Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a longer history than almost any other ERP platform made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers globally. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades long enough that they are using seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is risky. Another common complaint we hear from new customers is that they just couldn't find experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to derive the most business value out of the software.
The more an organization attempts to limp along with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process tends to be. If physical host servers or disk systems break down, there may be no suitable devices on the market to replace them. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security updates stop being released. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the number of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the cost suggested for a migration may be through the roof.
Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided advanced and economical remote consulting for Windows-powered networks to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all releases of Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration skills, Progent is ideally qualified to make sure you maximize the benefit of GP.
We partner with our clients and begin by listening to their needs. Once we have an understanding of the IT situation and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Proposed services can include an upgrade to a more current and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user education, full system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a wide array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software used by organization, custom report writing, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize business value and control cost.
Progent can assist you in every phase of your migration or enhancement initiative including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss additional features of the product that might be helpful to your business.
- Migration Design and Timing
Create a complete migration plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, live deployment, and training. Specify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve compatibility problems.
Design and implement a pilot environment for validating the migration process.
- System Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and run scripts to address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating information from diverse on-premises and external sources.
Provide one-on-one or group training for existing and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for expertise to ensure dependable and affordable handling of problems thanks to close understanding of your specific situation.
Progent offers the help of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you need directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
Recommend the use of modules included with the core GP platform but are not now being utilized. Also, recommend third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.
Create custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid duplicate data entry and improve consistency.
Create major and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle various functions not addressed by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can assist your business to enhance your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise available from Progent's consultants include:
- Requirements analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network topology design and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance optimization
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services combined into a seamless ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent has provided remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial releases to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.
Progent also has a long history of delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with strategic IT platforms saves time and expense when guiding businesses through every phase of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of senior cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, business continuity preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, deploy, and maintain a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
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Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If you are looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.