Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a lengthier history than virtually any other ERP platform written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time locating veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and derive the maximum business value out of the application.
The more an organization attempts to limp along with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure becomes. If server hardware or disk systems fail, there could be no suitable hardware available to replace them. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security updates stop being released. Current releases of SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative products like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the number of components there are to the puzzle. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may seem astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered high-level and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state across the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Addison, Texas business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our clients and begin by listening to their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the environment and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations can include a migration to a more current and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user education, full system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a wide array of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software within your company, custom report creation, and system evaluations to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and manage expense.
Progent's consultants can assist your Addison, Texas business in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or customization initiative including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently running and propose other features available on the product that may be helpful to your business.
- Migration Planning and Scheduling
Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage compatibility problems.
- Pilot Testing
Design and configure a test environment for validating the upgrade process.
- System Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all current features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and execute scripts to address known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for private as well as external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from diverse on-premises and external sources.
Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single contact for support to ensure consistent and affordable handling of problems made possible by close understanding of your particular situation.
Progent can provide the support of seasoned experts who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the use of modules included with the core GP platform but are not now being used. Also, recommend third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.
Create special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid duplicate entry and improve accuracy.
Create big and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise offered by Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture planning and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance tuning
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have provided remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development experts. Progent has worked with these products from their first versions to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and application development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with strategic technologies saves time and expense when guiding businesses through each phase of updating their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of senior security and information assurance engineers, business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, implement, and manage a productive Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To learn more information about Progent's remote and onsite consulting expertise in Addison, Texas for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, refer to:
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Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Addison, TX business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.