Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a longer heritage than virtually any other ERP solution written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now running legacy software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from new clients is that they have trouble finding experienced Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP system affordably and get the maximum business value out of the software.
The longer an organization attempts to make do with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process becomes. When physical host servers or disk systems break down, there could be no equivalent hardware available to replace them. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates stop being distributed. Current editions of SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the volume of components there are to the puzzle. And the cost quoted for a migration 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 seasoned professionals have provided advanced and economical online integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all editions of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Boston, Massachusetts business get the most out of GP.
We partner with our clients and begin by listening to their needs. After gaining an understanding of the environment and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services can involve an upgrade to a newer and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a wide array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications within your organization, custom report writing, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with every Microsoft Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and manage expense.
Progent's consultants can assist your Boston, Massachusetts company in every facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement initiative including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- System Assessment
Take a look at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss other capabilities of the product that might be suitable for your organization.
- Migration Design and Scheduling
Develop a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Specify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and manage compatibility problems.
- Pilot Testing
Design and configure a test environment for proving the upgrade project.
- System Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to assure ongoing support services 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. Prep data and run scripts to address documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal as well as public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from diverse on-premises and external repositories.
Provide individual or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single contact for expertise to deliver consistent and cost-effective resolution of issues thanks to familiarity with your specific environment.
Progent offers the help of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Suggest the use of software modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not now being used. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons written exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.
Create special integrations between Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid duplicate data entry and increase accuracy.
Create big and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform specific functions not handled by standard GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
- Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
- Integrating iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance optimization
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent has provided online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial releases to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.
Progent also has extensive experience providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This experience with core IT platforms cuts time and costs when guiding businesses through each aspect of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of senior security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, implement, and manage a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
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To learn more information about Progent's remote and onsite support services in Boston, Massachusetts for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Boston, MA business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.