Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a longer history than almost any other ERP solution written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers worldwide. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they are now running legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time finding veteran Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and derive the maximum benefit from the application.
The more a business tries to make do with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process becomes. If server hardware or storage systems fail, there could be no suitable hardware available to use as substitutes. When releases of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security updates are no longer developed. The latest editions of SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Power BI may not be an option. Businesses considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the volume of pieces involved in the project. And the price tag quoted for a migration may seem through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided high-level and affordable online consulting for Windows-based environments to organizations in every state across the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration skills, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Alexandria, Virginia business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and begin by listening to their needs. After gaining familiarity with the situation and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a more current and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user education, full platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products from a wide array of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications used by organization, custom report writing, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize strategic value and minimize cost.
Progent can assist your Alexandria, Virginia business in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization process including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- System Review
Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are currently running and propose additional capabilities available on GP that may be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and manage integration problems.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and configure a test system for validating the migration project.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to assure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and execute scripts to address documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal as well as public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from diverse on-premises and external repositories.
Provide individual or group training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single contact for support to deliver dependable and affordable resolution of problems thanks to close understanding of your particular situation.
Progent can provide the support of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
Suggest the use of modules included with the core GP system but are not currently being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party products written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.
Build special connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce duplicate entry and improve accuracy.
Build big and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform specific functions not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Progent can help you to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services provided by Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability architectures
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance optimization
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services combined into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has provided online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent's consultants have 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 expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with strategic IT platforms cuts time and expense when guiding businesses through each aspect of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, business continuity preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, implement, and maintain a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Read/Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To learn more information about Progent's remote and on-premises support services in Alexandria, Virginia for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, refer to:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Alexandria, VA business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.