It has come to my attention that the Other list has been released and those included in this list are throwing celebratory victory parties and are paying their temp workers (those they’ve hired to sit and press the vote button all day) their promised bonus checks.
I’m not too sure what to think about that Other List. Maybe its because I’m uncool but I have no idea who most of these people are. I know all the Microsoft big wigs from the US and I know all the bloggers but that only makes up like 20% of the list. The other people on the Other List are a mystery to me. How about you? How many people have you heard of on the Other list? Now compare that to the Doug Pitcher’s OFFICIAL 100 most famous, awesome and totally influential Dynamics people for 2012. Chances are if you are awesome yourself you know 80 to 90 percent of the people on my list. It’s can’t be a coincidence.
As always, I feel its important to recognize the proper people for their awesomeness from the past year. I had one person email me and ask when the Real List was coming out. Wait no longer my Awesome friends. The third annual DPO100MFATIDP for 2013 is officially here.
- Doug Pitcher – It’s my dang list so why not rig the ballot.
- Linda Rose – Hard to move up over Mrs. Rose when she is awesome enough to take the Rose team to Tahiti for a reward trip this past year.
- Leslie Vail – Leslie’s campaign to be on the awesome list has not gone unrewarded. It started with her plea for votes on the awesome list as the Other list is just not that cool. She is so great that even that didn’t help as she got voted in for the Other list. Now she followed up with a formal apology which is humbly accepted. You rock Leslie. Congrats on your spectacular-ness.
- Kirill Tatarinov – Kind of here by default. When you lead MBS I guess you need to be at the top. I’ve taken pictures with him and have been surprised at how short he is. Kind of like Tom Cruise or Ryan Seacrest.
- Victoria Yudin – Just this morning a consultant said to me “I found something on Victoria’s site that…” When a consultant can drop the single name Victoria and no one thinks of lingerie you know you’re awesome.
- Steve Chapman – Movie (youtube counts right?) star. Demo king. If you don’t know who Steve is you don’t know how to use the internet.
- Doug White – He just did a thousand mile walkabout in Australia. Sounds pretty tough as nails to me.
- Tami Jones – Tami gave Doug White a hard time last year as she was listed above him on the list and was so cool she was listed twice. Does this make up for last years oversight Doug
- Dwight Specht – Try as Dwight did he couldn’t crack the Other list. In his nomination campaign he even offered free beer. Not sure what else he could of done. No worries Dwight. You’re still awesome.
- Aaron Donat – Senior escalation engineer at MBS. I always try to go straight to him but he’s often working on solving the economic crisis in Greece or advising Bill Gates as to where he should focus his philanthropic efforts. When I met him in person for the first time in NO he gave me something like $50 in casino chips as he didn’t want to cash them and he’d already made $50,000 at roulette (or there abouts).
- Jivtesh Singh – MVP and all around great guy. How do I know he’s an awesome guy? Check out this blog post where he encourages everyone not to vote for him but to vote twice for David Musgrave. I also met Jivtesh at Convergence for the first time in New Orleans. He indicated I was the most humorous blogger in the community. If I can’t be helpful I might as well be entertaining.
- Melissa Sanders- Our lovely and quite dashing office administrator. She threatened to cut my payroll check in half and not do my expense reimbursements for six months if she got as low of a rating this year. I guess bribes or threats work to make it on the top 100 list.
- Mathcbox Twenty – I almost got in a fight with someone at the Matchbox Twenty concert. (I wish I was that tough). Some 6’ 3’ dude and his 7’ 2” girlfriend stepped in front of Tami Jones and she wasn’t impressed because it blocked her perfect view of Robby. Jeff Demaria started puffing up and I thought we were going to see some pocket protectors fly. I always get a kick out of accountants gone wild at events such as this.
- Rebecca Bunas – AKA the Rock Star. The phrase I’m with Rebecca still works wonders.
- Terry Heley – I have clients that want payroll updates when they are available. I always feel like I’m cheating as I usually just wait for Terry’s updates so I don’t have to monitor payroll all the time.
- Daryl Anderson – One of our go to guys for help with web clients and Dynamics in general
- Errol Schoenfish – Errol saw me across a crowded bar (sound like the start to an awesome song) and he yelled out “where’s Rebecca?” I take it that he knew who I was. I’m Rebecca’s groupie.
- Julie Rague- She was so gleeful to be included last year on the awesome list she started recruiting future candidates by introducing me to everyone she knows. It went something like this: “Do you know Doug? He has this amazing list that I’m on”. Great conversation starter.
- Mariano Gomez – I wanted to see the fight between Mariano and Mark when I listed Mariano first. I also met up with Mariano at Convergence (OK, the truth was he let me take a picture and get his autograph).
- Mark Polino – Mark went on a free fall this year on the awesome list. I still think he’s pretty cool but without any interactions with him this year (other than me swooning from afar) its hard to make it any higher than his ranking on the Other List.
- Kofi Annan – There is always a spot for the keynote speaker at convergence
- Tami Jones – She fixed my laptop and sent it back with my desktop filled with pictures of all the things we did last year including Tahiti, closing down Bourbon Street, and visiting the CN tower in Toronto. I’m sure we do work when we are together but the pictures are incriminating.
- Katie Hasbargen – DYNAA program lead. Took our group on a riverboat tour in NO. It pays to be in the good graces of awesome people like Katie.
- Don Morton – Football coach, mentor and site leader over the Dynamics Academic Alliance (DYNAA)
- Patrick Roth- One of the coolest support engineers around. His mad dexterity skills are the talk of the town. As he walks down the hall women AND men faint at just the sight of him. I hope you never make the Other List Patrick so you can keep heading up the charts on the Real list.
- Lori Pugh-Erdle – North American Manager-service accounts managers is her official title. That sounds pretty official but I’d guess everyone that knows her would say she’s just plain cool.
- Lyndsey Creamer – If you know what the DYNAA is you know Lyndsey. She’s awesome.
- Ashley Pecoraro – New DYNAA team member that pulled off an incredible preconvergence event for all the college professors using Dynamics.
- Sandy Sigsbee – Our office admin that keeps me doing what I should be doing. I often get a call from her scolding me for wasting my time writing silly blog posts and not looking after the customer. Sorry Sandy is a common phrase that I’ve learned to repeat most believably
- Doug Kennedy – He’s great and deserves to be on this list.
- Chris Dew – He’s pretty cool. I sat with him during lunch at the Partner Event. I felt like I was one of the cool kids for a meal.
- Nick Hoban – Moving Nick up on the list last year didn’t get me that MVP vote so I’m at a loss.
- Frank Hamelly – Whenever I see an email come over from Frank to our team I always think “Is that the real Frank Hamelly?” So I guess he must be famous.
- Chastidy Ruiz – Fellow consultant and technical support buddy. Whenever there is giggling in the office everyone knows we are talking serious consulting type business.
- Terry Carlton – Terry told me about a motorbike accident he was in and how he has a bionic arm now. Anyone that has been in a bike accident (bmx or motorized) must be awesome.
- Mohammad Daoud – A great resource to the MBS community and fellow blogging buddy
- Mark Rockwell – Mark yelled at me this year during a presentation about the cloud. (OK, I’ll tell the truth. He strongly disagreed with my opinion). I still think he’s awesome.
- Vaidy Mohan – Vaidy last year commented that it was “Heavenly” to be on the awesome list. He even submitted an official acceptance speech. If that’s not awesome I don’t know what is.
- Cheryl Mortvedt – Fellow support person whom I usually team up with to beat up on unsuspecting Microsoft support people at the annual partner advantage meetings.
- Todd Schultz- Chair of the DYNAA. One of the pioneers to use a cloud based solution in an academic setting.
- Tami Jones – Alright I caved into peer pressure. This is her third listing on the awesome list. I had about 30,001 unique emails and over 400,001 votes confirming she should be on the Real list. With those statistics you can tell that this list is far more reliable than the Other list.
- Dana Willmer – Anyone that is willing to guide me around any ski hill is down right cool. If that ski hill is Whistler you get a spot on the awesome list.
- Mark Stuyt- He’s not as cool as Dana even though we skied Whistler together. OK, I’m just jealous because he’s a better skier than me and he mocked my Canadian accent.
- Jennie Davis – The partner channel head hauncho. The Partner Event is being held in Tampa this year. Something must be going right to move the event from Fargo to…anywhere else. ha.
- Mike Feori – This will probably be Mike’s last year on the list. He retired (which is awesome) but it’s hard to stay awesome while watching tomato’s grow all day is the bulk of your duties.
- Beat Bucher- Blogger and MVP and fellow Canadian. Most Canadians are special so he gets automatic placement on the Awesome list.
- Liane McIlraith – There’s always that one consultant everyone wants to work with. Liane is that consultant. I often try to get her opinion on things but she is usually booked until mid next year.
- Jeff Demaria – He’s low on my list as he almost got me into a fight as described above. He did let me drag him out until the wee hours of the morning the final night of Convergence then missed his flight because he passed out at 5 am. (I told you not to go to sleep). I banged on his door for 15 minutes then gave up and left him (not cool, I know). All the flights were booked from NO the next day so he rented a car and drove to Houston and flew out from there. That’s pretty awesome, right?
- Jesse Byam – When I first moved back to Canada several years back he found my resume somewhere and tried to recruit me to be a part of his team. After knowing him for a long time now I’m glad I didn’t pursue that offer as I don’t think we’d get anything done. He’s too much fun and I’m a sucker for fun things.
- John Espinoza – When I think of a man that will take charge of things he’s it.
- Tim Cruickshank – Poor Tim lost his way and didn’t make it to Convergence. I had people asking me in the hallways where Rebecca was and if Tim was there to do some more breakdancing.
- Christina Philips – How do you feel to be way more awesomer than Steve Endow, Christina?
- Steve Endow – I’ve followed Steve’s blog for a long time. He’s usually pretty technical and has great insight into Dynamics issues.
- Francisco Hillyer – I don’t know too many people as technical as Franky and his love of all things Dynamics. In fact, whenever I head off to a conference he drools and makes me promise to take a T-shirt and grab the autographs of everyone on this awesome list. I have collected autographs but am greedy so have kept the various T-shirt and hung them on my wall. Sorry Franky.
- Anya Ciecierski – I’m impressed Anya is holding strong on the Other list. Her popularity is soaring. Her work with the ERP bloggers is no doubt doing wonderful things.
- Richard Whaley – The professor is a likeable character. I questioned his inclusion on the list as he totally sold out and took out paid advertising on the Microsoft site. Although anyone with a Segway must be cool so I’m keeping him on the list.
- John Lowther – I’ve seen him on stage at a couple of Microsoft type events so assume he’s a smarty pants. He referenced my awesome list on his blog so he must be awesome.
- David Musgrave – I’m sorry to report David finally made the Other List. I’m sure his inclusion is a relief to all but it does nothing for his standing on the Awesome list. Take it as an honor to be the last person included on the Awesome list for 2013, David.
- Colin Powell- One and done inclusion on the Real list. He was cool because he came and spoke at Convergence in 2012 but I haven’t heard from him since
- Bethany Eighmy – Decided to leave the DYNAA team for greener pastures. She’s still cool but her awesomeness certainly took a beating as she no longer hangs with the awesome crowd on a daily basis
- Barack Obama
- Elvis Presley
- Lebron James
- Charles Ramsey
Final voting has been done. Adjustments are anticipated and probably expected depending on future presents and bribes received.
Anyone on the above list can proudly use the DPO100MFATIDP for 2013 label on their email signature as desired.
Congratulations and have another great year of being Awesome.
“Doug Pitcher’s OFFICIAL 100 most famous, awesome and totally influential Dynamics people for 2013” is almost here
The drama is building. The countdown is on. I can hardly wait for the release of the “Other List” so we can enjoy another year of snarky awesomeness awards. The whole dynamics world is clamoring about the possible inclusion on the honored Awesome list (who wouldn’t, it’s awesome) but some are still campaigning for the other list. Here are a few campaigns under way.
My favorite shameless plug is Leslie Vail’s. She mentions the “Other List” but firmly plants herself on the Awesome list. A good multipurpose advertisement. She gets my vote for both lists although I confess (ha) that I hope she is is in the low nineties on the other list so she has a chance at top billing on the awesome list.
The professor wants to get in on the Other list. No mention of the awesome list here so that severely limits his admittance to the awesome list.
Steve Endow goes all inclusive on his campaign strategy. I like his list. Most, if not all will get some Awesomeness love.
But probably the most ingenious strategy goes to Dwight Specht who is offering free beer for anyone that votes for him. That just might get him nominated to the other list if he’s not careful.
In watching all the above strategies over the course of the past month I’ve come up with my own few pointers on getting on the “Other List” followed by a few tips that will increase your chances on getting on the 2013 Awesome list. Hope you enjoy.
- Add an “Other List” link to your email signature. Surely someone you communicate with cares about you and will vote for you
- Get office mates to put an “Other List” link for you in their email signature. Why not flood the world with your name. For example, It’s amazing how many “please vote for Linda Rose. Page 9 on the “Other List”” emails and discussions that have been sent around our office.
- Get your spouse or significant other to put an “Other List” link in their email. That will keep you somewhat at arms length but still tap into your ancestral pool of potential voters. If your grandma and grandpa or mom and dad won’t vote for you, who will
- The goldmine is to get your kids to start a social media campaign for dear old Mom or Dad. You bought them a smart phone. Why not put them to work? They are on it all day anyways and you can’t tell me that’s not a better use of time than texting during class. You can even send them a note to school that they have your permission to use their phone for that sole purpose.
- Hire a temp worker to vote for you. Believe it or not you can vote as many times as you want for yourself. Right now each vote is worth about .01%. I tested this out by voting for Leslie a hundred times. I moved her up a full 1%. Your welcome Leslie.
- I guess if you can find a sucker like me to vote a hundred times for you there is no need for a temp worker. Maybe the relative approach is the lest expensive way to go. Think of how valuable Grandma or Grandpa would feel if you told them to keep pushing that button or the world is going to end (ha, Lost reference for those that caught that)
- Consistency is key. Keep blogging and mentioning how much it will mean to be on the “Other List”.
- If you haven’t started blogging, you better. Everyone I know is voting for David Musgrave like fifty times just because he’s a famous blogger and also in the attempt to get him finally nominated to that “Other List”. (I wish there was a way to take off nominations, like a minus one vote. I have no idea who some of these candidates are and if I don’t know them shouldn’t that decrease their influence?)
- Finally, if all else fails, cheat. Surely there is some type of script that could be developed to vote automatically. Come on, David Musgrave, if you can’t develop an automated approach to this maybe you don’t belong on the “Other List”.
Ways to get on the Doug Pitcher’s OFFICIAL 100 most famous, awesome and totally influential Dynamics people for 2013:
- Be Awesome
- Write a blog saying you wish you were awesome. I excluded Patrick Roth last year from my awesome list only to have him follow up with “I’m so depressed, I’m not awesome this year” post. To be honest, I didn’t know Patrick even knew I thought he was awesome
- Or let me know you care by introducing yourself. I’m pretty sure half of the people I meet are secretly trying to bump their chances on my most prestigious list
- Send chocolate
- Please don’t send too much chocolate. Unlike the “Other List” I’ll know if you are padding the odds in your favor
Thought I’d throw this out as I ran across this last week. After running a Greenshades update a client was getting this error:
I hit up Greenshades support and got this back:
Thank you for your email. Wanted to allow you to know that the error message that is being seen is a new issue dealing with our current update. We are currently investigating this issue, but we do have a work around in order to allow the client to proceed. At this point, have the client try to launch GP as Admin (Right Click GP icon > Run as Administrator ). Once GP launches, and the client signs in. Have them try to launch the Greenshades Center and see if the error message comes up. We should have a resolution for this issue soon, but right now these instructions should resolve the issue for the moment. We should be addressing a fix in a near future update.
This usually isn’t that big of a deal except when there are thousands of transactions and records that need to be updated. This problem occurred for one of our clients today. The person updating the system to include multicurrency selected to add all financial tables to check links on. That was 5pm yesterday. The process completed at 10 am today and had 354k pages in the report.
It’s true. I’m not exaggerating this time. Check it out for yourself.
What’s worse is the user stayed up all night to get this process done at the office. By the time I was called at 6:30 am I had one crabby user when I mentioned “you’re calling me pretty early”. Her reply was a disgruntled “It’s late, not early. I haven’t been to bed.”
Maybe I don’t have the war wounds some of you out in the field consultants do but I can’t remember a check links process returning that many pages of updates. I’ve seen a couple hundred thousand pages before but this almost doubled it.
How about you? What’s the highest number of page results you’ve seen returned by the check links process.
Take this as a warning. Make sure you leave plenty of time when running check links on the financial tables particularly the CM tables.
Or at least bring a pillow and/or have a full pot of coffee ready.
This past week I attended The Partner Event hosted by The Partner Channel group. I presented a couple of breakout sessions on partner and customer questions regarding the Dynamics Cloud. It’s interesting after the huge push Microsoft has made regarding Cloud, there is still a huge knowledge gap between MBS and most of the partners. If you are interested in my PP slides shoot me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you over a copy. The sessions were much better in person but you get the drift of what I presented.
In normal conversation with other attendees I often get asked what I do for Rose. In all honesty, I don’t really know how to respond to that question especially when I’m at a sales and marketing conference. If I say I’m the Technical Support Manager for Rose I immediately get asked what I’m doing at that conference. If I say I’m in sales it’s kind of stretching the truth as I usually rely on the famous Steve Chapman to close out any big deals.
I usually say something like “in a small company we usually do a little bit of everything”. Which then gets followed up by “I thought Rose was a huge organization.” I can’t win. I think I’m going to make up a title for myself that is ambiguous enough that it squashes any questioning regarding my value to the company. How about “Director of whatever needs to be done.” Or “Chief Managing Director of someone who likes sales, consulting, marketing, technical support, and janitorial services.”
I don’t know if those titles would draw more questions. I really do do something for Rose but just not sure how to wrap it all together. Someone did give me the title of “Director of Academic Relations” as I deal with university professors and students who we host for educational purposes but in a smaller type company that wouldn’t keep me in a job for very long.
Maybe I should have my title as “People like me.” While I was away a fellow colleague found a comment about me that a customer left after I helped them out on a go to assist session and passed it around the office.
Comment: Doug Pitcher is GOD, he was so into my problem that I felt comprehended, he really walks the talk, there should be more doug pitchers in the world. I am glad to talk to him, he is always calm and charming, I wish I could live near him, he should really start his own religion
Feedback: Magically, I never felt this way before, thank you Doug Pitcher you did not make my day, but made my life!!!!
I’m pretty sure I don’t qualify as the Dynamics GP big guy but there were a few rounds of email from my office mates mocking and laughing at my popularity.
I’m pretty sure it was my mom who left those encouraging words and nice comments.
I hope I don’t start getting called Magic Doug as my title.
Anyone else have any appropriate ambiguous titles I could use?
I always try to hit every keynote at any conference I’m at not matter how tired I am. I may nod off occasionally but it’s still worth going.
Here are some notes I took:
Always fun to hear him. He’s a great competitor and leader and always has a good jab at his competitors. (AKA Apple)
It’s time to go big or go home
April 2014 Windows XP will be put to sleep. It’s time has come.
You can’t make this stuff up. SIRI’s response to “What is the best cell phone ever?” Came up as a Microsoft phone.
Bing leading Google in relevance more of the time at this point according to Kevin’s resources.
The jabs were frequent and the response was lively from the crowd.
A good leader: Remember the past. Rejoice in the present. Re-imagine the future
Ecology is THE new science. Talked a lot about biology, the body, and how they interact.
Seven keys to leadership
1. Look and listen- Not networking but true relationships 95% of our genes relate to our lifestyle. In 4 month you can turn off bad genes and highlight good genes.
2. Emotional bonding-
3. Awareness- Expand awareness.
Missed these two. Anyone pick them up?
True purpose of why we are here?
To heal, be happy ,and serve each other.
Questions for Dr. Chopra:
Do you curse in a stressful situation? NO. He Stop’s, take deep breathes, then compliment the person.
Life centered moment awareness. The best time in your life is now. The most important person in your life is who you are with.
Advice on true self esteem.
in all it was very relevant and great advice in a relatively short time.
MBS announced WPC is in Houston next year. I’m not sure if everyone knew that already, was disappointed with the location, or just was stunned from the early morning time frame but it was a warm/cool reception from the crowd that next year WPC is in Houston.
A good session all around.
It’s amazing how many different countries are represented by the 16000+ attendees. I’m pretty sure I can ride almost any shuttle from my hotel and be surrounded by dozens of people speaking any numbers of languages.
The keynote from yesterday is summarized by Dwight Specht pretty well. I was really impressed by the large touch screen application as well. I could see the future where these screens are used in every office and classroom. The price needs to come down just a tad as they are $80,000 a pop.
I’m always lost going through the WPC expo as most of the booths are relating to everything other than the Dynamics product line. I also got lost literally in the expo looking for the US region area. A co-worker sent me in the wrong direction and I ended at the far end of the expo hall. After travelling through Germany, Brittan, France, Japan, I finally found the US region next to Canada. Not bad for a 30 minute walk.
There are tons of Microsoft people walking around. Talked with a MBS RMS partner representative. It sounds like the migration path from RMS after it goes away in the next couple of years is to a POS lighter version of AX. That will be a joy in 2015.
Had several Microsoft people try to tell us we need to move to technologies that are being released in the next couple of months. Not sure if I offended them or not when I mentioned we are going to wait until service pack 3 of any Microsoft release. I was mostly kidding but it was fun seeing the reaction.
Just saw a 10 GBS file be transferred in 10 seconds on Windows Server 2012. Pretty good performance.
Kirill Tartarinov shows off with Errol some of the Dynamics bells and whistles. I was sitting next to a whole group a people looking fairly cross eyed. I can just see the typical blank stare of the normal IT person that wants to stay away as far as possible for the scary financial system.
Wearing pink shirts today. That’s what happens when we leave T-shirt design and ordering up to the ladies in the office.
Took a red eye into Toronto last night so I could enjoy the day with the RoseASP team. We decided to check out Niagra Falls which was pretty incredible.
Here’s a close up look of the falls. Really fun and amazing to see this in person.
We are in Canada so Jeff is posing with the Canadian mountie mouse.
I promise to report on WPC tomorrow but today was a day of fun.
Hope to see everyone there.
I’m not sure when I turned into a techie accounting geek but none the less I have. I used to have fun playing sports, hanging out with friends, and listening to music. Maybe it happened when I got married and had kids? Whatever the catalyst I now find enjoyment by fixing problems and helping clients.
So you don’t have to point out that I’m a geek. I already know it.
One point of proof is how I’ve really enjoyed using the PSTL over the past couple of months after Microsoft announced the tool set is now free for all users. In the past the tool cost around $1000 per tool and a customer would only buy a tool if there was an ongoing or critical need. With all the tools at my disposal I’ve found several customers that needed to clean parts of their system up but have not been able to do so in the past.
One of the PSTL tools is the Account Modifier/Combiner tool. One of our customers had an older lingering database that originally started with Small Business Manager. At the time they set up the system they thought they would never grow and would not need multiple segments for their chart of accounts (short sighted and not sure what they were thinking when this was implemented originally). They have grown and have multiple databases now but this older database was still on a four digit, one segment, COA. Because of that every month the customer would export out their financial reports to excel and manually consolidate numbers with their other reports.
To fix this I used PSTL’s Account Modifier, a little ingenuity, and Leslie Vail’s blog post to decrease number of digits in the account format. Here’s the process I used to change the account structure from XXXX to XX-XXXX-XX.
- Make a backup of the company database (I always do this first)
- Uninstalled the previous PSTL the client had installed. They had purchased an older tool set in the past so needed to uninstall and reinstall with this newly release PSTL version. Included in it is the free reg keys under the Read Me file.
- Changed the account format to XXXX-XXXX-XX under Tools>>setup>>company>>account format
- I added the 00’s to the third segment using mass modify under Cards>>financial>>mass modify but thinking back I probably could have just modified the account using PSTL at this point
- Used PSTL account modifier to modify the accounts. Left digit 3 and 4 in the first segment blank
- Ran Tools>>utilities>>system>>reconcile>>account format setup table. This decreased the account format to XX-XXXX-XX just like I wanted. All the account numbers have to have a blank in the appropriate space for the reconcile utility to work
- Added the newly corrected company to the FRx tree so consolidations will happen automatically
I’m not exactly sure why the PSTL was changed to be a freebie but can say it has always been a pain in the past to install and get reg keys for. Almost like it was in it’s own little MBS world. Whatever caused the freebie to come I’ll take it.
Like I’ve said I’ve had a lot of fun showing customers what they can do with PSTL and all for free. I’d warn any of you not to try the above unless you are already a geek, married, or have kids. I’d hate to be the cause of making anyone uncool prematurely as there is no doubt you will have fun when you try it.
I’m not sure why I get a kick out of being snarky as I’m usually a very positive person in real life. But I do.
I’ve been waiting for for DynamicsWorld’s Microsoft Dynamics Most Influential People Top 100 list all year. I was hoping that maybe the fine folks at Dynamics World would see my great contribution to the Dynamics community over the past year and put me maybe 100 on the list. Alas, my random thoughts during my infrequent blog posts were not enough to convince anyone of my value to the community. I wonder if they expanded the list to 1000 I’d have a shot? Last years Awesome list can be found here in case anyone was wondering if they improved on their awesomeness over the year.
Reading over the list I must admit to only knowing a fraction of the winning nominees. Maybe it’s a UK thing versus a North America thing.
From here on out in this post I will refer to that other list as the “Other” list. No need to dig up painful memories for all those that were wrongfully omitted from the Other list.
So without further ado I now present the second annual “Doug Pitcher’s OFFICIAL 100 Most Famous, Awesome and Totaly Influential Dynamics People for 2012” or DPO100MFATIDP2012 for short.
- Doug Pitcher – Once again, it’s my dang list so I’m putting my name at the top
- Linda Rose – Until someone convinces me Linda is not the most intelligent and forward thinking person I’ve ever worked with she’ll stay at the top as well. There are other Dynamics hosting companies out there but there is only one Linda Rose.
- David Musgrave – Until David actually makes the Dynamics world list I’ll keep him at the top of my list. I’ve actually had quite a fun time with David over the past year and him not being on that other list makes me really question it’s validity.
- Mark Polino – Mark went out of his way to say hi to me at Convergence. Even if you are on the Other list I’ll let that slide. I think you should brand the “50 tips and tricks” phrase and sell it on eBay or something Mark. You’d make a gazillion with how well known that is now.
- Mariano Gomez – I felt bad for Mariano this year as he slid to 66 from 30 on the Other list. You know you are losing your magic when you go on a free fall as bad as that.
- Leslie Vail – An MVP and totally awesome person so of course she still gets her name in the spotlight. I don’t see her on the Other list this year so this only solidifies her position at the top
- Nick Hoban – Still waiting for the MVP vote Nick. Would putting you higher on my Awesome list help?
- Victoria Yudin – I make money off of sending customers to Victoria’s website. It’s not often I can’t find a solution to someone’s reporting questions by just referencing her blog. It’s not wrong to charge someone just for knowing where the answer to their question is, is it?
- Kirill Tatarinov – When you are the big wig of MBS I guess it would make my Awesome list seem invalid if I didn’t put him on here.
- Mohammad Daoud – Sorry Mohammad about your snubbing this year on the Other list. Try bribing your family to vote for you like Dwight Specht did last year.
- Dwight Specht – Speak of the devil. He made the Other list last year but not this year which only improves his chance at getting a higher placement in my rankings. I sat with Dwight on a partner panel this year for the DYNAA. I felt like a little fish sitting next to a shark. He has quite an impressive aura around him.
- Tami Jones- Our whole company is run by women and Tami fits the mould of dynamic take charge type person. She’s the backbone behind the RASP team and does a great job interacting with customers.
- Doug White – Grumpiest guy I know but one heck of a systems architect. He’s the smart Doug in the company.
- Colin Powell – Keynote speaker at Convergence so why not put him here.
- Terry Heley – When I have payroll questions I turn to Terry. She’s a great MBS resource.
- Steve Chapman – Steve is the all around social media king. 20000 twitter followers and 100’s of youtube videos. We have people calling in just to talk to the famous Steve Chapman.
- Rebecca Bunas – AKA Rock Star. The phrase I’m with Rebecca works wonders.
- Errol Schoenfish – I met Errol at Convergence in person and he knew who I was because I was with Rebecca. It helps to be with the band sometimes.
- Julie Rague- Rebecca’s friend that puts up with me tagging along as they spend the night talking about girl things and the good ole days.
- Mark Rockwell – Mellowed down on the outfits this year as they went for the bartender looks. That won’t get you any higher on my list Mark. Try a “Get out of the 70’s” theme next year and dress up as hippies and have the disco music pumping. That would get you some serious points on my list.
- Tami Jones – She’s so cool I’m putting her on the list twice.
- Katie Hasbargen – DYNAA program lead. Took over the main operational duties of the DYNAA this year. I was invited to go to a hockey game with the DYNAA this year and if that doesn’t get you on my Awesome list nothing will.
- Don Morton – Football coach, mentor and site leader over the Dynamics Academic Alliance (DYNAA)
- Bethany Eighmy – Part of the DYNAA team that brought myGPcloud to universities
- Lyndsey Creamer – the other part of the DYNAA team that brought myGPcloud to universities
- Jesse Byam – It’s blizzarding outside my office right now and I bet Jesse is still in shorts. We missed you at Convergence this year Jess.
- Doug Kennedy – Rebecca and I ran into him coming back from the ball park in Atlanta. I started chatting with him and he admitted to not knowing who I was. But I was with Rebecca so he was still willing to talk to me.
- Chris Dew – Our RASP booth was next to eOne this past year so I got to see how famous Chris really is. 1000’s of people flocked around him as he discussed the finer points of politics, the seperation of church and state, and how to resolve the conflict in the middle east. At least I assumed he was talking about that as there was a never ending flow of customers waiting to talk with him.
- Francisco Garcia Hillyer – Second year in a row for Francisco on this list. He’s smarter than me so I need to keep him happy so he’ll help me when I get stuck with anything.
- Terry Carlton – I still like Terry so he stays on the list by default.
- Donte Kim – Nodus founder
- Tim Cruickshank – Been on several customer panels over the past couple of years at Convergence relating to Manufacturing and healthcare. He also lets me hang out with him so I feel cool.
- Vaidy Mohan – Still a blogging buddy. Maybe we’lll meet up eventually.
- Cheryl Mortvedt – Fellow support person whom I usually team up with to beat up on unsuspecting Microsoft support people at the annual partner advantage meetings.
- Todd Schultz- Chair of the DYNAA. Leading the way to bring myGPcloud to the academic setting.
- Richard Whaley – I almost got ran over by Richard as he drove his stand up scooter thing around. Only Awesome people have one of those so I guess you can stay on the list.
- Jennie Davis – The partner channel head hauncho. No partner event this past year so only said hi to Jennie in passing.
- Mike Feori – Payroll specialist. When Terry doesn’t know the answer I turn to Mike.
- Beat Bucher- Commented on my last Awesome list so gets a place on this years list. Hey, it’s my list and I can decide who is awesome or not.
- Liane McIlraith – Most knowledgeable GP training and implementer and nicest person anyone knows. She actually yelled at someone this year….and then apologized for it. We were really proud of her up until the apology part.
- Christina Philips – Another Blogger extraordinaire.
- Melissa Sanders- She writes the payroll checks in our company so I need to be nice to her.
- Carol Yacht- Dynamcis GP author of educational books. I’m scheduled to be on a panel with her next week at an educational conference. If you ask anyone about academic books her book is one of the main ones out there.
- Frank Hamelly – I’m sorry Frank. You made the Other list this year so I just can’t put you as high on my list.
- Anya Ciecierski – I still don’t know how to pronounce her name and since she made it on the Other list she gets to pull up the rear with Frank. Just having fun Anya. Please keep inviting us to your blogging luncheons and web training on how to write effective and useful blog posts.
- Patrick Roth (Late addition)- Somehow I forgot about Patrick Roth. I didn’t see any comments from Patrick last year on my list so assumed he didn’t care if I thought he was awesome or not.
- John Lowther (Late Addition)- Anyone that references my awesome list on their blog must be awesome.
Well that’s more than 37. I guess I met 8 new people this year so my Awesome list is growing by leaps and bounds.
Did I miss anyone? I’m sure I did and am not above adding to the list if my attention is brought to a worthy candidate.
As always, chocolates and candy are an appropriate bribe if you want to nominate yourself and I’ll take the matter under consideration with my nomination committee.
Have a great year being Awesome everyone.