Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a lengthier track record than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich product and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active customers globally. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades long enough that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from new customers is that they have trouble locating experienced Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system affordably and get the most benefit out of the application.
The more a business tries to limp along with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process tends to be. If physical host servers or disk systems fail, there may be no equivalent devices on the market to use as substitutes. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security updates are no longer developed. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative products like Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the volume of components there are to the project. And the cost quoted for a migration may seem through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have provided advanced and affordable remote integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state across the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Alpharetta, Georgia business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our clients and start by understanding their needs. After gaining an understanding of the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services may involve an upgrade to a more current and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad range of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software within your organization, custom report writing, and solution analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with every Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize business value and minimize cost.
Progent can help your Alpharetta, Georgia business in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or customization initiative including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose additional capabilities of the product that might be helpful to your business.
- Migration Design and Scheduling
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and manage compatibility issues.
Plan and implement a test system for validating the migration process.
- Environment Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all current features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and run scripts to resolve known issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for private as well as external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from multiple local and external repositories.
Deliver individual or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single contact for expertise to deliver consistent and affordable resolution of issues made possible by close understanding of your particular environment.
Progent can provide the support of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the deployment of software modules included with the basic GP platform but are not currently being utilized. In addition, suggest third-party products designed specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.
Build custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce duplicate entry and improve accuracy.
Create big and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or external modules.
Progent can help your business to upgrade your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure services available from Progent's consultants include:
- Requirements analysis and site inventory
- Network topology planning and deployment (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- business continuity planning
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP environment includes multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud products combined into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For over two decades, Progent has delivered remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their first versions to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and application development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with core IT platforms cuts time and costs when helping organizations through every phase of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of senior security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, implement, and maintain a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To find out more about Progent's online and on-premises support services in Alpharetta, Georgia for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting support available from Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Alpharetta, GA business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.