Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a lengthier heritage than almost any other ERP platform made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations globally. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure.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 recurring theme we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and extract the most benefit out of the software.
The longer a business tries to make do with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process tends to be. If server hardware or disk systems fail, there could be no suitable hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates are no longer distributed. Current editions of SQL Server might not work with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools like Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the number of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may be astronomical.
Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided advanced and economical remote consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state across the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to help your Dallas, Texas business get the most out of GP.
We become partners with our customers and begin by listening to their needs. After gaining familiarity with the environment and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services may involve a migration to a more current and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, full platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party modules from a broad range of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications within your organization, custom report creation, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our goal with each Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and manage cost.
Progent's consultants can assist your Dallas, Texas business in each facet of your Dynamics GP migration or customization project including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss additional capabilities available on GP that might be suitable for your business.
- Upgrade Design and Scheduling
Develop a complete upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Identify custom development and add-on products. Predict and manage compatibility issues.
Design and configure a pilot system for proving the upgrade project.
- Environment Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and run scripts to address known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private and external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from multiple local and external sources.
Deliver individual or group training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Act as a single contact for expertise to deliver effective and cost-effective resolution of problems made possible by close understanding of your particular environment.
Progent can provide the help of seasoned 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 instead of supervising less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the use of software modules included with the basic GP system but are not currently being utilized. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons written exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Build special integrations between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to reduce duplicate data entry and increase accuracy.
Build major and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific functions not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Progent can assist you to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services provided by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network topology design and deployment (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability architectures
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance optimization
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud products combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial releases to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.
Progent also has a long history of providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with core IT platforms saves time and costs when guiding businesses through each phase of upgrading their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of advanced security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and database administrators who can help you to plan, deploy, and maintain a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Read/Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
For more about Progent's online and onsite consulting services in Dallas, Texas for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Dallas, TX business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.