Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a longer heritage than virtually any other ERP solution written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich product and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for SMBs, 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for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is risky. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and get the maximum business value out of the software.
The more an organization attempts to limp along with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure becomes. When physical host servers or storage systems break down, there could be no equivalent devices on the market to replace them. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security updates stop being distributed. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools like Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the number of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may be astronomical.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested experts have delivered high-level and affordable remote consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to make sure your Boise, Idaho business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our clients and start by understanding their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the IT environment and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services can involve a migration to a newer and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules from a broad range of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software within your organization, custom report writing, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP project big or small is to optimize strategic value and control expense.
Progent can help your Boise, Idaho company in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization project including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose other features of the product that might be suitable for your organization.
- Upgrade Design and Timing
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Specify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and manage compatibility issues.
- Pilot Testing
Design and configure a pilot system for validating the upgrade project.
- System Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and run scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from diverse on-premises and remote sources.
Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single contact for support to deliver consistent and affordable handling of problems made possible by close understanding of your particular situation.
Progent offers the support of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you need directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the deployment of software modules included with the core GP system but are not currently being utilized. Also, suggest third-party products written specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.
Build special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce duplicate data entry and improve accuracy.
Create big and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various business functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can assist you to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent's consultants include:
- Requirements assessment and site inventory
- Network topology planning and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Managing iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products combined into a seamless ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first releases to their latest versions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with strategic IT platforms cuts time and expense when guiding businesses through every phase of updating their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of senior security and compliance experts, disaster recovery planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and database administrators who can help you to plan, implement, and maintain a modern Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Read/Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To find out more information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting expertise in Boise, Idaho for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Boise, ID business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.