Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer track record than almost any other ERP solution written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations globally. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now running legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is risky. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble finding experienced Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP environment affordably and derive the maximum business value from the software.
The longer an organization attempts to make do with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure tends to be. When server hardware or disk systems break down, there may be no equivalent hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates are no longer developed. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative products like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the number of pieces involved in the project. And the cost quoted for a migration may seem through the roof.
Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have delivered advanced and economical remote consulting for Windows-based environments to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By offering deep experience with all versions of Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Fargo, North Dakota business get the most out of GP.
We partner with our clients and start by understanding their requirements. After gaining familiarity with the environment and the areas needing improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations may include a migration to a newer and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user education, full platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a wide array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software within your organization, custom report creation, and solution analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with every Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and minimize expense.
Progent can help your Fargo, North Dakota business in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement initiative including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- System Review
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss additional capabilities available on GP that might be helpful to your organization.
- Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
Develop a complete migration plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and training. Identify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and manage integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and configure a pilot system for proving the upgrade project.
- System Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for internal as well as external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from diverse on-premises and external sources.
Provide one-on-one or group training for existing and new users of Dynamics GP.
Provide a single contact for expertise to ensure consistent and cost-effective resolution of issues thanks to close understanding of your specific environment.
Progent offers the help of seasoned experts who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the use of modules included with the basic GP system but are not now being used. In addition, recommend third-party products written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.
Build custom connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce duplicate entry and improve consistency.
Build major and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can help you to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise offered by Progent's consultants include:
- Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture planning and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud services integrated into a seamless enterprise resource management solution. For more than two decades, Progent has provided online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first releases to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.
Progent also has a long history of providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with strategic IT platforms cuts time and costs when guiding businesses through every phase of updating their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced cybersecurity and compliance experts, business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, deploy, and maintain a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Read/Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
For more about Progent's online and on-premises consulting services in Fargo, North Dakota for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, visit:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Fargo, ND business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.