Community Summit 2020

By Drew Skwiers-Koballa posted Oct 24, 2019 10:13 AM


Change is often not easy, but the Dynamics SL User Group board of directors has been preparing for the opportunity to join the collective Community Summit for the last several years.  This process involved many hours of individual and group reflection, discussions on the current Microsoft business applications ecosystem, and extended arrangements with Dynamic Communities.

With respect to all the effort that went into the decision and our commitment to the betterment of the entire Dynamics SL user community, I wanted to take a moment and answer a few questions preemptively.

Starting in the fall of 2020, the Dynamics SL user group will hold its annual conference event with the other Microsoft business application user groups in Nashville, TN, during October 3rd-9th.

Summit 2020 in Nashville

Why Now?

The Dynamics SL user group has been focused on helping our members grow their knowledge and confidence with Dynamics SL. In recent years it has become clear that to best support our members’ abilities to influence the success of their companies the user group should expand its focus to include additional technical and professional learning opportunities.  Dynamics SL is not end of life and is receiving updates twice a year, but the development to Dynamics SL is outpaced by enhancements to adjacent business applications (ex. PowerBI, PowerApps). Businesses that utilize Dynamics SL will benefit from understanding how to leverage other technologies in conjunction with their existing ERP. 

A core group of volunteers has been powering the Dynamics SL user group for an extended period and many of us would not be where we are today without their contributions. By combining efforts with Community Summit, we create more flexibility for our volunteer force and enforce stability for the user group.

Dynamic Communities display with DSLUG logo

The Benefits of Summit

  • Dynamics SL content– in sessions and at a dedicated Dynamics SL troubleshooting and brainstorming (“Medic”) desk.
  • Networking and connections– Get to know other DSLUGers, including users and independent consultants.
  • Business best practices– Meet users of Microsoft ERPs in a similar role and learn about their best practices and share your knowledge.
  • Get a look at D365BC from Microsoft and current users– when your CxO brings up moving “to the cloud” you can give them the pros and cons of migration options (including staying with Dynamics SL).
  • Microsoft presence– Make your voice heard by members of the Microsoft team representing various products.
  • ISV Solutions– See the independent software vendor (ISV) solutions for Dynamics SL and other ERPs. Many can be custom integrated with just about any system!
  • Community Summit content in non-SL tracks– learn more about adjacent technologies such as PowerBI and PowerApps or sharpen your leadership and communication skills in numerous other sessions, all open to Dynamics SL attendees.

The Drawbacks of Summit

It’s hard to find negative things to say about Community Summit, but a key difference is that it is a larger event than the DSLUG conference we’re all used to.  This means we’ll be at a bigger venue – book early for the best hotel location and bring comfortable shoes.

Sponsor booth with Dynamics SL

What Stays the Same?

We will continue to have our own Dynamics SL general session where we recognize those who have been going above and beyond in our community as well as learn more about upcoming changes to Dynamics SL.  A user-driven board of advisors will continue to shape content.  The user group will continue to create year-round value through webinars and forum participation.

The heart of the user group is the people who give their time and knowledge to assist others, and we will continue to focus on elevating the Dynamics SL user group members. I was fortunate to attend Summit in October 2019 and from that first-hand experience can speak with certainty to the Dynamics SL user group’s future – participation in Community Summit 2020 will provide an excellent learning opportunity for all our members.

Community selfie

Our Next Steps

If you have additional questions, please check out this FAQ or attend the informational Q&A webinar on October 31st. I'd love for you to join us in Nashville for Community Summit 2020 and look forward to continued engagement through the online community.




Jan 26, 2020 05:00 PM

@Cathy McCarter - you're absolutely right, the cost for Community Summit, $1,200, is quite a bit more than the cost of DSLUG from when I first attended years ago.  The 2019 cost for the DSLUG conference was $800-900, still a difference from Community Summit at $1,200.
When looking at the cost differential between the conference that volunteers were able to orchestrate (DSLUG) in contrast to the Dynamic Communities conference​ (Community Summit), we had a couple of factors - health of the group, breadth of content, and the cost for attendees. 
Putting on a conference at bottom-line costs for years kept the non-profit group from building up reserve funds, which meant that unavoidable events such as the hurricane that rescheduled the Tampa conference were difficult for the group financially. 
Another factor is exactly your question - yes, all the additional content is included in the conference registration fee.  PowerBI/Apps/Automate, Professional Development, Dynamics CE(CRM), Dynamics SL, all the content is a part of the conference registration.
Lastly - the cost difference from year to year wasn't a non-factor for us.  The majority of Dynamics SL users are employed by small/medium businesses and every dollar counts. As a part of the transition between conferences, we will be sending out a $150 Community Summit registration discount to DSLUG members when registration ramps up this spring. I truly believe that the value in Community Summit is there and the additional content will make up for that last $150.

Jan 21, 2020 03:55 PM

Hi Drew,
We are reviewing our plans for the year, and we see that the registration cost is $1,200 which is double that of the DSLUG conference in years past.  Are the beneficial "Community Summit content in non-SL tracks– learn more about adjacent technologies such as PowerBI and PowerApps or sharpen your leadership and communication skills in numerous other sessions, all open to Dynamics SL attendees" an additional cost as well?  Thanks!


Oct 25, 2019 08:40 AM

Drew, I think this is an excellent choice. It will allow all the vendors to come to one conference, rather than two, and will allow the SL community access to more of them as their will be many more there. I agree it will provide the SL users a chance to see what improvements have been made within the other platforms, which they can use for future upgrade decisions. Steve