Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a lengthier history than almost any other ERP platform written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers globally. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades long enough that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble finding veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP environment affordably and derive the most benefit from the application.
The more a business tries to make do with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process becomes. If physical host servers or disk systems fail, there could be no equivalent devices on the market to replace them. When editions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates stop being developed. The latest editions of SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an update of their Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the volume of pieces involved in the project. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may seem astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided high-level and economical online consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state across the U.S. By combining deep experience with all editions of Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Cleveland, Ohio business optimize the benefit of GP.
We partner with our customers and start by listening to their needs. Once we have familiarity with the environment and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Proposed services may involve a migration to a more current and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad array of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software used by organization, custom report creation, and system evaluations to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our goal with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize business value and minimize expense.
Progent can help your Cleveland, Ohio company in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement process including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- System Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and propose other features available on the product that might be suitable for your business.
- Migration Design and Scheduling
Create a complete migration plan and schedule that minimizes business disruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and configure a test environment for validating the upgrade project.
- System Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and execute scripts to address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from diverse on-premises and remote repositories.
Provide individual or classroom style training for existing and new users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single contact for support to ensure consistent and affordable resolution of issues made possible by familiarity with your particular situation.
Progent can provide the help of seasoned experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly rather than managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the deployment of modules included with the basic GP platform but are not now being used. Also, suggest third-party products written specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.
Create custom integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to reduce duplicate entry and improve consistency.
Create major and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can assist your business to enhance your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services offered by Progent include:
- Requirements analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products combined into a seamless enterprise resource management solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided online and onsite support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial versions to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and application development services.
Progent also has extensive experience providing help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with core IT platforms cuts time and expense when helping organizations through every phase of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of senior security and compliance experts, disaster recovery planning experts, 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 Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
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Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your Cleveland, OH business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.