Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a longer track record than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. A number of organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now running legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from new clients is that they have trouble finding veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP system efficiently and derive the maximum business value out of the application.
The longer a business tries to limp along with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure becomes. If physical host servers or storage systems fail, 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, vital security patches stop being released. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the volume of components involved in the puzzle. And the cost quoted for a migration may be through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have delivered advanced and economical online consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all versions of Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Chandler, Arizona business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and start by listening to their needs. Once we have familiarity with the environment and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations may include a migration to a more current and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user education, full platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products from a wide array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications used by company, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and manage cost.
Progent's consultants can help your Chandler, Arizona company in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or customization process including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and propose additional features of the product that may be suitable for your business.
- Migration Planning and Timing
Create a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that avoids business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, live deployment, and training. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve compatibility issues.
- Pilot Testing
Design and configure a pilot system for validating the upgrade project.
- Environment Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all the latest features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and run scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for internal and external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from diverse on-premises and external sources.
Provide one-on-one or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for support to deliver effective and cost-effective handling of problems made possible by close understanding of your specific situation.
Progent can provide the help of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the deployment of software modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not currently being utilized. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Create custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid duplicate entry and improve consistency.
Create big and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific functions not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can help your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise available from Progent include:
- Requirements assessment and site inventory
- Network topology design and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud services integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their initial versions to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and application development services.
Progent also has extensive experience providing help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This experience with core IT platforms saves time and expense when guiding organizations through every phase of updating their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of senior cybersecurity and compliance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and database administrators who can help you to design, implement, and maintain a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
For more about Progent's remote and onsite support services in Chandler, Arizona for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise available from Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Chandler, AZ business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.