Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a lengthier track record than virtually any other ERP platform made for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time locating veteran Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system affordably and get the maximum business value out of the software.
The longer a business attempts to limp along with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process tends to be. If server hardware or storage systems fail, there may be no suitable hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When releases of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches are no longer developed. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the volume of pieces involved in the project. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may seem through the roof.
Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered advanced and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state across the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration talent, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your Calgary, Alberta business get the most out of GP.
We become partners with our customers and start by understanding their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the IT situation and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations may include a migration to a newer and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, full platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software used by organization, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with each Dynamics GP project big or small is to optimize business value and manage cost.
Progent's consultants can help your Calgary, Alberta business in every facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement project including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are now using and propose additional features of the product that may be helpful to your organization.
- Migration Planning and Timing
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Identify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and configure a pilot 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 current version to assure continuing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private and external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from diverse on-premises and external sources.
Provide individual or classroom style training for existing and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Act as a single contact for expertise to ensure consistent and affordable resolution of issues made possible by close understanding of your particular situation.
Progent offers the help of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the deployment of modules included with the core GP system but are not currently being used. Also, suggest third-party products designed specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.
Create custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce redundant data entry and improve consistency.
Create major and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can help you to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services available from Progent's consultants include:
- Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture planning and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability solutions
- Integration with public cloud services including Microsoft 365
- business continuity planning
- Performance optimization
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services combined into a seamless ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent has provided online and onsite support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first versions to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with strategic IT platforms cuts time and expense when helping organizations through each aspect of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of advanced security and compliance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, deploy, and manage a modern Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To find out more information about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting expertise in Calgary, Alberta for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, visit:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Calgary, AB business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.