Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a lengthier history than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP systems 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GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from new clients is that they have trouble locating veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and get the most benefit from the application.
The more an organization attempts to make do with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process tends to be. When server hardware or storage systems fail, there may be no equivalent hardware available to use as substitutes. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates are no longer distributed. Current releases of SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the number of components there are to the puzzle. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may seem through the roof.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have provided high-level and economical remote consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration talent, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your Fort Worth, Texas business optimize the benefit of GP.
We become partners with our clients and begin by understanding their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the IT situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services can include a migration to a newer and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, full platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a wide array of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications within your organization, custom report creation, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our goal with every Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize business value and manage expense.
Progent can help your Fort Worth, Texas business in each phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement process including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- System Review
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss additional features of the product that might be helpful to your business.
- Migration Planning and Scheduling
Develop a complete upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and training. Identify customizations and add-on products. Predict and manage integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and implement a test system for validating the migration process.
- System Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for private as well as public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from diverse local and external sources.
Provide individual or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
Act as a single point of contact for support to ensure consistent and cost-effective resolution of problems thanks to familiarity with your specific situation.
Progent can provide the support of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Suggest the use of software modules that come with the core GP system but are not now being utilized. Also, recommend third-party products written exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.
Build special integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce duplicate data entry and increase accuracy.
Build big and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform various functions not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can assist you to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services available from Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs assessment and site inventory
- Network topology design and deployment (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
- Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability solutions
- Integration with public cloud services such as Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP environment includes multiple software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial releases to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with strategic IT platforms cuts time and expense when guiding businesses through each aspect of updating their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, deploy, and maintain a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Consulting 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 onsite consulting services in Fort Worth, Texas for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, refer to:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Fort Worth, TX business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.