Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a lengthier history than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now using legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from new customers is that they have trouble finding experienced Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system affordably and derive the most benefit from the software.
The longer a business tries to limp along with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure becomes. When server hardware or storage systems fail, there could be no equivalent devices available to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security patches are no longer released. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative products such as Power BI may not be an option. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the volume of components involved in the project. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may be astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered advanced and economical online integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all releases of Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Akron, Ohio business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our customers and start by understanding their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations may include an upgrade to a newer and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide range of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software within your company, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize business value and manage cost.
Progent can help your Akron, Ohio company in each facet of your Dynamics GP migration or customization initiative including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- System Review
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose additional capabilities of the product that might be suitable for your business.
- Migration Planning and Timing
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage integration problems.
Design and implement a test environment for proving the upgrade process.
- Environment Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to assure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to have all the latest features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for private and public use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from multiple on-premises and remote repositories.
Provide one-on-one or group training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Act as a single point of contact for support to deliver effective and affordable handling of problems thanks to close understanding of your particular environment.
Progent offers the support of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the use of software modules that come with the core GP system but are not now being used. Also, recommend third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Create custom integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid duplicate data entry and improve accuracy.
Create big and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can assist your business to enhance your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure services available from Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements analysis and site inventory
- Network topology design and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability environments
- Integration with public cloud services including Microsoft 365
- business continuity preparedness
- Performance optimization
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their first releases to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.
Progent also has a long history of providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with core technologies cuts time and expense when helping organizations through each phase of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance experts, disaster recovery planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, deploy, and maintain a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To learn more about Progent's online and on-premises support services in Akron, Ohio for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, refer to:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Akron, OH business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.