Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a lengthier history than virtually any other ERP solution written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now using legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time locating experienced Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP system efficiently and derive the most benefit out of the application.
The longer a business tries to limp along with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process becomes. If server hardware or storage systems fail, there could be no suitable devices available to replace them. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates are no longer released. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the volume of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the cost quoted for a migration may seem astronomical.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided advanced and affordable online consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state across the U.S. By offering in-depth experience with all versions of Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Fargo, North Dakota business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our clients and start by listening to their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the environment and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations may include an upgrade to a newer and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user training, full platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products from a broad range of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications within your company, custom report writing, and system evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize business value and minimize expense.
Progent's consultants can assist your Fargo, North Dakota company in every facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization initiative including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- Deployment Review
Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss additional features of the product that might be suitable for your business.
- Migration Planning and Scheduling
Create a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that avoids business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Specify customizations and add-on products. Predict and manage integration problems.
Plan and configure a pilot system for proving the migration process.
- System Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal and public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from diverse local and external sources.
Provide individual or group training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for support to ensure consistent and affordable handling of issues thanks to close understanding of your specific situation.
Progent offers the support of top-tier experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you need directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
Suggest the deployment of modules that come with the basic GP system but are not currently being utilized. Also, suggest third-party products written specifically for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.
Create custom integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce redundant data entry and increase consistency.
Build big and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform various functions not handled by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can help you to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise available from Progent's consultants include:
- Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network topology design and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability architectures
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP environment includes multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services combined 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 specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration experts. Progent has worked with these products from their initial versions to their latest versions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with strategic technologies cuts time and costs when helping organizations through every phase of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of senior security and compliance experts, disaster recovery preparedness experts, application developers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can help you to plan, deploy, and manage a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
For more about Progent's online and onsite support services in Fargo, North Dakota for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Fargo, ND business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.