Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a lengthier track record than almost any other ERP solution made for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers worldwide. Many organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades long enough that they are now using legacy software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a common theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble finding experienced Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system affordably and extract the most benefit out of the application.
The longer a business tries to make do with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process tends to be. If server hardware or disk systems fail, there could be no suitable hardware available to use as substitutes. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security patches are no longer released. Current editions of SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative products like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the number of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the cost suggested for a migration may seem through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested experts have provided advanced and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to businesses in every state in the U.S. By offering deep experience with all releases of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Fargo, North Dakota business optimize the benefit of GP.
We become partners with our clients and start by listening to their needs. Once we have familiarity with the environment and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services can involve a migration to a newer and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products from a broad array of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications within your company, custom report creation, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize business value and manage cost.
Progent's consultants can help your Fargo, North Dakota business in each phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization project including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently running and propose other capabilities available on the product that might be helpful to your business.
- Migration Design and Scheduling
Create a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Specify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and implement a test environment for proving the migration project.
- Environment Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from diverse on-premises and remote repositories.
Deliver individual or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
Act as a single contact for expertise to ensure consistent and affordable handling of problems thanks to familiarity with your particular environment.
Progent can provide the help of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the use of software modules that come with the core GP platform but are not now being utilized. Also, suggest third-party products designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.
Build special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid duplicate entry and improve accuracy.
Build major and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle various functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can help your business to enhance your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services offered by Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products integrated into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has provided remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent has supported these products from their first releases to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with strategic technologies cuts time and expense when helping businesses through each phase of updating their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, implement, and maintain a modern Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Read/Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To find out more about Progent's remote and onsite support services in Fargo, North Dakota for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, visit:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services available from Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Fargo, ND business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.