Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a longer history than almost any other ERP solution written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich product and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers globally. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they are now using legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring theme we hear from new clients is that they have trouble locating experienced Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and extract the maximum benefit out of the software.
The more a business attempts to limp along with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure tends to be. When physical host servers or storage systems fail, there could be no equivalent hardware available to replace them. When versions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches are no longer developed. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the volume of pieces involved in the project. And the cost suggested for a migration may be astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered advanced and affordable remote integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state in the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Durham, North Carolina business get the most out of GP.
We partner with our customers and start by listening to their needs. Once we have familiarity with the IT environment and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Proposed services may include a migration to a newer and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, full system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a broad range of suppliers that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications within your organization, custom report creation, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with every Dynamics GP project big or small is to optimize strategic value and control expense.
Progent's consultants can assist your Durham, North Carolina company in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization initiative including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- System Assessment
Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss additional features available on GP that might be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Design and Timing
Create a complete upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and training. Specify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and manage integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and configure a test system for validating the upgrade process.
- System Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and run scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for private and public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from multiple local and external repositories.
Deliver one-on-one or group training for current and new users of Dynamics GP.
Provide a single point of contact for support to ensure consistent and cost-effective resolution of issues thanks to familiarity with your particular environment.
Progent offers the support of top-tier experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
Recommend the use of modules included with the basic GP platform but are not currently being used. Also, recommend third-party add-ons written exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.
Build special integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce redundant entry and increase accuracy.
Build big and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various business functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can assist you to enhance your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure services offered by Progent's consultants include:
- Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture planning and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability solutions
- Integration with public cloud services including Microsoft 365
- business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Dynamics GP environment includes diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent has provided remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including 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 editions, and Progent supports cloud options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with core technologies cuts time and costs when helping organizations through each aspect of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of advanced security and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to design, implement, and maintain a modern Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
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To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your Durham, NC business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.