Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a lengthier history than virtually any other ERP solution written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers globally. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades long enough that they now find themselves using legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from new customers is that they have trouble locating experienced Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and derive the most benefit from the application.
The longer an organization attempts to limp along with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure becomes. When server hardware or disk systems fail, there could be no equivalent devices available to replace them. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security patches are no longer released. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative products such as Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an update of their Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the volume of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may be through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided advanced and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state across the U.S. By offering in-depth experience with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration talent, Progent is ideally suited to help your Calgary, Alberta business get the most out of GP.
We become partners with our clients and start by understanding their needs. After gaining an understanding of the IT situation and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations may involve an upgrade to a newer and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, simple user education, full platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software used by organization, custom report creation, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with every Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize strategic value and control expense.
Progent can assist your Calgary, Alberta company in every facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement process including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- System Assessment
Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are now running and propose other features available on the product that might be suitable for your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
Create a complete upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Identify customizations and add-on products. Predict and resolve integration issues.
Design and configure a test environment for proving the upgrade project.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal and public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from multiple on-premises and remote sources.
Deliver one-on-one or group training for existing and new users of Dynamics GP.
Provide a single point of contact for expertise to deliver consistent and affordable handling of problems made possible by familiarity with your particular situation.
Progent can provide the help of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the use of software modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not now being used. In addition, suggest third-party products written exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.
Build custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce duplicate data entry and improve accuracy.
Create big and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions not handled by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can help you to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise available from Progent's consultants include:
- Needs assessment and site inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability solutions
- Integration with public cloud services such as Microsoft 365
- business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first releases to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud SaaS options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and application development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of delivering support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with strategic IT platforms cuts time and costs when helping organizations through every aspect of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of senior cybersecurity and information assurance experts, disaster recovery preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, implement, and manage a productive Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Read/Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
For more about Progent's remote and onsite consulting services in Calgary, Alberta for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Calgary, AB business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.