Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a lengthier track record than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations globally. A number of organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades long enough that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a recurring theme we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time finding veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP system affordably and extract the most benefit out of the software.
The more an organization tries to limp along with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process tends to be. When server hardware or disk systems fail, there may be no suitable hardware on the market to replace them. When editions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security patches stop being developed. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Power BI may not be an option. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the number of pieces involved in the project. And the cost suggested for a migration may seem astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have provided high-level and economical online consulting for Windows-powered networks to businesses in every state across the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all versions of Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Minneapolis, Minnesota business get the most out of GP.
We partner with our clients and start by understanding their needs. After gaining an understanding of the environment and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations can involve an upgrade to a more current and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user education, full system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a wide range of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software within your organization, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with every Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize strategic value and control cost.
Progent's consultants can assist your Minneapolis, Minnesota business in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement process including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- System Review
Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss other features of GP that might be suitable for your business.
- Migration Planning and Timing
Create a complete upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Identify custom development and add-on products. Predict and resolve compatibility problems.
Design and configure a test system for proving the migration project.
- Environment Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current version to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and run scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal as well as external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from multiple local and external repositories.
Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
Act as a single point of contact for expertise to deliver consistent and cost-effective resolution of problems thanks to familiarity with your particular environment.
Progent offers the help of seasoned experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you require directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Recommend the use of software modules that come with the core GP platform but are not now being utilized. Also, suggest third-party add-ons written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.
Create custom connections between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid redundant data entry and improve accuracy.
Create big and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or external modules.
Progent can assist you to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services available from Progent's consultants include:
- Needs assessment and site inventory
- Network topology design and implementation (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
An optimized Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration experts. Progent has supported these products from their first versions to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.
Progent also has a long history of providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Windows Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with core technologies saves time and costs when guiding organizations through every aspect of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of senior security and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, deploy, and maintain a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
For more about Progent's online and on-premises support expertise in Minneapolis, Minnesota for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Minneapolis, MN business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.