Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a lengthier track record than virtually any other ERP platform made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich 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on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades long enough that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble locating veteran Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system efficiently and derive the maximum benefit from the software.
The longer a business tries to make do with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure becomes. If server hardware or storage systems break down, there may be no suitable hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates are no longer released. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative products such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the number of components involved in the puzzle. And the cost quoted for a migration may be through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested experts have delivered high-level and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By offering deep experience with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to make sure your Dallas, Texas business get the most out of GP.
We partner with our clients and begin by understanding their needs. After gaining an understanding of the environment and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations may involve an upgrade to a newer and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user training, 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 company, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our goal with each Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and minimize cost.
Progent's consultants can help your Dallas, Texas business in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or customization initiative including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now using and propose other features available on GP that might be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Design and Timing
Develop a complete migration plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Specify customizations and add-on products. Predict and resolve compatibility issues.
Design and configure a pilot environment for validating the migration process.
- System Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and run scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from diverse on-premises and external repositories.
Provide individual or group training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for expertise to deliver dependable and cost-effective handling of problems made possible by familiarity with your particular environment.
Progent offers the support of seasoned experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the use of modules that come with the core GP platform but are not now being used. In addition, recommend third-party products designed specifically for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.
Build special integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce redundant data entry and increase accuracy.
Build major and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Progent can help your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise offered by Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
- Managing iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with public cloud services such as Microsoft 365
- business continuity planning
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services combined into a seamless ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their first versions to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience providing help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with core technologies saves time and costs when helping organizations through every aspect of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of senior security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, deploy, and manage a modern Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To learn more about Progent's remote and onsite support expertise in Dallas, Texas for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise available from Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Dallas, TX business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.