Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a longer track record than virtually any other ERP platform written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves using legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble finding veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and get the most benefit from the application.
The more a business tries to limp along with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process becomes. When physical host servers or disk systems fail, there could be no equivalent devices available to replace them. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches stop being released. The latest editions of SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an update of their Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the number of components there are to the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for a migration may be through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested professionals have provided advanced and affordable remote integration consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state across the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all releases of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to help your Montgomery, Alabama business optimize the benefit of GP.
We become partners with our clients and start by listening to their needs. After gaining familiarity with the situation and the areas needing improvement we make our recommendations. Proposed services can involve an upgrade to a more current and supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user training, full platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products from a broad array of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software within your company, custom report writing, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize strategic value and minimize cost.
Progent's consultants can assist your Montgomery, Alabama business in each phase of your Dynamics GP migration or enhancement process including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- System Review
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose additional features of the product that may be suitable for your business.
- Upgrade Design and Scheduling
Develop a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and training. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and resolve integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Design and implement a pilot environment for proving the migration project.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and execute scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private and external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from multiple local and external repositories.
Provide individual or group training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for expertise to deliver consistent and affordable handling of issues made possible by familiarity with your specific environment.
Progent can provide the support of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Recommend the deployment of modules included with the basic GP platform but are not now being utilized. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons written exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Build special integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid duplicate data entry and increase consistency.
Build big and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform various functions not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise available from Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network topology design and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
- Integrating iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance optimization
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and cloud services integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have provided online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial versions to their latest versions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with core IT platforms saves time and expense when helping organizations through each phase of upgrading their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to design, deploy, and maintain a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
Read/Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To find out more about Progent's online and on-premises support expertise in Montgomery, Alabama for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, refer to:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Montgomery, AL business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.