Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a longer track record than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich product and is one of the most popular ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations globally. Many organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades long enough that they are now using legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble locating experienced Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and extract the maximum business value from the application.
The more an organization tries to make do with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure becomes. When server hardware or disk systems fail, there may be no equivalent devices on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, critical security updates stop being released. Current releases of SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the number of components involved in the project. And the price tag quoted for a migration may be astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided advanced and economical remote consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state across the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all releases of Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Centennial, Colorado business get the most out of GP.
We partner with our customers and start by listening to their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations may include an upgrade to a more current and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a broad range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software used by company, custom report creation, and system evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize strategic value and minimize cost.
Progent's consultants can assist your Centennial, Colorado business in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement project including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and propose additional capabilities of the product that may be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Design and Timing
Develop a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Identify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and manage compatibility issues.
Design and implement a test environment for validating the migration project.
- System Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to have all current features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and run scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private and external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from multiple on-premises and remote sources.
Deliver one-on-one or group training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single contact for expertise to deliver effective and affordable resolution of problems made possible by familiarity with your specific situation.
Progent offers the help of top-tier experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the deployment of software modules included with the basic GP platform but are not currently being used. In addition, recommend third-party products written exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.
Build special integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce duplicate data entry and increase accuracy.
Create big and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific functions not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure services offered by Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture design and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
- Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance tuning
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products integrated into a seamless enterprise resource management solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent has supported these products from their first versions to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with core IT platforms cuts time and expense when helping organizations through every phase of updating their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced security and compliance experts, disaster recovery planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, implement, and maintain a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
For more about Progent's online and on-premises support expertise in Centennial, Colorado for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, refer to:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Centennial, CO business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.