Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a lengthier history than virtually any other ERP platform written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now running seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from new clients is that they have trouble locating experienced Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and derive the most business value out of the software.
The longer an organization attempts to limp along with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process becomes. If server hardware or disk systems break down, there may be no suitable hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates stop being developed. The latest editions of SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products like Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the number of components involved in the project. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may seem through the roof.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have provided advanced and economical online integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By offering in-depth experience with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration skills, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Appleton, Wisconsin business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our clients and start by understanding their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the environment and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services may include a migration to a newer and supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a broad range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications used by company, custom report creation, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize strategic value and manage expense.
Progent's consultants can assist your Appleton, Wisconsin company in every phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement initiative including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- System Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now using and propose other capabilities of GP that might be suitable for your organization.
- Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
Develop a complete migration plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve integration problems.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and implement a pilot system for validating the upgrade process.
- Environment Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all the latest features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and run scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for private as well as external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating information from multiple on-premises and remote repositories.
Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single contact for support to deliver effective and cost-effective handling of issues thanks to familiarity with your specific environment.
Progent offers the support of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Recommend the deployment of software modules that come with the basic GP system but are not now being utilized. Also, recommend third-party products designed specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.
Build custom connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid duplicate entry and improve consistency.
Create big and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can assist you to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs assessment and site inventory
- Network architecture planning and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability architectures
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance tuning
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud services integrated into a cohesive ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first releases to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with strategic IT platforms cuts time and expense when guiding organizations through each phase of upgrading their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of senior security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness experts, application developers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, deploy, and manage a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
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To find out more information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting expertise in Appleton, Wisconsin for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, visit:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Appleton, WI business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.