Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a longer track record than virtually any other ERP platform written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich product and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations globally. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves using legacy software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they have trouble finding experienced Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system efficiently and extract the maximum benefit from the application.
The more an organization tries to limp along with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process tends to be. When physical host servers or storage systems break down, there may be no suitable hardware available to use as substitutes. When versions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security updates are no longer distributed. Current releases of SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the number of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the cost suggested for a migration may be astronomical.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have provided advanced and affordable remote consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By combining deep experience with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to help your Downers Grove, Illinois business get the most out of GP.
We partner with our clients and start by understanding their needs. After gaining an understanding of the IT situation and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a more current and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a wide range of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications within your company, custom report writing, and system evaluations to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize business value and manage cost.
Progent's consultants can help your Downers Grove, Illinois company in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement initiative including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss other capabilities of GP that may be suitable for your organization.
- Migration Design and Timing
Create a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve compatibility problems.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and configure a pilot system for proving the upgrade project.
- System Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and run scripts to address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal and public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from diverse on-premises and remote repositories.
Provide individual or classroom style training for existing and new users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single contact for support to deliver dependable and affordable handling of problems thanks to familiarity with your particular situation.
Progent offers the support of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the use of software modules included with the basic GP platform but are not currently being used. Also, suggest third-party products designed exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.
Build special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce redundant entry and increase accuracy.
Build major and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle various business functions not addressed by standard GP modules or external modules.
Progent can help you to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure services available from Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements analysis and site inventory
- Network topology planning and deployment (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Integrating iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability solutions
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
An optimized Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and cloud products integrated into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has delivered online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent has supported these products from their initial releases to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and application development services.
Progent also has a long history of delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with core IT platforms cuts time and expense when guiding organizations through each phase of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of senior security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, deploy, and manage a modern Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To find out more about Progent's remote and onsite consulting services in Downers Grove, Illinois for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, refer to:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support available from Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Downers Grove, IL business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.