Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a longer heritage than virtually any other ERP solution made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers globally. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades long enough that they now find themselves running legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring theme we hear from new clients is that they have trouble locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and extract the maximum benefit out of the application.
The more a business tries to limp along with outdated releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process tends to be. If server hardware or disk systems break down, there may be no suitable devices on the market to use as substitutes. When releases of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security updates stop being developed. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the volume of components involved in the project. And the price tag suggested for a migration may seem astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered advanced and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state across the U.S. By offering deep experience with all versions of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your Montreal, Quebec business optimize the benefit of GP.
We partner with our customers and start by understanding their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the IT situation and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations may involve a migration to a newer and supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user education, full platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications used by company, custom report creation, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize strategic value and manage cost.
Progent can assist your Montreal, Quebec business in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization initiative including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- System Review
Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss additional features of GP that might be suitable for your business.
- Migration Planning and Timing
Develop a complete migration plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and education. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and manage compatibility issues.
Plan and implement a pilot system for validating the migration process.
- System 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. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and run scripts to resolve known issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating information from diverse local and external sources.
Provide individual or group training for existing and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single contact for expertise to ensure effective and cost-effective resolution of problems thanks to close understanding of your particular situation.
Progent can provide the support of top-tier experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the deployment of software modules included with the core GP platform but are not currently being utilized. In addition, suggest third-party products designed specifically for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.
Create special connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid duplicate entry and increase accuracy.
Create major and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific functions not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can help your business to enhance your network infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services provided by Progent include:
- Needs analysis and site inventory
- Network topology design and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability solutions
- Integration with public cloud services including Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance optimization
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent has worked with these products from their first versions to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with core technologies saves time and expense when guiding businesses through each phase of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior cybersecurity and compliance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, implement, and maintain a well-tuned Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
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For more about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services in Montreal, Quebec for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise offered by Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Montreal, PQ business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.