Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a longer heritage than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich product and is one of the most popular ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active customers globally. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they are now using legacy software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and extract the most benefit from the software.
The longer a business tries to make do with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process tends to be. When physical host servers or disk systems fail, there may be no suitable hardware available to replace them. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, critical security updates stop being developed. The latest editions of SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the number of components involved in the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for a migration may be through the roof.
Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested professionals have provided advanced and economical remote consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all releases of Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Colorado Springs, Colorado business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our clients and start by understanding their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the situation and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations can involve a migration to a newer and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a broad range of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications used by organization, custom report creation, and solution analysis to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our goal with each Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and control expense.
Progent can assist your Colorado Springs, Colorado company in each facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization process including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- System Review
Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose other features of the product that might be suitable for your organization.
- Migration Design and Timing
Create a complete migration plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Identify customizations and add-on products. Predict and manage compatibility issues.
Plan and implement a pilot environment for proving the migration project.
- Environment Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have 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. Condition data and run scripts to resolve known issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for private and external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from diverse on-premises and remote sources.
Deliver one-on-one or group training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Provide a single contact for support to deliver effective and affordable handling of issues made possible by close understanding of your specific environment.
Progent offers the help of seasoned experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
Recommend the use of modules included with the core GP system but are not currently being utilized. Also, recommend third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.
Create custom connections between Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid redundant entry and improve consistency.
Build major and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can assist you to upgrade your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services provided by Progent's consultants include:
- Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture planning and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability architectures
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance optimization
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products combined into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have provided remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial releases to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and development services.
Progent also has a long history of providing help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with strategic technologies saves time and costs when guiding organizations through each aspect of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior cybersecurity and information assurance experts, business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, implement, and manage a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
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To learn more about Progent's remote and onsite support expertise in Colorado Springs, Colorado for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, visit:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Colorado Springs, CO business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.