Our Kentucky AXUG Chapter Meeting on Friday July 19th at Tempur-Sealy in Lexington was a big hit! We had a great turn out with 50 members in attendance representing 14 companies. A huge thank you to Tempur-Sealy and Deborah Louden-Noble for hosting and for their hospitality.
Mike Olsen from Tempur-Sealy shared the company's vision of consolidating systems across the world and the challenges they've encountered trying to get there. Through lessons learned they are first focusing on data cleansing and aligning business processes to make the transition to one system easier. Tempur-Sealy is also taking on a huge enterprise data warehouse project to be the source of true data for all. Following the presentation, we had a tour of the facility.
Rob Sten, D365/AX Account Manager RSM US and Chris Dragon, Director of Technical Services RSM US gave us a lot to think about with their presentation "Considerations If You're Staying on AX Beyond Extended Support." It's not just about AX support. Companies need to consider SQL and Windows server support as well along with ISV and 3rd party software support. Looking deeper into Windows server you also must understand that security patching will stop as well so think about tightening up the perimeter. Lastly, realize that finding personnel to maintain/develop on older systems becomes harder to find.
Mike Bender, BI & Analytics Lead at Alltech, shared his experience in "Deploying Power BI Without Shooting Yourself in the Foot." As Mike explained Power BI has come a long way. It's not just data analysis and report creation. Power BI can also handle data collection, data cleansing, and data publishing. Alltech maintains their databases in their data center but they keep their reporting data in the cloud which makes it easily accessible to their employees across the world. Mike then proceeded to demo Power BI showing how to combine data coming from various sources (Azure SQL and SharePoint List) and provided tips to ensure the data is accurate. Mike noted that there is a Power BI User Group in Lexington as well.
Throughout the day we had some pretty awesome door prizes to give out compliments of Tempur-Sealy, RSM and Alltech.
If you attended the meeting, please go to our chapter site www.axug.com/lexington and fill out the meeting survey. Your chapter leadership team welcomes your suggestions for educational topics and program ideas.
Be sure to join us for our next meeting on November 14th hosted by Texas Roadhouse in Louisville!!
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