Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a lengthier history than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations globally. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades long enough that they are now using legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This is risky. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time locating veteran Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system efficiently and get the most business value out of the software.
The more a business tries to limp along with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process tends to be.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 disk systems break down, there may be no equivalent devices available to replace them. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates are no longer released. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the number of components there are to the project. And the cost suggested for a migration may be through the roof.
Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have provided advanced and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all editions of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Louisville, Kentucky business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our clients and start by understanding their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the IT environment and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations can include a migration to a newer and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, full platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products from a wide array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software within your organization, custom report creation, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with every Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize business value and manage cost.
Progent's consultants can help your Louisville, Kentucky business in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement project including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- System Review
Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss other capabilities of GP that might be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Design and Scheduling
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage compatibility problems.
Design and configure a test environment for validating the migration project.
- System Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your business. 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 address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for private and public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating information from multiple local and external sources.
Provide individual or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
Act as a single contact for expertise to deliver consistent and cost-effective resolution of issues made possible by close understanding of your particular 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 jobs you need directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
Suggest the deployment of modules included with the core GP system but are not currently being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.
Build special integrations between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid duplicate entry and increase consistency.
Create big and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform various business functions not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can help your business to upgrade your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements analysis and site inventory
- Network architecture planning and implementation (on-premises, 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
- Creating high-availability architectures
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance tuning
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For more than two decades, Progent has provided remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first releases to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and development services.
Progent also has a long history of delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with core technologies saves time and expense when guiding organizations through every aspect of updating their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance experts, business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, deploy, and maintain a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To learn more information about Progent's remote and on-premises support expertise in Louisville, Kentucky for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services available from Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Louisville, KY business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.