Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a longer track record than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application 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who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades long enough that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring theme we hear from new customers is that they have trouble finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment affordably and get the most benefit from the software.
The longer an organization tries to make do with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure tends to be. If physical host servers or storage systems fail, there may be no suitable hardware available to replace them. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches stop being distributed. Current editions of SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the number of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for a migration may seem through the roof.
Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided high-level and affordable remote integration consulting for Windows-based environments to organizations in every state in the U.S. By combining deep experience with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Dallas, Texas business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our clients and start by listening to their needs. Once we have an understanding of the situation and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations can include a migration to a newer and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules from a broad array of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software used by company, custom report creation, and system evaluations to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize strategic value and minimize expense.
Progent can assist your Dallas, Texas business in every facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization project including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- System Review
Take a look at what features of Dynamics GP you are now using and propose additional capabilities available on the product that may be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Design and Timing
Develop a complete migration plan and schedule that minimizes business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, live deployment, and training. Identify custom development and add-on products. Predict and resolve integration problems.
Design and implement a test environment for validating the upgrade project.
- Environment Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and execute scripts to address documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal and external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from multiple local and remote repositories.
Provide individual or group training for existing and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single contact for expertise to deliver effective and cost-effective resolution of problems thanks to close understanding of your particular environment.
Progent can provide the help of seasoned experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
Recommend the deployment of modules that come with the core GP platform but are not currently being utilized. Also, recommend third-party add-ons written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Create special connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid duplicate data entry and increase consistency.
Create major and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Progent can assist you to upgrade your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise available from Progent's consultants include:
- Needs assessment and site inventory
- Network topology design and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
- Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability environments
- Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
- business continuity preparedness
- Performance optimization
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services combined into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered online and onsite support from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their first versions to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and development services.
Progent also has a long history of delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with core IT platforms cuts time and costs when helping organizations through each aspect of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of senior cybersecurity and compliance engineers, business continuity planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, implement, and manage a modern Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To learn more about Progent's online and on-premises support services in Dallas, Texas for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, refer to:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Dallas, TX business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.