Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a longer track record than almost any other ERP solution written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades to the point that they are now running legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring theme we hear from new customers is that they have trouble finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP system efficiently and get the maximum benefit out of the software.
The longer an organization attempts to limp along with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure becomes. When server hardware or disk systems fail, there may be no suitable hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates are no longer released. The latest editions of SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the number of components involved in the project. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may seem astronomical.
Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested experts have provided advanced and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-based environments to organizations in every state in the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Chicago, Illinois business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our clients and start by understanding their needs. Once we have an understanding of the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services may involve a migration to a more current and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a wide range of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications within your organization, custom report creation, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our goal with every Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize business value and minimize cost.
Progent can help your Chicago, Illinois company in each facet of your Dynamics GP migration or customization process including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- System Review
Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose additional features available on GP that might be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Design and Timing
Create a complete upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve compatibility issues.
Design and configure a test environment for validating the upgrade process.
- Environment Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and execute scripts to address documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from diverse on-premises and external sources.
Provide one-on-one or group training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Provide a single point of contact for expertise to ensure effective and cost-effective handling of issues thanks to close understanding of your specific environment.
Progent can provide the support of seasoned experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the deployment of software modules included with the core GP platform but are not now being utilized. Also, suggest third-party products written specifically for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.
Create custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce duplicate entry and increase accuracy.
Create major and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform various business functions not addressed by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can help you to enhance your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise offered by Progent's consultants include:
- Requirements assessment and site inventory
- Network architecture planning and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services combined into a seamless ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has delivered remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their first versions to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with strategic technologies cuts time and costs when guiding businesses through every aspect of upgrading their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of senior cybersecurity and compliance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, implement, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To learn more about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services in Chicago, Illinois for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, refer to:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise offered by Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Chicago, IL business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.