Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a lengthier track record than virtually any other ERP platform made for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers globally. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from new customers is that they have trouble finding veteran Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP environment affordably and derive the most business value from the software.
The longer a business tries to make do with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure becomes. When server hardware or storage systems break down, there may be no suitable hardware available to use as substitutes. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security patches are no longer distributed. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools like Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the number of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may be through the roof.
Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided high-level and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state in the U.S. By combining deep experience with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Birmingham, Alabama business optimize the benefit of GP.
We become partners with our clients and begin by understanding their needs. After gaining an understanding of the IT situation and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations can involve an upgrade to a newer and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, full platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad range of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications within your organization, custom report writing, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and minimize expense.
Progent can assist your Birmingham, Alabama company in every phase of your Dynamics GP migration or enhancement initiative including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss other features available on the product that might be suitable for your business.
- Upgrade Design and Timing
Develop a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Identify custom development and add-on products. Predict and manage compatibility issues.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and implement a pilot system for validating the migration project.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all current features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and run scripts to address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal as well as public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from multiple local and external repositories.
Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for expertise to deliver dependable and cost-effective resolution of problems thanks to familiarity with your particular environment.
Progent offers the support of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the use of software modules included with the core GP system but are not currently being used. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons written specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.
Build custom integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid duplicate data entry and improve accuracy.
Build major and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform specific functions not handled by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can help your business to enhance your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise offered by Progent's consultants include:
- Needs assessment and site inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance tuning
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and cloud products combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their first releases to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud SaaS options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with core IT platforms saves time and costs when guiding businesses through every aspect of upgrading their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior cybersecurity and information assurance experts, business continuity planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, deploy, and manage a modern Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
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Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Birmingham, AL business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.