Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a lengthier history than virtually any other ERP platform written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active customers worldwide. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades to the point that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a recurring complaint we hear from new clients is that they have trouble finding veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and derive the maximum business value out of the application.
The longer an organization attempts to make do with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure becomes. When server hardware or disk systems fail, there may be no equivalent devices on the market to replace them. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security updates are no longer distributed. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative products such as Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the number of pieces involved in the project. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may seem through the roof.
Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered advanced and economical online integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state across the U.S. By offering in-depth experience with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Cincinnati, Ohio business get the most out of GP.
We partner with our clients and begin by understanding their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the situation and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations may include a migration to a newer and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad range of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications within your company, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our goal with each Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and manage cost.
Progent's consultants can help your Cincinnati, Ohio company in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement initiative including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- System Assessment
Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose other features of the product that might be helpful to your organization.
- Migration Design and Scheduling
Create a complete migration plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Specify custom development and add-on products. Predict and manage compatibility problems.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and implement a test environment for proving the migration project.
- System Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to assure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for private and public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating information from multiple local and remote sources.
Provide one-on-one or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
Act as a single contact for support to ensure effective and affordable resolution of problems thanks to close understanding of your specific environment.
Progent can provide the support of seasoned experts who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the work you need directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
Suggest the use of software modules that come with the core GP system but are not currently being used. Also, suggest third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.
Build custom connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce redundant data entry and improve accuracy.
Build big and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform various functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services available from Progent include:
- Requirements assessment and site inventory
- Network topology planning and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance optimization
A modern Dynamics GP environment includes diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server integration experts. Progent has supported these products from their first versions to their latest versions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and development services.
Progent also has a long history of delivering support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with strategic technologies cuts time and costs when guiding businesses through every phase of upgrading their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, deploy, and manage a modern Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
Read/Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
For more information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting services in Cincinnati, Ohio for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Cincinnati, OH business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.