Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer history than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now running legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from new clients is that they have trouble locating veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment affordably and get the most business value out of the application.
The more an organization attempts to make do with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process becomes. If server hardware or storage systems fail, there could be no suitable hardware on the market to replace them. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security patches stop being developed. The latest releases of SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation products such as Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the number of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for a migration may seem through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested professionals have provided advanced and economical online integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state in the U.S. By offering deep experience with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Augusta-Richmond County, Georgia business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our clients and start by listening to their needs. After gaining an understanding of the environment and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a more current and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, full platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products from a wide array of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications used by company, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our goal with each Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize business value and control expense.
Progent can assist your Augusta-Richmond County, Georgia business in each phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization project including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- Deployment Review
Take a look at what features of Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss other features available on GP that may be helpful to your organization.
- Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
Develop a complete upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Identify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve compatibility issues.
Design and configure a pilot system for proving the upgrade process.
- System Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and run scripts to address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal as well as public use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from multiple local and external repositories.
Provide individual or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Act as a single point of contact for expertise to ensure effective and affordable resolution of problems made possible by familiarity with your specific environment.
Progent can provide the support of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the use of modules that come with the core GP system but are not currently being used. Also, suggest third-party products written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.
Create special integrations between Dynamics GP and other business applications to reduce duplicate data entry and improve accuracy.
Create major and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions not handled by standard GP modules or external modules.
Progent can help your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise available from Progent's consultants include:
- Needs analysis and site inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
- Integrating iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- business continuity preparedness
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products integrated into a seamless enterprise resource management solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent has worked with these products from their initial versions to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with core technologies saves time and expense when guiding organizations through every phase of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of senior security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to design, deploy, and manage a well-tuned Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Read/Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
For more information about Progent's remote and onsite consulting expertise in Augusta-Richmond County, Georgia for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise available from Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Augusta-Richmond County, GA business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.