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3 Reasons Developers Should Attend Acumatica Summit 2019

Mark Franks | May 31, 2018

If you’re a developer and you’ve never attended one of our annual cloud ERP Summits (or even if you have), you won’t want to miss Acumatica Summit 2019. Acumatica’s Platform Evangelist Mark Franks explains why.

Acumatica’s annual Summit is the go-to cloud ERP event of the year. I’ve attended many competitor conferences and Acumatica’s efforts to have participation from their full ecosystem stands out. They specifically include the developer community and since that’s my area of responsibility, I’m excited for the learning and networking opportunities they’ll have at Acumatica Summit 2019, coming January 27-February 1, 2019.

I encourage Acumatica developers to sign up for this year’s Summit. If you’re not sure you need—or want—to attend, I have a few reasons that may change your mind.

3 Reasons Developers Should Attend Acumatica Summit 2019

Top reasons to attend Acumatica Summit 2019

Summit attendees (we had 1,100+ at last year’s event) are served a full complement of general sessions, breakouts, and training tracks that deliver the latest in cloud ERP and ERP API content. Customers, partners, and developers attend sessions designed for them.

In the last two years, the Acumatica planning team extended their outreach to the developers even more through some very specific events within the Summit. One of these events is my first reason you should attend Acumatica Summit 2019.

1. Hackathon

How many cloud ERP events have you attended that offered a full-on developer Hackathon? I’m guessing not too many (if at all).

At Acumatica Summit 2017, when we offered our first Hackathon, it was a little experiment, which took place over a four-hour period. The resulting applications created by our participants were outstanding, especially considering the short time frame. We decided to expand the Hackathon for Acumatica Summit 2018, and it too resulted in positive feedback along with developer applications for the Acumatica xRP platform that were focused on solving real-world business scenarios.

We’re using feedback from past participants to ensure that the Acumatica Summit 2019 Hackathon is just as successful. Starting on the Saturday before the Summit, our teams—made up of developers and non-developers—will work with Acumatica subject matter experts for two days to develop innovative and unique applications. Every teams’ solutions’ source code will be posted on GitHub and the winners will be acknowledged in Tuesday’s Keynote.

The teams work hard, but they have fun doing it. And if you participate, you’ll be developing applications that are not only interesting but stretching the imagination of what can be done on our robust platform. I believe the teamwork and creativity are reasons worth attending Acumatica Summit 2019.

I’m anticipating this upcoming Hackathon to be our biggest yet and would suggest registering soon.  You and your team can start planning your development strategy in advance. In addition, registering early ensures that you get a spot in the specific developer training tracks that fill up quickly, which leads to my second reason for attending Acumatica Summit 2019.

2. Training

The training track dedicated to developers was introduced last year. I think it’s safe to say that not too many companies provide developer-focused training tracks at their customer and partner summits. Acumatica recognizes that without our developers and their applications, our cloud xRP platform is nothing.

Developers can attend the training track directly after the first Keynote of the event, and it continues for two days. The training track will increase your knowledge about the Acumatica xRP platform. Both beginning partner developers and those who have been developing for awhile will find the content valuable and immediately usable.

You’ll hear from experts in the industry, including some of Acumatica’s top developers from Russia and Montreal who gave great presentations last year. Topics ranged from tips and tricks for developers, fundamentals of our xRP cloud platform framework, and web services in a multi-cloud world. The agenda will be finalized soon, and you’ll be able to check out the details for yourself. It’s really the one opportunity where you can be immersed into Acumatica development for our xRP cloud platform through a live training format.

This is also the chance to interact directly with our developers, and other technical subject matter experts. You may have questions that you’ve been needing an answer for—or you may want more information about the presentation itself—and they’re willing and able to provide it. You’ll also be able to provide direct feedback to the people who design and develop our platform.

This accessibility extends itself to our executive team members who make themselves available throughout the Summit. The event is meant to be a place of learning and a place where you can form connections within the cloud ERP community.

It doesn’t get any better than that for a developer.  Or does it?

That’s reason number three.

3. Community

Our developer community doesn’t often get to gather together in one place and at one time. At Acumatica Summit 2019, you’ll have a ready-made opportunity to network with other developers. We’re all working together to help build the best applications possible for our customers. Sharing your experiences with your industry peers—and them with you—is insightful and invaluable.

The Summits have evolved into events that aren’t just for those in marketing and sales. Developers in the Acumatica community would greatly benefit from taking advantage of this opportunity to learn and network.

Developers wanted at Acumatica Summit 2019

Acumatica created the Acumatica xRP platform to be open and flexible. It was built for the cloud from the beginning. You, our developers, provide the applications through our open ERP API that our partners sell and our customers need.

If you attend Acumatica Summit 2019, you’ll get the tools, content, and training you need to develop these applications on our cloud xRP platform and to get them to market quickly. You’ll have the chance to meet with your peers and benefit from their experience. And you’ll be in Houston, Texas. The city’s downtown has undergone a transformation in the last few years, providing you with plenty of things to do during your free time. However, our hotel and Summit venue, the Houston Marriott Marquis, has enough amenities that you may never want to leave.

I hope to see you there. Feel free to contact our team if you have any questions about Acumatica Summit 2019 or about the Acumatica Developer Network.

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Mark is responsible for Acumatica's Developer Community and making life for developers great, if not the best experience ever. If that's not the case for you, please contact him (mfranks@acumatica.com) and let him know how he can make your experience better.

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