Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a lengthier heritage than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades long enough that they now find themselves using legacy software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a recurring theme we hear from new clients is that they have trouble locating veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP system efficiently and extract the maximum benefit out of the software.
The more a business tries to limp along with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure becomes. When server hardware or disk systems break down, there could be no equivalent devices available to replace them. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches are no longer developed. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the number of components involved in the puzzle. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may be astronomical.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned experts have delivered high-level and economical online consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining deep experience with all versions of Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Sandy Springs, Georgia business get the most out of GP.
We become partners with our customers and begin by understanding their needs. After gaining an understanding of the environment and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a newer and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user education, full system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a wide array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software used by organization, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with each Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize business value and manage expense.
Progent's consultants can assist your Sandy Springs, Georgia company in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or customization project including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose additional capabilities available on the product that may be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business interruption. Plan for solution validation, live deployment, and training. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve integration issues.
Plan and configure a pilot environment for validating the migration project.
- Environment Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and run scripts to resolve known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for internal and public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from multiple on-premises and remote repositories.
Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single contact for support to deliver effective and cost-effective handling of issues thanks to familiarity with your specific environment.
Progent can provide the help of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
Recommend the deployment of software modules included with the basic GP system but are not now being utilized. In addition, suggest third-party products designed specifically for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.
Build custom connections between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to reduce duplicate data entry and improve accuracy.
Create major and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can help your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services provided by Progent's consultants include:
- Needs assessment and site inventory
- Network topology design and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
- business continuity preparedness
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products combined into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For over two decades, Progent has provided remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first releases to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and application development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with core technologies cuts time and costs when helping organizations through each aspect of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of senior security and information assurance engineers, business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, deploy, and maintain a well-tuned Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Read/Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To learn more about Progent's remote and on-premises support expertise in Sandy Springs, Georgia for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, visit:
To download a datasheet about the consulting support offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Sandy Springs, GA business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.