Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a lengthier track record than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations globally. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves running legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from new customers is that they have trouble finding experienced Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and extract the most business value from the software.
The longer a business attempts to make do with outdated releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process becomes. If physical host servers or storage systems fail, there could be no equivalent hardware available to use as substitutes. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security patches are no longer developed. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an update of their Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the number of components there are to the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for a migration may be astronomical.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered high-level and affordable remote consulting for Windows-powered networks to businesses in every state in the U.S. By offering in-depth experience with all editions of Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration talent, Progent is ideally suited to help your St. Paul, Minnesota business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our clients and begin by listening to their needs. After gaining an understanding of the environment and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services may include a migration to a newer and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user education, full system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a wide range of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software used by company, custom report creation, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with every Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize business value and control expense.
Progent can help your St. Paul, Minnesota business in every phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization initiative including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose additional features of the product that might be suitable for your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Identify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and manage integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Design and implement a pilot system for proving the upgrade project.
- System Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and run scripts to resolve known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for private and public use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from multiple local and external repositories.
Provide one-on-one or group training for existing and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for support to ensure dependable and affordable resolution of problems made possible by familiarity with your specific situation.
Progent can provide the support of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Recommend the deployment of modules included with the basic GP platform but are not currently being used. Also, suggest third-party products written exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.
Create custom integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid duplicate entry and improve accuracy.
Create big and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can help your business to enhance your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise available from Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements assessment and site inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
- business continuity preparedness
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their first releases to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with strategic IT platforms saves time and expense when helping organizations through each phase of updating their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of advanced cybersecurity and compliance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can help you to design, implement, and manage a well-tuned Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
For more information about Progent's online and onsite support expertise in St. Paul, Minnesota for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting services offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your St. Paul, MN business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.