Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a longer track record than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for Windows. Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active customers globally. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades long enough that they are now using legacy software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a recurring complaint we hear from new customers is that they have trouble locating experienced Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP system efficiently and extract the maximum benefit from the application.
The longer a business attempts to make do with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure becomes. When server hardware or storage systems break down, there may be no suitable hardware available to replace them. When editions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches are no longer released. Current editions of SQL Server might not work with your important GP customizations. Next-generation products like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the number of components there are to the puzzle. And the cost quoted for a migration may seem through the roof.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered high-level and economical remote consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all versions of Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Downers Grove, Illinois business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and start by understanding their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the situation and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations may include a migration to a newer and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide range of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications within your company, custom report creation, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with each Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize business value and manage cost.
Progent can help your Downers Grove, Illinois business in every phase of your Dynamics GP migration or enhancement project including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Take a look at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose other features available on the product that may be suitable for your business.
- Migration Design and Timing
Create a complete migration plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Specify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and resolve integration problems.
Plan and implement a test environment for proving the migration project.
- Environment Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure continuing support services 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 (pstl). Condition data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for private as well as public use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from multiple local and external repositories.
Deliver individual or classroom style training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Act as a single point of contact for support to deliver effective and affordable resolution of problems thanks to familiarity with your specific situation.
Progent offers the support of seasoned experts who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you need directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the use of software modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not currently being utilized. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons written exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.
Build custom connections between Dynamics GP and other business applications to reduce redundant entry and improve consistency.
Build big and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform various business functions not handled by standard GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can help you to enhance your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure services available from Progent's consultants include:
- Needs assessment and site inventory
- Network architecture design and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance optimization
A modern Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first versions to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with core IT platforms saves time and costs when helping organizations through each aspect of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of senior security and information assurance engineers, business continuity preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and database administrators who can help you to plan, deploy, and maintain a modern Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
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To learn more about Progent's remote and on-premises support expertise in Downers Grove, Illinois for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, visit:
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Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Downers Grove, IL business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.