Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a longer history than virtually any other ERP platform made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. A number of organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades long enough that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time locating experienced Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and get the most benefit out of the software.
The more a business tries to make do with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process tends to be. If physical host servers or storage systems break down, there may be no equivalent devices available to replace them. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security patches stop being distributed. Current releases of SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation products such as Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the volume of pieces there are to the project. And the cost suggested for a migration may seem astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have provided high-level and economical remote consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration talent, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your Chandler, Arizona business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and start by understanding their needs. Once we have familiarity with the situation and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations may involve a migration to a newer and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a wide array of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications within your organization, custom report writing, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and control cost.
Progent can assist your Chandler, Arizona company in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement initiative including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- Deployment Review
Take a look at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and propose other features of GP that might be suitable for your business.
- Migration Design and Scheduling
Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and training. Specify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and resolve integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and configure a test environment for validating the migration project.
- Environment Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal and external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from multiple on-premises and external sources.
Deliver individual or classroom style training for current and new users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for expertise to ensure dependable and affordable handling of issues thanks to familiarity with your particular situation.
Progent offers the support of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the deployment of modules included with the core GP system but are not now being utilized. Also, recommend third-party products designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.
Create custom connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce duplicate data entry and improve consistency.
Build big and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle specific functions not handled by standard GP modules or external modules.
Progent can assist your business to enhance your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs analysis and site inventory
- Network architecture design and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability architectures
- Integration with public cloud services such as Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services combined into a seamless ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have provided online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial versions to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with strategic technologies cuts time and expense when guiding businesses through each aspect of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance experts, disaster recovery planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and database administrators who can help you to design, implement, and manage a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To find out more about Progent's remote and onsite support services in Chandler, Arizona for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Chandler, AZ business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.