Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a longer track record than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades to the point that they now find themselves running legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a common theme we hear from new customers is that they have trouble finding experienced Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and get the maximum business value from the application.
The more a business tries to make do with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process tends to be. When physical host servers or disk systems fail, there may be no equivalent hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches stop being released. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an update of their Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the volume of components there are to the project. And the price tag suggested for a migration may seem through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided advanced and economical online consulting for Windows-powered networks to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining deep experience with all versions of Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration talent, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your Albany, New York business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and begin by listening to their needs. Once we have familiarity with the environment and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services can involve a migration to a newer and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a wide array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software used by organization, custom report creation, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with every Dynamics GP project big or small is to optimize business value and control cost.
Progent can help your Albany, New York business in every phase of your Dynamics GP migration or customization initiative including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss other capabilities available on the product that may be suitable for your organization.
- Migration Planning and Timing
Develop a complete upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and manage integration problems.
- Pilot Testing
Design and configure a pilot system for proving the upgrade process.
- Environment Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and run scripts to resolve known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for private and external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from diverse on-premises and external sources.
Deliver one-on-one or group training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single contact for support to ensure dependable and affordable handling of issues made possible by close understanding of your specific situation.
Progent offers the help of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you need directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the use of software modules included with the basic GP system but are not currently being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.
Create custom integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce redundant entry and increase consistency.
Build major and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various functions not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can help your business to enhance your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
- Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture design and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance tuning
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services combined into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have provided online and onsite support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their first releases to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with core IT platforms cuts time and expense when guiding organizations through each aspect of upgrading their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of senior security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, deploy, and manage a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
Read/Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To find out more information about Progent's remote and onsite support services in Albany, New York for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, refer to:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your Albany, NY business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.