Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a longer track record than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations globally. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades long enough that they now find themselves using legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time finding experienced Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and get the maximum business value from the application.
The longer a business tries to make do with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process tends to be. When physical host servers or disk systems fail, there could be no suitable devices on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security updates are no longer distributed. Current editions of SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products like Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the number of components involved in the puzzle. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may seem astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have delivered advanced and economical online integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By offering in-depth experience with all versions of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your Richmond, Virginia business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our customers and begin by understanding their needs. After gaining an understanding of the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services can include a migration to a more current and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user education, full system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a broad array of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications used by company, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize business value and control expense.
Progent's consultants can assist your Richmond, Virginia company in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization process including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- System Assessment
Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently running and propose other features of the product that might be suitable for your business.
- Migration Planning and Timing
Create a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Identify customizations and add-on products. Predict and resolve compatibility problems.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and configure a test system for validating the upgrade project.
- System Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to assure continuing support services from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and run scripts to address documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private and public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from diverse local and remote repositories.
Provide one-on-one or group training for existing and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single contact for expertise to deliver consistent and affordable handling of problems made possible by close understanding of your particular situation.
Progent offers the support of seasoned experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Recommend the deployment of software modules included with the basic GP system but are not now being used. Also, recommend third-party add-ons written exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.
Create custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid redundant data entry and improve accuracy.
Create big and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can help you to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise offered by Progent include:
- Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud products combined into a seamless ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent has provided online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration experts. Progent's consultants have 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 integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and development services.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with strategic IT platforms saves time and expense when helping businesses through every phase of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of senior cybersecurity and compliance engineers, business continuity planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, deploy, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
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If your Richmond, VA business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.