Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a lengthier history than virtually any other ERP platform written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active customers worldwide. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades to the point that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from prospective clients is that they have a hard time locating veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and get the maximum benefit from the application.
The longer a business tries to limp along with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process tends to be. When physical host servers or disk systems fail, there may be no equivalent hardware on the market to replace them. When releases of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, critical security patches are no longer distributed. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the volume of pieces involved in the project. And the cost suggested for a migration may seem astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered high-level and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration skills, Progent is ideally qualified to help your St. Paul, Minnesota business optimize the benefit of GP.
We become partners with our customers and start by understanding their needs. Once we have an understanding of the situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations may involve an upgrade to a newer and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, full platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products from a broad range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software within your organization, custom report writing, and solution analysis to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize business value and control cost.
Progent's consultants can assist your St. Paul, Minnesota company in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or customization initiative including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss additional capabilities available on the product that might be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Develop a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and training. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage integration issues.
Plan and configure a pilot system for validating the migration project.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and run scripts to address documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal and external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from diverse local and remote repositories.
Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for existing and new users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for expertise to ensure dependable and affordable resolution of issues thanks to familiarity with your particular environment.
Progent offers the help of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the use of software modules included with the core GP system but are not now being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Create custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce redundant entry and increase consistency.
Build big and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform various business functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can help your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure services offered by Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs assessment and site inventory
- Network topology planning and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
- business continuity planning
- Performance optimization
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and cloud products integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has provided online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development experts. Progent has worked with these products from their first versions to their latest versions, and Progent supports cloud options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with strategic IT platforms saves time and expense when helping businesses through each aspect of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and database administrators who can help you to design, implement, and maintain a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
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To learn more information about Progent's remote and on-premises support expertise in St. Paul, Minnesota for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your St. Paul, MN business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.