Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a lengthier history than virtually any other ERP solution made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers globally. A number of organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades long enough that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time finding veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP system efficiently and extract the most benefit out of the software.
The longer a business attempts to limp along with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process becomes. When physical host servers or storage systems fail, there may be no equivalent hardware available to replace them. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches are no longer released. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the volume of pieces involved in the project. And the price tag quoted for a migration may seem through the roof.
Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided advanced and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all editions of Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Alpharetta, Georgia business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our customers and begin by understanding their needs. Once we have an understanding of the situation and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations may involve a migration to a newer and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide range of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications used by organization, custom report writing, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize business value and control cost.
Progent's consultants can assist your Alpharetta, Georgia business in each phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization initiative including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss other features available on GP that might be suitable for your organization.
- Upgrade Design and Timing
Create a complete upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and training. Identify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and manage integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and configure a pilot environment for validating the upgrade project.
- System Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and run scripts to address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for internal and external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from diverse on-premises and external sources.
Provide one-on-one or group training for existing and new users of Dynamics GP.
Act as a single point of contact for support to deliver dependable and cost-effective resolution of problems thanks to familiarity with your particular environment.
Progent can provide the support of seasoned experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the deployment of modules included with the basic GP system but are not now being utilized. Also, suggest third-party add-ons written exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.
Create special connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid duplicate entry and improve consistency.
Build big and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform specific functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can help your business to upgrade your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure services provided by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture design and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
- Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability solutions
- Integration with public cloud services including Microsoft 365
- business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud services combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent has supported these products from their initial versions to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.
Progent also has a long history of delivering support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with core technologies cuts time and expense when helping businesses through every aspect of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of senior security and compliance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, deploy, and manage a modern Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
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To find out more about Progent's online and on-premises consulting expertise in Alpharetta, Georgia for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, visit:
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Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Alpharetta, GA business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.