Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a lengthier heritage than virtually any other ERP solution written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a recurring complaint we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time locating veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and get the maximum benefit from the application.
The more an organization attempts to make do with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure becomes. When physical host servers or storage systems fail, there may be no equivalent devices available to replace them. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, critical security updates are no longer distributed. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your important GP customizations. Next-generation products such as Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the number of pieces there are to the project. And the price tag quoted for a migration may seem astronomical.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested professionals have provided advanced and affordable remote integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Cleveland, Ohio business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and begin by listening to their needs. After gaining an understanding of the IT environment and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Proposed services can involve an upgrade to a newer and supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user training, full platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products from a broad range of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software used by company, custom report writing, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with every Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize strategic value and minimize cost.
Progent can help your Cleveland, Ohio company in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization process including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and propose other features of GP that may be helpful to your organization.
- Migration Planning and Scheduling
Develop a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Identify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and manage compatibility problems.
Plan and implement a test system for validating the migration project.
- System Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and run scripts to address documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from diverse local and remote sources.
Provide one-on-one or group training for existing and new users of Dynamics GP.
Provide a single point of contact for expertise to ensure effective and cost-effective handling of problems made possible by familiarity with your specific situation.
Progent can provide the help of top-tier consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the use of software modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not currently being used. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons written exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Build special integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid redundant entry and increase consistency.
Create major and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform various business functions not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise available from Progent include:
- Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network topology design and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with public cloud services such as Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance optimization
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud products integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For over 20 years, Progent has provided online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first releases to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and application development services.
Progent also has extensive experience providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with strategic IT platforms cuts time and costs when helping organizations through each phase of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of senior cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, deploy, and maintain a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
For more information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting expertise in Cleveland, Ohio for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise offered by Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Cleveland, OH business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.