Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a longer track record than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations globally. Many organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades long enough that they are now running seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and extract the most business value out of the application.
The longer an organization attempts to limp along with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure tends to be. If physical host servers or storage systems break down, there could be no suitable devices available to use as substitutes. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates stop being developed. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an update of their Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the volume of components there are to the project. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may seem through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested experts have delivered advanced and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to businesses in every state in the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all versions of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Anchorage, Alaska business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and begin by understanding their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the environment and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a newer and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad range of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software within your company, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with each Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize business value and manage cost.
Progent's consultants can assist your Anchorage, Alaska company in every facet of your Dynamics GP migration or customization process including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and propose additional capabilities available on the product that may be helpful to your business.
- Migration Planning and Timing
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and resolve integration issues.
Plan and configure a test system for validating the upgrade process.
- System Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for private as well as external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from multiple local and external repositories.
Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Act as a single contact for expertise to ensure dependable and affordable handling of problems made possible by close understanding of your specific environment.
Progent can provide the help of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the deployment of modules included with the core GP system but are not currently being used. Also, suggest third-party add-ons written specifically for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.
Build special connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid redundant entry and improve consistency.
Create major and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various functions not handled by standard GP modules or external modules.
Progent can assist you to enhance your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise offered by Progent's consultants include:
- Needs analysis and site inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have provided remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their first versions to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with core technologies saves time and costs when helping organizations through every phase of updating their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of senior security and compliance experts, disaster recovery planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, deploy, and maintain a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To learn more information about Progent's online and onsite support services in Anchorage, Alaska for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Anchorage, AK business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.