Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a longer heritage than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations globally. Many organizations 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GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades long enough that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from prospective clients 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 get the maximum benefit from the software.
The longer an organization attempts to make do with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process tends to be. When server hardware or storage systems fail, there may be no equivalent hardware available to replace them. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches stop being distributed. Current releases of SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the volume of components there are to the project. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may be astronomical.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested experts have provided advanced and affordable remote consulting for Windows-based environments to organizations in every state across the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all versions of Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to help your Dayton, Ohio business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our clients and start by listening to their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the IT situation and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations can involve an upgrade to a newer and supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a broad range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications used by organization, custom report writing, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with every Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and minimize cost.
Progent can help your Dayton, Ohio company in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement process including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- System Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and propose additional capabilities available on the product that may be suitable for your organization.
- Migration Planning and Timing
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and training. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage compatibility problems.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and implement a pilot environment for proving the migration project.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all current 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 execute scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private and public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from multiple on-premises and remote sources.
Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single contact for expertise to deliver dependable and cost-effective handling of issues made possible by familiarity with your specific situation.
Progent can provide the support of top-tier experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the work you require directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the deployment of modules included with the core GP platform but are not now being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons designed specifically for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.
Create special connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid duplicate entry and improve accuracy.
Create major and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or external modules.
Progent can assist you to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services provided by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements analysis and site inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability environments
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance optimization
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent has provided remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial releases to their latest editions, and Progent can help with cloud SaaS options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.
Progent also has extensive experience providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with strategic IT platforms cuts time and expense when helping businesses through each aspect of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced security and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, implement, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Read/Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
For more about Progent's online and onsite support services in Dayton, Ohio for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, refer to:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services offered by Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains 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 Services
If your Dayton, OH business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.