Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a lengthier heritage than almost any other ERP platform written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations globally. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades to the point that they now find themselves running legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have trouble finding experienced Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP system affordably and extract the most business value from the software.
The longer an organization attempts to make do with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure becomes. If server hardware or storage systems fail, there could be no equivalent hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, critical security patches stop being released. Current editions of SQL Server may not work with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the volume of pieces involved in the project. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may seem astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have delivered high-level and affordable remote consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to help your Centennial, Colorado business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and start by listening to their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the IT situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations may include an upgrade to a newer and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products from a broad array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software within your company, custom report creation, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize business value and manage cost.
Progent can help your Centennial, Colorado business in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization project including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Take a look at what features of Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss additional features of the product that may be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Design and Timing
Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Plan for solution validation, live deployment, and training. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage integration problems.
Plan and configure a test environment for proving the upgrade project.
- Environment Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and execute scripts to address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private and external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from diverse local and external sources.
Provide one-on-one or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Act as a single contact for expertise to ensure consistent and cost-effective handling of problems made possible by familiarity with your particular situation.
Progent offers the support of top-tier experts who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the deployment of software modules that come with the basic GP system but are not now being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons written specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.
Create special integrations between Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid redundant data entry and increase consistency.
Build major and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can assist you to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise available from Progent include:
- Requirements analysis and site inventory
- Network topology design and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability solutions
- Integration with public cloud services including Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance tuning
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products combined into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have provided online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development experts. Progent has supported these products from their initial versions to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.
Progent also has extensive experience providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with strategic technologies cuts time and expense when guiding businesses through every phase of updating their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery preparedness experts, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, deploy, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Read/Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To learn more about Progent's online and onsite consulting services in Centennial, Colorado for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Centennial, CO business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.