Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a lengthier heritage than virtually any other ERP platform made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades long enough that they now find themselves running legacy software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and derive the most benefit from the software.
The longer a business tries to limp along with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure becomes. If physical host servers or disk systems break down, there may be no equivalent devices available to replace them. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security updates stop being developed. Current releases of SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an update of their Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the volume of components there are to the puzzle. And the cost quoted for a migration may be astronomical.
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 provided high-level and affordable online consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all releases of Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration skills, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Richmond, Virginia business optimize the benefit of GP.
We become partners with our clients and start by understanding their requirements. After gaining familiarity with the situation and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Proposed services can include an upgrade to a more current and supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software used by company, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize business value and control cost.
Progent can assist your Richmond, Virginia company in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement project including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- System Review
Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now running and propose other capabilities of GP that might be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
Develop a complete upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage compatibility issues.
Plan and configure a pilot environment for proving the upgrade project.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and run scripts to resolve known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for private as well as external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from diverse local and external repositories.
Provide individual or group training for existing and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for expertise to ensure dependable and cost-effective handling of issues thanks to familiarity with your particular situation.
Progent can provide the help of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the use of modules that come with the core GP system but are not currently being used. In addition, recommend third-party products designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.
Build special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid redundant entry and improve consistency.
Build big and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various business functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can help your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise available from Progent's consultants include:
- Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture design and implementation (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
- Integrating iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products combined into a seamless ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent has delivered online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration experts. Progent has supported these products from their initial versions to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and application development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with strategic IT platforms saves time and costs when helping businesses through every aspect of updating their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of senior cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, deploy, and manage a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
For more information about Progent's online and onsite consulting services in Richmond, Virginia for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, refer to:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise offered by Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
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.