Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a lengthier heritage than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time locating veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and derive the most benefit from the application.
The more a business attempts to make do with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure tends to be. If physical host servers or storage systems break down, there could be no equivalent hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security updates stop being developed. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the volume of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may seem through the roof.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested experts have provided high-level and economical online consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state in the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration talent, Progent is ideally suited to help your Clearwater, Florida business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our clients and start by understanding their needs. Once we have an understanding of the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a more current and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, full system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software used by company, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize business value and minimize cost.
Progent's consultants can help your Clearwater, Florida company in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement process including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- System Assessment
Take a look at what features of Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss other capabilities of GP that may be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Design and Scheduling
Create a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and manage integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and configure a pilot environment for proving the migration process.
- System Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to address documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for private as well as external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from multiple on-premises and remote sources.
Deliver individual or group training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for support to deliver consistent and cost-effective resolution of problems made possible by close understanding of your specific environment.
Progent offers the support of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Recommend the use of software modules included with the core GP platform but are not now being utilized. In addition, suggest third-party products written exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.
Create special integrations between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to reduce duplicate data entry and increase accuracy.
Create major and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle specific business 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 deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent's consultants include:
- Needs analysis and site inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability architectures
- Integration with public cloud services such as Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products combined into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has delivered online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their first versions to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with strategic technologies cuts time and expense when helping businesses through each aspect of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced security and compliance experts, business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, implement, and maintain a well-tuned Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
For more about Progent's remote and onsite consulting expertise in Clearwater, Florida for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise offered by Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Clearwater, FL business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.