Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a lengthier heritage than almost any other ERP solution written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades long enough that they now find themselves running legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time finding experienced Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system affordably and derive the maximum business value from the application.
The longer a business tries to make do with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure becomes. When physical host servers or disk systems break down, there may be no suitable hardware available to use as substitutes. When versions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, critical security patches stop being released. The latest editions of 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 volume of components there are to the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for a migration may be astronomical.
Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided advanced and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state across the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all releases of Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Boston, Massachusetts business optimize the benefit of GP.
We become partners with our clients and start by understanding their needs. After gaining familiarity with the environment and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations may involve an upgrade to a more current and supported version of Dynamics GP, simple user training, full platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules from a wide array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications within your organization, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with each Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and manage cost.
Progent's consultants can help your Boston, Massachusetts company in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or customization initiative including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose other capabilities of GP that may be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
Create a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Plan for solution validation, live deployment, and education. Identify custom development and add-on products. Predict and resolve compatibility issues.
Plan and implement a test system for proving the upgrade project.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all current features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private and external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from multiple on-premises and remote repositories.
Deliver individual or classroom style training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for support to deliver effective and cost-effective handling of issues made possible by close understanding of your particular situation.
Progent offers the support of top-tier consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you need directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the deployment of software modules that come with the core GP platform but are not currently being used. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.
Create custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid duplicate data entry and improve accuracy.
Build major and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can help your business to enhance your network infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services provided by Progent's consultants include:
- Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture planning and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
- Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For more than two decades, Progent has delivered remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their first releases to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud SaaS options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.
Progent also has a long history of providing help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with core technologies saves time and expense when guiding businesses through each aspect of updating their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior security and information assurance experts, disaster recovery planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can help you to design, implement, and manage a modern Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To find out more information about Progent's online and onsite consulting services in Boston, Massachusetts for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Boston, MA business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.