GPUG Wisconsin (Milwaukee AND Green Bay) Chapter meeting - Q3

When:  Jul 18, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM (CT)
Associated with  US - Wisconsin (Milwaukee)

We've gone all out with our 3rd quarter combined Milwaukee/Green Bay GPUG Chapter meeting. Here's the proof!

  1. We've secured a very, very nice site for our full-day (8:30-4:15) Tuesday July 18th meeting (if you haven't registered yet, please register here (Green Bay Chapter members) or here (Milwaukee Chapter members): the UW-Oshkosh Alumni Welcome and Convention Center.

It opened in 2014, so it's still got that je ne sais quoi... that new building smell! It's located at 625 Pearl Avenue in Oshkosh. (The link takes you to Google Maps.)

Our meeting space is 1/3 of the main ballroom: 2800 square feet with classroom seating for 100. Don't fret about not having enough room to spread out! Here's a shot of the Great Hall outside the ballroom:

The Great Hall at the UW-Oshkosh Alumni Welcome and Conference Center

That's what you see when you enter the Alumni Center. Here's an aerial shot of the whole building right on the Fox River:

The Alumni Center right on the Fox River

The Great Hall is that curvy part with all the glass; again, just outside the ballroom. You can see that there's plenty of parking, too.

And the weather should be decent! Here's the forecast for Tuesday as of 9:15am Friday, July 14th: Some sun in the morning with increasing clouds during the afternoon. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 87F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday the 18th will be humid! Thank goodness we'll be gathered in air-conditioned comfort!

And how about...

  1. Not your garden-variety GPUG Chapter meeting, no siree bob!
    • Here's the continental breakfast menu (served at 8:30):
      • Seasonal cubed fresh fruit tray
      • Mini scones
      • Bagels w/cream cheese and assorted jellies
      • Chilled carafes of orange juice and cranberry juice
      • Freshly brewed Fair Trade Aspretto coffee, full-strength & decaf
      • Organic Numi herbal & non-herbal teas, and decaf organic Numi tea
      • Ice water
    • And for lunch:
      • House salad w/balsamic and ranch dressings
      • Hot shredded turkey
      • Pretzel rolls
      • Mashed potatoes
      • California blend mixed vegetables
      • Assorted cookies
      • Iced tea, coffee, and ice water
    • There will be vegetarian choices, too. You do have to let us know by Friday, July 14th, so they can prepare it for you!
  2. Door prizes. The companies that are presenting our five (5) educational sessions come bearing gifts:
    • Heartland Business Systems will give away a one-year subscription to Amazon Prime
    • Solver will contribute a $100 Amazon gift card
    • Prophix will give away an Amazon Echo
    • Sikich is offering a Bose Bluetooth speaker
    • And more from Wipfli (golf umbrella, cooler bag) and Panatrack. For example, some nice tote bags from Panatrack:
  3. And C-O-N-T-E-N-T!! Good grief! FIVE sessions throughout the day!
    • Barcode Bootcamp for GP, presented by Michael Burnham of Panatrack. Barcodes can be the most effective way for your team to reap efficiencies from Microsoft Dynamics GP. This brief session will leave you with a full understanding of how barcodes work and how they can be used to update Dynamics GP. Which scanners and printers work best? What is a GTIN, GS1, UDI, UPC, or other TLAs? You'll learn how to expose advanced Dynamics GP functionality and close functional gaps using barcoding.
    • Options for 'Simple' Manufacturing, presented by Heartland Business Systems's ERP Team Manager, Al Schuette, you'll learn about Assembly Bill of Materials vs GP Manufacturing Bill of Materials and routing.
    • Prophix and BI360 Shootout!, presented by Prophixand Solver. Prophix and BI360 are both leading Excel add-ins for budgeting, forecasting, and financial reporting. They'll have a half-hour each to give you the bird's eye lowdown (whatever that means!) on Excel-based financial reporting, budgeting, and forecasting. If you struggle with any of these – and who hasn't! – you'll want to see these two products duke it out!
    • Data -- Get in My GP, presented by John Kirsch of Wipfli. With many options to import data into GP, what's the right option for you? This session will cover all sorts of options to import data for both one-time and ongoing integrations. From built-in GP options to ISV solutions, this session is jammed with lots of tools and customer examples currently used to integrate data into – and from – GP.
    • SmartList and Excel Builder Techniques, presented by Steve Connors of Sikich. The Smartlist Builder Suite of products is a powerful tool that allows users to develop custom Smartlist and Excel reports that are not provided with core GP. This session will review tips and tricks on how to better utilize this tool and the commonly overlooked features.
      The meeting runs all day (8:30-4:15... but you don't have to stay all day. Come for the continental breakfast, the morning sessions, and join us for lunch... or come at lunch-time and stay for the Shootout and the rest of the afternoon sessions. It's all free and you can come and go as you please. Just register so that we know how much food to have on hand! It's like a wedding reception that way! (If you find out that you can't make it, please cancel your registration as soon as you can. Thank you!)Register here (Green Bay Chapter members) or here (Milwaukee Chapter members).

I tried to pick the one session I'm most looking forward to... but I struggled! Our company uses barcode scanners extensively and I know how much our in-house software developers have wrestled with making them behave and work like Bic pens: First Time Every Time! And @Michael Burnham of Panatrack is a very engaging guy.

When I was an independent software developer, one of the apps I wrote was a bill of materials system for a small manufacturer in my town. Not the simplest thing to write, believe me. I'm very curious to see @Al Schuette -- who I know from Heartland -- talk about the options for GP.

Our company has been putting our plan together for switching from Management Reporter and Excel Reports to a sophisticated Excel-based budgeting, reporting, and forecasting tool. I'm very curious to see Prophix and Solver's BI360 "shoot it out"!

And data import into GP... like, that's my life! I want to see those tools and customer examples that @John Kirsch of Wipfli will show us. John presented GP Workflows at our January meeting at Lambeau Field... and earned high praise from the inaugural Richard Whaley Award winner, GPUG Program Director Bob McAdam.

And, oh man! Our accounting staff uses SmartList Builder. Every. Single. Day. I want to see if @Steve Connors can show me if I've missed any features that I can use!

There's no charge for all of this!

  • FIVE educational GP-oriented sessions!
  • Free food and drink!
  • Nifty door prizes!
  • And a beautiful facility.

All that's missing is you!

Here's the agenda for the meeting. We've got one heck of a lineup!

8:30 Join us for continental breakfast with coffee and juice!
9:00 Meeting begins; introductions, GPUG business (and maybe the Birthday game if we have time!)
9:45 Barcode Bootcamp for GP, presented by Michael Burnham of Panatrack
10:45 Networking break
10:50 Options for 'Simple' Manufacturing, presented by Heartland Business Systems's ERP Team Manager, Al Schuette
11:50 Lunch: Hot turkey sandwich buffet, salad, mashed potatoes, coffee, and iced tea
12:20 Breakout Sessions/Round Table discussions
12:50 Prophix and BI360 Shootout!, presented by Prophix and Solver
1:55 Networking break
2:05 Data -- Get in My GP, presented by John Kirsch of Wipfli
3:00 Networking break
3:10 SmartList and Excel Builder Techniques, presented by Steve Connors of Sikich
4:10 Wrap-up & next meeting date
4:15 Finish!

The meeting is set to go all day, but you may certainly come for just the morning sessions and have lunch with us; or come for lunch and watch the Shootout and the afternoon sessions. We're flexible!

Just click on the Register link on this page so we know how much food to order for lunch!

Thank you, as always, for supporting the Wisconsin GPUG Chapters, Green Bay and Milwaukee!


UW Oshkosh Alumni Welcome and Convention Center
625 Pearl Ave.
Oshkosh, WI 54901


Steve Erbach