Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a longer heritage 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 around 50,000 active customers globally. Many organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades to the point that they are using legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is risky. Another common complaint we hear from new clients is that they have been unable to identify experienced Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to get the most out of the application.
The more a business attempts to limp along with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process becomes. If physical host servers or storage systems break down, there could be no suitable hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security patches are no longer developed. The latest releases of SQL Server may not work with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the number of pieces there are to the project. And the price tag suggested for a migration may seem astronomical.
Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered high-level and economical remote consulting for Windows-powered networks to businesses in every state in the U.S. By offering deep experience with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure you maximize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and start by listening to their needs. Once we have familiarity with the environment and the areas needing improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a newer and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a broad range of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications used by organization, custom report writing, and system evaluations to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with every Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize business value and control cost.
Progent can help you in each facet of your migration or enhancement process including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- System Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and propose additional capabilities available on the product that may be helpful to your organization.
- Migration Planning and Scheduling
Develop a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Specify customizations and add-on products. Predict and manage integration problems.
- Pilot Testing
Design and implement a pilot system for proving the migration project.
- System Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for private and external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from multiple on-premises and remote sources.
Deliver individual or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single contact for expertise to deliver consistent and cost-effective handling of problems thanks to familiarity with your particular situation.
Progent can provide the help of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the work you need directly rather than managing less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the deployment of software modules included with the core GP system but are not currently being used. In addition, recommend third-party products written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Build special integrations between Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid redundant data entry and increase accuracy.
Create big and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions not handled by standard GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can help your business to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements assessment and site inventory
- Network architecture design and implementation (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability architectures
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance optimization
A modern Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services combined into a seamless ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent has provided online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial releases to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.
Progent also has a long history of providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with strategic IT platforms saves time and expense when helping businesses through each aspect of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of senior security and compliance experts, disaster recovery preparedness experts, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, deploy, and manage a productive Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
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Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If you are looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.