Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer history than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations globally. Many organizations who have depended 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or decades have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from new clients is that they have trouble locating experienced Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP system efficiently and extract the maximum business value from the software.
The more an organization tries to make do with outdated releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process tends to be. If server hardware or disk systems break down, there may be no suitable devices on the market to replace them. When versions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches stop being distributed. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an update of their Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the volume of pieces there are to the project. And the price tag quoted for a migration may seem astronomical.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered high-level and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-based 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 world-class network integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Cleveland, Ohio business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and begin by understanding their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services may involve a migration to a newer and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a broad array of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications used by organization, custom report creation, and system evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize business value and minimize expense.
Progent's consultants can assist your Cleveland, Ohio business in each facet of your Dynamics GP migration or enhancement process including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- System Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now using and propose other features available on GP that might be helpful to your organization.
- Upgrade Design and Timing
Create a complete migration plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and manage integration problems.
- Pilot Testing
Design and implement a pilot environment for validating the migration project.
- Environment Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for private and public use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from multiple on-premises and remote sources.
Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
Act as a single point of contact for support to ensure effective and cost-effective resolution of issues made possible by familiarity with your specific situation.
Progent can provide the help of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
Recommend the deployment of software modules included with the basic GP platform but are not now being utilized. Also, recommend third-party add-ons written exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.
Build custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce duplicate data entry and improve consistency.
Build big and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle various functions not handled by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can assist you to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure services available from Progent include:
- Requirements analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network topology design and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
- Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability solutions
- Integration with public cloud services including Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP environment includes multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services combined into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For over 20 years, Progent has delivered remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their first releases to their latest 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 expertise.
Progent also has a long history of delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with strategic technologies cuts time and expense when helping organizations through each phase of updating their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced cybersecurity and compliance experts, disaster recovery planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, implement, and maintain a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To find out more information about Progent's remote and onsite support expertise in Cleveland, Ohio for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Cleveland, OH business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.