Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a longer history than almost any other ERP solution made 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 around 50,000 active customers worldwide. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have trouble locating veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and derive the maximum benefit from the software.
The more an organization tries to make do with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process tends to be. When server hardware or disk systems break down, there could be no equivalent devices on the market to replace them. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security updates stop being released. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation products like Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the number of components involved in the project. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may seem astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have delivered advanced and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Calgary, Alberta business get the most out of GP.
We become partners with our clients and begin by understanding their needs. Once we have an understanding of the situation and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services may include an upgrade to a more current and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, full system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad array of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software within your organization, custom report writing, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our goal with each Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and control expense.
Progent can help your Calgary, Alberta business in each facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization project including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and propose other features available on GP that may be suitable for your business.
- Migration Planning and Timing
Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and training. Specify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and manage compatibility issues.
Design and configure a pilot system for validating the upgrade project.
- System Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and run scripts to address documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for private and external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from diverse on-premises and external sources.
Provide individual or classroom style training for existing and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single contact for support to deliver effective and affordable resolution of issues made possible by close understanding of your particular situation.
Progent offers the support of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
Recommend the deployment of modules included with the basic GP system but are not now being used. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons written specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.
Create custom connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce redundant entry and improve consistency.
Build major and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can assist you to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services provided by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs assessment and site inventory
- Network topology design and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance optimization
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent has delivered online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial versions to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and development services.
Progent also has extensive experience providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with strategic IT platforms saves time and expense when guiding businesses through each aspect of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of senior security and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can help you to design, deploy, and maintain a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
For more about Progent's remote and on-premises support services in Calgary, Alberta for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting services offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Calgary, AB business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.