Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a longer heritage than virtually any other ERP platform made for Windows. Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to postpone upgrades long enough that they now find themselves running legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time finding veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and extract the maximum benefit out of the software.
The longer an organization tries to make do with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process tends to be. If physical host servers or storage systems fail, there could be no suitable devices available to replace them. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates are no longer released. The latest releases of SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation products like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an update of their Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the volume of components there are to the project. And the price tag suggested for a migration may seem through the roof.
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 experts have delivered advanced and economical remote consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to help your Richmond, Virginia business get the most out of GP.
We partner with our customers and start by listening to their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the environment and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations may include an upgrade to a newer and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user education, full system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a broad range of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software within your organization, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize business value and minimize expense.
Progent can assist your Richmond, Virginia business in each phase 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 Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss other capabilities of the product that may be suitable for your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Develop a complete upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Specify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and manage integration problems.
- Pilot Testing
Design and implement a pilot environment for validating the migration project.
- Environment Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private and public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from multiple local and remote repositories.
Provide individual or group training for existing and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Act as a single point of contact for expertise to ensure effective and cost-effective resolution of issues made possible by close understanding of your particular environment.
Progent offers the help of top-tier experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you need directly rather than managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Suggest the deployment of software modules that come with the basic GP system but are not now being utilized. Also, suggest third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.
Build custom integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid duplicate data entry and increase accuracy.
Build major and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions not addressed by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can help your business to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- business continuity planning
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For more than two decades, Progent has provided remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first releases to their latest versions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with strategic technologies cuts time and costs when helping organizations through every aspect of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of senior cybersecurity and compliance experts, disaster recovery planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can help you to design, implement, and manage a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Read/Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To find out more about Progent's online and on-premises support services in Richmond, Virginia for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, refer to:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Richmond, VA business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.