Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer history than virtually any other ERP platform written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers globally. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from new clients is that they have trouble locating experienced Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and get the maximum business value out of the application.
The longer a business tries to limp along with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process becomes. If physical host servers or disk systems fail, there may be no equivalent hardware available to use as substitutes. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches are no longer distributed. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the number of components involved in the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may seem through the roof.
Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have provided high-level and affordable online consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Albany, New York business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our customers and begin by listening to their needs. Once we have an understanding of the environment and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services can involve a migration to a more current and supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user training, full system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide array of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications within your organization, custom report writing, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize business value and control expense.
Progent's consultants can help your Albany, New York business in each phase of your Dynamics GP migration or customization project including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss additional features of the product that might be suitable for your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
Develop a complete upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and training. Identify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve integration problems.
- Pilot Testing
Design and implement a pilot system for validating the migration project.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement 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 external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from multiple local and external sources.
Provide one-on-one or group training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for expertise to ensure consistent and cost-effective resolution of issues thanks to familiarity with your specific situation.
Progent offers the help of top-tier consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly rather than managing less knowledgeable consultants or internal IT personnel. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
Recommend the deployment of modules included with the basic GP platform but are not now being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons designed specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Create special integrations between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to reduce redundant entry and increase accuracy.
Build big and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can help you to enhance your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services offered by Progent's consultants include:
- Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture planning and deployment (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
- business continuity preparedness
- Performance optimization
A modern Dynamics GP environment includes multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For more than two decades, Progent has provided remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first releases to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with core IT platforms saves time and costs when guiding organizations through every aspect of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of advanced security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, implement, and manage a productive Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
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To learn more about Progent's remote and onsite consulting services in Albany, New York for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting services available from Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Albany, NY business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.