Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a lengthier track record than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers globally. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades to the point that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time finding veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and get the maximum benefit from the application.
The longer a business tries to limp along with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure tends to be. When physical host servers or disk systems break down, there could be no equivalent hardware available to replace them. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches are no longer distributed. The latest releases of SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an update of their Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the number of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may be 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 experts have delivered high-level and affordable remote consulting for Windows-powered networks to businesses in every state across the U.S. By offering deep experience with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Des Moines, Iowa business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and begin by understanding their needs. Once we have familiarity with the IT environment and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a more current and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user training, full platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide range of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software used by company, custom report writing, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize business value and control cost.
Progent can help your Des Moines, Iowa company in each phase of your Dynamics GP migration or enhancement process including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- System Assessment
Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss additional features available on GP that might be suitable for your business.
- Upgrade Design and Timing
Develop a complete migration plan and timetable that avoids business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Identify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and manage integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and implement a test system for validating the migration project.
- Environment Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all the latest features accessible to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and execute scripts to address known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as public use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from multiple on-premises and external repositories.
Deliver individual or classroom style training for existing and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single point of contact for expertise to ensure dependable and affordable handling of problems made possible by close understanding of your particular environment.
Progent offers the help of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Suggest the use of software modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not currently being utilized. Also, suggest third-party add-ons designed specifically for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Create custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce duplicate entry and improve accuracy.
Build major and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or external modules.
Progent can help you to enhance your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure services offered by Progent include:
- Requirements assessment and site inventory
- Network architecture planning and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Integrating iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability architectures
- Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
- business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products combined into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their first versions to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with core technologies cuts time and expense when guiding businesses through each phase of updating their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of senior security and information assurance engineers, business continuity planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can help you to design, implement, and maintain a modern Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To find out more about Progent's remote and on-premises support services in Des Moines, Iowa for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, visit:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your Des Moines, IA business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.