Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer heritage than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active customers globally. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades long enough that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is risky. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time finding veteran Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system affordably and derive the maximum benefit from the software.
The longer a business tries to make do with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure becomes. When physical host servers or storage systems break down, there could be no equivalent hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches stop being released. The latest editions of SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an update of their Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the volume of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for a migration may be astronomical.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered high-level and affordable remote consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Clearwater, Florida business optimize the benefit of GP.
We partner with our clients and begin by listening to their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the environment and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations can include a migration to a more current and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user training, full platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide array of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications within your company, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with each Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize strategic value and control cost.
Progent can assist your Clearwater, Florida company in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement process including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- System Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss other features of the product that might be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Develop a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Specify custom development and add-on products. Predict and manage integration problems.
Plan and configure a pilot environment for validating the upgrade process.
- Environment Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and execute scripts to address documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal as well as external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from diverse on-premises and external sources.
Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Provide a single point of contact for support to deliver dependable and cost-effective handling of issues made possible by familiarity with your specific situation.
Progent can provide the help of top-tier consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you require 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
Suggest the use of modules included with the basic GP system but are not currently being utilized. Also, suggest third-party products written specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.
Build custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid duplicate data entry and improve accuracy.
Build big and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Progent can help your business to enhance your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services provided by Progent's consultants include:
- Needs assessment and site inventory
- Network topology planning and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance optimization
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent has provided remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial versions to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and development services.
Progent also has extensive experience providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with strategic technologies cuts time and expense when guiding businesses through every phase of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced security and information assurance engineers, business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, implement, and manage a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To find out more information about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting expertise in Clearwater, Florida for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, visit:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Clearwater, FL business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.