Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a longer heritage 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 SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades to the point that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This is risky. Meanwhile, a recurring theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time finding experienced Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system efficiently and derive the maximum business value from the software.
The longer a business tries to make do with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure becomes. When physical host servers or storage systems break down, there may be no equivalent devices available to use as substitutes. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security patches are no longer released. Current releases of SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative products such as Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the number of components involved in the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for a migration may be astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided advanced and affordable remote integration consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to help your Anchorage, Alaska business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and begin by listening to their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the IT situation and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations can involve an upgrade to a more current and supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete platform and individual 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 applications used by organization, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with every Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize business value and control cost.
Progent can help your Anchorage, Alaska business in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization process including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- System Assessment
Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss other features available on GP that may be suitable for your business.
- Migration Design and Scheduling
Create a complete upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business disruption. Plan for solution validation, live deployment, and education. Identify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and configure a pilot environment for validating the migration project.
- Environment Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and run scripts to address known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for private as well as external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from diverse on-premises and remote sources.
Provide one-on-one or classroom style training for existing and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single contact for support to ensure effective and cost-effective handling of problems thanks to close understanding of your particular situation.
Progent can provide 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 require directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Recommend the deployment of software modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not now being used. Also, suggest third-party products written exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Create special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to reduce duplicate data entry and increase consistency.
Create big and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific functions not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Progent can help your business to upgrade your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise available from Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs assessment and site inventory
- Network architecture design and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP environment includes diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud services integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent has provided remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent has supported these products from their initial versions to their latest editions, and Progent can help with cloud options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This experience with core IT platforms saves time and costs when helping organizations through every phase of updating their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of senior cybersecurity and compliance experts, disaster recovery preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, deploy, and maintain a well-tuned Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
Read/Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
For more information about Progent's remote and onsite consulting services in Anchorage, Alaska for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting services offered by Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP 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 Anchorage, AK business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.