Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer history than almost any other ERP solution written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations globally. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to postpone upgrades long enough that they are now using legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a common theme we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP environment affordably and extract the maximum business value out of the application.
The more a business tries to limp along with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process becomes. When server hardware or storage systems break down, there could be no suitable hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates stop being distributed. The latest editions of SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an update of their Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the number of components involved in the project. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may seem astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered high-level and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-based environments to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all editions of Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to help your Columbus, Ohio business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our clients and start by listening to their needs. Once we have familiarity with the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Proposed services may involve a migration to a newer and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products from a wide range of suppliers that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications within your organization, custom report writing, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with every Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize strategic value and minimize expense.
Progent's consultants can assist your Columbus, Ohio business in each phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement process including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- System Assessment
Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are now running and propose additional capabilities of the product that might be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve integration problems.
Design and configure a pilot environment for validating the migration process.
- System Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and run scripts to address known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal as well as public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from diverse on-premises and remote sources.
Provide one-on-one or classroom style training for existing and new users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for expertise to ensure consistent and cost-effective resolution of issues thanks to close understanding of your specific situation.
Progent offers the help of top-tier experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the work you need directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
Suggest the deployment of modules included with the basic GP platform but are not currently being utilized. Also, suggest third-party add-ons written exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.
Build custom connections between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid redundant data entry and increase consistency.
Create big and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services available from Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs analysis and site inventory
- Network topology planning and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud products combined into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For over two decades, Progent has delivered online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their first versions to their latest versions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with strategic IT platforms saves time and costs when guiding businesses through each phase of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced security and compliance engineers, business continuity planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, implement, and manage a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
Read/Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To find out more information about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services in Columbus, Ohio for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, refer to:
To download a datasheet about the consulting support offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Columbus, OH business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.