Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a lengthier track record than almost any other ERP solution written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations globally. A number of organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This is risky. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and get the most benefit out of the application.
The more a business tries to make do with outdated releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure becomes. When physical host servers or disk systems fail, there could be no equivalent hardware available to replace them. When versions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches stop being distributed. Current editions of SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an update of their Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the number of pieces there are to the project. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may be astronomical.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested experts have provided advanced and affordable remote integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By offering in-depth experience with all versions of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Fargo, North Dakota business get the most out of GP.
We become partners with our customers and begin by listening to their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a more current and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a wide range of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software used by organization, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with every Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize business value and control expense.
Progent's consultants can help your Fargo, North Dakota company in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement initiative including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- System Review
Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss additional capabilities of GP that may be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Design and Timing
Develop a complete migration plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Identify custom development and add-on products. Predict and resolve integration issues.
Plan and implement a test system for proving the upgrade project.
- Environment Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to assure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and execute scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for private and public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from diverse on-premises and remote repositories.
Deliver one-on-one or group training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Provide a single point of contact for support to ensure effective and cost-effective resolution of problems thanks to close understanding of your particular environment.
Progent offers the help of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
Recommend the deployment of software modules that come with the core GP system but are not now being used. Also, suggest third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.
Create special integrations between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to reduce redundant entry and improve consistency.
Create big and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various business functions not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise available from Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements analysis and site inventory
- Network topology design and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Integrating iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability architectures
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance tuning
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and cloud services combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent has supported these products from their first releases to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.
Progent also has extensive experience providing help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with strategic technologies cuts time and costs when guiding businesses through every aspect of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced security and compliance experts, disaster recovery preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, deploy, and maintain a modern Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To find out more information about Progent's online and on-premises support expertise in Fargo, North Dakota for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, visit:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Fargo, ND business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.