Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer track record than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers globally. A number of organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades long enough that they are now using legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a recurring complaint we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble finding veteran Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and extract the maximum business value out of the application.
The longer an organization attempts to make do with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure tends to be. When physical host servers or disk systems fail, there may be no equivalent hardware available to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches stop being released. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the number of components there are to the project. And the cost suggested for a migration may seem through the roof.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered advanced and economical online integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all releases of Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Aurora, Colorado business get the most out of GP.
We become partners with our clients and start by listening to their needs. Once we have familiarity with the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations can involve a migration to a newer and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user education, full platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products from a broad array of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications within your organization, custom report creation, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with each Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize business value and minimize cost.
Progent's consultants can assist your Aurora, Colorado business in each phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement project including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now using and propose other features available on GP that may be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Design and Timing
Create a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that minimizes business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and training. Specify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage compatibility problems.
Plan and configure a pilot environment for validating the migration project.
- Environment Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current release to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and execute scripts to address documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for internal and public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from diverse on-premises and remote sources.
Provide individual or group training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single contact for support to ensure effective and affordable handling of issues made possible by close understanding of your particular situation.
Progent offers the support of top-tier experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you require directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
Recommend the use of software modules included with the core GP platform but are not currently being used. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons written specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.
Build custom integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid redundant data entry and improve accuracy.
Build big and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can assist your business to enhance your network infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture planning and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Managing iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
A modern Dynamics GP environment includes multiple software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent has delivered remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development experts. Progent has supported these products from their first releases to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and application development services.
Progent also has a long history of providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with core technologies cuts time and expense when guiding businesses through each aspect of upgrading their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, deploy, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
Read/Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To find out more about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting expertise in Aurora, Colorado for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, refer to:
To download a datasheet about the consulting services available from Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your Aurora, CO business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.