Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a lengthier heritage than almost any other ERP solution written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers globally. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they are now running legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time locating veteran Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP environment affordably and derive the most business value from the software.
The more a business tries to limp along with outdated releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process tends to be. When physical host servers or disk systems break down, there may be no equivalent hardware on the market to replace them. When editions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security updates are no longer distributed. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an update of their Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the number of components involved in the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may seem through the roof.
Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's seasoned experts have delivered advanced and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state in the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all editions of Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Denver, Colorado business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our clients and begin by understanding their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the environment and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations can involve a migration to a more current and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a broad array of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software used by company, custom report creation, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our goal with every Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize business value and manage cost.
Progent can assist your Denver, Colorado business in each facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement process including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently running and propose other capabilities of the product that may be suitable for your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and manage compatibility problems.
- Pilot Testing
Design and implement a pilot system for proving the migration project.
- System Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for private and public use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating information from multiple local and remote repositories.
Deliver individual or classroom style training for current and new users of Dynamics GP.
Provide a single contact for expertise to deliver dependable and affordable handling of problems made possible by close understanding of your specific 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 jobs you require directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the use of software modules that come with the core GP platform but are not currently being used. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons written specifically for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.
Create special integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid redundant data entry and improve accuracy.
Build big and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform various functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can assist your business to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise available from Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements analysis and site inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- 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 ecosystem includes multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services combined into a seamless ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent has delivered remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their initial versions to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and application development services.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This experience with core technologies saves time and costs when guiding organizations through each phase of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of senior cybersecurity and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, implement, and maintain a well-tuned 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
For more information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting expertise in Denver, Colorado for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, visit:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Denver, CO business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.