Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a lengthier track record than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations globally. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they are now running seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from new clients is that they have trouble locating veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and get the maximum benefit out of the software.
The longer an organization tries to make do with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure tends to be.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 releases of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches are no longer distributed. Current releases of SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools like Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the number of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the cost suggested for a migration may be through the roof.
Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided advanced and economical online consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining deep experience with all editions of Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Birmingham, Alabama business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our clients and start by understanding their needs. After gaining an understanding of the environment and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations may involve an upgrade to a more current and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad range of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software used by organization, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with every Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize business value and manage cost.
Progent's consultants can help your Birmingham, Alabama company in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement project including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss other features of the product that might be helpful to your business.
- Migration Design and Scheduling
Develop a complete migration plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and training. Identify custom development and add-on products. Predict and manage compatibility problems.
- Pilot Testing
Design and configure a pilot system for validating the upgrade process.
- System Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to assure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and run scripts to resolve known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for private as well as external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from diverse on-premises and external repositories.
Provide one-on-one or classroom style training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Provide a single contact for support to deliver effective and affordable handling of problems thanks to close understanding of your specific environment.
Progent can provide the support of seasoned experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Recommend the use of modules included with the core GP system but are not currently being utilized. Also, suggest third-party products designed specifically for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.
Create custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce duplicate entry and increase consistency.
Build major and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Progent can help your business to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
- Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture planning and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
An optimized Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered online and onsite support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial releases to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and application development services.
Progent also has a long history of delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with strategic IT platforms cuts time and expense when guiding businesses through each phase of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior cybersecurity and compliance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can help you to design, implement, and manage a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
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Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Birmingham, AL business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.