Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a lengthier history than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations globally. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have trouble locating veteran Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and extract the most business value from the software.
The more an organization attempts to make do with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process becomes. If server hardware or disk systems break down, there could be no suitable devices on the market to replace them. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, critical security patches are no longer released. The latest editions of SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products such as Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the volume of components involved in the puzzle. And the cost suggested for a migration may be astronomical.
Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered advanced and affordable online consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state in the U.S. By offering in-depth experience with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Alpharetta, Georgia business optimize the benefit of GP.
We become partners with our clients and start by understanding their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the IT environment and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations may involve a migration to a more current and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user training, full system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party modules from a wide range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software used by company, custom report creation, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with every Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize business value and control expense.
Progent can help your Alpharetta, Georgia company in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization initiative including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Take a look at what features of Dynamics GP you are now running and propose additional capabilities available on the product that might be helpful to your organization.
- Migration Design and Timing
Create a complete migration plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage integration problems.
- Pilot Testing
Design and implement a pilot environment for proving the migration project.
- System Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for private and external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from diverse on-premises and remote sources.
Provide individual or group training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for support to deliver consistent and cost-effective resolution of issues made possible by close understanding of your specific environment.
Progent can provide the support of seasoned experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
Suggest the deployment of modules that come with the basic GP system but are not currently being utilized. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Create custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid redundant data entry and improve accuracy.
Create major and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can assist your business to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise available from Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs analysis and site inventory
- Network topology design and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For over 20 years, Progent has delivered online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent has supported these products from their first versions to their latest editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.
Progent also has extensive experience providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This experience with core IT platforms cuts time and expense when guiding businesses through each phase of upgrading their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of senior security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, deploy, and manage a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To learn more information about Progent's online and onsite support expertise in Alpharetta, Georgia for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting support offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Alpharetta, GA business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.