As members of the Dynamics community, we’re getting excited about heading to Nashville, TN for Summit next week!
If you haven’t heard of Summit, here’s a quick rundown of what the event entails:
Summit is the LARGEST annual gathering of Dynamics users – whether they utilize GP, Nav, or other products. At Summit 2017, users will have the opportunity to receive education and support centered around the specific software they use. In addition to the vendor booths and planned sessions, attendees will also get to network with each other and share their experiences. Odds are, if you are facing a specific challenge inside of your organization, you’re not the only one!
This year, Summit takes place on October 10-13 in Nashville, TN. Being the largest conference of the year for Dynamic Communities, they sure do go all out. The countdown has begun, and we are only a week away!
Here are the 5 things you need to know before going to Summit.
1. Avoid crazy registration lines
This year, registration opens on Sunday, October 8 at 4pm. As you can imagine, a ton of people will be flooding to registration as soon as it opens. Consider avoiding registration for the first hour or so. Since registration is open all day Monday as well, don’t be too concerned. Early mornings and late evenings may be the best times to go, while most people are eating breakfast/dinner.
2. Attend as many breakout sessions and networking events as you can
Sure, Summit is a great way to break up your work routine and to meet some new people, but the main benefit is gained from taking advantage of everything there is to learn. Imagine this – you’ll be surrounded by experts in every field, all excited and ready to support you! Don’t do yourself the disservice of missing out. Before you leave for the event, review the schedule and ask yourself the questions below, so that you can prioritize your time at Summit:
- What challenges are we currently facing?
- How can my organization improve?
- What issue(s) do we keep running into?
- Is our process working for everyone?
Decide which sessions will best help you find solutions to your current issues, whether that means learning about accounting automation or how to move your documents to the cloud. Not only can you get your questions answered by experts at Summit, but you can also learn how others in your position are operating and hear their tips and best practices.
Take notes, learn from others, and MAKE THE MOST OF IT!
If you’re interested in learning about Accounting Automation, we hope you’ll stop by booth 725 to chat with the DocuPhase team about how Accounting Automation can help you simplify your AP processes.
You’re also welcome to attend our session, AP Breaky Heart, on Thursday, October 12, at 10AM in Canal C. In this solution showcase, Steve Allen and Jeremy Slaughter will demonstrate how companies are using Robotic Accounting Automation to get more work done with less effort and frustration.
3. Step outside of your comfort zone
Maybe you’re not totally comfortable striking up conversations with strangers. We get that! Still, meeting new people, hearing their stories, and learning from them is an important part of Summit. Challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone and introduce yourself to people you don’t know. At each meal, sit at a table where you don’t know anyone. If you have a question in a breakout session, ask it! Better yet, attend the networking events and parties, and share your own experiences with others. Trust us – you’re not the only one feeling a little bit shy!
4. Come prepared
Going into an event like Summit, you don’t know what kind of people you will meet or where you’ll meet them. No matter where you go – whether it’s a session, a restaurant, or even a karaoke bar – be prepared to meet new people who are in Nashville for the same reason you are. How can you be prepared? Have business cards on hand at all times!
Likewise, always make sure that you get a card from everyone you have a conversation with, and make a note on the back of the card to remind you of who that person is, what you talked about, and where you met. This will help you out when you get back to the office and try to sort through all the information you collected on your trip.
From there, it’s up to you to follow up and stay in touch! Make an effort to re-connect with everyone you met, so that if you ever need a line of support, you’ll all be there for each other.
5. Take some time to enjoy Nashville
Do a little research beforehand and make sure you hit some of Nashville’s best restaurants while you’re in the area. From good eats, to must see attractions, below are the spots we recommend!
- Joey’s House of Pizza – Touted as the “Best Pizza in Nashville,” this New York pizzeria makes all of its ingredients from scratch every day!
- Mas Tacos – If you’re in the mood for tacos, hit up this joint on McFerrin Ave. According to one Facebook reviewer, “You can't go wrong with any of the Tacos!”
- The Wild Cow Vegetarian Restaurant – Looking for vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free fare? The wild cow has a creative menu and plenty of options for your dietary needs.
- The Grand Ole Opry – Don’t miss out on Nashville’s number one attraction and the show that made country music famous!
- Country Music Hall of Fame – If you’re a fan of country music, you’ll enjoy visiting the home of country music, where you can see exhibits, shop, and grab a meal.
- The Johnny Cash Museum – Dedicated to the life and music of Johnny Cash, this museum will captivate fans of all ages.
For more things to do in Nashville, check out TripAdvisor.
Whatever you decide to do, it’s sure to be a good time! We hope to see you all at Summit 2017!