Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a lengthier heritage than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations globally. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades to the point that they now find themselves using legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from new customers is that they have trouble locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP system affordably and extract the most business value out of the application.
The longer a business attempts to limp along with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure becomes. When physical host servers or disk systems fail, there could be no suitable devices on the market to use as substitutes. When editions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security patches are no longer released. The latest editions of SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the number of components involved in the puzzle. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may seem astronomical.
Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided advanced and economical online consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state in the U.S. By offering deep experience with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Montgomery, Alabama business optimize the benefit of GP.
We partner with our clients and begin by understanding their needs. Once we have familiarity with the situation and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations may involve an upgrade to a more current and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user training, full platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a wide range of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications within your company, custom report writing, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with every Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize business value and manage expense.
Progent can help your Montgomery, Alabama business in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization project including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently running and propose additional capabilities available on GP that may be suitable for your business.
- Migration Design and Scheduling
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage integration problems.
Design and configure a test environment for proving the upgrade project.
- Environment Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private and public use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from multiple on-premises and external sources.
Deliver individual or classroom style training for existing and new users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for support to deliver consistent and affordable resolution of issues made possible by familiarity with your particular situation.
Progent offers the support of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you need directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Recommend the deployment of modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not currently being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons written exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.
Build custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid duplicate entry and improve consistency.
Create big and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can help you to enhance your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure services available from Progent's consultants include:
- Requirements assessment and site inventory
- Network topology design and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and remote connections and creating security policies
- Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance tuning
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products combined into a seamless ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent has worked with these products from their initial versions to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and application development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with strategic IT platforms saves time and expense when guiding businesses through each aspect of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, implement, and manage a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
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For more about Progent's online and on-premises support expertise in Montgomery, Alabama for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, refer to:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Montgomery, AL business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.