Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer track record than almost any other ERP platform written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. A number of organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves using legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from prospective clients is that they have a hard time locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and derive the most business value from the application.
The longer a business attempts to limp along with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process tends to be. If server hardware or storage systems break down, there may be no equivalent devices available to replace them. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security patches stop being released. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative products like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an update of their Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the volume of pieces there are to the project. And the price tag quoted for a migration may be astronomical.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided advanced and affordable remote consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Durham, North Carolina business optimize the benefit of GP.
We partner with our clients and start by listening to their needs. Once we have an understanding of the IT situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations can involve a migration to a more current and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, full system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software within your organization, custom report writing, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with each Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize strategic value and control expense.
Progent's consultants can help your Durham, North Carolina company in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or customization initiative including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- Deployment Review
Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss other features of GP that might be suitable for your business.
- Migration Design and Timing
Develop a complete migration plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Specify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve integration issues.
Plan and implement a test environment for validating the upgrade process.
- Environment Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and execute scripts to address known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for internal and external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from multiple on-premises and external sources.
Deliver individual or group training for existing and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Provide a single point of contact for expertise to ensure consistent and affordable handling of problems thanks to close understanding of your specific situation.
Progent can provide the support of seasoned experts who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the work you need directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Recommend the deployment of software modules included with the core GP platform but are not currently being used. In addition, suggest third-party products written exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Create special integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid duplicate entry and increase accuracy.
Create major and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Progent can assist you to enhance your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise available from Progent include:
- Needs analysis and site inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance optimization
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products combined into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has delivered remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent has supported these products from their initial versions to their latest editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with core technologies saves time and costs when guiding organizations through each phase of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of senior cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, deploy, and maintain a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To learn more information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting expertise in Durham, North Carolina for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Durham, NC business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.