Wow, what a wonderful event – Convergence 2006 rocks! I had a great time meeting with others around the globe that are super passionate about Microsoft CRM as I am – these folks range from Microsoft CRM engineers to Value Added Resellers (VAR). There were a lot of "Love" for Microsoft CRM 3.0!!!
During Convergence, I’d felt like I was in an amusement park – so much to see and play, all the walking back and forth for 4 straight days were worth it, next time I should wear tennis shoes!
The Microsoft CRM General Session with Brad Wilson and David Thacher really showcased the future direction of Microsoft CRM. The big announcement is the new Hosting/Subscription offering! It is here… Salesforce.com better watch-out! It just amazes me how these two Microsoft CRM General Managers have positioned Microsoft CRM 3.0 to be able to serve all three business market segments – Enterprise, Mid-Market and Small Businesses in such a short time frame! My hat is off to you, Brad and David!
Now, it was not all play at Convergence, I did do some work – mind you… I’d co-presented at two Microsoft CRM sessions, one was focused on Microsoft CRM 3.0 Small Business Edition with Sean McNellis and the other was on Microsoft CRM 3.0 Reports with Dana Martens! Sean and Dana are super smart individuals who really know their stuff. They and their teammates are also the ones that help bail-out partners and customers on Microsoft CRM technical issues!!!
Lastly, I was invited to meet Jeff Raikes, President of the Microsoft Business Division. No surprise, we’ve talked about Microsoft CRM… It was a huge honor to meet Jeff like this, I guessed I had a winning lottery ticket! Jeff is a real down to Earth guy, during his Keynote on Sunday morning, Doug Burgum introduced him as "a farm boy that went to Stanford…" It was very comfortable talking with Jeff, he really listens to you and offers helpful advice when asked. Well, this is a Kodak moment for me, thank you Jeff!
So Jeff, could I get some special seating at the Seattle Mariners baseball games?