Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a longer track record than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active customers globally. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves using legacy software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from new customers is that they have trouble finding veteran Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and extract the most business value from the software.
The more a business tries to limp along with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process tends to be. If server hardware or storage systems break down, there may be no suitable devices on the market to use as substitutes. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches are no longer distributed. The latest editions of SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the volume of components there are to the project. And the cost quoted for a migration may seem astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have delivered high-level and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By offering deep experience with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Allentown, Pennsylvania business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and begin by listening to their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the environment and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations may involve a migration to a more current and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, full system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products from a broad array of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software within your company, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with every Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize strategic value and control cost.
Progent can assist your Allentown, Pennsylvania business in each phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization project including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now using and propose other features available on GP that might be suitable for your organization.
- Migration Planning and Scheduling
Develop a complete migration plan and timetable that avoids business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and resolve compatibility issues.
- Pilot Testing
Design and configure a test environment for proving the upgrade project.
- System Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your business. Update 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 known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or 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 sources.
Provide one-on-one or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Act as a single point of contact for expertise to ensure effective and cost-effective handling of problems made possible by familiarity with your specific environment.
Progent offers the support of seasoned experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the deployment of software modules that come with the basic GP system but are not now being used. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.
Build special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid duplicate entry and increase accuracy.
Create big and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform various business functions not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise offered by Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements assessment and site inventory
- Network architecture planning and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance optimization
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first releases to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with strategic IT platforms cuts time and expense when guiding businesses through every phase of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and database administrators who can help you to plan, deploy, and manage a productive Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
Read/Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To find out more information about Progent's remote and onsite support expertise in Allentown, Pennsylvania for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, refer to:
To download a datasheet about the consulting services offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Allentown, PA business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.