Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a lengthier heritage than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for Windows. Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they are now using legacy software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have a hard time finding experienced Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP system efficiently and get the maximum business value out of the software.
The longer an organization tries to limp along with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure tends to be. If physical host servers or disk systems break down, there may be no equivalent hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When editions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches stop being released. Current releases of SQL Server might not work with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an update of their Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the volume of components involved in the project. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may seem through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered high-level and affordable remote consulting for Windows-based environments to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration talent, Progent is ideally suited to help your Phoenix, Arizona business optimize the benefit of GP.
We partner with our customers and start by understanding their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the IT situation and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services can include a migration to a newer and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user education, full platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products from a wide array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications used by organization, custom report writing, and system evaluations to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and manage cost.
Progent's consultants can help your Phoenix, Arizona company in each phase of your Dynamics GP migration or enhancement process including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss other features available on GP that may be suitable for your organization.
- Migration Planning and Scheduling
Create a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and resolve integration problems.
- Pilot Testing
Design and implement a test environment for proving the upgrade project.
- System Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to address documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for internal as well as external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from multiple on-premises and remote repositories.
Provide one-on-one or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
Provide a single contact for expertise to deliver effective and affordable resolution of problems made possible by close understanding of your particular environment.
Progent offers the support of top-tier consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Recommend the deployment of software modules included with the basic GP system but are not currently being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party products written exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.
Build custom connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce duplicate entry and increase consistency.
Create major and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions not handled by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can assist your business to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure services offered by Progent include:
- Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network topology design and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance optimization
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services combined into a seamless ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent has provided online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent has supported these products from their first releases to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and application development services.
Progent also has extensive experience providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with strategic technologies cuts time and expense when helping businesses through each aspect of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of senior security and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, deploy, and maintain a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
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To learn more information about Progent's online and onsite consulting services in Phoenix, Arizona for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your Phoenix, AZ business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.