Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a longer history than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have been able to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is risky. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from new clients is that they have trouble locating experienced Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and derive the maximum business value from the software.
The more a business attempts to limp along with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process tends to be. If physical host servers or disk systems break down, there may be no suitable hardware available to replace them. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches are no longer released. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the volume of components there are to the puzzle. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may be through the roof.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have provided advanced and economical remote consulting for Windows-based environments to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By combining deep experience with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration talent, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your Alpharetta, Georgia business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our clients and start by understanding their needs. Once we have an understanding of the situation and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations may include an upgrade to a newer and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user education, full platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide range of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software used by organization, custom report writing, and solution analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with each Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize business value and control expense.
Progent's consultants can help your Alpharetta, Georgia company in each phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement process including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- Deployment Review
Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss other capabilities of the product that may be suitable for your organization.
- Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
Develop a complete upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Plan for solution validation, live deployment, and training. Specify customizations and add-on products. Predict and resolve integration issues.
Design and configure a test system for proving the upgrade process.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and execute scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from multiple on-premises and remote sources.
Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for current and new users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single contact for expertise to deliver consistent and affordable handling of problems made possible by familiarity with your particular situation.
Progent can provide the help of top-tier experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. 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 used. In addition, suggest third-party products written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.
Create special integrations between Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid redundant data entry and improve accuracy.
Create major and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise offered by Progent's consultants include:
- Requirements assessment and site inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products integrated into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development experts. Progent has worked with these products from their first releases to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.
Progent also has a long history of providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This experience with strategic IT platforms cuts time and expense when helping organizations through each aspect of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of senior cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, implement, and manage a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
For more about Progent's remote and on-premises support expertise in Alpharetta, Georgia for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, visit:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Alpharetta, GA business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.