Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a longer track record than virtually any other ERP solution made for Windows. Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves running legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they have trouble finding veteran Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and derive the most benefit out of the software.
The longer an organization tries to make do with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process becomes. When server hardware or storage systems fail, there may be no suitable devices available to replace them. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches are no longer distributed. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the volume of components involved in the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may be astronomical.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned experts have delivered high-level and economical online integration consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Cincinnati, Ohio business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and start by understanding their requirements. After gaining familiarity with the IT environment and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services may include a migration to a more current and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, full system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad array of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software within your organization, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with every Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and minimize expense.
Progent's consultants can help your Cincinnati, Ohio business in every phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization initiative including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- System Assessment
Take a look at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and propose additional capabilities available on GP that may be helpful to your organization.
- Migration Planning and Scheduling
Develop a complete migration plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Specify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage compatibility problems.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and configure a pilot environment for proving the migration project.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to have all current features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and run scripts to resolve known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for private as well as public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from diverse on-premises and remote repositories.
Deliver one-on-one or group training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single contact for support to ensure effective and cost-effective resolution of issues made possible by close understanding of your particular environment.
Progent offers the help of seasoned experts who have been creating 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 knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the deployment of modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not currently being used. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons written exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.
Create custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid duplicate data entry and increase accuracy.
Build big and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform specific functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or external modules.
Progent can assist you to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure services provided by Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements assessment and site inventory
- Network topology design and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services combined into a seamless enterprise resource management solution. For over two decades, Progent has provided remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent has supported these products from their first versions to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with strategic IT platforms saves time and costs when guiding organizations through each phase of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of advanced security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can help you to design, implement, and manage a well-tuned Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
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For more information about Progent's remote and on-premises support expertise in Cincinnati, Ohio for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your Cincinnati, OH business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.