Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a lengthier track record than virtually any other ERP solution written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations globally. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades long enough that they now find themselves running legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time finding experienced Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and extract the most benefit from the application.
The longer an organization attempts to make do with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure tends to be. When server hardware or disk systems break down, there could be no equivalent devices available to replace them. When releases of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security updates stop being distributed. Current editions of SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the volume of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may seem through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered high-level and affordable online consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all editions of Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Richmond, Virginia business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our customers and begin by understanding their requirements. After gaining familiarity with the situation and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services can involve an upgrade to a newer and supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user education, full platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party modules from a wide array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software used by company, custom report creation, and system evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with each Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize business value and manage expense.
Progent can assist your Richmond, Virginia company in each facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement initiative including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- System Review
Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently running and propose additional features available on GP that might be suitable for your organization.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Develop a complete migration plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, live deployment, and training. Specify custom development and add-on products. Predict and manage compatibility problems.
Plan and implement a pilot system for validating the upgrade project.
- System Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to assure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and run scripts to address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for private and public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from diverse local and external repositories.
Provide one-on-one or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
Act as a single contact for expertise to ensure consistent and cost-effective handling of issues thanks to familiarity with your particular situation.
Progent offers the support of seasoned experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Suggest the use of modules that come with the basic GP system but are not now being used. Also, recommend third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.
Build special integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid redundant data entry and increase consistency.
Create big and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can assist your business to enhance your 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 available from Progent's consultants include:
- Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability environments
- Integration with public cloud services including Microsoft 365
- business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and cloud products combined into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For over two decades, Progent has delivered online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent has supported these products from their first releases to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and development services.
Progent also has extensive experience providing help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with strategic IT platforms saves time and expense when helping businesses through each aspect of upgrading their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced security and information assurance experts, business continuity preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to design, implement, and manage a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
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For more about Progent's online and on-premises support expertise in Richmond, Virginia for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your Richmond, VA business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.