Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a longer track record than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations globally. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from prospective clients is that they have a hard time finding veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP system efficiently and extract the most business value from the application.
The longer an organization attempts to limp along with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure becomes. If physical host servers or storage systems fail, there may be no suitable devices on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security patches stop being released. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the volume of components involved in the project. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may be astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have delivered high-level and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state in the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all versions of Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Phoenix, Arizona business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our clients and start by understanding their needs. Once we have familiarity with the situation and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a newer and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user education, full platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a wide range of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software within your organization, custom report creation, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize strategic value and manage cost.
Progent can help your Phoenix, Arizona company in each phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization initiative including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss additional features available on GP that may be suitable for your business.
- Upgrade Design and Timing
Develop a complete migration plan and timetable that avoids business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and resolve integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Design and implement a pilot environment for validating the migration process.
- Environment Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to assure continuing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for internal and public use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from multiple on-premises and external sources.
Deliver individual or group training for existing and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single point of contact for support to deliver dependable and affordable handling of problems thanks to familiarity with your specific environment.
Progent can provide the support of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Recommend the deployment of software modules that come with the core GP platform but are not currently being utilized. Also, suggest third-party add-ons designed specifically for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.
Build special connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce duplicate entry and improve consistency.
Create major and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle specific functions not addressed by out-of-the-box 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 expertise available from Progent's consultants include:
- Needs assessment and site inventory
- Network architecture planning and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
An optimized Dynamics GP environment includes diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services combined into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their first releases to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.
Progent also has a long history of delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with core IT platforms saves time and costs when guiding businesses through each phase of updating their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior security and compliance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to design, deploy, and maintain a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
For more about Progent's online and onsite support services in Phoenix, Arizona for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, visit:
To download a datasheet about the consulting support offered by Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Phoenix, AZ business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.