Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer history than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. A number of organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades to the point that they are now using legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a recurring complaint we hear from new customers is that they have trouble finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and derive the maximum business value from the software.
The longer an organization attempts to limp along with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process tends to be. If server hardware or disk systems break down, there could be no equivalent hardware available to replace them. When releases of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches stop being distributed. The latest releases of SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the number of pieces involved in the project. And the price tag suggested for a migration may seem astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered advanced and economical online consulting for Windows-powered networks to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all releases of Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Chicago, Illinois business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our customers and start by understanding their needs. After gaining an understanding of the situation and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services may include an upgrade to a newer and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a wide array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications used by company, custom report creation, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with each Microsoft Dynamics GP project big or small is to optimize business value and manage expense.
Progent's consultants can help your Chicago, Illinois business in every phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization process including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- System Review
Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and propose additional features of the product that may be helpful to your organization.
- Upgrade Design and Timing
Create a complete upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business interruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Identify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve compatibility problems.
Design and implement a pilot environment for validating the migration process.
- Environment Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to assure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to have all current features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and execute scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private and external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from multiple local and external sources.
Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
Provide a single point of contact for support to deliver dependable and cost-effective handling of problems thanks to close understanding of your specific situation.
Progent offers the help of top-tier experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
Recommend the deployment of software modules included 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 custom connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid redundant data entry and increase consistency.
Build major and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform various functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can help your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise provided by Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements assessment and site inventory
- Network topology planning and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with public cloud services such as Microsoft 365
- business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud products combined into a seamless ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent has provided online and onsite support from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent has supported these products from their first versions to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and application development services.
Progent also has a long history of providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Windows Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with core IT platforms saves time and costs when guiding organizations through each aspect of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced security and compliance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness experts, application developers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, implement, and manage a modern Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
For more about Progent's online and on-premises support services in Chicago, Illinois for Microsoft 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, click Download Datasheet: Consulting for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Chicago, IL business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.