Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a lengthier heritage than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active customers globally. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble finding experienced Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system efficiently and derive the most benefit from the software.
The more an organization attempts to make do with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process tends to be. When server hardware or disk systems break down, there could be no suitable devices available to replace them. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security updates stop being distributed. The latest releases of SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative products such as Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the number of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the cost quoted for a migration may seem through the roof.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have provided advanced and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to help your Arlington, Texas business optimize the benefit of GP.
We partner with our clients and start by listening to their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the situation and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a newer and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, simple user education, full platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a wide array of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications within your company, custom report creation, and solution analysis to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize business value and manage expense.
Progent's consultants can help your Arlington, Texas business in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement initiative including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose additional features available on the product that may be helpful to your organization.
- Migration Design and Scheduling
Develop a complete upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Specify custom development and add-on products. Predict and manage compatibility problems.
Design and implement a pilot environment for validating the migration project.
- Environment Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and run scripts to address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal and external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating information from diverse local and external sources.
Provide individual or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single point of contact for support to ensure dependable and affordable handling of issues made possible by close understanding of your specific environment.
Progent offers the help of top-tier experts who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal IT personnel. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Suggest the use of modules included with the basic GP system but are not currently being utilized. Also, recommend third-party products written exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.
Build custom integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business applications to reduce redundant entry and increase consistency.
Build major and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform various functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise provided by Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture planning and implementation (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and remote connections and creating security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability architectures
- Integration with public cloud services including Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance optimization
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud services integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent has provided remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial releases to their latest editions, and Progent can help with cloud SaaS options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.
Progent also has extensive experience providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with strategic technologies saves time and expense when helping businesses through every aspect of upgrading their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of senior cybersecurity and compliance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness experts, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, deploy, and manage a well-tuned Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To learn more about Progent's online and onsite consulting expertise in Arlington, Texas for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Arlington, TX business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.