Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a lengthier heritage than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations globally. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment affordably and extract the maximum business value from the software.
The longer an organization attempts to make do with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure becomes. When server hardware or disk systems break down, there could be no equivalent hardware on the market to replace them. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates are no longer distributed. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an update of their Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the number of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for a migration may seem through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested professionals have provided high-level and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state across the U.S. By offering deep experience with all releases of Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Columbus, Ohio business get the most out of GP.
We partner with our clients and begin by understanding their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the IT environment and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations may include an upgrade to a newer and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, full platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a wide range of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software within your company, custom report creation, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with each Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize business value and minimize expense.
Progent's consultants can help your Columbus, Ohio company in each phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement initiative including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- Deployment Review
Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and propose other capabilities available on the product that might be helpful to your business.
- Migration Design and Timing
Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Identify custom development and add-on products. Predict and resolve compatibility issues.
- Pilot Testing
Design and configure a pilot environment for proving the migration process.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current version to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and run scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from multiple local and remote sources.
Deliver individual or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
Act as a single point of contact for support to deliver dependable and cost-effective resolution of problems made possible by close understanding of your particular situation.
Progent offers the help of top-tier experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the deployment of modules included with the basic GP system but are not currently being used. Also, suggest third-party products written specifically for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Create custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid duplicate entry and improve consistency.
Build major and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle various functions not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can help your business to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services provided by Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements analysis and site inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
- Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with public cloud services such as Microsoft 365
- business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For over two decades, Progent has provided online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial releases to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This experience with core technologies saves time and costs when guiding organizations through each aspect of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of senior security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, implement, and maintain a modern Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Read/Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To learn more information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting services in Columbus, Ohio for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, refer to:
To download a datasheet about the consulting services available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Columbus, OH business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.