Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a lengthier track record than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active customers globally. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they are now using legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have trouble locating veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and get the most business value out of the application.
The longer a business tries to limp along with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process tends to be. When server hardware or storage systems break down, there could be no equivalent devices on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates stop being released. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Power BI may not be an option. Businesses considering an update of their Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the number of components involved in the project. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may seem astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided high-level and economical remote consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all editions of Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Alpharetta, Georgia business optimize the benefit of GP.
We become partners with our clients and begin by understanding their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the IT environment and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Proposed services can include an upgrade to a more current and supported version of Dynamics GP, simple user training, full system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules from a broad array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software within your company, custom report writing, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and minimize expense.
Progent's consultants can assist your Alpharetta, Georgia business in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement initiative including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose additional capabilities of GP that might be helpful to your organization.
- Upgrade Design and Timing
Develop a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and resolve integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Design and configure a pilot environment for proving the migration process.
- Environment Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal and public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from diverse on-premises and remote repositories.
Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
Act as a single contact for support to ensure effective and affordable handling of problems thanks to familiarity with your specific situation.
Progent offers the help of seasoned experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the use of software modules that come with the basic GP system but are not now being used. Also, recommend third-party add-ons written exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.
Create special integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid duplicate entry and increase accuracy.
Build major and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions not handled by standard GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can help you to enhance your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
- Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture design and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability solutions
- Integration with public cloud services including Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance optimization
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent has delivered online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development experts. Progent has worked with these products from their initial versions to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with core technologies saves time and costs when helping organizations through each aspect of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can help you to design, deploy, and maintain a well-tuned Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To find out more about Progent's online and on-premises support services in Alpharetta, Georgia for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, visit:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Alpharetta, GA business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.