Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a longer history than almost any other ERP platform written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now using legacy software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from new customers is that they have trouble finding experienced Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and derive the most benefit from the application.
The more an organization tries to limp along with outdated releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process tends to be. If server hardware or disk systems break down, there could be no suitable hardware available to use as substitutes. When editions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches stop being developed. The latest releases of SQL Server may not work with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the volume of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the cost suggested for a migration may seem astronomical.
Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have provided advanced and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Baton Rouge, Louisiana business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our clients and start by understanding their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the environment and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations may involve an upgrade to a more current and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, full system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a wide array of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications used by organization, custom report writing, and solution analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize strategic value and minimize cost.
Progent's consultants can assist your Baton Rouge, Louisiana business in every facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement project including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- System Review
Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss other features available on the product that might be helpful to your business.
- Migration Planning and Timing
Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and education. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and resolve compatibility problems.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and configure a pilot system for proving the migration project.
- System Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all current features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for internal as well as public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from multiple local and external sources.
Deliver individual or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single contact for support to deliver dependable and affordable handling of issues made possible by familiarity with your specific environment.
Progent offers the support of top-tier experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Recommend the deployment of modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not currently being used. In addition, recommend third-party products written exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Create custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid duplicate entry and increase accuracy.
Create major and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can help you to enhance your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise provided by Progent's consultants include:
- Needs analysis and site inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance optimization
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For over two decades, Progent has provided remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial versions to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.
Progent also has a long history of delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with core IT platforms saves time and costs when helping organizations through each aspect of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of advanced security and information assurance experts, disaster recovery preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, implement, and manage a modern Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To find out more about Progent's remote and on-premises support expertise in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, visit:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Baton Rouge, LA business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.