Meeting dos and don’ts – I’m sorry, I was on mute. Podcast 3

Today we’ll be talking about Conference Calls and meetings. Listen in as we talk about do’s and don’ts for attending and managing calls and meetings. Don’t be surprised if we get off to…

Our newest podcast episode is up, and hey we made it to episode 3! Be sure to check out Meeting dos and don’ts – I’m sorry, I was on mute. Podcast 3 available now on iTunes, PodOmatic, Stitcher, and now Google Play. Yes, the “Big G” folks finally recognized our genius. Way to be late to the party Google. They are just jealous that GP doesn’t stand for Google Play.

Don’t worry Millenials, Spotify is in the works. They require 2 or 3 episodes before they’ll include a podcast in their service. Belinda will be her usual self and pleasantly badger them into submission. That southern drawl/New York attitude is a winning combination for getting things done. It’s sunshine and flowers until you see she’s holding a lead pipe behind her back.

If all of that is too mainstream for you, let me know and I’ll make a scratchy cassette recording and tape it under a bench in a dark alley so you can feel edgy. Actually, I’ll make Shawn tape it under a bench in a dark alley. Who puts a bench in a dark alley anyway? But I digress…

In episode 3 we take on conference calls, web meetings, IRL meetings (that’s In Real Life for the boomers out there) and every kind of meeting annoyance we can think of. My favorite is still “Sorry, I didn’t hear the question, I was on mute.” Wait, what? More and more meetings are virtual so they get a lot of attention from us.

We’ve gotten good feedback from our first two episodes and we’re figuring things out. Essentially we want this podcast to be if we were out to dinner together and this topic came up, this is what it would sound like. We’ve got a lot more topics to cover, some more serious than others. Let’s face it we started with GDPR, we were going to have to lighten up at some point!

This one is lighter, but still full of great information. We all fall into bad habits and need a reminder occasionally of the right things to do. With that in mind, drive fast and make poor choices.

MBAS Clarified by David Gersten – Bond Consulting Services

When I first saw the name MBS Podcast I became excited that there was a podcast for the traditional Microsoft […]

David Gersten had some thoughts on our podcast, Presenting Convergence…Yeah, you’ll understand after you listen. We encouraged him to blog those thoughts so everyone could share.

Make sure to check out David’s comments at: MBAS Clarified by David Gersten – Bond Consulting Services

Also, we may be splitting hairs, but in this episode, we talk about the upcoming Microsoft Business Applications Summit (among other things) as a replacement for Microsoft’s now defunct Convergence conference. David doesn’t think it’s a replacement for Convergence and he explains why. Here’s the hairsplitting, MICROSOFT had been DESCRIBING it as a combination of Tech Conference, Convergence, and their analytics conference.  MS has backed off of that language for now, but we’re coming at this from two different angles, what Microsoft wants it to be and what it will actually become.



In looking for someone to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. But the most important is integrity, because if they don’t have that, the other two qualities, intelligence and energy, are going to kill you. — Warren Buffet

This quote came up today and it’s the perfect example of why auditing and auditing tools matter.

Fastpath wins 2017 GRC Innovation Award

Fastpath wins 2017 GRC Innovation in User Experience for Automated Controls Award.

At Fastpath, we won an award for the user experience in our new cloud interface. The link is here: Fastpath wins 2017 GRC Innovation Award

It’s a testament to the team that the product not only works well under the hood, it works well for users too.

For the record, my involvement in the design was limited to saying things like, “wow, that’s cool” and identifying anything broken when using Safari on a Mac.  You’re welcome.

Your test environment sucks. Make test environments great again. –

Four reasons companies should spend the time and energy to make their test ERP environment serve the users and the IT team.

I’ve got a new article up at MSDynamicsWorld with some thoughts on how to get more value out of test environments. Be sure to check out: Your test environment sucks. Make test environments great again. 

Make your Summit travel easier with free fiction.

Lots of people are traveling to and from the UG Summits this week, so here is a little travel bonus. The Kindle version of my first novel, Death from Above, is free starting Monday 10/10/16 through Friday 10/14/16.


MVP Beat Bucher will tell you to not read it on a plane, but don’t listen to him.

Also, don’t forget that my second novel Woodbooger released less than a week a go. You can get the Kindle version for a reasonable $2.99.






Microsoft’s Project “Madeira” 

Microsoft has announced a preview of Project “Madeira”, a new offering based on the SMB ERP solution Dynamics NAV and Office 365

Yesterday Microsoft announced Project Madeira, a new, cloud based  ERP system currently in preview mode, but coming in the fall of 2016. There’s an online web client, iOS and Android clients, and interaction with Office 365 so you could create a customer from Outlook, for example.

Madeira is based on Dynamics NAV, but it’s not quite the same as NAV, and it uses Azure DB as the database.

I played with the prerelease a little yesterday and it’s clearly designed a competitor to the NetSuites, Intaccts, and Xero’s of the world. I’m including a bunch of links at the bottom so you can make up you’re own mind.

Frankly, the announcements have left me with more questions than answers.

Madeira is positioned for companies from 10-99 employees, so clearly a its short step up from Quickbooks or Quickbooks Online and in Xero’s neighborhood. This is a good thing. That’s always been a big step up. It’s also where Microsoft’s last failed attempt with a scaled down version of GP tried to go. I think Madeira is better positioned and by delivering a mostly complete offering (Fixed Assets, Time Sheet entry and a few other things come later) it has a chance to succeed.

But I’m left wondering why Microsoft needs a 5th ERP system? It’s NAV, but not NAV so there will be developmental differences. It’s hosed by MS and I’ve seen comments that its only sold through partner and that it will be available directly and through partners so there’s some confusion there. It’s positioned for companies from 10-99 users, but is it licensed that way?

GP and NAV both have lots of companies using them that don’t fit where they are positioned, so licensing, scalability, and migration will be important.

As I parse the press releases and stories a couple of things stand out:

  • NAV is high customizable, Madeira will not be. ISV solutions will be available. That makes it more Xero like and less NetSuity. (Yes I’m making up words, I’m creative that way, deal with it.)
  • Interactions with Office 365 will be interesting. If this was all versions of Outlook, I would say it was a gimmick. Outlook plugins can be flaky, but the server component of O365 could change that.
  • How does it scale? This is a problem for Intuit and Quickbooks and it’s been a problem for Sage. When a user outgrows Madeira, due to size or customization needs, where do they go? Is there a migration path to NAV since they share code? To AX? If the answer is that they reimplement something else, that’s a problem. Madeira targets “growing” business and many of them have outsized ideas of where they will be in 3 years. Realized or not, those ideas drive decisions.

What does this mean for GP? Which is of course why you are here.

  • GP isn’t going anywhere any time soon. It has a massive installed base, a new web client that opens up lots of possibilities, it’s customizable and has a huge add on marketplace.
  • By all accounts both GP and NAV are getting additional investment. Combined dev teams mean that new features are appearing in both products. Workflow was in GP first then NAV, the HTML client was in NAV first then GP.
  • There will NOT be a GP-like version of Madeira. You’ll be able to run GP via hosting companies with the HTML 5 client, but there won’t be an official MS hosted version of GP.

Microsoft’s Project “Madeira” Preview Repositions Dynamics NAV As SMB Multitenant Cloud Solution, Too –


[Outtake: Oh yeah, one last question, why the heck didn’t they announce this at Envision last week? Seems like a missed opportunity.]