Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a longer track record than almost any other ERP platform made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to postpone upgrades long enough that they now find themselves running legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time finding experienced Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system affordably and extract the most business value from the application.
The longer a business tries to limp along with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process tends to be. When physical host servers or storage systems fail, there could be no equivalent devices on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates are no longer released. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products like Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the volume of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may seem astronomical.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered high-level and economical remote consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining deep experience with all releases of Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your Columbus, Ohio business get the most out of GP.
We partner with our clients and start by understanding their requirements. After gaining familiarity with the IT situation and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Proposed services can involve an upgrade to a newer and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software used by company, custom report writing, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with each Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize business value and minimize cost.
Progent can assist your Columbus, Ohio business in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization initiative including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- Deployment Review
Take a look at what features of Dynamics GP you are now using and propose other features available on GP that may be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Design and Scheduling
Develop a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Plan for solution validation, live deployment, and training. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and resolve integration problems.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and implement a pilot system for validating the upgrade process.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current version to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all current features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and run scripts to resolve known issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for internal and external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from multiple local and external repositories.
Provide one-on-one or classroom style training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for expertise to deliver effective and cost-effective resolution of issues thanks to close understanding of your specific environment.
Progent offers the help of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the work you need directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the use of software modules included with the basic GP platform but are not currently being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.
Build special integrations between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to reduce duplicate entry and improve consistency.
Create major and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various functions not handled by standard GP modules or external modules.
Progent can assist you to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise available from Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture planning and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products combined into a seamless enterprise resource management solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have provided remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial releases to their latest versions, and Progent supports cloud options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with strategic IT platforms cuts time and costs when helping organizations through every aspect of updating their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior cybersecurity and compliance engineers, business continuity preparedness experts, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, implement, and manage a modern Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Read/Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
For more about Progent's remote and onsite consulting services in Columbus, Ohio for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Columbus, OH business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.