Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a lengthier history than almost any other ERP platform written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich product and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations globally. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have been able to postpone upgrades long enough that they are now running legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble locating veteran Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and get the most business value out of the application.
The longer a business attempts to make do with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process becomes. When server hardware or storage systems fail, there could be no equivalent hardware available to use as substitutes. When editions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates stop being distributed. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the volume of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the cost suggested for a migration may be astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have provided advanced and affordable online consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration talent, Progent is ideally suited to help your Birmingham, Alabama business get the most out of GP.
We partner with our customers and begin by understanding their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the environment and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Proposed services can involve a migration to a more current and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user training, full system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a wide array of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software used by organization, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with every Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize business value and control expense.
Progent can assist your Birmingham, Alabama company in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement project including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Take a look at what features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss additional capabilities of the product that might be suitable for your business.
- Migration Planning and Timing
Develop a complete upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Plan for solution validation, live deployment, and training. Identify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve compatibility problems.
- Pilot Testing
Design and implement a test system for validating the migration project.
- Environment Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current version to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from diverse local and external repositories.
Provide individual or group training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Provide a single point of contact for expertise to ensure effective and cost-effective resolution of problems thanks to close understanding of your specific environment.
Progent can provide the support of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Suggest the use of software modules included with the basic GP system but are not now being used. Also, recommend third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Create custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid redundant entry and improve consistency.
Create big and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can help you to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent's consultants include:
- Needs analysis and site inventory
- Network topology design and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance optimization
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services combined into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their first versions to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and application development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with strategic IT platforms cuts time and costs when guiding businesses through each phase of upgrading their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of senior security and information assurance engineers, business continuity preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, deploy, and manage a modern Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Read/Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
For more about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services in Birmingham, Alabama for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting services offered by Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Birmingham, AL business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.