DevCon Recap & Highlights

Mark Franks | July 12, 2017

I have a great job here at Acumatica… I have the opportunity to communicate with readers like you who have an interest in our development platform – whether you are a developer, consultant, or business manager.  At the core, my job is to build a thriving developer community… part of that work is producing content for you to consume.  The content varies from blog posts, videos, demos, etc.  I also get to develop & deliver developer events as another avenue of communication.  Fun stuff.

One of the events I worked diligently and delivered recently was our first Cloud xRP Summit Virtual Developer Conference.  We beat our initial registration goal by 100%.

Obviously, we were quite pleased with the interest and thirst for the content we provided our audience. We had some great content, the feedback we received confirmed this fact. As a bonus, we gave away some great prizes. We had good social engagement, which you can see in perusing the #xRPSummit hash-tag and you’ll see what I mean.

So, what did you miss, if you were not able to attend?  Some tremendous sessions with fresh content not made available before in such an easy to consume format. Here’s the link to the session videos we recorded should you wish to view some or all the sessions.

Session Summaries

On the first day, our CEO Jon Roskill along with Head of our Cloud Platform Division Ajoy Krishnamoorthy kicked off the summit.  They set the stage for the rest of the conference, recapping what our company is about from a nice mix of executive and developer perspective.  We had a couple of members from the winning Hackathon Team Epsilon demonstrate the Twilio integration  they developed in four short hours, we ran a video from our past summit where Ajoy showed the integrating with Amazon’s Alexa, highlighting a possible ERP scenario using voice-technology.  Jon waxed poetic about his building chips when his was in college as Electrical Engineering student… Proudly, showing the just released Magic-Quadrant with Acumatica now listed as a leader, competing with the “big-boys.”  A goal this company has had since its founding.

We then had Samuel-Olivier Lavigueur, Developer from our Acumatica Labs in Montreal, deliver a session on Web Services in a Multi-Cloud World.  Here, Samuel gave a summary of our REST APIs and provided a number of integration scenarios along with where you can find additional resources to help you with any integration project you may be working on.

Then anchoring the day was Sergey Marenich, Technical Expert and former Acumatica Developer.  He gave one of the best sessions of the entire conference.  If you only have time for one session, this is the one to view.    He provided innumerable tips and tricks that our developer community not only appreciated, but were thirsting – stuff, whether you are new to the platform or an old hat can use today to make you a more efficient developer.  The joy and enthusiasm he delivered will keep you glued to your screen as you watch.

On the second day, Microsoft kicked things off with a session on Why you should use their BoT Framework and how easy it is to incorporate it into your applications.

This was followed by one of my favorite topics, Performance Tuning & Testing by one of our good partners, Kensium.  When you watch this session, you will find coding practices contrasted that affect performance – a good number of these “good code/bad code” examples will give you a chance to either correct any current issues or avoid future performance problem.

Closing out the DevCon was our VP of Product Management & Services, Ali Jani.  He provides a nice foundational summary on our product development strategy and key Principles we uphold, followed by what our development teams have been working on and expected to deliver in our next big release and beyond.  He caps things off with a new Mobile Push Notifications (Proof of Concept) Demo to give you some additional insight in where we are going with mobile.

So, hopefully you agree – some great content.  I hope I was able to give you enough of a taste that you’ll be compelled to watch a few of these presentation, if not all of them.

In my next few blog posts, I’ll explore what was presented in some detail.

Feel free to contact me and let me know what you would like to see in the future.  As announced at the xRP Summit, we are launching a new Developer Track at next year’s Summit in Nashville as well as hosting a full-day Hackathon. Please stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.  If you have any feedback, you can influence these events as we are in the early planning stages.

Mark Franks

As a Platform Evangelist, Mark is responsible for showing people the specifics about what makes Acumatica’s Cloud Development Plaform wonderfully attractive to ISV & Partners. He's also passionate about Running, Latin, and his family. | E-mail: mfranks@acumatica.com | Skype: mfranks |

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