Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a lengthier history than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for Windows. Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades long enough that they now find themselves running legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble locating veteran Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and extract the most benefit out of the application.
The longer an organization tries to limp along with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process becomes. If physical host servers or disk systems fail, there may be no equivalent hardware on the market to replace them. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security updates are no longer released. The latest releases of SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the volume of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for a migration may be astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered high-level and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all editions of Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Durham, North Carolina business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our clients and begin by understanding their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations may involve a migration to a more current and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a wide array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software used by organization, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP project big or small is to optimize business value and control cost.
Progent can help your Durham, North Carolina business in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or customization project including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- System Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose additional capabilities available on the product that may be suitable for your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Identify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and manage compatibility issues.
Plan and implement a test system for validating the migration process.
- System Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private and public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating information from multiple local and external repositories.
Provide one-on-one or group training for existing and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
Provide a single contact for support to ensure consistent and affordable handling of issues made possible by close understanding of your specific situation.
Progent offers the support of seasoned experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Suggest the use of modules that come with the basic GP system but are not now being used. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Create custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce duplicate entry and increase accuracy.
Build big and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform various functions not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Progent can help you to enhance your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services available from Progent include:
- Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network topology design and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes multiple software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services integrated into a cohesive ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent has delivered remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development experts. Progent has supported these products from their first versions to their latest editions, and Progent can help with cloud options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with strategic IT platforms cuts time and expense when guiding organizations through every aspect of updating their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of senior security and information assurance engineers, business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, deploy, and manage a modern Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To find out more about Progent's remote and onsite consulting expertise in Durham, North Carolina for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, visit:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Durham, NC business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.