Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a lengthier heritage than virtually any other ERP solution made for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades long enough that they are now running legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from new customers is that they have trouble finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP environment affordably and get the maximum benefit out of the application.
The more an organization tries to limp along with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure becomes. If server hardware or disk systems fail, there could be no equivalent devices available to replace them. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security patches are no longer released. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the number of pieces involved in the project. And the cost quoted for a migration may be through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided advanced and economical remote consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration talent, Progent is ideally suited to help your Baltimore, Maryland business get the most out of GP.
We partner with our clients and begin by understanding their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations may include a migration to a newer and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, full system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products from a broad range of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software within your company, custom report writing, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with each Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize business value and control expense.
Progent's consultants can assist your Baltimore, Maryland business in each phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization process including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- System Review
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss other features of the product that might be suitable for your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
Develop a complete migration plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Specify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and manage integration problems.
Plan and configure a pilot system for validating the upgrade project.
- Environment Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and execute scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for private and public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from multiple local and external sources.
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 ensure consistent and cost-effective resolution of problems thanks to close understanding of your particular environment.
Progent offers the help of top-tier experts who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the work you need directly rather than managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
Suggest the deployment of modules included with the basic GP platform but are not currently being used. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons designed specifically for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Create special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce duplicate entry and improve accuracy.
Create major and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can help you to enhance your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services offered by Progent include:
- Requirements analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture design and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud services combined 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 consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial releases to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This experience with strategic technologies saves time and expense when helping businesses through every aspect of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced cybersecurity and compliance engineers, business continuity planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and database administrators who can help you to plan, implement, and manage a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
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To learn more about Progent's online and on-premises support services in Baltimore, Maryland for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, refer to:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services available from Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Baltimore, MD business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.