Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer track record than virtually any other ERP platform written for the Windows OS. 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 installations globally. A number of organizations 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or decades have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a recurring complaint we hear from prospective clients is that they have a hard time finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and get the most benefit from the application.
The longer a business attempts to make do with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure tends to be. If physical host servers or disk systems break down, there may be no equivalent devices on the market to use as substitutes. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security updates stop being distributed. The latest editions of SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the number of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for a migration may seem astronomical.
Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have delivered high-level and economical remote consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Downers Grove, Illinois business get the most out of GP.
We partner with our clients and start by listening to their needs. Once we have familiarity with the IT situation and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Proposed services can include a migration to a newer and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products from a broad range of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software within your organization, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with every Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize business value and manage cost.
Progent's consultants can assist your Downers Grove, Illinois company in each facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement project including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now using and propose other features available on the product that might be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Design and Scheduling
Create a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Specify customizations and add-on products. Predict and manage compatibility issues.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and implement a pilot system for proving the upgrade project.
- System Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and run scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private and public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from diverse local and external sources.
Provide individual or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
Act as a single contact for expertise to deliver dependable and cost-effective handling of problems made possible by familiarity with your specific situation.
Progent offers the help of seasoned experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the work you need directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the use of software modules included with the basic GP platform but are not now being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party products designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.
Create special connections between Dynamics GP and other business applications to reduce duplicate entry and improve consistency.
Create major and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform specific functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can assist you to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
- Requirements analysis and site inventory
- Network architecture planning and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
- Integrating iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with public cloud services such as Microsoft 365
- business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services integrated into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For over 20 years, Progent has delivered online and on-premises support 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 Server integration experts. Progent has supported these products from their first versions to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and development services.
Progent also has extensive experience providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with core technologies saves time and costs when guiding organizations through each aspect of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of senior security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness experts, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, deploy, and manage a well-tuned Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To learn more about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services in Downers Grove, Illinois for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, visit:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Downers Grove, IL business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.