Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a lengthier heritage than almost any other ERP solution made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations globally. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they are now running legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a common theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment affordably and extract the most benefit from the software.
The longer an organization tries to limp along with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process tends to be. If server hardware or storage systems break down, there may be no equivalent hardware on the market to replace them. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security updates are no longer distributed. The latest editions of SQL Server might not work with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the number of pieces there are to the project. And the price tag quoted for a migration may seem through the roof.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested experts have delivered high-level and economical online consulting for Windows-powered 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 system integration skills, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Eugene, Oregon business get the most out of GP.
We become partners with our customers and begin by understanding their needs. After gaining an understanding of the environment and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services may include 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 from a broad array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software used by company, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize business value and control cost.
Progent's consultants can assist your Eugene, Oregon business in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization initiative 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 using and propose other capabilities available on the product that may be suitable for your organization.
- Upgrade Design and Scheduling
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Identify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve integration issues.
Design and configure a test system for proving the migration process.
- Environment Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current version to ensure ongoing support services 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 (pstl). Condition data and run scripts to resolve known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from multiple local and remote repositories.
Provide individual or group training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single contact for support to ensure effective and affordable resolution of issues made possible by familiarity with your specific situation.
Progent offers the support of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
Recommend the use of software modules included with the core GP system but are not now being used. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.
Create custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce redundant data entry and increase consistency.
Build big and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions not handled by standard GP modules or external modules.
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure services available from Progent include:
- Needs assessment and site inventory
- Network architecture design and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with public cloud services including Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance optimization
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services combined into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial releases to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with strategic IT platforms cuts time and expense when helping businesses through each phase of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior security and compliance experts, business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can help you to plan, deploy, and maintain a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
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To find out more information about Progent's remote and on-premises support expertise in Eugene, Oregon for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Eugene, OR business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.