Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a longer heritage than virtually any other ERP platform written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, 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 depended on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades long enough that they now find themselves running legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a common theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time finding experienced Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system affordably and get the most benefit out of the application.
The more a business tries to make do with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure tends to be. When server hardware or disk systems break down, there could be no equivalent devices available to replace them. When versions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security updates are no longer developed. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the number of components involved in the puzzle. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may be through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have delivered advanced and economical online integration consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By offering in-depth experience with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Downers Grove, Illinois business optimize the benefit of GP.
We become partners with our clients and start by understanding their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the IT environment and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations can involve a migration to a more current and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, simple user training, full system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide array of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications used by organization, custom report writing, and solution analysis to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize business value and manage expense.
Progent's consultants can help your Downers Grove, Illinois company in every facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization initiative including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- System Assessment
Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss additional features available on GP that might be suitable for your business.
- Migration Design and Scheduling
Develop a complete migration plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Specify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve integration problems.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and configure a test system for validating the upgrade process.
- System Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and execute scripts to address documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private and public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from multiple on-premises and remote sources.
Deliver individual or classroom style training for existing and new users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for support to ensure effective and affordable handling of problems made possible by close understanding of your particular environment.
Progent offers the support of seasoned experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
Recommend the deployment of software modules included with the basic GP system but are not now being used. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.
Create special integrations between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to reduce duplicate data entry and improve accuracy.
Build big and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various business functions not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can help you to upgrade your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services available from Progent include:
- Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network topology design and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and cloud services combined into a seamless ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent has worked with these products from their initial releases to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with strategic IT platforms cuts time and costs when guiding organizations through every aspect of updating their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of senior cybersecurity and information assurance experts, business continuity planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can help you to plan, implement, and maintain a modern Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
For more information about Progent's remote and on-premises support services in Downers Grove, Illinois for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, refer to:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Downers Grove, IL business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.