Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a lengthier history than almost any other ERP platform written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades long enough that they now find themselves using legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring theme we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time locating experienced Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system efficiently and get the maximum benefit out of the software.
The longer an organization attempts to limp along with outdated releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure tends to be. When server hardware or disk systems fail, there may be no suitable hardware available to replace them. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches stop being distributed. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an update of their Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the volume of components there are to the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may seem through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided advanced and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By combining deep experience with all releases of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration skills, Progent is ideally qualified to make sure your Chesapeake, Virginia business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our clients and start by understanding their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the IT environment and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a more current and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a broad range of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software within your organization, custom report creation, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with each Microsoft Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize business value and manage cost.
Progent's consultants can assist your Chesapeake, Virginia company in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or customization initiative including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- System Review
Take a look at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and propose other features available on the product that may be helpful to your organization.
- Migration Design and Scheduling
Create a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and manage integration problems.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and implement a pilot system for validating the upgrade process.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all current features available to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and run scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for internal and public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from multiple local and external repositories.
Deliver one-on-one or group training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Act as a single contact for expertise to ensure consistent and cost-effective handling of problems made possible by familiarity with your particular situation.
Progent offers the support of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the use of software modules included with the core GP system but are not now being used. In addition, suggest third-party products designed exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Build custom connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce redundant entry and increase consistency.
Create major and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform various functions not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can help you to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services offered by Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
- Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products integrated into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has delivered remote and on-premises support 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 integration experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first versions to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with core technologies cuts time and expense when helping businesses through every phase of updating their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced cybersecurity and compliance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, implement, and manage a well-tuned Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Read/Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To find out more about Progent's online and onsite support services in Chesapeake, Virginia for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, refer to:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Chesapeake, VA business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.