Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a longer history than virtually any other ERP solution written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers worldwide. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades long enough that they are now running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a recurring theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have trouble finding experienced Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and extract the maximum benefit from the application.
The more an organization tries to limp along with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure tends to be. When physical host servers or storage systems break down, there could be no equivalent hardware available to replace them. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches stop being developed. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the number of pieces there are to the project. And the price tag suggested for a migration may be astronomical.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered high-level and affordable remote consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state across the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to make sure your Chandler, Arizona business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our customers and start by understanding their needs. Once we have an understanding of the situation and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations may involve a migration to a more current and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications within your company, custom report writing, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with each Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and manage cost.
Progent's consultants can assist your Chandler, Arizona company in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization initiative including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now using and propose additional capabilities available on GP that may be suitable for your business.
- Migration Design and Scheduling
Develop a complete migration plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Plan for solution validation, live deployment, and training. Specify custom development and add-on products. Predict and manage compatibility issues.
Plan and implement a pilot environment for proving the upgrade project.
- System Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to assure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and run scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private and public use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from diverse on-premises and external repositories.
Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for existing and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single contact for expertise to deliver consistent and cost-effective resolution of problems thanks to familiarity with your specific situation.
Progent offers the support of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Suggest the deployment of modules that come with the core GP platform but are not currently being used. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons written specifically for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.
Build special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid duplicate data entry and improve accuracy.
Build big and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle various functions not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can assist your business to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services provided by Progent include:
- Requirements analysis and site inventory
- Network topology design and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance tuning
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their first versions to their latest editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.
Progent also has a long history of delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with strategic IT platforms saves time and costs when guiding businesses through each aspect of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced security and information assurance experts, disaster recovery planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, deploy, and manage a well-tuned Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To find out more about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting expertise in Chandler, Arizona for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting services offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Chandler, AZ business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.