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Microsoft Convergence 2015 Roundup and Pictures

Today marks the conclusion of the Microsoft Convergence 2015 conference.  It's time to say goodbye to the host city of Atlanta for now, and go home to share all the information I have learned as an attendee with my staff back in Washington.

Should have turned on my pedometer to track all the miles walked in the convention center:

 
Convergence is overwhelming in the number of sessions, the size and diversity of the attendees, and the sheer volume of information and interactions packed into four days.

Microsoft left its imprint on Atlanta, and was prominent in billboards in the area:

 
The food was great, not only at the conference venue but the downtown restaurants.  I was treated to an amazing dinner by Bill Aiton of SSi Consulting, a top Dynamics GP partner, at Ray's in the City. From the raw bar to the sushi to the scallops and risotto, they made the shore seem closer than I think it may be to Atlanta.

Microsoft Public Sector hosted a tasty reception at White Oak Kitchen and Cocktails. It was fun to see old friends and meet new friends in a southern hipster setting. Yes, tattoos are required for all the bartenders and waiters.



My favorite keynote speaker was Seth Godin.  Quite inspirational and just like you would expect him if you have read his books:


 
 
I will miss my twilight view from the fiftieth floor of the opulent Westin Peachtree Plaza:

 
Can you have too much coffee at a convention?  I don't think so:



My favorite session was the government contractor (GovCon) discussion hosted by Microsoft's Elliott Ichimura. Elliott is the leader of the Microsoft GovCon Alliance.  He put together an informal discussion on how government contractors are getting the most out of Microsoft Dynamics products.


 
I tried to reduce my carbon footprint by taking the metro in DC and in Atlanta to get together airport.  Roundrip on the subway is $5 in Atlanta.

 
Now all I can do is drink plenty of water, sleep, and look forward to Convergence next year.
 
 

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