Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a longer history than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active customers globally. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring theme we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system affordably and extract the most business value out of the application.
The longer an organization tries to make do with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process becomes. When physical host servers or storage systems fail, there could be no suitable hardware available to replace them. When releases of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches stop being distributed. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your important GP customizations. Next-generation products such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an update of their Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the number of components there are to the project. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may seem astronomical.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided advanced and economical online consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By offering in-depth experience with all releases of Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Baton Rouge, Louisiana business optimize the benefit of GP.
We become partners with our customers and start by understanding their needs. After gaining familiarity with the IT environment and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations may involve a migration to a newer and supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products from a broad range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software used by company, custom report creation, and solution analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with every Microsoft Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize business value and minimize cost.
Progent's consultants can assist your Baton Rouge, Louisiana business in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement process including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose additional features available on GP that may be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
Create a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that avoids business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage compatibility problems.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and configure a test system for validating the migration process.
- System Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private and external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from diverse on-premises and external sources.
Deliver one-on-one or group training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Act as a single point of contact for expertise to deliver dependable and affordable resolution of problems made possible by familiarity with your particular environment.
Progent can provide the support of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
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 Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.
Create custom integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid duplicate data entry and increase consistency.
Build big and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform specific functions not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services available from Progent's consultants include:
- Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability solutions
- Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
- business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and cloud products integrated into a cohesive ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent has provided remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their initial versions to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.
Progent also has extensive experience providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with core technologies cuts time and expense when guiding organizations through every phase of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of senior cybersecurity and compliance engineers, disaster recovery preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, deploy, and maintain a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
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For more about Progent's online and on-premises consulting expertise in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting services available from Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Baton Rouge, LA business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.