Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a longer heritage than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations globally. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now using legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time locating veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and derive the most business value from the software.
The longer an organization tries to make do with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure tends to be. When physical host servers or storage systems break down, there could be no suitable hardware available to replace them. When versions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security patches stop being developed. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools like Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the volume of pieces there are to the project. And the cost quoted for a migration may seem through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade 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 seasoned professionals have delivered advanced and economical online consulting for Windows-based environments to organizations in every state across the U.S. By offering in-depth experience with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Austin, Texas business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our clients and start by understanding their needs. After gaining an understanding of the situation and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Proposed services can include an upgrade to a more current and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user education, full system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a wide array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software within your organization, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize strategic value and manage cost.
Progent's consultants can assist your Austin, Texas business in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or customization process including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- System Review
Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss other capabilities of the product that might be suitable for your business.
- Migration Planning and Timing
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage integration issues.
Plan and configure a test environment for proving the migration project.
- 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 services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and run scripts to address documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from multiple on-premises and remote repositories.
Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single contact for expertise to deliver consistent and affordable handling of issues made possible by close understanding of your specific environment.
Progent offers the help of seasoned experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the deployment of software modules that come with the core GP system but are not now being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.
Build special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce redundant entry and increase accuracy.
Build big and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various business functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can assist you to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and remote connections and creating security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Dynamics GP environment includes multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent has provided online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server integration experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their first releases to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud SaaS options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience providing help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with core IT platforms cuts time and expense when guiding businesses through each phase of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior cybersecurity and compliance experts, disaster recovery planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, deploy, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To find out more information about Progent's online and onsite support services in Austin, Texas for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, refer to:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Austin, TX business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.