Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a longer track record than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now running seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble finding veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and get the maximum business value from the application.
The more an organization tries to make do with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process becomes. When physical host servers or disk systems fail, there may be no suitable hardware available to replace them. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security patches are no longer developed. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation products like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the number of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for a migration may seem through the roof.
Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested professionals have provided advanced and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all editions of Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Akron, Ohio business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and begin by listening to their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the IT situation and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services may involve an upgrade to a newer and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a wide array of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications used by company, custom report creation, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with every Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize strategic value and manage expense.
Progent's consultants can help your Akron, Ohio company in every facet of your Dynamics GP migration or customization process including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- System Review
Take a look at what features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss other capabilities of the product that might be helpful to your organization.
- Migration Design and Scheduling
Create a complete migration plan and timetable that avoids business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Specify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve compatibility problems.
Design and configure a pilot environment for proving the migration project.
- System Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to assure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all current features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and execute scripts to address known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for internal as well as external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from diverse on-premises and external sources.
Deliver individual or group training for existing and new users of Dynamics GP.
Act as a single contact for support to deliver consistent and cost-effective resolution of issues made possible by close understanding of your specific environment.
Progent offers the help of seasoned experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly rather than managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the use of software modules included with the basic GP platform but are not currently being utilized. Also, suggest third-party products written exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.
Build custom connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce redundant entry and increase accuracy.
Create major and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform various functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Progent can help your business to enhance your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise available from Progent's consultants include:
- Requirements analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture design and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Microsoft 365
- business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes multiple software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent has delivered remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their first releases to their latest editions, and Progent can help with cloud SaaS options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and development services.
Progent also has a long history of providing help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This experience with strategic technologies saves time and costs when helping organizations through each phase of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the support of senior cybersecurity and compliance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and database administrators who can help you to design, implement, and maintain a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
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To find out more information about Progent's online and onsite support services in Akron, Ohio for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, visit:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Akron, OH business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.