Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer heritage than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations globally. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is risky. Meanwhile, a recurring theme we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment affordably and get the most benefit from the software.
The more a business attempts to limp along with outdated releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process becomes. If physical host servers or disk systems fail, there could be no suitable devices on the market to replace them. When editions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates are no longer distributed. The latest editions of SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the number of pieces there are to the project. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may seem astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered high-level and affordable online consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By offering deep experience with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration talent, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your Allen, Texas business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our clients and begin by understanding their requirements. After gaining familiarity with the IT situation and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a newer and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, simple user training, full system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad array of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software within your company, custom report writing, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize business value and minimize expense.
Progent can assist your Allen, Texas business in every phase of your Dynamics GP migration or customization process including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- Deployment Review
Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose additional features available on GP that may be suitable for your organization.
- Migration Design and Timing
Create a complete migration plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Specify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage compatibility problems.
- Pilot Testing
Design and implement a test environment for proving the upgrade project.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all current features available to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to address documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for private as well as public use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from diverse local and external repositories.
Deliver individual or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single contact for support to deliver consistent and affordable handling of issues made possible by close understanding of your specific environment.
Progent offers the support of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the use of modules that come with the basic GP system but are not currently being used. In addition, recommend third-party products designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.
Build special connections between Dynamics GP and other business applications to reduce duplicate data entry and increase consistency.
Build big and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform specific functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can help your business to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services offered by Progent include:
- Needs analysis and site inventory
- Network architecture design and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability architectures
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance optimization
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services integrated into a cohesive ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have provided remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent has worked with these products from their initial releases to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud SaaS options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.
Progent also has extensive experience providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with strategic technologies saves time and expense when helping organizations through each phase of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance experts, business continuity preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, deploy, and maintain a modern Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
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Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your Allen, TX business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.