Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a longer history than almost any other ERP solution made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations globally. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades long enough that they now find themselves running legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a common theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have trouble finding experienced Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and extract the most benefit out of the application.
The longer an organization attempts to limp along with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process tends to be. When physical host servers or disk systems fail, there could be no equivalent devices available to replace them. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates stop being distributed. The latest editions of SQL Server may not work with your important GP customizations. Innovative products like Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an update of their Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the number of pieces there are to the project. And the cost suggested for a migration may be through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided high-level and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state across the U.S. By offering deep experience with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Columbus, Ohio business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our customers and start by listening to their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the situation and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations can involve an upgrade to a newer and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, full system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a wide range of suppliers that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications used by company, custom report creation, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with every Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize business value and control cost.
Progent can help your Columbus, Ohio company in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement initiative including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- System Assessment
Take a look at what features of Dynamics GP you are now using and propose other features available on the product that might be helpful to your business.
- Migration Design and Timing
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Specify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and manage compatibility issues.
Plan and implement a pilot environment for proving the migration project.
- System Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal as well as public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from diverse on-premises and remote repositories.
Provide individual or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for expertise to ensure dependable and cost-effective resolution of issues thanks to close understanding of your particular environment.
Progent offers the support of top-tier consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the work you need directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the use of software modules included with the core GP platform but are not now being utilized. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons designed specifically for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Create custom integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid duplicate entry and increase consistency.
Create major and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party 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 network model. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance optimization
A modern Dynamics GP environment includes multiple software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and cloud products integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent has delivered remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent has 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 support, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.
Progent also has extensive experience providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with core IT platforms saves time and expense when helping organizations through each aspect of upgrading their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of advanced cybersecurity and compliance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, deploy, and maintain a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
Read/Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To find out more about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services in Columbus, Ohio for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services offered by Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your Columbus, OH business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.