Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a longer history than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations globally. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time locating veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP environment affordably and get the most benefit from the software.
The longer an organization tries to limp along with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure tends to be. When physical host servers or disk systems break down, there may be no equivalent devices available to use as substitutes. When editions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates stop being developed. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products such as Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the number of pieces there are to the project. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may seem 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 tested experts have provided advanced and affordable online consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state across the U.S. By offering deep experience with all versions of Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your Minneapolis, Minnesota business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our customers and begin by listening to their requirements. After gaining familiarity with the IT environment and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations may involve a migration to a more current and supported version of Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications used by company, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with every Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and control cost.
Progent's consultants can help your Minneapolis, Minnesota company in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or customization initiative including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- Deployment Review
Take a look at what features of Dynamics GP you are now using and propose other capabilities of GP that may be helpful to your business.
- Migration Planning and Scheduling
Create a complete upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage compatibility issues.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and configure a pilot environment for validating the migration project.
- Environment Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all current features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and run scripts to resolve known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for internal as well as external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from diverse local and external sources.
Deliver one-on-one or group training for existing and new users of Dynamics GP.
Provide a single contact for expertise to ensure consistent and cost-effective resolution of issues thanks to familiarity with your particular environment.
Progent can provide the support of top-tier experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Suggest the deployment of software modules included with the core GP system but are not now being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Create custom integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business applications to reduce duplicate data entry and increase consistency.
Create big and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can help your business to upgrade your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure services provided by Progent's consultants include:
- Requirements assessment and site inventory
- Network architecture planning and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and remote connections and creating security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and cloud products combined into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development experts. Progent has worked with these products from their initial releases to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and application development services.
Progent also has a long history of providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with strategic technologies cuts time and costs when guiding organizations through every aspect of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and database administrators who can help you to design, deploy, and manage a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
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Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Minneapolis, MN business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.