Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a longer heritage than almost any other ERP platform written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves running legacy software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and get the most business value from the software.
The longer a business tries to make do with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure tends to be. If server hardware or disk systems break down, there could be no equivalent devices on the market to use as substitutes. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) 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 such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the volume of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may be astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided high-level and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all editions of Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Alexandria, Virginia business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and begin by listening to their needs. After gaining an understanding of the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations can include a migration to a more current and supported version of Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a broad range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software used by company, custom report writing, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with every Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize business value and minimize expense.
Progent can help your Alexandria, Virginia company in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement initiative including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- System Assessment
Take a look at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and propose other features of the product that may be suitable for your business.
- Migration Design and Timing
Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and training. Identify customizations and add-on products. Predict and resolve integration problems.
Design and configure a pilot environment for proving the upgrade process.
- Environment Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current version to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and run scripts to resolve known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from multiple local and external repositories.
Provide individual or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single contact for expertise to ensure dependable and cost-effective handling of issues made possible by familiarity with your specific environment.
Progent offers the help of top-tier consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
Recommend the deployment of software modules that come with the core GP platform but are not now being used. In addition, suggest third-party products designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.
Build custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid duplicate entry and improve consistency.
Create major and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various business functions not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure services available from Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with public cloud services including Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have provided online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server integration experts. Progent has worked with these products from their initial versions to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.
Progent also has extensive experience providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with core IT platforms saves time and expense when guiding businesses through every aspect of upgrading their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced security and information assurance engineers, business continuity planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, deploy, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Read/Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
For more information about Progent's online and onsite consulting services in Alexandria, Virginia for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Alexandria, VA business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.