Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer history than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich product and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades long enough that they are now running legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a common theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble locating veteran Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system efficiently and derive the maximum business value from the software.
The longer an organization tries to make do with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process becomes. If server hardware or disk systems break down, there could be no equivalent hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security patches stop being developed. The latest releases of SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the volume of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may be astronomical.
Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided high-level and affordable online consulting for Windows-powered networks to businesses in every state in the U.S. By offering deep experience with all editions of Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Calgary, Alberta business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and begin by understanding their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the IT situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services can include a migration to a more current and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad range of suppliers that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software used by company, custom report writing, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with every Dynamics GP project big or small is to optimize business value and minimize expense.
Progent can assist your Calgary, Alberta company in every facet of your Dynamics GP migration or customization project including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss additional features of GP that may be suitable for your organization.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Create a complete migration plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Identify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve compatibility problems.
- Pilot Testing
Design and implement a pilot environment for proving the migration project.
- System Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current release to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and run scripts to address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for private as well as external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from multiple local and remote sources.
Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
Act as a single contact for support to deliver consistent and affordable resolution of issues thanks to familiarity with your specific situation.
Progent can provide the help of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
Suggest the deployment of modules included with the core GP platform but are not now being used. Also, recommend third-party products designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.
Create special integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid duplicate entry and increase consistency.
Create major and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can help you to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs analysis and site inventory
- Network topology design and implementation (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their first releases to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud SaaS options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and development services.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Windows Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with core IT platforms cuts time and expense when helping organizations through every aspect of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of advanced security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and database administrators who can help you to design, deploy, and manage a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To learn more information about Progent's online and on-premises support services in Calgary, Alberta for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, refer to:
To download a datasheet about the consulting support available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Calgary, AB business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.