Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a longer history than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from new clients is that they have trouble finding experienced Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP environment affordably and get the maximum benefit out of the application.
The more a business tries to limp along with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process becomes. If physical host servers or disk systems fail, there could be no equivalent hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security patches are no longer developed. Current editions of SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products such as Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the number of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the cost quoted for a migration may seem through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have provided high-level and economical online integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By offering deep experience with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Appleton, Wisconsin business get the most out of GP.
We become partners with our clients and begin by listening to their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the situation and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations may include an upgrade to a newer and supported version of Dynamics GP, simple user education, full system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software within your organization, custom report creation, and solution analysis to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with every Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize business value and minimize cost.
Progent's consultants can help your Appleton, Wisconsin business in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or customization initiative including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- System Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose other capabilities of the product that might be helpful to your business.
- Migration Design and Scheduling
Create a complete migration plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and training. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and manage compatibility problems.
Design and configure a test system for proving the migration project.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current version to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have 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 (pstl). Condition data and execute scripts to address known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for internal and public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating information from multiple on-premises and remote sources.
Provide individual or group training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Provide a single contact for expertise to deliver effective and affordable handling of issues made possible by close understanding of your particular situation.
Progent can provide the support of top-tier experts who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the work you require directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the deployment of software modules that come with the basic GP system but are not currently being utilized. Also, suggest third-party products designed specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.
Create custom integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid redundant data entry and improve accuracy.
Build major and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific functions not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can assist you to enhance your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise available from Progent include:
- Requirements assessment and site inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and remote connections and creating security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with public cloud services including Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
An optimized Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services integrated into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has delivered remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their first releases to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.
Progent also has a long history of providing help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with core technologies saves time and costs when helping organizations through each aspect of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior security and information assurance experts, disaster recovery planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, implement, and manage a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
Read/Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
For more information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting expertise in Appleton, Wisconsin for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Appleton, WI business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.