOne Solutions, Mekorma, Nodus, Avalara, Binary Stream, Jet Reports, DocLink, AvidExchange and so, so many more....
  • GPUG General Session- Here is where you learn the about the newest release of Dynamics GP, discover all the award winners each year, and Bob McAdam is always a great and entertaining host. 
  • Parties- There is always a party going on at Summit. This week there will be a few. If you need invites, let me know. I love me a good Summit party and GPUG knows how to party the best! 
  • Attend Other User Group Sessions- Your pass gets you among the other user group sessions. If you are dying to learn about the Power Platform, sneak over to some of their sessions and then come back to GPUG sessions for mine ☺
  • Come Early and Attend an Academy Class- I teach four academy classes before Summit even starts. Come Monday and Tuesday to learn early with the rest of us. There are so many great Academy Classes, it will be hard to choose. These are hands-on, instructor led sessions. Always rave reviews. 
  • Socialize at Meals- I love to sit at new tables with users I have never met. It is my favorite time to meet people from all over the country learning just as I am! 
  • Microsoft General Session- Best place to learn about all the new MS products and features that are happening. Always informative.
  • Snack Time- Don't miss snacks, sodas and coffee on the concourse mid-afternoon. I love me some snacks! 
  • Enjoy the Gaylord -Being at the Gaylord is always a treat. Stop and enjoy the beautiful scenery. 
Other Helpful Tips: Layer your clothes for cold conference rooms or HOT conference rooms. 
Bring a laptop so you can follow along. Buy the recorded session package. Bring COMFORTABLE shoes. Bring a refillable water bottle. 

Any questions feel free to message me! Can't wait to see you all in Sunny Orlando! 

9 comments:

  1. Thank you for this post, looking forward to meeting you.

    Amy Deloach

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    1. Amy you too! Hope to see you in one of my classes or sessions

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  2. Shannon,

    I learned during the User Group Speaker Call that just about every presentation room will be set up theater-style, NOT classroom-style. Therefore, your laptop will be on your lap for once! There simply isn't room to have space to spread out.

    One other thing that will be fun to experience: the new "Silent Disco" presentation rooms in the Expo Hall. Every session in those rooms will have headphones for each attendee tuned to the mic of the presenter. When question time comes, there's a "Catch Box": a foam box containing a mic that is tossed to the person with the question. Could be pretty cool.

    Steve Erbach
    Green Bay, WI


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  3. Great tips, Shannon! Looking forward to #OutstandingOrlando and all the fun times, education and networking to come!

    Aleiha Hanson

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    1. Aleiha are you teaching? I would love to come to one of your sessions :) Shannon

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  4. Hi Shannon! Can't wait to see ya and can't wait for your class with Kristen!

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  5. Great comments, I will say that the Microsoft Keynote almost always does not have a single mention of GP in it. If you're not interested in Dynamics 365, which by the way is NOT a replacement for GP (there is no migration path from GP to 365), you may not get much out of the keynote, so sleep in - OR stream it in your hotel room while you order room service and eat breakfast. :)

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    1. I would disagree. We have lots of happy transitions for customers to BC. It is not for everyone but it is a great product :)

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