Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a longer track record than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations globally. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have trouble finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP system affordably and extract the maximum business value out of the software.
The longer an organization tries to limp along with outdated releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure tends to be. If server hardware or storage systems break down, there could be no equivalent devices available to use as substitutes. When releases of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates stop being distributed. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses considering an update of their Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the number of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for a migration may seem astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided advanced and affordable remote consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state across the U.S. By combining deep experience with all releases of Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to help your Boise, Idaho business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our customers and start by understanding their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the environment and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services can include a migration to a more current and supported version of Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party modules from a broad range of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications within your organization, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with each Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and minimize cost.
Progent's consultants can help your Boise, Idaho business in every phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization initiative including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- System Review
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss additional features available on GP that may be helpful to your organization.
- Migration Planning and Timing
Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Specify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and manage compatibility problems.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and configure a test environment for validating the upgrade process.
- Environment Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and run scripts to address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private and external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from multiple local and remote sources.
Provide individual or group training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single contact for support to ensure effective and affordable resolution of problems made possible by close understanding of your particular situation.
Progent offers the support of top-tier experts who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly rather than managing less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the use of software modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not now being utilized. Also, recommend third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Create special integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to reduce redundant entry and improve consistency.
Build big and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can help your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure services offered by Progent include:
- Requirements analysis and site inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent has provided remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial releases to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with core IT platforms saves time and expense when helping businesses through each phase of updating their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the support of senior cybersecurity and information assurance experts, disaster recovery preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, implement, and maintain a well-tuned Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
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To learn more information about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services in Boise, Idaho for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Boise, ID business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.