Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a longer heritage than virtually any other ERP solution made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations globally. A number of organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is risky. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have a hard time finding veteran Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP system efficiently and extract the most business value from the application.
The more an organization attempts to limp along with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process tends to be. When server hardware or disk systems break down, there may be no equivalent devices available to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security patches stop being distributed. Current editions of SQL Server may not work with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the number of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for a migration may seem astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided advanced and economical online consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state across the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all editions of Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Akron, Ohio business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our clients and begin by understanding their needs. Once we have familiarity with the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we make our recommendations. Proposed services can include a migration to a more current and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules from a broad range of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications used by company, custom report writing, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with each Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize business value and control expense.
Progent can help your Akron, Ohio company in each phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement initiative including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- System Review
Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are now running and propose other features available on GP that may be helpful to your business.
- Migration Design and Scheduling
Develop a complete migration plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Specify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve compatibility issues.
Design and implement a test environment for validating the upgrade process.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal and public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from multiple local and external repositories.
Deliver one-on-one or group training for existing and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single contact for expertise to deliver effective and cost-effective resolution of problems made possible by familiarity with your specific situation.
Progent offers the help of seasoned experts who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly rather than managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
Suggest the deployment of software modules that come with the core GP platform but are not now being utilized. In addition, suggest third-party products written exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.
Build custom integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business applications to reduce redundant data entry and increase consistency.
Build big and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can assist your business to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure services provided by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and deployment (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and remote connections and creating security policies
- Integrating iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance tuning
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have provided remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration experts. Progent has worked with these products from their initial releases to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with strategic technologies cuts time and expense when guiding organizations through each aspect of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance experts, disaster recovery planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, deploy, and manage a modern Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To learn more about Progent's remote and onsite consulting expertise in Akron, Ohio for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, refer to:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Akron, OH business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.