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Perth, Australia GPUG Chapter Meeting 2016 Q1

  • 1.  Perth, Australia GPUG Chapter Meeting 2016 Q1

    GPUG ALL STAR
    Posted Mar 09, 2016 10:26 PM

    Last night we held the Perth GPUG Chapter Meeting for Q1 2016 at the Microsoft office.

    Thank-you to all the attendees and presenters. We had 13 attendees and 2 remote presenters.

    It was Business Intelligence (BI) night and we had presentations on Microsoft Power BI, BI360 from Solver and Qlik Sense.

    I hope everyone had a great time and I look forward to seeing you all at the next meeting, which is planned for Tuesday 14th June 2016 5:00pm for 5:30pm start.

    More details will follow.

    Thanks

    David & Kate

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    David Musgrave MVP, GPUG All-Star

    Managing Director
    Winthrop Development Consultants

    Perth, Western Australia

    http://www.winthropdc.com
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  • 2.  RE: Perth, Australia GPUG Chapter Meeting 2016 Q1

    GPUG ALL STAR
    Posted Mar 10, 2016 01:26 PM

    David,

    Who did you get to present Power BI? Did you do a GoToMeeting for it?

    There certainly seems to be more emphasis on Power BI from Microsoft. My boss today even said that you don't need Excel at all for many things if you've got Power BI.

    Regards,

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    Steve Erbach - Business Analyst & MS Dynamics Platform Administrator
    WOW Logistics - Appleton, WI

    VP for Communication, GPUGWI Chapter
    GP 2013 R2 (soon to be 2015 R2!)
    MR 2012 CU9 (soon to be CU14!... [crossing my fingers])
    Blog: https://www.gpug.com/blogs/steve-erbach
    Twitter: @serbach



  • 3.  RE: Perth, Australia GPUG Chapter Meeting 2016 Q1

    GPUG ALL STAR
    Posted Mar 10, 2016 04:11 PM

    David,

    I made a little map for you: all of the Perth area GPUG members in the Directory. Looks like your meeting attendance was equal to 68% of the Perth area members!

    Regards,

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    Steve Erbach - Business Analyst & MS Dynamics Platform Administrator
    WOW Logistics - Appleton, WI

    VP for Communication, GPUGWI Chapter
    GP 2013 R2 (soon to be 2015 R2!)
    MR 2012 CU9 (soon to be CU14!... [crossing my fingers])
    Blog: https://www.gpug.com/blogs/steve-erbach
    Twitter: @serbach



  • 4.  RE: Perth, Australia GPUG Chapter Meeting 2016 Q1

    GPUG ALL STAR
    Posted Mar 11, 2016 04:52 AM

    Hi Steve

    One of the partners, Professional Advantage, had their BI expert present Power BI remotely from Sydney via Skype for Business. BI 360 was presented by the Solver APAC representative remotely from Thailand. Qlik was presented locally by another partner, Scope Systems.

    We had 2 of the 3 partners and 1 of 1 ISV (me) in attendance and 2 of the 4 regular customers in attendance.

    The problem we face is that there are probably somewhere between 50 and 100 GP clients in Perth and we have only had 4 ever come to the meetings. And all four of those who have been attending are my personal friends.

    I am working with the partners to encourage their customers to come along, but to date have not had any customers other than the four regulars.

    David

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    David Musgrave MVP, GPUG All-Star

    Managing Director
    Winthrop Development Consultants

    Perth, Western Australia

    http://www.winthropdc.com



  • 5.  RE: Perth, Australia GPUG Chapter Meeting 2016 Q1

    GPUG ALL STAR
    Posted Mar 11, 2016 03:55 PM

    David,

    "And all four of those who have been attending are my personal friends."

    You should get a better class of friends then!! [gdarisfttxb - Grinning, Ducking, And Running In Serpentine Fashion Through The Xanthorrhoea Brunonis]

    "I am working with the partners to encourage their customers to come along, but to date have not had any customers other than the four regulars."

    Hmmm... we haven't tried to mine our Partner for additional GP user contacts yet. I imagine that they'd want to protect their customers from unsolicited emails.

    But I wonder... do you know what and how many Partners do GP business in your neck of Oz? Might at least one of them be willing to let you piggyback on a monthly newsletter email? I've started that conversation with out Partner, but they're still getting their act together in that respect, newsletter-wise.

    People that do newsletters are always looking for decent content. You write quite well. Might you supply them with a Chapter meeting report complete with contact info?

    Regards,

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    Steve Erbach - Business Analyst & MS Dynamics Platform Administrator
    WOW Logistics - Appleton, WI

    VP for Communication, GPUGWI Chapter
    GP 2013 R2 (soon to be 2015 R2!)
    MR 2012 CU9 (soon to be CU14!... [crossing my fingers])
    Blog: https://www.gpug.com/blogs/steve-erbach
    Twitter: @serbach



  • 6.  RE: Perth, Australia GPUG Chapter Meeting 2016 Q1

    GPUG ALL STAR
    Posted Mar 14, 2016 05:51 AM

    Hi Steve

    I had to look Xanthorrhoea Brunonis up. They are known as Australian Grass Trees, but used to be called "Black Boys". The name was changed after they decided that it was racist.  The original settlers decided that the plants when they were flowering looked like there was an aboriginal with a spear hiding behind it. 

    There are three partners in Perth and we provided them with an email with the details of the GPUG meeting that they could brand with their logo and send out. We also provided our chapter brochure to include as an attachment.

    Hopefully, we will get some new attendees next month.

    David

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    David Musgrave MVP, GPUG All-Star

    Managing Director
    Winthrop Development Consultants

    Perth, Western Australia

    http://www.winthropdc.com



  • 7.  RE: Perth, Australia GPUG Chapter Meeting 2016 Q1

    GPUG ALL STAR
    Posted Mar 14, 2016 06:07 PM

    David,

    "Hopefully, we will get some new attendees next month."

    Next quarter, I presume, yes? Monthly seems like a bit much!

    "There are three partners in Perth and we provided them with an email with the details of the GPUG meeting that they could brand with their logo and send out. We also provided our chapter brochure to include as an attachment."

    I think if I were in your shoes I would remind them (pardon me if you've already done this) that Partners can bring their clients to GPUG meetings. That may encourage them to do so.

    Boy! Three Partners in Perth. That has to mean that there are at least as many GP users as you guessed... if nothing else to provide a living for the Partners!

    Do you know if those Partners have purchased GP Power Tools? Might that be an inroad?

    Sincerely,

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    Steve Erbach - Business Analyst & MS Dynamics Platform Administrator
    WOW Logistics - Appleton, WI

    VP for Communication, GPUGWI Chapter
    GP 2013 R2 (soon to be 2015 R2!)
    MR 2012 CU9 (soon to be CU14!... [crossing my fingers])
    Blog: https://www.gpug.com/blogs/steve-erbach
    Twitter: @serbach



  • 8.  RE: Perth, Australia GPUG Chapter Meeting 2016 Q1

    GPUG ALL STAR
    Posted Mar 15, 2016 03:00 AM

    Hi Steve

    Next Quarter is right. The June meeting.

    Some local sites have purchased GP Power Tools, but I don't use GPUG meetings to push my products.

    I will keep encouraging the partners to bring along their customers.

    David

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    David Musgrave MVP, GPUG All-Star

    Managing Director
    Winthrop Development Consultants

    Perth, Western Australia

    http://www.winthropdc.com



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