Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a longer track record than virtually any other ERP solution made for Windows. Microsoft 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 globally. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have trouble finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP system affordably and get the maximum business value from the software.
The longer a business attempts to limp along with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure tends to be. If server hardware or disk systems break down, there could be no suitable devices available to replace them. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches stop being developed. Current editions of SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Power BI may not be an option. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the volume of components there are to the project. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may seem through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided high-level and affordable online consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By offering deep experience with all editions of Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration skills, Progent is ideally qualified to make sure your Minneapolis, Minnesota business get the most out of GP.
We become partners with our clients and start by understanding their needs. After gaining an understanding of the IT environment and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations may involve an upgrade to a newer and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products from a broad array of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software within your company, custom report creation, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize business value and manage cost.
Progent can help your Minneapolis, Minnesota company in every phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization project including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now using and propose other features of the product that might be suitable for your organization.
- Migration Design and Scheduling
Develop a complete migration plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Identify customizations and add-on products. Predict and resolve integration problems.
Design and implement a pilot environment for proving the migration process.
- Environment Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for private and external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from diverse on-premises and external repositories.
Deliver individual or group training for current and new users of Dynamics GP.
Provide a single contact for support to deliver dependable and affordable resolution of problems made possible by familiarity with your specific situation.
Progent can provide the help of top-tier consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the deployment of software modules included with the core GP platform but are not now being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.
Create custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other business applications to reduce duplicate data entry and increase consistency.
Create major and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can help you to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise available from Progent include:
- Requirements analysis and site inventory
- Network architecture design and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability environments
- Integration with public cloud services including Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance optimization
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and cloud services combined into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For more than two decades, Progent has delivered online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first versions to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with core technologies saves time and costs when helping businesses through every aspect of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the support of senior cybersecurity and information assurance experts, disaster recovery preparedness experts, application developers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, deploy, and manage a productive Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
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Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Minneapolis, MN business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.