Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a longer track record than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to postpone upgrades long enough that they are now using legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time finding veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system efficiently and get the maximum business value out of the application.
The longer a business attempts to make do with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process becomes. When server hardware or storage systems break down, there may be no suitable devices available to use as substitutes. When versions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates stop being released. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the volume of components involved in the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for a migration may be through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided advanced and affordable remote integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to businesses in every state in the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration skills, Progent is ideally qualified to make sure your Boston, Massachusetts business get the most out of GP.
We become partners with our clients and begin by listening to their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations may involve an upgrade to a newer and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products from a broad range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software within your company, custom report creation, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize business value and control cost.
Progent can help your Boston, Massachusetts business in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement process including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- System Review
Take a look at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss other features available on GP that might be suitable for your business.
- Migration Planning and Timing
Create a complete migration plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and manage integration issues.
Design and configure a pilot environment for validating the upgrade process.
- System Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and run scripts to address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal and public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from multiple local and external repositories.
Deliver individual or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Act as a single contact for expertise to deliver dependable and cost-effective handling of problems thanks to close understanding of your particular situation.
Progent offers the help of seasoned experts 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 knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the deployment of modules included with the basic GP platform but are not now being used. In addition, recommend third-party products written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.
Create custom connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid redundant entry and improve consistency.
Create major and simple customizations that work 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 infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with public cloud services such as Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes multiple software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services combined into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For over 20 years, Progent has delivered online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development experts. Progent has worked with these products from their initial releases to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with core IT platforms saves time and costs when helping organizations through each aspect of upgrading their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of advanced cybersecurity and compliance engineers, disaster recovery preparedness experts, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, implement, and manage a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
Read/Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To find out more information about Progent's remote and onsite support services in Boston, Massachusetts for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, refer to:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Boston, MA business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.