Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer history than virtually any other ERP solution written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active customers globally. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades long enough that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a recurring complaint we hear from new customers 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 environment efficiently and get the maximum business value out of the software.
The more a business tries to make do with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process tends to be. If server hardware or disk systems break down, there could be no equivalent devices on the market to replace them. When releases of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches stop being released. The latest releases of SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the number of pieces there are to the project. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may be through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have delivered high-level and economical remote consulting for Windows-based environments to organizations in every state across the U.S. By combining deep experience with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to help your St. Paul, Minnesota business optimize the benefit of GP.
We partner with our clients and begin by listening to their needs. After gaining an understanding of the environment and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services may involve an upgrade to a newer and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software within your company, custom report creation, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize strategic value and manage expense.
Progent's consultants can help your St. Paul, Minnesota business in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or customization initiative including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Take a look at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently running and propose other features of the product that may be helpful to your organization.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Create a complete migration plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Plan for solution validation, live deployment, and training. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and resolve compatibility problems.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and implement a pilot system for proving the upgrade project.
- System Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and run scripts to resolve known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for private as well as public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from multiple local and remote repositories.
Deliver individual or group training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single contact for expertise to ensure dependable and cost-effective handling of problems thanks to familiarity with your particular environment.
Progent offers the help of seasoned experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the work you need directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the use of software modules included with the basic GP platform but are not currently being utilized. Also, suggest third-party add-ons written exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.
Build special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid duplicate data entry and increase consistency.
Create major and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle various functions not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise provided by Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and cloud products integrated into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have provided remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their initial versions to their latest editions, and Progent can help with cloud options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and application development services.
Progent also has a long history of delivering support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with strategic technologies saves time and costs when helping businesses through each phase of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance experts, disaster recovery preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, implement, and manage a productive Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To learn more information about Progent's online and onsite support services in St. Paul, Minnesota for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, visit:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise available from Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your St. Paul, MN business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.