Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a lengthier history than virtually any other ERP platform written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers globally. Many organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades long enough that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from new customers is that they have trouble locating experienced Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP environment affordably and extract the maximum business value from the application.
The longer an organization attempts to limp along with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure tends to be. If server hardware or storage systems fail, there may be no suitable devices available to use as substitutes. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, critical security updates stop being distributed. The latest editions of SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative products such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the volume of pieces there are to the project. And the cost suggested for a migration may be astronomical.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided high-level and economical remote consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state across the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all releases of Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Akron, Ohio business get the most out of GP.
We partner with our customers and begin by listening to their needs. After gaining an understanding of the IT environment and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations can include a migration to a more current and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, full system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad range of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications used by organization, custom report writing, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with each Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize business value and minimize cost.
Progent can help your Akron, Ohio company in every phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization initiative including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- System Assessment
Take a look at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently running and propose other features available on GP that might be suitable for your business.
- Migration Planning and Timing
Develop a complete migration plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and training. Identify custom development and add-on products. Predict and resolve compatibility problems.
- Pilot Testing
Design and configure a pilot system for validating the upgrade project.
- System Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current version to assure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal as well as external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from multiple local and external repositories.
Deliver one-on-one or group training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Act as a single contact for support to deliver consistent and cost-effective resolution of problems made possible by close understanding of your particular situation.
Progent can provide the support of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
Suggest the use of software modules that come with the core GP system but are not now being utilized. Also, recommend third-party products written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.
Build special integrations between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid duplicate entry and increase accuracy.
Build big and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle various functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services available from Progent's consultants include:
- Needs analysis and site inventory
- Network topology planning and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance tuning
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial versions to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience providing help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with core technologies saves time and costs when helping organizations through every phase of updating their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery preparedness experts, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, implement, and maintain a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
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To learn more information about Progent's remote and on-premises support services in Akron, Ohio for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise available from Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Akron, OH business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.