Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a longer heritage than virtually any other ERP platform written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades to the point that they are running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Another recurring theme we hear from prospective customers is that they just couldnít find veteran Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to derive the most out of the software.
The longer a business tries to make do with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure becomes. When physical host servers or storage systems fail, there may be no equivalent devices on the market to replace them. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches are no longer distributed. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools like Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the volume of pieces involved in the project. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may be through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have provided advanced and affordable remote integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state in the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as 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. After gaining familiarity with the IT environment and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations may involve an upgrade to a more current and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user education, full system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a broad range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications within your organization, custom report creation, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with every Microsoft Dynamics GP project big or small is to optimize business value and minimize cost.
Progent's consultants can assist you in each facet of your upgrade or enhancement project including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- System Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose other features available on the product that might be suitable for your organization.
- Migration Design and Timing
Create a complete upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Plan for solution validation, live deployment, and education. Specify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and resolve integration issues.
Design and configure a test system for proving the migration process.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to assure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to have all current features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and execute scripts to address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal as well as external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from diverse on-premises and remote repositories.
Provide individual or group training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Provide a single contact for expertise to ensure dependable and cost-effective resolution of issues made possible by familiarity with your particular situation.
Progent can provide the help of top-tier consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the use of software modules included with the basic GP system but are not now being used. Also, suggest third-party products written exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.
Create custom connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce redundant data entry and improve 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 add-ons.
Progent can help you to enhance your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure services offered by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network topology design and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability solutions
- Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
- business continuity preparedness
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and cloud services combined into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For over two decades, Progent has delivered online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first versions to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud SaaS options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and application development services.
Progent also has a long history of delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with core technologies cuts time and costs when guiding organizations through every aspect of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced security and compliance experts, disaster recovery preparedness experts, application developers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, implement, and maintain a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
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