Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer history than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers globally. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves using legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a recurring complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time locating experienced Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and extract the most business value out of the application.
The more an organization attempts to limp along with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure becomes. When physical host servers or storage systems break down, there could be no equivalent devices available to replace them. When versions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security patches are no longer distributed. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your important GP customizations. Innovative products like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the volume of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for a migration may seem astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided advanced and affordable remote integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to make sure your Charlotte, North Caroline business optimize the benefit of GP.
We partner with our clients and begin by listening to their needs. Once we have familiarity with the situation and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations may involve a migration to a newer and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products from a wide array of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software within your organization, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to assess 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 minimize cost.
Progent can help your Charlotte, North Caroline company in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement initiative including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- System Review
Take a look at what features of Dynamics GP you are currently running and propose other features available on the product that may be suitable for your organization.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Develop a complete migration plan and timetable that avoids business interruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage compatibility issues.
Plan and configure a test environment for validating the upgrade process.
- System Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and run scripts to address documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for internal as well as external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from multiple local and external repositories.
Provide one-on-one or classroom style training for existing and new users of Dynamics GP.
Provide a single contact for support to deliver effective and affordable handling of issues thanks to close understanding of your specific environment.
Progent can provide the support of top-tier consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the work you require directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
Recommend the deployment of modules that come with the basic GP system but are not currently being utilized. Also, recommend third-party add-ons written specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.
Build custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid redundant data entry and increase consistency.
Create big and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can help you to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure services provided by Progent include:
- Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance optimization
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have provided online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their initial releases to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and development services.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with core IT platforms saves time and expense when helping businesses through each aspect of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, deploy, and maintain a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Read/Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To learn more information about Progent's remote and onsite consulting expertise in Charlotte, North Caroline for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your Charlotte, NC business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.