Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer heritage than almost any other ERP platform made for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers globally. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP environment affordably and derive the most benefit out of the software.
The more an organization tries to limp along with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure tends to be. If server hardware or disk systems break down, there may be no suitable hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches are no longer distributed. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative products like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the number of components there are to the project. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may seem through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested experts have delivered advanced and economical online consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all versions of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Austin, Texas business optimize the benefit of GP.
We become partners with our customers and start by understanding their needs. After gaining an understanding of the IT environment and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Proposed services can involve a migration to a newer and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a wide range of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications within your company, custom report creation, and solution analysis to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize strategic value and minimize cost.
Progent's consultants can assist your Austin, Texas business in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or customization initiative including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- System Review
Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss other features of GP that may be helpful to your organization.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Specify custom development and add-on products. Predict and manage integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Design and implement a test system for proving the upgrade process.
- System Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for internal and public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from diverse local and external sources.
Provide individual or group training for existing and new users of Dynamics GP.
Act as a single point of contact for expertise to deliver effective and affordable handling of issues made possible by familiarity with your specific environment.
Progent offers the help of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the work you need directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the deployment of modules included with the core GP platform but are not now being used. Also, recommend third-party products written exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.
Create special integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce redundant data entry and increase consistency.
Create big and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle various functions not handled by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can help you to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure services offered by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance tuning
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes multiple software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products integrated into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have provided online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial 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 services.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with core technologies saves time and costs when guiding organizations through every phase of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior cybersecurity and compliance engineers, business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, implement, and manage a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
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For more information about Progent's online and on-premises support expertise in Austin, Texas for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, see:
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Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Austin, TX business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.