Microsoft Great Plains to Host Sixth Annual Customer Conference

FARGO, N.D., March 4, 2002 — Microsoft Great Plains will host its annual customer conference, Convergence, a four-day international business and learning event, March 1013 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. This years event marks the sixth annual Convergence for Microsoft® Great Plains® Dynamics, Solomon and eEnterprise customers. Bill Gates, chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft Corp., and Doug Burgum, senior vice president at Microsoft and president of Microsoft Great Plains Business Solutions, will deliver keynote addresses to the 3,000 planned conference attendees. Convergence 2002 will provide a comprehensive learning opportunity for customers deploying Microsoft Great Plains business applications, including Dynamics, Solomon and eEnterprise.

During Convergence 2002, attendees will have the opportunity to preview new productivity applications, view Microsoft Great Plains business solutions in action, learn how those solutions can better serve them, meet other Microsoft Great Plains customers, and attend workshops focused on the needs of an interconnected global marketplace. Convergence will also feature the following events:

  • Previews of new Microsoft .NET business applications, as well as updates on the latest product features and applications

  • More than 70 educational sessions focusing on professional skills, business development, business technology and Microsoft Great Plains products, providing attendees with information that allows them to take full advantage of the strategic benefits offered by their Microsoft Great Plains business solutions.

  • More than 30 Solutions Forums, informing attendees of the latest system-enhancing applications, customizations, vertical market solutions and hardware directly from solution developers and alliance partners

  • The Pinnacle Awards Ceremony, which will recognize more than a dozen outstanding customer achievements, as well as the overall success of all Microsoft Great Plains customers

Several important software industry vendors are sponsoring the conference with Microsoft Great Plains, including Bank One Corp., CEP Systems Inc., Compaq Computer Corp., Corporate Renaissance Group, DP Solutions Inc., Encore Business Solutions Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., Inc., Maximum Data Solutions Inc., Outtask Inc., Professional Advantage, Software Index Ltd., Solver Inc. and Vobix Corp.

About Microsoft Great Plains

Microsoft Great Plains provides business applications that help small and midmarket companies become more agile in todays interconnected economy by extending specific information and procedures to employees, customers, vendors and partners. The business applications automate end-to-end business processes across financials, distribution, project accounting, electronic commerce, human resources and payroll, manufacturing, supply chain management, business analytics, sales and marketing management, and customer service and support. More information about the solutions offered by Microsoft Great Plains can be found at or at .

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