Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a longer track record than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms 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decades have been able to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time finding veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment affordably and get the most business value out of the software.
The longer a business tries to limp along with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process tends to be. When server hardware or storage systems fail, there may be no suitable hardware available to use as substitutes. When editions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates stop being developed. The latest releases of SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools like Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the number of pieces involved in the project. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may be astronomical.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have delivered high-level and economical remote consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state across the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to help your Harrisburg, Pennsylvania business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our customers and start by listening to their needs. Once we have familiarity with the IT situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations may involve a migration to a newer and supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a broad range of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software used by company, custom report writing, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our goal with each Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and control cost.
Progent's consultants can assist your Harrisburg, Pennsylvania company in each phase of your Dynamics GP migration or customization process including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss other features of the product that might be helpful to your organization.
- Upgrade Design and Timing
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Specify custom development and add-on products. Predict and resolve compatibility issues.
Design and configure a pilot environment for proving the migration project.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and run scripts to resolve known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal as well as public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from multiple local and external sources.
Provide individual or group training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
Provide a single contact for expertise to deliver consistent and cost-effective resolution of issues thanks to close understanding of your particular environment.
Progent offers the help of top-tier experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the use of software modules that come with the core GP system but are not now being used. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons designed specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Build special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce redundant data entry and improve accuracy.
Create big and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform various business functions not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can help you to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements analysis and site inventory
- Network topology planning and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability solutions
- Integration with public cloud services such as Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services combined into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has provided online and onsite support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration experts. Progent has worked with these products from their initial releases to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and application development services.
Progent also has a long history of providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with core IT platforms saves time and costs when guiding businesses through each phase of updating their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, implement, and maintain a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
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For more information about Progent's online and on-premises support expertise in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, refer to:
To download a datasheet about the consulting services offered by Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Harrisburg, PA business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.