Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer heritage than almost any other ERP platform written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations globally. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves running legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from new clients is that they have trouble locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP system efficiently and extract the maximum business value from the application.
The more an organization tries to limp along with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process tends to be. If physical host servers or storage systems fail, there may be no suitable hardware available to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, critical security updates stop being distributed. The latest editions of SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative products such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the number of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for a migration may be through the roof.
Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided advanced and affordable online consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Augusta-Richmond County, Georgia business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our clients and start by listening to their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the IT environment and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations may include a migration to a more current and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide range of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications used by company, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize business value and minimize expense.
Progent's consultants can assist your Augusta-Richmond County, Georgia business in every phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement project including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- Deployment Review
Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now running and propose additional capabilities of GP that may be suitable for your organization.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Develop a complete upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage compatibility problems.
Design and implement a pilot system for proving the migration project.
- Environment Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to assure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating information from diverse on-premises and remote repositories.
Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Provide a single contact for support to deliver consistent and affordable resolution of issues made possible by close understanding of your particular environment.
Progent offers the support of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the deployment of modules that come with the basic GP system but are not currently being used. Also, recommend third-party products designed specifically for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.
Create special integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid duplicate entry and improve accuracy.
Create major and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various business functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can help your business to upgrade your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
- Requirements assessment and site inventory
- Network topology design and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance optimization
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services combined into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration experts. Progent has worked with these products from their first releases to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud SaaS options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with core technologies saves time and expense when guiding businesses through each phase of upgrading their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can help you to design, implement, and maintain a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Read/Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
For more information about Progent's remote and onsite consulting services in Augusta-Richmond County, Georgia for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, visit:
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Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Augusta-Richmond County, GA business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.