Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a lengthier history than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations globally. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades to the point that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from new clients is that they have trouble locating veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and get the maximum benefit out of the application.
The longer a business attempts to limp along with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process becomes. If physical host servers or storage systems fail, there could be no equivalent devices on the market to use as substitutes. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates stop being developed. Current releases of SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an update of their Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the number of components there are to the puzzle. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may seem astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested experts have provided high-level and economical remote consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all editions of Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Columbus, Ohio business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and start by understanding their needs. After gaining an understanding of the IT situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services can include a migration to a more current and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, full platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products from a broad range of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software used by organization, custom report creation, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with every Dynamics GP project big or small is to optimize business value and minimize cost.
Progent's consultants can help your Columbus, Ohio business in each facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement initiative including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- System Review
Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and propose other features available on the product that might be helpful to your business.
- Migration Planning and Timing
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Specify customizations and add-on products. Predict and resolve integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and implement a pilot system for validating the upgrade process.
- System Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and run scripts to resolve known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from multiple local and remote repositories.
Deliver one-on-one or group training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for expertise to ensure consistent and cost-effective resolution of problems made possible by close understanding of your particular situation.
Progent offers the help of seasoned experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Suggest the use of modules included with the basic GP platform but are not now being utilized. In addition, suggest third-party products written exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.
Build special connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce redundant entry and increase accuracy.
Create major and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can help your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services provided by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements analysis and site inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability architectures
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent has delivered online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial releases to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with strategic IT platforms saves time and costs when guiding organizations through every phase of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced security and compliance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness experts, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, implement, and maintain a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To find out more about Progent's online and onsite consulting expertise in Columbus, Ohio for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, refer to:
To download a datasheet about the consulting support offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for Microsoft 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 integration expert or application developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.