Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a longer track record than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers globally. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades to the point that they are now running legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is risky. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time finding experienced Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP environment affordably and extract the most business value out of the application.
The longer an organization tries to limp along with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process becomes. If server hardware or disk systems fail, there could be no suitable hardware on the market to replace them. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates are no longer distributed. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative products like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the volume of components involved in the puzzle. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may seem through the roof.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided high-level and affordable online consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Chattanooga, Tennessee business get the most out of GP.
We partner with our customers and begin by understanding their needs. Once we have familiarity with the environment and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations can include a migration to a newer and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user training, full platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software within your company, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with each Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize business value and control cost.
Progent's consultants can help your Chattanooga, Tennessee company in each facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement process including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss additional capabilities available on GP that may be suitable for your business.
- Upgrade Design and Timing
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage integration problems.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and configure a test environment for proving the upgrade process.
- System Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to assure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and run scripts to address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from diverse on-premises and external sources.
Deliver individual or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single contact for support to ensure consistent and affordable handling of issues made possible by familiarity with your specific environment.
Progent can provide the support of top-tier experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you require directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Suggest the deployment of software modules included with the core GP platform but are not currently being utilized. Also, recommend third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.
Create custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid duplicate data entry and improve accuracy.
Create big and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various business functions not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can assist you to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services offered by Progent's consultants include:
- Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud services combined into a seamless ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent has delivered remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent has supported these products from their initial releases to their latest versions, and Progent supports cloud options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and application development services.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with core IT platforms saves time and costs when guiding businesses through every aspect of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance experts, business continuity preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, deploy, and maintain a well-tuned Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Read/Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
For more information about Progent's online and onsite support expertise in Chattanooga, Tennessee for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, visit:
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Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Chattanooga, TN business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.