Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a lengthier heritage than almost any other ERP solution written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations globally. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is risky. Another common complaint we hear from new customers is that they have been unable to find veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to extract the most business value out of the software.
The more a business attempts to make do with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure becomes. If physical host servers or storage systems fail, there could be no suitable hardware on the market to replace them. When editions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates stop being distributed. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your important GP customizations. Innovative products such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the volume of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may seem through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested experts have delivered high-level and affordable remote integration consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all editions of Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to help you get the most out of GP.
We partner with our customers and begin by listening to their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the IT environment and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services may include a migration to a newer and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications used by organization, custom report creation, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize business value and control cost.
Progent can help you in each facet of your migration or customization project including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- System Assessment
Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and propose other features of the product that might be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
Create a complete migration plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Plan for solution validation, live deployment, and training. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve compatibility problems.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and configure a pilot environment for validating the migration process.
- Environment Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and execute scripts to address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for internal as well as public use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from diverse local and remote repositories.
Provide individual or classroom style training for current and new users of Dynamics GP.
Act as a single point of contact for expertise to ensure consistent and affordable resolution of problems made possible by close understanding of your specific situation.
Progent can provide the help of seasoned experts who have been developing 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 experienced consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
Suggest the use of modules that come with the core GP platform but are not currently being utilized. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.
Create custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid duplicate entry and improve consistency.
Build big and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform various 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 support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise offered by Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements analysis and site inventory
- Network topology design and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products combined into a seamless ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first versions to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud SaaS options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with strategic technologies cuts time and expense when helping organizations through every phase of updating their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced security and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to design, deploy, and manage a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To learn more about Progent's support services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, refer to:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If you are looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.