Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a lengthier history than almost any other ERP solution made for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich product 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 relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades to the point that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have trouble finding veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and get the maximum benefit out of the application.
The more an organization tries to make do with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure becomes. If server hardware or disk systems break down, there could be no suitable devices on the market to replace them. When releases of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches stop being released. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the volume of pieces involved in the project. And the cost suggested for a migration may seem astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested experts have provided high-level and economical online consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state across the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all editions of Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Minneapolis, Minnesota business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our clients and start by understanding their requirements. After gaining familiarity with the IT situation and the areas needing improvement we make our recommendations. Proposed services can involve an upgrade to a newer and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software within your organization, custom report writing, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize strategic value and minimize cost.
Progent's consultants can help your Minneapolis, Minnesota business in each facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization initiative including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss other capabilities available on the product that may be suitable for your organization.
- Upgrade Design and Scheduling
Develop a complete migration plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Specify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve integration problems.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and configure a pilot environment for validating the migration process.
- System Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and run scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for internal as well as public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from diverse on-premises and external repositories.
Provide individual or group training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Act as a single contact for expertise to deliver effective and cost-effective resolution of issues made possible by close understanding of your particular situation.
Progent offers the help of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Suggest the use of software modules that come with the core GP platform but are not now being used. Also, suggest third-party add-ons written exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.
Build special integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to reduce duplicate data entry and improve consistency.
Build big and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or external modules.
Progent can help you to enhance your network infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise offered by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture planning and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance optimization
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products combined into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent has worked with these products from their initial versions to their latest versions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with strategic IT platforms saves time and expense when guiding organizations through every aspect of updating their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced cybersecurity and compliance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, deploy, and maintain a well-tuned Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To find out more about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting expertise in Minneapolis, Minnesota for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support offered by Progent for MS 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 Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Minneapolis, MN business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.