Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a longer track record than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich product and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers globally. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to postpone upgrades to the point that they now find themselves using legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time locating veteran Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and get the maximum business value from the application.
The longer an organization attempts to make do with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure tends to be. If server hardware or storage systems break down, there may be no suitable devices on the market to use as substitutes. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches are no longer released. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the number of pieces there are to the project. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may be through the roof.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have delivered advanced and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Chattanooga, Tennessee business get the most out of GP.
We partner with our clients and begin by understanding their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the IT environment and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations may involve an upgrade to a newer and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products from a wide range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications used by company, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with every Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and control cost.
Progent can help your Chattanooga, Tennessee business in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or customization project including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- System Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss additional features of GP that may be helpful to your organization.
- Migration Design and Timing
Develop a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve integration issues.
Design and configure a test environment for validating the upgrade process.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current version to assure ongoing support 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. Condition data and run scripts to address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for private and external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from multiple local and external sources.
Provide individual or group training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Provide a single contact for support to ensure consistent and affordable resolution of problems thanks to close understanding of your specific environment.
Progent offers the support of top-tier experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
Recommend the deployment of software modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not now being used. In addition, suggest third-party products written exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.
Create custom connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid redundant data entry and increase consistency.
Build major and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can help your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise offered by Progent include:
- Requirements assessment and site inventory
- Network topology design and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Integrating iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability architectures
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- business continuity preparedness
- Performance optimization
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent has provided online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial versions to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with core IT platforms saves time and expense when guiding businesses through each phase of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance experts, business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, implement, and manage a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
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To learn more about Progent's online and onsite consulting services in Chattanooga, Tennessee for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, refer to:
To download a datasheet about the consulting services offered by Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Chattanooga, TN business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.