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Keynote: Making Sense of Blockchain Technology - Dynamics and Beyond

Tuesday, March 20
4:45 PM - 5:45 PM
Room: Great Lakes Ballroom

What the heck is blockchain and why is it ruling the world (or at least using all of the electricity)? How could it impact my industry and my technology choices? Join Derek Martin, Microsoft Cloud Solution Architect for a detailed introduction to the core concepts behind blockchain technology, get a view on Microsoft’s perspective with how it will transform our businesses, and in some cases, our lives and learn how it can benefit Dynamics GP customers now and in the future. We’ll talk about anchoring data from your GL, receipts, contracts and inventory, ways the technology can save you money and heartache when it comes to audits and take a look at some of the ways it is helping our customers now.

Derek Martin

Technical Solutions Professional

Derek Martin is an accomplished Senior Cloud Solution Architect and public speaker with Microsoft. For over fifteen years, Derek has worked with hundreds of clients in a variety of industries to help them harness technology to meet their business needs. His time spent working with Azure infrastructure and as part of the extended Blockchain V team within Microsoft have allowed him to bear witness to the awesome impact cloud and blockchain technologies are having on our business community and society as a whole. Derek has fielded numerous engagements where customers learn why and why not to use blockchain and enjoys training customers on how to find the right business case for engaging this new tech in their industry. He has also been a public speaker since the ripe age of 14, when he began working with an international science foundation and traveling the world getting kids excited about learning. Derek lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife and five kids (all under the age of 10) and when he isn’t driving the kids between athletic events or karate, dance and swim lessons, still finds time to write, watch movies and, mine the occasional Bitcoin. With Microsoft since 2015, his skills include Cloud Computing, Integration and Microsoft SQL Server. Derek’s passion for Azure led to him acting as an architect and designing new and exciting ways of leveraging Azure to accomplish long standing business problems.


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