Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a lengthier track record than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active customers worldwide. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades long enough that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time locating veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and derive the maximum business value out of the application.
The longer an organization attempts to make do with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process becomes. When physical host servers or storage systems fail, there could be no suitable devices on the market to replace them. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates stop being distributed. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an update of their Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the volume of components involved in the project. And the price tag quoted for a migration may be through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided high-level and affordable remote integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to businesses in every state across the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to make sure your Richmond, Virginia business optimize the benefit of GP.
We partner with our customers and start by listening to their needs. Once we have familiarity with the IT situation and the areas needing improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations may include an upgrade to a more current and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, full platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad range of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications used by company, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize business value and manage cost.
Progent's consultants can assist your Richmond, Virginia company in every phase of your Dynamics GP migration or enhancement initiative including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- Deployment Review
Take a look at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and propose other features of the product that may be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Specify custom development and add-on products. Predict and resolve integration issues.
Plan and configure a test system for proving the migration process.
- Environment Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current version to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for internal and external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from diverse local and remote repositories.
Deliver individual or classroom style training for current and new users of Dynamics GP.
Provide a single point of contact for expertise to ensure effective and cost-effective resolution of problems made possible by close understanding of your particular environment.
Progent can provide the support of top-tier experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the work you require directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the deployment of modules included with the basic GP platform but are not currently being used. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.
Create custom integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to reduce redundant entry and increase consistency.
Build major and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle various functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Progent can help your business to enhance your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise offered by Progent include:
- Needs assessment and site inventory
- Network architecture planning and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have provided remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first releases to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.
Progent also has a long history of providing help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with core IT platforms saves time and costs when guiding organizations through each aspect of updating their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of senior security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, implement, and manage a well-tuned Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Read/Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To learn more information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting services in Richmond, Virginia for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, refer to:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise offered by Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your Richmond, VA business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.