Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a longer heritage than virtually any other ERP platform made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. A number of 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 outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have a hard time finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP environment affordably and derive the maximum business value out of the application.
The longer a business tries to make do with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure becomes. If physical host servers or storage systems break down, there could be no equivalent devices available to replace them. When releases of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security patches are no longer developed. Current releases of SQL Server might not work with your important GP customizations. Innovative products like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the number of components involved in the puzzle. And the cost quoted for a migration may be through the roof.
Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have delivered advanced and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-based environments to organizations in every state across the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all versions of Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration skills, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Chesapeake, Virginia business get the most out of GP.
We become partners with our customers and begin by understanding their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations may involve a migration to a more current and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a wide range of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications used by organization, custom report writing, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with each Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize business value and control cost.
Progent's consultants can help your Chesapeake, Virginia company in every facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement process including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- System Review
Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss other features available on GP that might be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Design and Scheduling
Develop a complete migration plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Specify custom development and add-on products. Predict and manage integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Design and implement a pilot environment for proving the upgrade project.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current release to assure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and execute scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal and external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from diverse local and external sources.
Provide one-on-one or classroom style training for existing and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single point of contact for expertise to ensure consistent and cost-effective handling of issues thanks to close understanding of your particular environment.
Progent offers the support of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the deployment of software modules that come with the basic GP system but are not now being used. Also, suggest third-party products designed exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.
Create custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce duplicate data entry and improve accuracy.
Build big and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or external modules.
Progent can help you to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise available from Progent include:
- Needs assessment and site inventory
- Network architecture design and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance optimization
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and cloud services combined into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For more than two decades, Progent has provided online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server integration experts. Progent has supported these products from their first releases to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This experience with core IT platforms cuts time and costs when guiding businesses through each phase of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of senior cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, implement, and manage a productive Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
For more about Progent's online and onsite consulting services in Chesapeake, Virginia 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 Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Chesapeake, VA business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.