Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a lengthier track record than virtually any other ERP platform written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations globally. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades long enough that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a common theme we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time locating experienced Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system efficiently and get the most business value from the software.
The longer an organization tries to make do with outdated releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process tends to be. When physical host servers or disk systems fail, there could be no suitable devices available to replace them. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches are no longer developed. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative products such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the volume of pieces involved in the project. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may seem astronomical.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned experts have delivered advanced and economical remote consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state across the U.S. By combining deep experience with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to help your Montgomery, Alabama business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our clients and start by understanding their needs. After gaining an understanding of the IT environment and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services may involve a migration to a newer and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, full system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a wide array of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications within your organization, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with each Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and manage cost.
Progent's consultants can assist your Montgomery, Alabama business in each facet of your Dynamics GP migration or customization process including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- Deployment Review
Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now running and propose additional features of GP that might be helpful to your organization.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Create a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and education. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and manage compatibility issues.
Plan and configure a test system for proving the migration project.
- Environment Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and run scripts to resolve known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal and external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from diverse on-premises and remote repositories.
Deliver individual or group training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single point of contact for support to ensure consistent and affordable handling of issues made possible by familiarity with your specific situation.
Progent offers the help of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the work you require directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the use of software modules included with the basic GP platform but are not now being utilized. Also, recommend third-party products written specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.
Build custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce redundant data entry and improve consistency.
Build big and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can assist you to upgrade your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure services available from Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs assessment and site inventory
- Network topology design and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance tuning
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products integrated into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has delivered online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent has supported these products from their initial releases to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.
Progent also has a long history of delivering support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with strategic technologies cuts time and expense when helping organizations through each aspect of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, business continuity planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, implement, and manage a modern Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Read/Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
For more about Progent's remote and onsite consulting expertise in Montgomery, Alabama for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise offered by Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Montgomery, AL business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.