Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a lengthier history than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers globally. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades long enough that they are now using legacy software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time finding experienced Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and extract the maximum benefit from the software.
The more an organization tries to make do with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process tends to be. If physical host servers or storage systems break down, there may be no equivalent hardware on the market to replace them. When editions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates are no longer distributed. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the volume of components there are to the project. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may be through the roof.
Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have delivered high-level and affordable remote consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Baton Rouge, Louisiana business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and begin by understanding their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the IT environment and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Proposed services may involve a migration to a newer and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide range of suppliers that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications within your organization, custom report creation, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize business value and control expense.
Progent can assist your Baton Rouge, Louisiana business in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or customization project including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss other capabilities of GP that might be helpful to your organization.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Create a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve compatibility problems.
- Pilot Testing
Design and implement a test system for validating the upgrade process.
- System Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all the latest features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private and public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from diverse local and external repositories.
Provide individual or group training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for expertise to ensure effective and cost-effective handling of issues made possible by close understanding of your particular environment.
Progent can provide the help of seasoned experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the work you need directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the use of modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not currently being used. Also, recommend third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.
Build special connections between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to reduce redundant data entry and improve consistency.
Build major and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can help your business to upgrade your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure services offered by Progent's consultants include:
- Needs assessment and site inventory
- Network architecture design and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud services combined into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration experts. Progent has worked with these products from their initial versions to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and application development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with strategic technologies cuts time and expense when helping businesses through every phase of updating their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced security and compliance experts, disaster recovery preparedness experts, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, implement, and manage a productive Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
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Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Baton Rouge, LA business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.