Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a longer history than virtually any other ERP solution written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich product and is one of the most popular ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now using legacy software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a recurring theme we hear from new customers is that they have trouble finding veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and extract the most benefit out of the software.
The more an organization attempts to make do with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure tends to be. When server hardware or storage systems fail, there could be no equivalent hardware on the market to replace them. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security patches are no longer distributed. The latest releases of SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the volume of components involved in the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may be through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered high-level and affordable online consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state across the U.S. By offering deep experience with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Harrisburg, Pennsylvania business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our customers and begin by understanding their requirements. After gaining familiarity with the IT situation and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a newer and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, simple user training, full platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products from a broad array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software used by company, custom report creation, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with every Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and control expense.
Progent can help your Harrisburg, Pennsylvania business in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement process including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- Deployment Review
Take a look at what features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose additional features available on GP that may be suitable for your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Develop a complete upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business disruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Specify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage compatibility problems.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and configure a test environment for validating the upgrade process.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to assure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal and external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from multiple local and remote repositories.
Provide one-on-one or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single contact for expertise to ensure consistent and cost-effective handling of issues made possible by close understanding of your specific environment.
Progent can provide the support of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the use of software modules included with the basic GP platform but are not currently being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons written specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.
Create custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid duplicate entry and increase accuracy.
Create big and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform various functions not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services provided by Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture planning and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP environment includes multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud products combined into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent has supported these products from their initial versions to their latest editions, and Progent can help with cloud options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This experience with core IT platforms saves time and expense when guiding organizations through each aspect of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior cybersecurity and information assurance experts, disaster recovery planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, deploy, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
For more information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting expertise in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Harrisburg, PA business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.