Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a longer track record than virtually any other ERP solution written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP systems 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 managed to postpone upgrades to the point that they are now using legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from new customers is that they have trouble finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system efficiently and derive the maximum business value from the software.
The longer an organization tries to limp along with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure tends to be. When physical host servers or disk systems break down, there may be no equivalent devices on the market to use as substitutes. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security patches are no longer developed. The latest editions of 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 Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the volume of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may be through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided advanced and affordable remote consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration skills, Progent is ideally qualified to make sure your St. Paul, Minnesota business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our clients and start by listening to their needs. After gaining familiarity with the environment and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services may involve a migration to a newer and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products from a wide range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software within your company, custom report writing, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with each Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and manage expense.
Progent can help your St. Paul, Minnesota company in each facet of your Dynamics GP migration or customization initiative including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- System Review
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss additional capabilities available on the product that might be suitable for your organization.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Create a complete migration plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and training. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and resolve integration issues.
Design and implement a pilot system for proving the migration process.
- Environment Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to assure continuing support services from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and run scripts to resolve known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for private and public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from diverse on-premises and remote sources.
Deliver one-on-one or group training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
Provide a single contact for support to deliver dependable and affordable resolution of problems thanks to close understanding of your specific environment.
Progent can provide the support of top-tier consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you need directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Suggest the use of modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not now being used. Also, recommend third-party products designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.
Build custom connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid duplicate data entry and improve accuracy.
Build big and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can assist your business to enhance your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise offered by Progent include:
- Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance tuning
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products integrated into a seamless enterprise resource management solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first releases to their latest editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with core IT platforms cuts time and expense when guiding organizations through each aspect of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of senior cybersecurity and compliance experts, business continuity preparedness experts, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, implement, and manage a modern Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To find out more about Progent's remote and on-premises support services in St. Paul, Minnesota for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your St. Paul, MN business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.