Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a lengthier heritage than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations globally. Many organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves using legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is risky. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from new clients is that they have trouble finding experienced Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and get the maximum business value from the application.
The longer a business attempts to make do with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure becomes. If server hardware or storage systems fail, there may be no equivalent hardware available to use as substitutes. When releases of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches are no longer released. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the number of pieces involved in the project. And the cost suggested for a migration may seem through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided high-level and affordable online consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all versions of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to help your Colorado Springs, Colorado business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our clients and begin by listening to their needs. Once we have familiarity with the IT situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations can include a migration to a newer and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user training, full system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a wide array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications within your organization, custom report writing, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with each Microsoft Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize business value and manage expense.
Progent's consultants can help your Colorado Springs, Colorado company in every facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement project including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- System Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss other capabilities of the product that may be helpful to your organization.
- Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
Create a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and manage integration problems.
Design and implement a test environment for validating the upgrade process.
- System Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and execute scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for private as well as external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from diverse local and remote sources.
Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single contact for expertise to ensure consistent and cost-effective handling of problems thanks to close understanding of your particular environment.
Progent can provide the help of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
Recommend the use of software modules that come with the core GP platform but are not currently being utilized. In addition, suggest third-party products designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.
Build special integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid duplicate entry and increase accuracy.
Build big and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform various business functions not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can help your business to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
- Needs assessment and site inventory
- Network architecture planning and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and remote connections and creating security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
An optimized Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products integrated into a seamless enterprise resource management solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has provided remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their first versions to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with core IT platforms saves time and expense when helping businesses through each phase of updating their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of advanced security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, 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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To find out more information about Progent's online and onsite support expertise in Colorado Springs, Colorado for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Colorado Springs, CO business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.