Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a lengthier heritage than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades long enough that they are now running legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is risky. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from new clients is that they have trouble locating experienced Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP environment affordably and derive the most business value from the application.
The more an organization attempts to limp along with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process tends to be. When server hardware or storage systems break down, there may be no suitable devices on the market to use as substitutes. When editions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates stop being distributed. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your important GP customizations. Next-generation products such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the number of components there are to the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may be through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered advanced and economical online integration consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state across the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all editions of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to help your Aurora, Colorado business get the most out of GP.
We partner with our clients and start by listening to their needs. Once we have familiarity with the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations can involve a migration to a newer and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party modules from a wide array of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software within your organization, custom report creation, and system evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with each Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize business value and manage cost.
Progent can assist your Aurora, Colorado company in every phase of your Dynamics GP migration or enhancement process including:
Additional Microsoft 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 propose other features available on the product that might be helpful to your business.
- Migration Design and Timing
Develop a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage compatibility issues.
Design and configure a pilot environment for validating the migration project.
- Environment Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and run scripts to resolve known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for private as well as public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from multiple local and remote sources.
Provide individual or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for expertise to deliver consistent and cost-effective handling of problems made possible by familiarity with your specific situation.
Progent offers the support of seasoned experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
Suggest the deployment of software modules included with the basic GP system but are not currently being used. In addition, suggest third-party products designed specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.
Build special integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid duplicate data entry and increase consistency.
Build big and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can help your business to enhance your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure services provided by Progent 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 VPN connections and creating security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability environments
- Integration with public cloud services including Microsoft 365
- business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products combined into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have provided online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial versions to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with core IT platforms saves time and expense when helping businesses through each phase of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced cybersecurity and compliance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to design, implement, and manage a modern Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
For more about Progent's online and onsite support services in Aurora, Colorado for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, refer to:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise offered by Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Aurora, CO business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.