Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a lengthier track record than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations globally. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves using legacy software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP system affordably and derive the maximum business value from the application.
The more an organization attempts to make do with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process becomes. When server hardware or disk systems fail, there may be no suitable hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security patches are no longer released. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the number of components there are to the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may seem astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported 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 networks to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By combining deep experience with all versions of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Baltimore, Maryland business get the most out of GP.
We partner with our customers and begin by understanding their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the situation and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Proposed services may include a migration to a more current and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a broad array of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software within your company, custom report writing, and system evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with every Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize business value and minimize expense.
Progent's consultants can help your Baltimore, Maryland business in each phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization project including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- System Assessment
Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss other features available on GP that may be helpful to your organization.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Develop a complete migration plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and resolve compatibility issues.
- Pilot Testing
Design and implement a test system for proving the upgrade process.
- System Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current version to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for private as well as external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from diverse on-premises and remote repositories.
Deliver one-on-one or group training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single contact for expertise to ensure effective and affordable resolution of problems made possible by familiarity with your specific situation.
Progent can provide the help of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the work you require directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the use of modules that come with the core GP platform but are not currently being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.
Build special connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid duplicate entry and increase accuracy.
Create big and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform various functions not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can help your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure services offered by Progent include:
- Needs analysis and site inventory
- Network topology design and deployment (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance optimization
A modern Dynamics GP environment includes diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products combined into a seamless ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has provided remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent has supported these products from their initial releases to their latest editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with strategic IT platforms saves time and costs when helping businesses through each phase of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced cybersecurity and compliance engineers, business continuity planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, deploy, and maintain a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
Read/Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To learn more about Progent's remote and onsite support expertise in Baltimore, Maryland for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, refer to:
To download a datasheet about the consulting support available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Baltimore, MD business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.