Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has 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 popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active customers worldwide. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves using legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have a hard time finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and get the most business value from the application.
The longer an organization tries to make do with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure becomes. When physical host servers or storage systems break down, there could be no equivalent hardware on the market to replace them. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, critical security patches are no longer developed. Current editions of SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative products such as Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the volume of pieces involved in the project. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may seem through the roof.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided high-level and economical online integration consulting for Windows-based environments to organizations in every state in the U.S. By combining deep experience with all editions 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 partner with our customers and start by listening to their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations can involve a migration to a more current and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products from a broad range of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software within your company, custom report writing, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and control cost.
Progent's consultants can assist your Akron, Ohio company in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement process including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- System Review
Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose other features available on GP that might be helpful to your business.
- Migration Design and Timing
Develop a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Specify customizations and add-on products. Predict and manage compatibility problems.
- Pilot Testing
Design and implement a test system for validating the migration process.
- Environment Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private and external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from multiple local and external repositories.
Deliver individual or group training for existing and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Act as a single contact for support to ensure effective and cost-effective resolution of issues made possible by close understanding of your specific situation.
Progent offers the support of seasoned experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the deployment of software modules that come with the basic GP system but are not now being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.
Build special connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid redundant entry and increase consistency.
Create big and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise available from Progent include:
- Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture design and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
- business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services integrated into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have provided remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent has supported these products from their first versions to their latest versions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and application development services.
Progent also has a long history of providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with strategic technologies cuts time and costs when guiding organizations through each aspect of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced cybersecurity and compliance engineers, business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can help you to design, deploy, and manage a well-tuned Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
For more about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services in Akron, Ohio for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, visit:
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Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Akron, OH business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.