[Recap] Dynamics 365 FastTrack Architect Bootcamp in Reading

The week before last week I had, together with two colleagues, the pleasure to attend the Dynamics 365 FastTrack Architect Bootcamp in Reading. This post will be a short Recap of this week of intense training and discussion.

FastTrack

Before I will go into the covered areas I would like to explain what FastTrack is.

A few years ago Microsoft started a new Program called “FastTrack”. The intention was to support Partners in moving Solutions from onPremises to the cloud.

Today also new implementations could be participating in the FastTrack program.

Condition

Each project has to meet certain conditions to be considered for the program.

At the beginning only projects that include at least 250 “seats” could request participation in the FastTrack program.

This was recently changed. Today the condition is an expected combined annual revenue of $300.000.

Benefits

The Benefits of the FastTrack program include:

  • Implementation guidance, including tools and processes
  • Onboarding and migration guidance and assistance
  • Architectural and technical guidance
  • Customized workshops to review project milestones
  • Technical talks on best practices for implementation topics
  • Product feedback loop

All the mentioned Workshops are scheduled and held from Microsoft. Some of those are:

  • Partner KickOff
  • Customer KickOff
  • Solution Blueprint Workshops
  • Implementation Workshops
  • Go-Live Readiness Workshop

FastTrack Architect Bootcamp

One additional Benefit is the FastTrack Architect Bootcamp. If your project is in the FastTrack Bootcamp you can send your Solution Architect to one of the Bootcamps. Those Bootcamps take place several times a year in different cities.

You only have to pay for the travel and accommodation of your attendee. The actual course is free.

The Bootcamp is split in 2 different tracks.

  • 4 Day F&O track
  • 5 Day CE track

On each of those days, there will be between 4 and 6 sessions regarding different topics. Those topics could differ and evolve between the different occasions of the Bootcamp.

Covered Areas

I attended the CE part. Microsoft covered the following areas:

  • Dynamics Cloud Architecture
  • Unified Interface
  • Intro to Power Platform, Power Apps and PCF
  • How to migrate onPremises to online
  • Dynamics 365 for Marketing
  • Dynamics 365 for Field Service
  • Unified Service Desk
  • Power Portal
  • Reporting
  • Integrations
  • Instance Strategy, Security and Data Modelling
  • Performance optimizations
  • Testing
  • ALM
  • Deployment & Go-Live strategy
  • Administration
  • Power Platform Governance
  • AI offerings

In my opinion, the best session of the whole event was the ALM one. That might be because it is a topic that I am passionate about. But not only that, I have learned a lot about how Microsoft internally handles ALM and what Best practices there are.

Summary

Like you can see the 5 days were really packed with different topics. All those sessions were intense and filled with a lot of new information.

Besides the presentations of the Microsoft representatives, we had some pretty good discussions. Both in the audience as well as private.

In addition to all that it was an excellent way to network with people all around Europe. If you ever have the opportunity to attend one of those Bootcamps I can only encourage you to do so. It is a great experience and will bring you further in your career by teaching a lot.

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