Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a lengthier heritage than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich product and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they are now running legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This is risky. Meanwhile, a recurring theme we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time locating veteran Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP system affordably and get the maximum benefit out of the software.
The more an organization attempts to make do with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure tends to be. If server hardware or storage systems fail, there could be no suitable hardware available to replace them. When versions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security patches stop being distributed. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the number of components there are to the project. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may be through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have delivered advanced and affordable remote consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By offering deep experience with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Dayton, Ohio business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our clients and start by listening to their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the IT situation and the areas needing improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations may involve an upgrade to a newer and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user training, full platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide array of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications within your company, custom report creation, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with every Dynamics GP project big or small is to optimize business value and minimize expense.
Progent can help your Dayton, Ohio business in every phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement process including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- System Review
Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss other features available on the product that may be helpful to your organization.
- Migration Planning and Timing
Create a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Plan for solution validation, live deployment, and training. Specify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and manage compatibility issues.
- Pilot Testing
Design and configure a test system for proving the migration process.
- System Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and execute scripts to address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal and public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from diverse on-premises and external repositories.
Provide one-on-one or group training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single point of contact for support to deliver effective and cost-effective resolution of problems thanks to familiarity with your particular environment.
Progent can provide the support of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Suggest the deployment of software modules that come with the core GP system but are not now being utilized. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons written specifically for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.
Build special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business applications to reduce duplicate entry and improve consistency.
Create big and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions not handled by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
- Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Dynamics GP environment includes diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products combined into a seamless enterprise resource management solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have provided remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial versions to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud SaaS options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with core technologies cuts time and costs when guiding organizations through each aspect of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, implement, and maintain a well-tuned Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
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Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Dayton, OH business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.