Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a lengthier history than almost any other ERP platform written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich product and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations globally. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from prospective clients is that they have a hard time locating veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and extract the maximum benefit out of the application.
The longer an organization tries to limp along with outdated releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure tends to be. When physical host servers or disk systems break down, there may be no equivalent hardware available to replace them. When versions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, critical security patches stop being distributed. Current editions of SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the number of components there are to the project. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may seem through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered high-level and affordable online consulting for Windows-based environments to organizations in every state in the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Allentown, Pennsylvania business optimize the benefit of GP.
We partner with our clients and begin by understanding their needs. Once we have familiarity with the situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations may include a migration to a more current and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user education, full system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a wide array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software used by company, custom report creation, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and manage expense.
Progent can help your Allentown, Pennsylvania company in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement process including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and propose other features available on GP that might be suitable for your organization.
- Migration Planning and Scheduling
Develop a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Plan for solution validation, live deployment, and education. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage compatibility problems.
Design and configure a pilot system for validating the migration project.
- System Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and run scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for internal as well as public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from multiple on-premises and remote repositories.
Provide individual or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
Act as a single contact for support to deliver dependable and affordable resolution of issues made possible by close understanding of your particular environment.
Progent offers the help of seasoned experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
Recommend the use of software modules included with the core GP platform but are not currently being utilized. Also, recommend third-party add-ons written exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.
Build special integrations between Dynamics GP and other business applications to reduce duplicate data entry and improve accuracy.
Build major and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform various functions not addressed by standard GP modules or external modules.
Progent can help you to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture design and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability solutions
- Integration with public cloud services such as Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance optimization
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes multiple software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services combined into a seamless ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent has provided online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their first versions to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience providing help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with core IT platforms saves time and costs when guiding organizations through each phase of updating their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, implement, and manage a productive Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To learn more about Progent's online and on-premises support services in Allentown, Pennsylvania for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, refer to:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services offered by Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Allentown, PA business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.