Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a longer heritage than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations globally. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they are now using legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from new clients is that they have trouble finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and extract the maximum benefit from the application.
The longer a business attempts to limp along with outdated releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure tends to be. If server hardware or storage systems break down, there may be no equivalent devices on the market to replace them. When editions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security patches stop being developed. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative products like Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the number of components involved in the puzzle. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may be through the roof.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have delivered high-level and economical online integration consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state across the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all versions of Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration talent, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your Des Moines, Iowa business get the most out of GP.
We partner with our customers and start by understanding their needs. After gaining an understanding of the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations may involve a migration to a newer and supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user education, full system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products from a wide array of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications within your organization, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with every Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize business value and control cost.
Progent's consultants can assist your Des Moines, Iowa business in every facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement project including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently running and propose other capabilities of GP that might be suitable for your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Plan for solution validation, live deployment, and training. Identify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and configure a pilot environment for proving the migration process.
- System Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to assure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to have all current features available to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and execute scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for private and external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from multiple local and remote sources.
Provide individual or group training for existing and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for support to deliver consistent and affordable handling of problems made possible by familiarity with your specific situation.
Progent offers the help of top-tier experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the use of modules that come with the core GP system but are not now being utilized. Also, recommend third-party add-ons designed specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.
Create custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other business applications to reduce duplicate entry and increase consistency.
Build big and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or external modules.
Progent can help you to enhance your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services offered by Progent include:
- Needs analysis and site inventory
- Network topology design and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services combined into a seamless ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent has provided online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent has supported these products from their first releases to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with strategic IT platforms saves time and costs when helping businesses through every aspect of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced cybersecurity and compliance experts, disaster recovery planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and database administrators who can help you to design, implement, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Read/Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To find out more information about Progent's remote and onsite support expertise in Des Moines, Iowa for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, refer to:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Des Moines, IA business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.