Dynamics Communities Update 2.0

In episode 45 of the “Inside Dynamics Communities” podcast, Ryan Gonzales, Senior Sales Director of Dynamics Communities and Summit NA, and Pam Misialek, Community Director of Dynamics Communities and Summit NA, welcome John Siefert, CEO, Dynamics Communities and Summit NA to dive deeper into the latest developments from the organization and the strategy behind them.

This episode is sponsored by Community Summit North America, the largest independent gathering of the Microsoft Business Applications ecosystem, taking place Oct. 13-17, 2024, in San Antonio, Texas. Register today to connect with thousands of users across the Microsoft business applications ecosystem at the for user, by user event.


00:37 — There has been a range of new announcements from Dynamics Communities lately. As such, Pam and Ryan welcome John to the podcast to unpack the strategy behind these ideas. John shares the thinking behind the upcoming Biz Apps Partner Summit — a partner-first event co-created with Microsoft, taking place July 24-25 in Bellevue, Washington.

02:21 — The concept for a partner-first event came to fruition at Community Summit North America 2023, during the sold-out Partner Preconference. As the idea evolved, and in working closely with Microsoft, it made logistical sense to host the event at the start of Microsoft’s fiscal year 2025, which begins on July 1. Full details on speakers and agenda can be found on the Biz Apps Partner Summit website.

08:04 — The intent of this event is to give partners time with Microsoft executives to get an understanding of upcoming priorities and for partners to learn how to scale their Microsoft Business Applications practice. The Biz Apps Partner Preconference will return to Community Summit North America 2024, happening October 13-17 in San Antonio, Texas, following the Biz Apps Partner Summit in July.

10:15 — Something new coming to Community Summit North America 2024 is the Demo Zone, which is an area for users to come and get quick, bite-sized immersions into various product categories, overviews, and demonstrations of new optimization and automation tools for Microsoft Business applications.

11:08 — One of the Experiences to be offered at Community Summit North America 2024 is the Summit Riverwalk and Concert Fiesta, happening Wednesday, October 16th, from 6-8 PM.

12:24 — In the Spring of 2025, Dynamics Communities will be hosting the AI Copilot Summit NA in March. Different from Community Summit North America (a Dynamics-first event), the AI Copilot Summit NA will be an AI-and Copilot-first event that defines the opportunities, impact, and outcomes possible with Microsoft Copilot for mid-market and enterprise companies.

14:43 — In addition to the Biz Apps Partner Summit in the Summer, Community Summit North America in the Fall, and the AI Copilot Summit NA in the Spring, Dynamics Communities also hosts year-round Community Summit North America Roadshows, which are single-day, “micro versions” of Community Summit NA. Furthermore, there is year-round engagement on our community learning and education platform, dynamicscommunities.com, which delivers tips, tricks, how-to’s, and tutorials around Microsoft Business Applications.

21:21 — A recent addition to the Dynamics Communities website is the UG AI Assitant, the first independent ”for user, by user” private GPT instance to answer questions about Microsoft business apps. This solution is designed to “shortcut” the time it takes to get the answers to your most pressing Dynamics and Power Platform questions, sourcing UG Expert content, message boards, and previous Community Summit NA on-demand sessions. Like any large language model, the more you engage with it, the smarter it becomes. Try out UG AI Assistant today!

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