Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a lengthier history than almost any other ERP solution made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades long enough that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time finding veteran Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP system efficiently and derive the most benefit out of the application.
The longer a business tries to limp along with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process becomes. When server hardware or disk systems fail, there could be no suitable hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security updates stop being developed. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools like Power BI may not be an option. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the number of components there are to the puzzle. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may be astronomical.
Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered advanced and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Minneapolis, Minnesota business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our customers and start by understanding their requirements. After gaining familiarity with the IT situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations may involve an upgrade to a newer and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, full system 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 key business software used by organization, custom report creation, and solution analysis to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with each Dynamics GP project big or small is to optimize business value and manage cost.
Progent's consultants can help your Minneapolis, Minnesota business in each facet of your Dynamics GP migration or customization process including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now using and propose other capabilities of the product that might be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Design and Timing
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business disruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and training. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and implement a test environment for proving the migration process.
- System Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and run scripts to resolve known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal and external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from diverse on-premises and remote sources.
Deliver one-on-one or group training for existing and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single contact for support to deliver dependable and affordable handling of issues made possible by familiarity with your particular situation.
Progent offers the support of top-tier consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you need directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the deployment of software modules included with the basic GP platform but are not now being utilized. Also, recommend third-party products written exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.
Build special integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid duplicate data entry and improve consistency.
Create major and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or external modules.
Progent can help your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure services provided by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs assessment and site inventory
- Network architecture planning and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
- Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
An optimized Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud products integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent has delivered remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent has worked with these products from their first releases to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.
Progent also has extensive experience providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This experience with strategic technologies cuts time and expense when helping organizations through every aspect of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced cybersecurity and compliance experts, disaster recovery preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, deploy, and manage a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
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To find out more information about Progent's online and on-premises support expertise in Minneapolis, Minnesota for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, refer to:
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Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Minneapolis, MN business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.