Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a lengthier history than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active customers worldwide. Many organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades to the point that they are now running seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time finding experienced Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and derive the most benefit from the application.
The longer a business attempts to make do with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process becomes. If server hardware or disk systems break down, there could be no suitable devices available to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates are no longer released. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the number of pieces there are to the project. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may be astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided advanced and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state across the U.S. By offering deep experience with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Alpharetta, Georgia business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and start by understanding their needs. Once we have familiarity with the environment and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations may include an upgrade to a more current and supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user training, full platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules from a wide array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications used by organization, custom report creation, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with every Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize strategic value and control cost.
Progent can assist your Alpharetta, Georgia company in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement process including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- System Assessment
Take a look at what features of Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss additional features available on the product that might be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
Create a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage compatibility issues.
Design and implement a pilot environment for proving the migration project.
- System Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and run scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for internal as well as public use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating information from diverse on-premises and remote sources.
Provide one-on-one or classroom style training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for expertise to deliver dependable and affordable handling of problems thanks to familiarity with your particular situation.
Progent offers the help of top-tier experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you need directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the deployment of software modules included with the basic GP platform but are not currently being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.
Build custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce redundant entry and improve consistency.
Create big and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can assist you to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure services available from Progent's consultants include:
- Requirements analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture planning and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability architectures
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance optimization
A modern Dynamics GP environment includes diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products integrated into a seamless enterprise resource management solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have provided online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent has supported these products from their first releases to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with core IT platforms saves time and costs when helping businesses through each phase of updating their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of senior security and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, deploy, and manage a modern Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To find out more about Progent's online and onsite consulting expertise in Alpharetta, Georgia for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, refer to:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Alpharetta, GA business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.