Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a lengthier history than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich product and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers globally. A number of organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves using legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring theme we hear from new customers is that they have trouble finding experienced Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and extract the maximum business value from the software.
The more a business attempts to limp along with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process becomes. If physical host servers or storage systems fail, there may be no suitable devices on the market to use as substitutes. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates stop being distributed. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative products such as Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an update of their Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the volume of components there are to the puzzle. And the cost quoted for a migration may be astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have delivered high-level and economical remote consulting for Windows-powered networks to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all versions of Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Akron, Ohio business get the most out of GP.
We become partners with our clients and begin by listening to their needs. Once we have familiarity with the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations can involve an upgrade to a more current and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user training, full system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules from a broad array of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software within your company, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with every Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize business value and manage cost.
Progent can help your Akron, Ohio company in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or customization project including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- System Review
Take a look at what features of Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss additional features of GP that might be suitable for your business.
- Upgrade Design and Timing
Create a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, live deployment, and training. Specify customizations and add-on products. Predict and resolve integration problems.
- Pilot Testing
Design and implement a pilot environment for validating the migration process.
- Environment Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal and public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from multiple local and remote repositories.
Provide individual or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single contact for expertise to deliver dependable and cost-effective handling of problems made possible by close understanding of your specific situation.
Progent can provide the help of seasoned experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Suggest the use of software modules that come with the core GP system but are not now being utilized. In addition, suggest third-party products written exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.
Create custom connections between Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid duplicate data entry and increase accuracy.
Create major and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform various functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or external modules.
Progent can assist your business to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise available from Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements assessment and site inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For over 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 consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their first versions to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with strategic technologies saves time and costs when guiding organizations through each aspect of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness experts, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, deploy, and manage a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
Read/Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
For more about Progent's online and onsite consulting services in Akron, Ohio for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, refer to:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Akron, OH business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.