Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a lengthier history than almost any other enterprise resource planning (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 small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. A number of organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from new clients is that they have trouble locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and derive the most business value from the software.
The longer an organization tries to limp along with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process tends to be. If server hardware or disk systems fail, there may be no equivalent hardware available to use as substitutes. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security patches stop being developed. Current editions of SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools like Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an update of their Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the volume of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may seem through the roof.
Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided high-level and economical online consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state in the U.S. By offering deep experience with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to help your Allen, Texas business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our clients and begin by listening to their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the situation and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services may involve an upgrade to a newer and supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user training, full platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a broad range of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications within your organization, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and manage cost.
Progent's consultants can help your Allen, Texas company in each facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization process including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- System Review
Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are now using and propose additional capabilities of the product that may be suitable for your organization.
- Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
Develop a complete upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and training. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve integration problems.
Plan and implement a test environment for proving the migration project.
- System Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal as well as public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from diverse local and external sources.
Provide one-on-one or group training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for expertise to ensure dependable and cost-effective handling of problems made possible by familiarity with your particular environment.
Progent offers the support of top-tier experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly rather than managing less knowledgeable consultants or internal IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the deployment of modules included with the core GP system but are not currently being used. Also, suggest third-party add-ons written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.
Create custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to reduce redundant entry and increase accuracy.
Build big and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various business functions not addressed by standard GP modules or external modules.
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 network model. Infrastructure expertise available from Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture planning and implementation (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability architectures
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Microsoft 365
- business continuity planning
- Performance optimization
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and cloud products integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have provided remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent has worked with these products from their initial versions to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.
Progent also has a long history of providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Windows Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with strategic IT platforms saves time and expense when helping organizations through every aspect of updating their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, business continuity planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, deploy, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To learn more information about Progent's remote and onsite support services in Allen, Texas for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, visit:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Allen, TX business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.