Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a longer heritage than almost any other ERP solution written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations globally. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves using legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a common theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have trouble locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system efficiently and extract the maximum benefit from the software.
The longer a business tries to make do with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure tends to be. If physical host servers or disk systems break down, there could be no equivalent hardware available to use as substitutes. When versions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security updates are no longer developed. The latest editions of SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the number of components involved in the project. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may be astronomical.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested professionals have provided high-level and affordable online consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Columbus, Ohio business optimize the benefit of GP.
We partner with our clients and begin by understanding their needs. After gaining familiarity with the IT environment and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Proposed services can include an upgrade to a more current and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, full platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad array of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications used by company, custom report writing, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and manage expense.
Progent can help your Columbus, Ohio company in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement project including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now using and propose other capabilities available on the product that may be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
Develop a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Plan for solution validation, live deployment, and training. Identify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and manage integration problems.
Design and implement a pilot system for validating the migration project.
- Environment Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for private and public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from diverse on-premises and external sources.
Provide one-on-one or group training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for support to ensure consistent and cost-effective handling of issues thanks to familiarity with your particular environment.
Progent can provide the support of top-tier experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the deployment of software modules that come with the core GP platform but are not currently being used. Also, recommend third-party products written specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.
Create special integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid redundant data entry and improve accuracy.
Build major and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform various functions not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Progent can assist your business to enhance your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services provided by Progent include:
- Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network topology design and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
- Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- business continuity preparedness
- Performance optimization
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has provided online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first releases to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and application development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with strategic IT platforms cuts time and expense when helping businesses through every aspect of upgrading their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of senior security and compliance experts, business continuity preparedness experts, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, deploy, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
For more about Progent's remote and on-premises support services in Columbus, Ohio for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Columbus, OH business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.