Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a longer history than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades long enough that they are now running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a common theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system efficiently and get the maximum benefit out of the application.
The more an organization tries to make do with outdated releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process becomes. If physical host servers or disk systems fail, there may be no equivalent hardware on the market to replace them. When releases of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, critical security patches are no longer developed. Current editions of SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation products like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an update of their Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the number of components there are to the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for a migration may be astronomical.
Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered advanced and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By combining deep experience with all releases of Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your Des Moines, Iowa business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our clients and start by understanding their needs. After gaining an understanding of the IT environment and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Proposed services can include a migration to a more current and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, simple user education, full platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a broad array of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications used by organization, custom report creation, and solution analysis to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with every Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and control cost.
Progent can assist your Des Moines, Iowa business in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization project including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are now using and propose other features of GP that may be suitable for your business.
- Migration Planning and Timing
Create a complete migration plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Identify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and manage compatibility issues.
Design and configure a test environment for validating the migration project.
- Environment Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and execute scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from multiple local and external sources.
Deliver individual or group training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for support to ensure consistent and affordable resolution of problems thanks to familiarity with your specific environment.
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 supervising less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the use of software modules that come with the core GP system but are not currently being utilized. Also, recommend third-party products written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Create custom connections between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to reduce redundant entry and improve accuracy.
Build major and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform various functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can help your business to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure services offered by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance optimization
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and cloud products combined into a seamless enterprise resource management solution. For over two decades, Progent has provided remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their initial releases to their latest editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with core IT platforms cuts time and costs when guiding organizations through each phase of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, deploy, and maintain a modern Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To learn more about Progent's remote and onsite consulting expertise in Des Moines, Iowa for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, visit:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Des Moines, IA business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.