Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a longer history than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich product and is one of the most widely used 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 have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now running legacy software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a common theme we hear from new clients is that they have trouble finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and extract the maximum benefit out of the application.
The longer a business tries to limp along with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process tends to be. If server hardware or disk systems break down, there could be no suitable devices on the market to replace them. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches are no longer developed. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the number of components involved in the project. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may be through the roof.
Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested professionals have provided advanced and affordable remote integration consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Richmond, Virginia business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our customers and start by listening to their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the environment and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Proposed services may include an upgrade to a newer and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, full platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a broad range of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software used by organization, custom report writing, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our goal with each Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize business value and manage expense.
Progent can assist your Richmond, Virginia company in each phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement process including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- System Assessment
Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are now running and propose additional capabilities available on the product that might be helpful to your organization.
- Migration Planning and Scheduling
Develop a complete migration plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Specify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve compatibility problems.
Design and configure a pilot environment for validating the migration process.
- Environment Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current release to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and execute scripts to address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for internal as well as public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from multiple on-premises and remote repositories.
Provide one-on-one or classroom style training for current and new users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single contact for expertise to ensure effective and affordable handling of problems thanks to familiarity with your specific situation.
Progent can provide the support of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the work you need directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
Suggest the use of modules included with the core GP system but are not currently being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons written exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Build special integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce duplicate entry and increase consistency.
Build big and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform specific functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can assist you to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise available from Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture planning and implementation (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance optimization
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products combined into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For more than two decades, Progent has provided remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent has supported these products from their initial releases to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with core technologies saves time and expense when helping organizations through every phase of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can assist you to design, implement, and manage a well-tuned Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Read/Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To find out more about Progent's online and onsite support expertise in Richmond, Virginia for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Richmond, VA business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.