Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a lengthier heritage than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for the Windows OS. 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 worldwide. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they are now running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have a hard time finding experienced Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and derive the most benefit from the software.
The longer a business tries to make do with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process becomes. When physical host servers or storage systems fail, there could be no suitable hardware on the market to replace them. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches stop being developed. Current editions of SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an update of their Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the number of components involved in the project. And the price tag suggested for a migration may seem astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested experts have delivered high-level and affordable remote consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining deep experience with all releases of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Albany, New York business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our clients and begin by listening to their needs. Once we have familiarity with the IT situation and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations can involve an upgrade to a more current and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products from a broad range of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software used by organization, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize strategic value and control expense.
Progent can assist your Albany, New York business in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement project including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and propose other features available on GP that may be suitable for your business.
- Migration Design and Timing
Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Plan for solution validation, live deployment, and training. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve compatibility issues.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and implement a test environment for validating the upgrade process.
- Environment Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and execute scripts to address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for private as well as external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from multiple local and remote sources.
Provide individual or group training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single point of contact for support to ensure dependable and affordable handling of issues made possible by familiarity with your particular situation.
Progent can provide the help of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the use of software modules included with the basic GP platform but are not currently being used. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.
Build custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to reduce duplicate data entry and increase accuracy.
Create big and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform various functions that are 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 Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services available from Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs assessment and site inventory
- Network architecture design and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability solutions
- Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance optimization
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products combined into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has provided remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their initial versions to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and application development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with strategic technologies saves time and costs when helping organizations through every aspect of updating their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced security and information assurance engineers, business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, implement, and manage a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To find out more about Progent's remote and onsite consulting expertise in Albany, New York for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, refer to:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your Albany, NY business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.