Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a lengthier heritage than virtually 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 worldwide. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades to the point that they are now running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a common theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time locating veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP environment affordably and get the maximum benefit out of the application.
The longer an organization tries to limp along with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure tends to be. When physical host servers or disk systems fail, there may be no equivalent devices on the market to replace them. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security patches stop being released. Current releases of SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an update of their Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the volume of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may be astronomical.
Dynamics GP Upgrade 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-based environments to businesses in every state across the U.S. By combining deep experience with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your Appleton, Wisconsin business get the most out of GP.
We become partners with our clients and begin by listening to their needs. Once we have familiarity with the IT situation and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Proposed services can involve an upgrade to a newer and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user education, full platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a broad array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software used by organization, custom report creation, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with every Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize business value and control expense.
Progent can assist your Appleton, Wisconsin company in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization process including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- System Review
Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss additional features of GP that might be suitable for your organization.
- Migration Design and Scheduling
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve compatibility issues.
Plan and implement a pilot environment for proving the migration project.
- System Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and run scripts to address known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from diverse local and remote sources.
Deliver individual or classroom style training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single contact for support to ensure dependable and affordable handling of problems made possible by familiarity with your specific situation.
Progent can provide the help of top-tier experts who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you require directly rather than managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the use of software modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not now being used. Also, suggest third-party products written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.
Create custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce redundant entry and increase accuracy.
Create major and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can help you to upgrade your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent's consultants include:
- Requirements analysis and site inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance tuning
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services integrated into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has delivered remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development experts. Progent has worked with these products from their initial versions to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with core technologies cuts time and costs when helping organizations through each aspect of updating their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced cybersecurity and compliance experts, disaster recovery preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and database administrators who can help you to plan, deploy, and manage a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Read/Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
For more information about Progent's online and onsite support expertise in Appleton, Wisconsin for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting support available from Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for MS 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 Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.