Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a lengthier heritage than virtually any other ERP solution written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations globally. Many organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades long enough that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a common theme we hear from new clients is that they have trouble locating experienced Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and derive the maximum business value out of the software.
The longer an organization tries to limp along with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure becomes. If physical host servers or storage systems fail, there could be no equivalent devices on the market to replace them. When versions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security updates stop being developed. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an update of their Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the number of components involved in the project. And the cost quoted for a migration may be through the roof.
Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have provided advanced and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Anchorage, Alaska business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and start by listening to their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations may include a migration to a more current and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a wide array of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software within your company, custom report writing, and system evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and control expense.
Progent's consultants can assist your Anchorage, Alaska company in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or customization project including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss other features of GP that may be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Plan for solution validation, live deployment, and training. Specify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and manage compatibility issues.
- Pilot Testing
Design and implement a test environment for proving the migration process.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to assure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and run scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal as well as external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from multiple local and remote sources.
Provide individual or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for support to ensure dependable and cost-effective handling of problems thanks to familiarity with your particular situation.
Progent can provide the help of seasoned experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the work you need directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Recommend the use of modules that come with the core GP system but are not now being utilized. Also, suggest third-party add-ons designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.
Build custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other business applications to reduce duplicate entry and improve accuracy.
Create major and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle specific functions not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can help you to enhance your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise available from Progent's consultants include:
- Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance optimization
A modern Dynamics GP environment includes multiple software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and cloud services combined into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration experts. Progent has worked with these products from their initial versions to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with core technologies saves time and costs when helping businesses through every aspect of updating their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced cybersecurity and compliance experts, disaster recovery planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, deploy, and manage a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To find out more about Progent's online and on-premises consulting services in Anchorage, Alaska for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting services available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Anchorage, AK business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.