Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a longer heritage than virtually any other ERP platform made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers globally. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a recurring theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble locating veteran Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and get the maximum business value out of the application.
The longer a business tries to make do with outdated releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process tends to be. If server hardware or storage systems break down, there could be no suitable devices available to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches stop being developed. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative products like Power BI may not be an option. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the number of components involved in the project. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may be astronomical.
Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested professionals have provided high-level and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining deep experience with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Harrisburg, Pennsylvania business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and start by listening to their requirements. After gaining familiarity with the IT environment and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations may include a migration to a more current and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products from a wide range of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications used by organization, custom report creation, and solution analysis to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with each Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and minimize cost.
Progent can assist your Harrisburg, Pennsylvania business in every phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization project including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss additional features of GP that might be suitable for your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Create a complete upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Specify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and manage compatibility issues.
Design and implement a pilot system for validating the upgrade process.
- Environment Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for private as well as public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from diverse on-premises and remote repositories.
Provide individual or group training for existing and new users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single contact for support to deliver consistent and cost-effective resolution of problems made possible by close understanding of your particular environment.
Progent can provide the help of top-tier consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Recommend the use of modules that come with the core GP system but are not now being utilized. Also, suggest third-party add-ons designed specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.
Create special integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid duplicate data entry and increase consistency.
Create big and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services offered by Progent's consultants include:
- Needs assessment and site inventory
- Network architecture design and deployment (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
- business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products combined into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has delivered online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first releases to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.
Progent also has extensive experience providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with strategic IT platforms saves time and expense when helping businesses through every phase of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced security and compliance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and database administrators who can help you to design, implement, and manage a well-tuned Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Read/Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To find out more information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting expertise in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Harrisburg, PA business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.