Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a lengthier track record than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations globally. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves running legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from new customers is that they have trouble finding veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP environment affordably and derive the most benefit from the application.
The longer a business tries to limp along with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure becomes. If physical host servers or disk systems break down, there may be no suitable devices on the market to use as substitutes. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security updates stop being released. Current editions of SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative products such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the number of components involved in the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may seem astronomical.
Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered high-level and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all releases of Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to help your Detroit, Michigan business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our clients and start by listening to their needs. After gaining an understanding of the IT environment and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations can include a migration to a more current and supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products from a broad array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications used by organization, custom report creation, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with each Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize strategic value and minimize cost.
Progent can help your Detroit, Michigan company in every phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization process including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- System Assessment
Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are currently running and propose other features available on GP that may be helpful to your business.
- Migration Planning and Scheduling
Develop a complete migration plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and education. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage compatibility problems.
Plan and implement a test system for validating the upgrade project.
- Environment Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to have all the latest features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and run scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for private and external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from diverse on-premises and external sources.
Provide individual or classroom style training for existing and new users of Dynamics GP.
Act as a single point of contact for support to ensure consistent and affordable handling of problems made possible by close understanding of your particular situation.
Progent offers the support of seasoned experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Recommend the use of modules that come with the basic GP system but are not now being used. Also, suggest third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.
Build special connections between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid redundant data entry and increase consistency.
Create major and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific functions not addressed by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can help your business to enhance your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure services offered by Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture design and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance optimization
A modern Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services combined into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first releases to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and development services.
Progent also has a long history of providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with core IT platforms saves time and expense when helping businesses through every aspect of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced security and compliance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to design, deploy, and maintain a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Read/Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To find out more about Progent's remote and on-premises support expertise in Detroit, Michigan for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support available from Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Detroit, MI business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.