Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a lengthier heritage than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations globally. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a common theme we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time locating veteran Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP system efficiently and extract the most benefit out of the software.
The longer a business tries to limp along with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process tends to be. If physical host servers or storage systems fail, there could be no suitable devices available to replace them. When versions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, critical security patches stop being released. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the number of components there are to the puzzle. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may be astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested professionals have provided advanced and economical online integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state in the U.S. By offering in-depth experience with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration talent, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your El Paso, Texas business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our clients and start by listening to their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the IT environment and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations may involve a migration to a more current and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, full platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party modules from a broad array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software used by organization, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with every Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and manage expense.
Progent can assist your El Paso, Texas company in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization project including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss other capabilities available on the product that might be suitable for your organization.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Develop a complete upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and training. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and resolve compatibility issues.
Plan and implement a test system for proving the upgrade process.
- Environment Upgrades
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 have all the latest features accessible to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and execute scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal and public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from diverse local and remote sources.
Provide individual or group training for existing and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
Act as a single point of contact for expertise to ensure consistent and cost-effective resolution of problems made possible by familiarity with your specific situation.
Progent can provide the support of seasoned experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the use of software modules included with the core GP platform but are not currently being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party products designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.
Build custom connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce duplicate entry and increase accuracy.
Build big and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services offered by Progent include:
- Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and remote connections and creating security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance tuning
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and cloud services integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For more than two decades, Progent has provided online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their first versions to their latest versions, and Progent supports cloud options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This experience with strategic IT platforms cuts time and expense when helping businesses through each aspect of updating their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of senior security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, deploy, and maintain a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
For more about Progent's remote and onsite support expertise in El Paso, Texas for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, refer to:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your El Paso, TX business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.