Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a lengthier track record than almost any other ERP platform made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers globally. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades to the point that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a recurring complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they have trouble finding experienced Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP system affordably and derive the most benefit out of the application.
The more a business attempts to limp along with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure tends to be. If server hardware or disk systems fail, there may be no suitable devices available to replace them. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches are no longer distributed. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an update of their Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the volume of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for a migration may seem astronomical.
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 tested experts have provided advanced and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state across the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all editions of Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Colorado Springs, Colorado business optimize the benefit of GP.
We partner with our customers and start by listening to their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the IT situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations may include an upgrade to a newer and supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user training, full system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a broad range of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications within your company, custom report writing, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with each Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize business value and minimize expense.
Progent can assist your Colorado Springs, Colorado company in every phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement project including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss other capabilities available on GP that may be helpful to your organization.
- Migration Planning and Timing
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Specify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve integration problems.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and implement a pilot system for validating the migration process.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and execute scripts to address known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal and external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from diverse on-premises and remote repositories.
Provide one-on-one or group training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Act as a single point of contact for expertise to ensure dependable and cost-effective handling of issues made possible by familiarity with your specific environment.
Progent offers the support of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
Recommend the deployment of modules that come with the core GP system but are not currently being used. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons written specifically for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.
Build custom connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid redundant entry and improve accuracy.
Build major and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various functions not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can help you to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise available from Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture planning and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
An optimized Dynamics GP environment includes multiple software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products combined into a cohesive 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 developers, Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first versions to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This experience with strategic technologies cuts time and expense when guiding organizations through every aspect of upgrading their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced security and information assurance experts, business continuity preparedness experts, application developers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, deploy, and manage a productive Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To find out more information about Progent's online and onsite support services in Colorado Springs, Colorado for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting services available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Colorado Springs, CO business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.