Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a lengthier history than almost any other ERP platform made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves running legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble locating veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP system efficiently and get the maximum business value out of the software.
The longer a business attempts to make do with outdated releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure becomes. When physical host servers or storage systems break down, there may be no suitable devices available to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates stop being released. Current editions of 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 Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the volume of components there are to the project. And the cost suggested for a migration may seem astronomical.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's seasoned experts have delivered high-level and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified 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. Once we have an understanding of the situation and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations can involve a migration to a newer and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, full system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications within your organization, custom report creation, and solution analysis to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with each Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and minimize cost.
Progent can help your Des Moines, Iowa business in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or customization initiative including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- System Assessment
Take a look at what features of Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss additional capabilities of the product that might be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Design and Timing
Develop a complete upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and training. Specify customizations and add-on products. Predict and resolve integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and configure a test environment for validating the upgrade process.
- System Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current release to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and run scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for private as well as public use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from diverse on-premises and remote sources.
Deliver individual or group training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single contact for support to ensure effective and cost-effective resolution of problems made possible by familiarity with your particular environment.
Progent offers the help of seasoned experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the work you require directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Suggest the use of modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not currently being used. In addition, recommend third-party products designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.
Build special connections between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid redundant entry and improve consistency.
Create major and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions not handled by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can assist your business to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise available from Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture planning and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and remote connections and creating security policies
- Integrating iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud services integrated into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have provided remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their initial releases to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with core IT platforms cuts time and expense when helping businesses through each phase of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced cybersecurity and compliance engineers, business continuity preparedness experts, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, implement, and maintain a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To learn more about Progent's online and on-premises consulting services in Des Moines, Iowa for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, visit:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your Des Moines, IA business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.