Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports 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 widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active customers globally. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from prospective clients is that they have a hard time locating veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and extract the maximum benefit out of the application.
The longer an organization attempts to limp along with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure tends to be. When physical host servers or storage systems fail, there may be no suitable hardware available to use as substitutes. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates are no longer developed. Current releases of SQL Server may not work with your important GP customizations. Innovative products like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the volume of components there are to the project. And the price tag suggested for a migration may be through the roof.
Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have provided advanced and affordable remote integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state across the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Birmingham, Alabama business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our customers and start by listening to their needs. After gaining an understanding of the situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations may involve an upgrade to a newer and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party modules from a wide range of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications within your company, custom report writing, and system evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and control cost.
Progent can assist your Birmingham, Alabama company in every facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization initiative including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- Deployment Review
Take a look at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently running and propose additional features available on GP that might be suitable for your business.
- Upgrade Design and Timing
Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and training. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and manage compatibility issues.
Plan and implement a test environment for validating the upgrade process.
- Environment Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and run scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private and public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from multiple local and remote repositories.
Deliver individual or group training for existing and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single point of contact for support to deliver dependable and cost-effective handling of issues thanks to familiarity with your particular situation.
Progent can provide the help of top-tier experts who have been developing 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 staff. Important areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the use of modules included with the core GP system but are not currently being utilized. Also, suggest third-party add-ons written exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.
Build custom connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce duplicate entry and improve consistency.
Build big and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can help you to enhance your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise provided by Progent's consultants include:
- Needs analysis and site inventory
- Network architecture planning and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
- Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance tuning
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud products combined into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first versions to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, 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 experts, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with core IT platforms cuts time and expense when helping organizations through every phase of upgrading their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of senior security and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and database administrators who can help you to design, implement, and maintain a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
Read/Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To learn more about Progent's online and on-premises support services in Birmingham, Alabama for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, refer to:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services offered by Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your Birmingham, AL business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.