Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a lengthier history than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations globally. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a common theme we hear from new clients is that they have trouble locating veteran Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and derive the most business value from the application.
The more a business attempts to limp along with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure tends to be. When server hardware or storage systems fail, there could be no suitable devices on the market to replace them. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches are no longer developed. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation products like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the number of components there are to the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may be astronomical.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have provided advanced and economical remote consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state in the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all releases of Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Clearwater, Florida business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our customers and start by understanding their needs. After gaining an understanding of the environment and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services can include a migration to a more current and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products from a broad range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications within your company, custom report creation, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with every Dynamics GP project big or small is to optimize business value and minimize cost.
Progent's consultants can help your Clearwater, Florida business in every facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization process including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- Deployment Review
Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and propose other features available on the product that might be helpful to your business.
- Migration Planning and Timing
Create a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that avoids business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and configure a pilot environment for validating the upgrade process.
- System Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to have all the latest features accessible to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and execute scripts to address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal and external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from multiple local and external sources.
Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for existing and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single contact for expertise to ensure dependable and cost-effective resolution of issues made possible by close understanding of your specific environment.
Progent offers the help of top-tier experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the use of software modules that come with the core GP platform but are not now being used. Also, recommend third-party products designed specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Create custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid redundant data entry and increase accuracy.
Create major and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions not handled by standard GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can help you to enhance your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise available from Progent include:
- Requirements analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture design and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services combined into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has provided online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development experts. Progent has worked with these products from their first versions to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and application development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with core technologies cuts time and costs when helping businesses through every aspect of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced cybersecurity and compliance engineers, business continuity planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, implement, and manage a modern Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To find out more information about Progent's online and on-premises support expertise in Clearwater, Florida for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Clearwater, FL business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.