Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a lengthier history than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active customers worldwide. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now running legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from new clients is that they have trouble locating experienced Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and derive the most benefit from the application.
The longer an organization tries to make do with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process tends to be. If physical host servers or disk systems fail, there could be no suitable hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security updates are no longer developed. Current editions of SQL Server may 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 Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the volume of components involved in the project. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may be astronomical.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered advanced and economical online consulting for Windows-powered networks to businesses in every state across the U.S. By combining deep experience with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration skills, Progent is ideally qualified to make sure your St. Paul, Minnesota business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and start by understanding their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the situation and the areas needing improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations may involve an upgrade to a newer and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products from a wide range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications used by organization, custom report creation, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with each Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and manage expense.
Progent can help your St. Paul, Minnesota business in every facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization initiative including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- System Assessment
Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss additional features of GP that may be helpful to your organization.
- Migration Planning and Scheduling
Create a complete migration plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Identify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and manage integration problems.
- Pilot Testing
Design and implement a pilot environment for proving the upgrade project.
- System Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and run scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for internal and external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from diverse on-premises and remote repositories.
Provide one-on-one or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Provide a single point of contact for support to deliver consistent and affordable resolution of problems made possible by familiarity with your particular situation.
Progent can provide the help of seasoned experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the use of modules included with the basic GP platform but are not currently being used. Also, recommend third-party products designed specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Build special connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce duplicate data entry and improve consistency.
Create big and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can help your business to enhance your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise available from Progent's consultants include:
- Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture planning and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with public cloud services such as Microsoft 365
- business continuity preparedness
- Performance optimization
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services combined into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have provided remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first versions to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with core IT platforms saves time and costs when guiding businesses through every aspect of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced security and compliance experts, business continuity planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, implement, and maintain a modern Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To learn more information about Progent's remote and onsite support expertise in St. Paul, Minnesota for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, refer to:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise available from Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your St. Paul, MN business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.