Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a longer heritage than virtually any other ERP platform made for Windows. Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. A number of organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have been able to postpone upgrades to the point that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is risky. Meanwhile, a recurring theme we hear from new clients is that they have trouble locating experienced Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and get the most business value from the software.
The more a business tries to make do with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process tends to be. If server hardware or storage systems fail, there may be no suitable devices on the market to use as substitutes. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches are no longer released. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products such as Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an update of their Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the volume of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the cost quoted for a migration may be through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered advanced and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By combining deep experience with all versions of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to help your Austin, Texas business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and start by listening to their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the environment and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations may involve a migration to a more current and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products from a broad array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications used by company, custom report creation, and solution analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with every Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and minimize cost.
Progent can help your Austin, Texas company in each phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement project including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now using and propose other capabilities available on the product that might be helpful to your organization.
- Migration Planning and Timing
Develop a complete upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and resolve integration problems.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and configure a pilot environment for validating the migration process.
- System Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current version to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and run scripts to address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for internal as well as external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from multiple on-premises and external repositories.
Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Provide a single point of contact for expertise to deliver consistent and cost-effective handling of issues thanks to close understanding of your particular environment.
Progent offers the support of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the work you need directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
Recommend the use of modules included with the basic GP platform but are not currently being utilized. Also, suggest third-party add-ons written exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Build custom integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce redundant entry and increase consistency.
Build big and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform various business functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can help you to upgrade your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise offered by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs analysis and site inventory
- Network topology planning and deployment (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
- Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services integrated into a seamless enterprise resource management solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent has supported these products from their first releases to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with core IT platforms saves time and expense when guiding businesses through each phase of updating their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, deploy, and maintain a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
For more information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting expertise in Austin, Texas for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Austin, TX business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.