Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a longer history than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now running legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time finding experienced Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and extract the most benefit out of the application.
The more an organization attempts to make do with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process tends to be. If server hardware or storage systems break down, there could be no suitable hardware available to replace them. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, critical security updates are no longer released. Current releases of SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the volume of components there are to the puzzle. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may be astronomical.
Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered high-level and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state across the U.S. By combining deep experience with all versions of Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Cleveland, Ohio business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our customers and begin by understanding their needs. Once we have familiarity with the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services can involve an upgrade to a more current and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, full platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad array of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications used by company, custom report writing, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with each Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize strategic value and manage expense.
Progent's consultants can help your Cleveland, Ohio business in each facet of your Dynamics GP migration or enhancement project including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and propose other capabilities available on the product that may be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
Create a complete upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Specify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and manage integration problems.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and implement a pilot environment for proving the upgrade project.
- System Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and run scripts to address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from multiple on-premises and remote sources.
Provide individual or group training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
Act as a single point of contact for expertise to ensure effective and cost-effective handling of problems made possible by close understanding of your particular environment.
Progent can provide the help of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you need directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the deployment of software modules that come with the core GP system but are not currently being utilized. Also, suggest third-party add-ons written exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Create special integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid duplicate data entry and improve accuracy.
Build big and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions that are 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 Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise available from Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements assessment and site inventory
- Network architecture planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
- Integrating iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance optimization
A modern Dynamics GP environment includes diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud services integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent has delivered remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first versions to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and application development services.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with core technologies cuts time and expense when helping businesses through each phase of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior security 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 manage a well-tuned Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
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Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your Cleveland, OH business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.