Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a longer history than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades to the point that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is risky. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble finding experienced Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and derive the most benefit out of the application.
The more a business tries to make do with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure tends to be. If server hardware or disk systems break down, there could be no suitable hardware available to replace them. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches are no longer developed. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the number of pieces involved in the project. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may seem astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have provided advanced and economical remote consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By combining deep experience with all versions of Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration talent, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your Des Moines, Iowa business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our clients and start by listening to their requirements. After gaining familiarity with the IT situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations may include an upgrade to a newer and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user education, full platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a broad range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software used by company, custom report writing, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our goal with each Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and manage cost.
Progent's consultants can help your Des Moines, Iowa business in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade 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 propose additional capabilities of the product that might be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Design and Scheduling
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Specify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve compatibility problems.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and implement a pilot environment for validating the migration project.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and run scripts to address documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from multiple local and external sources.
Provide one-on-one or group training for existing and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Provide a single point of contact for expertise to deliver dependable and affordable handling of issues thanks to close understanding of your specific situation.
Progent offers the support of seasoned experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the use of software modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not now being used. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons designed specifically for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.
Create custom integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce duplicate entry and improve consistency.
Build major and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform various functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can assist your business to enhance your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
- Requirements analysis and site inventory
- Network architecture design and implementation (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability environments
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance tuning
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial versions to their latest editions, and Progent can help with cloud SaaS options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with strategic IT platforms cuts time and costs when helping organizations through every phase of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced security and compliance experts, disaster recovery preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, deploy, and manage a modern Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To learn more information about Progent's online and onsite consulting services in Des Moines, Iowa for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, visit:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services available from Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Des Moines, IA business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.