Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a lengthier history than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades to the point that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is risky. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from new customers is that they have trouble locating veteran Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and get the most benefit out of the application.
The more a business tries to make do with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process tends to be. If physical host servers or disk systems fail, there may be no suitable devices available to replace them. When releases of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches are no longer developed. The latest editions of SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation products like Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the number of components there are to the puzzle. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may seem astronomical.
Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have provided high-level and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state across the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Allen, Texas business optimize the benefit of GP.
We become partners with our clients and begin by understanding their needs. Once we have familiarity with the environment and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Proposed services can involve an upgrade to a newer and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications within your organization, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize strategic value and control expense.
Progent can assist your Allen, Texas company in every facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement process including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- Deployment Review
Take a look at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently running and propose additional features of GP that may be suitable for your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Create a complete upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Plan for solution validation, live deployment, and education. Identify customizations and add-on products. Predict and manage integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and implement a pilot environment for validating the upgrade process.
- System Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features accessible to your business. Upgrade 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 address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private and public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating information from diverse local and external repositories.
Provide one-on-one or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single contact for support to deliver consistent and cost-effective resolution of issues thanks to close understanding of your particular environment.
Progent can provide the help of seasoned experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the use of software modules included with the basic GP system but are not currently being utilized. Also, suggest third-party add-ons written specifically for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Create custom connections between Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid redundant data entry and increase consistency.
Create major and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions not handled by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can assist you to enhance your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements analysis and site inventory
- Network architecture planning and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products combined into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have provided remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent has supported these products from their first releases to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and development services.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This experience with core IT platforms cuts time and costs when guiding businesses through every phase of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of senior security and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, implement, and manage a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To find out more about Progent's online and on-premises consulting expertise in Allen, Texas for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, refer to:
To download a datasheet about the consulting support available from Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Allen, TX business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.