Me @ Directions EMEA

Next week it’s finally the Directions EMEA week and the conference this year will be in Italy in the great MiCo Center in Milan.

Just to reassure non-Italian friends when you’l see the conference center for the first time: there wasn’t an hurricane in Milan in the last days, the MiCo Center is just like that 🙂 The roof covering is a “work of art” called “Comet” of 15,000 square meters which covers and unifies the various underlying structures.
Around the congress center there is a whole new green area recently built and full of shopping centers and luxury buildings (in the building in front of the MiCo center lives music stars such as Fedez & Ferragni, Tiziano Ferro, etc.).
But this post obviously is not to talk about gossips or about what to see in Milan 🙂

I’m quite disappointed to have this conference in my country and near my town in a “reduced version” in terms of participants, but we all know how the last two years were gone and just having the conference live is however a success and a win for all.

Directions EMEA is every year a great opportunity not only for learning new things but also for doing networking and meeting all the European partner’s echosystem. Lots of interesting sessions and networking moments are planned, so do your best to make the most of these three days of conference.

What’s my personal plan for Directions EMEA 2021?

I will be in the MiCo center for the entire 3 days, so I hope to see a lot of you in person. Between sessions, internal meetings and more there will be spaces for some beers for sure 😉

I will have 3 sessions planned at the conference if you want to attend:

What topics will these sessions cover? Here some details…

Creating serverless enterprise workflows for Dynamics 365 Business Central

This session will be centered about a personal hot topic and one of my main “battles” on every Dynamics 365 Business Central cloud projects: handling business workflows in a real cloud-oriented way!

I see every day Dynamics 365 Business Central SaaS projects handled like a traditional on-premise project, where integrations with external systems are completely coupled to the Business Central system and few (or no) cloud services are used. Too much AL code for doing everything (complex processing, complex http calls etc)… This is not a good way of handling a cloud project efficiently. My mantra is: Leave the ERP doing the ERP! and it will the mantra of the session.

In a cloud mindset, you should move your solution from a diagram like this:

to a diagram like this:

Here we’ll see how you can handle Business Central workflows in a fully serverless way, starting from low code approaches to more complex architectures. The session is cloud architects and developers oriented, we’ll see lots of new (and cool) cloud stuffs.

Boost your troubleshooting on Business Central SaaS using telemetries in real life scenarios

Unfortunately, only about 30% of production environments in the cloud are using telemetries today. Monitoring is important for a Dynamics 365 Business Central online environment and it’s something that you should implement with confidence on your ERP solutions.

I will co-host this session with my friend Duilio Tacconi (Microsoft EMEA CSS Team) and we’ll show some real-life troubleshooting scenarios handled by using telemetries in a totally new way, useful also for your consultants.

I hope that after this session you will understand the importance of using telemetries in the cloud. Recommended… 😉

Application Lifecycle Management for Power Platform with Azure DevOps

The Power Platform offers a low-code approach for developing applications, but also in a low-code scenario it’s extremely important to apply ALM and DevOps techniques to your application lifecycle, from development to testing to release.

In this session we’ll see how to apply real-world ALM processes for Power Platform by using Azure DevOps tools, something that not all Power Platform partners are using today but things that I suggest to start embracing.

Not yet sure, but I think that I will have also the possibility to give some paper copies of the Azure DevOps Explained book for free at the session for some lucky attendees, need only to find a good way for doing that (feel free to share suggestions) 🙂

I don’t think there’s nothing more to say here. There’s really a lot of content at the conference and a lot of interesting topics to follow in these 3 days from lots of experts.

I’m waiting for you at the MiCo Center then, see you in Milan next week 😉

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