Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer history than almost any other ERP platform written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers globally. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades long enough that they are using legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This is dangerous. Another common theme we hear from new clients is that they just couldnít identify experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to extract the most business value out of the application.
The more an organization attempts to make do with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process tends to be. If physical host servers or storage systems break down, there could be no suitable hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When editions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, critical security patches are no longer released. Current editions of SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools like Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the volume of components involved in the project. And the cost quoted for a migration may be astronomical.
Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have provided advanced and affordable remote consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all editions of Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure you get the most out of GP.
We partner with our customers and begin by listening to their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the IT environment and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations may involve an upgrade to a more current and supported version of Dynamics GP, simple user education, full system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad array of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software used by organization, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize business value and manage expense.
Progent can help you in every facet of your migration or enhancement process including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now running and propose additional features available on GP that may be helpful to your organization.
- Migration Design and Scheduling
Develop a complete upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Identify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve compatibility problems.
Plan and configure a pilot system for proving the upgrade process.
- Environment Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and execute scripts to address known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for internal and external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating information from diverse on-premises and remote sources.
Deliver individual or classroom style training for current and new users of Dynamics GP.
Provide a single point of contact for expertise to deliver dependable and cost-effective handling of problems thanks to familiarity with your particular environment.
Progent can provide the support of seasoned experts who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
Suggest the use of software modules that come with the core GP system but are not currently being used. Also, recommend third-party add-ons written specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.
Create custom integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce redundant data entry and increase accuracy.
Create big and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform specific functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party modules.
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 network model. Network infrastructure services offered by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs assessment and site inventory
- Network topology planning and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
- Integrating iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
- business continuity planning
- Performance optimization
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals 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's consultants have worked with these products from their initial releases to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and application development services.
Progent also has a long history of delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with core technologies cuts time and costs when helping businesses through every aspect of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and database administrators who can help you to design, deploy, and manage a modern Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
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To download a datasheet describing the consulting services available from Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If you need a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.