Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a lengthier heritage than almost any other ERP solution written 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 organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves using legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment affordably and derive the most business value out of the application.
The longer an organization tries to limp along with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure becomes. When physical host servers or storage systems break down, there could be no suitable hardware on the market to replace them. When versions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches stop being released. Current releases of SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an update of their Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the number of pieces there are to the project. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may be through the roof.
Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered high-level and economical online consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all editions of Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Sandy Springs, Georgia business get the most out of GP.
We become partners with our clients and start by understanding their needs. After gaining familiarity with the environment and the areas needing improvement we make our recommendations. Proposed services may include a migration to a newer and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a broad range of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software used by company, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with every Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and manage expense.
Progent's consultants can help your Sandy Springs, Georgia business in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or customization project including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- System Assessment
Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are now running and propose other features available on the product that may be suitable for your organization.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Develop a complete migration plan and schedule that minimizes business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and manage compatibility issues.
- Pilot Testing
Design and implement a test system for proving the upgrade project.
- System Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to assure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for internal as well as public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating information from multiple on-premises and external repositories.
Deliver one-on-one or group training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for support to ensure effective and cost-effective handling of issues made possible by 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 relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
Suggest the deployment of modules that come with the core GP platform but are not currently being used. Also, suggest third-party add-ons written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.
Create custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce duplicate data entry and increase consistency.
Create major and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific functions not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can assist you to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture design and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and cloud products combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent has provided online and onsite support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent has supported these products from their initial versions to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and application development services.
Progent also has a long history of delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with strategic technologies saves time and costs when helping businesses through each aspect of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced security and compliance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can help you to design, implement, and maintain a well-tuned Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
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If your Sandy Springs, GA business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.