Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a longer history than almost any other ERP platform made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations globally. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a recurring complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and get the maximum benefit out of the software.
The longer an organization attempts to make do with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process tends to be. When server hardware or storage systems fail, there may be no equivalent devices on the market to replace them. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, critical security updates stop being developed. The latest releases of SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an update of their Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the volume of pieces involved in the project. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may seem 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 tested professionals have delivered high-level and economical remote consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state across the U.S. By combining deep experience with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to help your Milwaukee, Wisconsin business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and start by listening to their needs. After gaining familiarity with the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations can involve an upgrade to a more current and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, full system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products from a wide array of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications within your company, custom report writing, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with each Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize strategic value and control expense.
Progent can help your Milwaukee, Wisconsin company in every facet of your Dynamics GP migration or enhancement initiative including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- System Review
Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently running and propose additional features available on the product that might be helpful to your organization.
- Migration Design and Scheduling
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business interruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Identify customizations and add-on products. Predict and resolve integration problems.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and implement a test environment for validating the migration project.
- Environment Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and run scripts to address known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for private and external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from multiple local and external sources.
Provide one-on-one or group training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single contact for expertise to ensure effective and affordable resolution of issues thanks to close understanding of your particular situation.
Progent offers the help of top-tier experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Suggest the deployment of modules that come with the core GP platform but are not currently being used. In addition, suggest third-party products written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.
Build custom integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid redundant data entry and increase consistency.
Build big and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform various business functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can help you to enhance your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise offered by Progent include:
- Needs analysis and site inventory
- Network architecture planning and implementation (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability environments
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance optimization
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development experts. Progent has worked with these products from their initial versions to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience providing help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with core IT platforms saves time and expense when guiding organizations through every aspect of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, deploy, and maintain a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
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Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Milwaukee, WI business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.