Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a lengthier track record than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active customers worldwide. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they are now using legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a recurring complaint we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble finding veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system affordably and extract the most benefit from the software.
The longer a business attempts to limp along with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process tends to be. If physical host servers or storage systems break down, there could be no equivalent devices available to replace them. When editions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security updates stop being distributed. Current releases of SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products such as Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the volume of pieces there are to the project. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may be astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested experts have provided high-level and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state across the U.S. By offering deep experience with all releases of Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Anchorage, Alaska business get the most out of GP.
We become partners with our clients and begin by understanding their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the IT environment and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations may involve an upgrade to a newer and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user training, full platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products from a wide array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications within your company, custom report writing, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize business value and manage expense.
Progent's consultants can help your Anchorage, Alaska business in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization process including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose additional features available on the product that may be suitable for your organization.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Develop a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and resolve compatibility problems.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and implement a test environment for validating the migration project.
- System Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as public use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating information from multiple local and external sources.
Deliver individual or group training for existing and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single contact for support to deliver dependable and cost-effective handling of issues made possible by familiarity with your particular environment.
Progent offers the help of top-tier consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the work you need directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the use of modules included with the basic GP platform but are not now being utilized. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.
Build custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other business applications to reduce duplicate data entry and improve accuracy.
Create big and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific business 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 Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise provided by Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements assessment and site inventory
- Network topology design and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
An optimized Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services combined into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has delivered remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their initial versions to their latest versions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.
Progent also has extensive experience providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with strategic IT platforms cuts time and expense when guiding businesses through each phase of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of senior cybersecurity and compliance engineers, business continuity planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, implement, and manage a modern Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
Read/Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
For more information about Progent's remote and onsite support services in Anchorage, Alaska for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, visit:
To download a datasheet about the consulting support offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Anchorage, AK business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.