Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a lengthier history than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades to the point that they now find themselves using legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time locating experienced Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and get the most benefit from the software.
The longer an organization attempts to limp along with outdated releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure becomes. If physical host servers or disk systems break down, there may be no equivalent devices on the market to use as substitutes. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, critical security updates stop being developed. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative products like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the number of pieces involved in the project. And the price tag suggested for a migration may be astronomical.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have delivered high-level and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Birmingham, Alabama business optimize the benefit of GP.
We become partners with our customers and begin by listening to their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the IT situation and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations can involve a migration to a more current and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a broad array of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications used by organization, custom report creation, and system evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with every Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and control cost.
Progent can assist your Birmingham, Alabama business in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization initiative including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- System Assessment
Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are now using and propose additional capabilities available on GP that may be helpful to your organization.
- Migration Planning and Scheduling
Create a complete migration plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Identify customizations and add-on products. Predict and manage integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and configure a pilot environment for proving the upgrade project.
- System Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and run scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal and public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from diverse on-premises and external repositories.
Deliver one-on-one or group training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
Act as a single point of contact for support to deliver dependable and cost-effective resolution of problems thanks to close understanding of your specific environment.
Progent offers the help of seasoned experts who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the deployment of modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not currently being used. Also, suggest third-party add-ons designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.
Create special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid duplicate entry and increase consistency.
Build big and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or external modules.
Progent can help your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure services available from Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network topology design and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and remote connections and creating security policies
- Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability architectures
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
- business continuity preparedness
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP environment includes diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products combined into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For over two decades, Progent has provided remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent has supported these products from their first releases to their latest versions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.
Progent also has extensive experience providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This experience with strategic IT platforms saves time and costs when guiding organizations through each phase of updating their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced cybersecurity and compliance experts, business continuity planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and database administrators who can help you to design, implement, and maintain a well-tuned Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To find out more about Progent's online and on-premises consulting expertise in Birmingham, Alabama for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting support available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Birmingham, AL business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.