The first edition of the BCEEpeople conference is over

On September 12 in Prague, the first official meeting of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central partners from Central and Eastern Europe was held. The BCEEpeople conference was attended by 65 partners from 15 countries.

The first edition of BCEEpeople

The event was one of the first initiatives of this type aimed at integrating Partner companies that implement Dynamics 365 Business Central (Microsoft Dynamics NAV). The focus of the event was also on indicating common directions for product growth, and also to share knowledge, experience and know-how.

It was a unique occasion for CEE partners to meet in order to discuss issues and problems specific for the CEE region.

The agenda full of critical issues

The opening keynote was delivered  by Piotr Śledź, the initiator of the event and the President of the IT.integro Board, providing a vision of the future of Business Central as viewed by Partners. Piotr Śledź showcased the challenges and trends the modern market creates, such as digital transformation, the cloud and the One Microsoft strategy.

The next speaker, Aleksandar Totovic from Microsoft, discussed the functional and technical changes partners will have to embrace in the newly released

Nelson Tavares da Silva presented the challenges confronting QBS group partners from various areas of Europe.

There was also some space for a marketing session by Peter Kuna of Microsoft and a presentation on HR topics and trends in the IT industry delivered by Katarzyna Iwaniak from the Frank Recruitment Group.

During their presentation, Tomas Stankevičius and Inga Sartauskaite from 1Click Factory showcased the positioning strategy for the on-cloud  and on-premises models, criteria to be taken into account when providing the existing system evaluation for customers, the most popular paths for migration from the on-premise Dynamics version to the Dynamics 365 Business Central on-cloud.

In her interesting presentation, Reinis Sparāns from Elva Baltic discussed the situation on the Baltic market and attempted to respond to the question about partners’ readiness for the new cloud-based model proposed by Microsoft.

The last presentation was delivered by Aleksander Mavec abd Matjaž Fajfar (Adacta), Leho Hermann (BCS Itera) and Wojciech Kwiczor (IT.integro).

They jointly discussed their experience gained during the development and implementation of applications such as local functionalities and language versions within the Ready to Go program; the new apps are already available on AppSource.

Roundtable discussions on specific topic areas also enjoyed huge interest on the part of the attendees.

Summing up the first BCEEpeople in the history

The conference helped integrate 65 partners from 15 European countries.

The attendees discovered new opportunities offered by Dynamics 365 Business Central, cloud-based solutions and the transition to a new business model. However, partners also identified the problems that have to be overcome.

The meeting was also a place to share experiences and develop an action plan that in the future should result in a common growth strategy for Dynamics 365 Business Central on the Eastern and Central European markets.