Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a longer heritage than almost any other ERP platform written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. A number of organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades long enough that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time locating veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system affordably and extract the maximum benefit from the software.
The more a business tries to limp along with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure becomes. When server hardware or storage systems break down, there may be no equivalent devices on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches are no longer developed. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products like Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the number of pieces involved in the project. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may seem through the roof.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered advanced and affordable remote integration consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state in the U.S. By offering in-depth experience with all editions of Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Arlington, Texas business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our clients and begin by listening to their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the situation and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services can include a migration to a more current and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user training, full system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software within your organization, custom report writing, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with each Microsoft Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize business value and minimize cost.
Progent's consultants can help your Arlington, Texas business in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement initiative including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- System Review
Take a look at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss other capabilities of the product that may be suitable for your organization.
- Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage integration problems.
- Pilot Testing
Design and implement a pilot environment for proving the upgrade process.
- Environment Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and run scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal and public use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from diverse local and external sources.
Provide one-on-one or classroom style training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Act as a single point of contact for expertise to ensure consistent and affordable handling of problems thanks to close understanding of 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 work you require directly rather than managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the use of modules included with the basic GP system but are not now being utilized. Also, suggest third-party add-ons designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Build custom integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce redundant entry and increase consistency.
Create major and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Progent can help you to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services offered by Progent include:
- Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with public cloud services such as Microsoft 365
- business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products integrated into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For over two decades, Progent has provided online and onsite support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent has supported these products from their initial versions to their latest editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with strategic IT platforms cuts time and costs when helping businesses through every phase of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the support of senior cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, deploy, and maintain a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
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Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Arlington, TX business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.