Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has one of the longest heritages of any ERP solution made for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms, with around 50,000 worldwide active installations. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they are running seriously outdated software and infrastructure. This is risky. Another common theme we hear from new customers is that they just couldn't find good experienced GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to get the most out of the application.
The longer an organization tries to limp along with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process becomes. When physical host servers or storage systems break down, there may be no equivalent hardware available to replace them. When versions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates are no longer released. Current editions of SQL Server may not work with legacy customizations. Innovative tools like Power BI may not be compatible. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the number of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for the migration may be through the roof.
Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided advanced and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all releases of Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to help you get the most out of GP.
We partner with our clients and start by listening to their needs. After gaining an understanding of the environment and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations may include an upgrade to a more current and supported version of GP, simple user training, full system and individual module implementation including 3rd party modules from a wide range of vendors that have written add-ons to GP, custom integrations with other key business applications within your organization, custom report writing, and system evaluations to determine if GP is being used to its fullest. Our goal with each GP project big or small is to maximize business value and minimize cost.
Progent can help you in every phase of the migration or enhancement processes including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- System Review
Take a look at what features you are currently using and discuss additional features available on GP that might be helpful to your business.
- Migration Planning and Scheduling
Create a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Identify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve compatibility issues.
- Pilot Testing
Design and implement a test environment for validating the upgrade process.
- System Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Integration Manager database. eMigrate GP to the current version to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and have all current features available to the business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and run scripts to address known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for internal as well as external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from diverse on-premises and remote sources.
Provide one-on-one or classroom style training for existing and new users of GP.
Provide a single point of contact for support to ensure consistent and cost-effective resolution of problems thanks to familiarity with your specific environment.
Progent offers the expertise of seasoned consultants who have been working with Dynamics GP and Great Plains since version 1. Progent can do the work you need directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP consulting services include:
Suggest the use of modules that come with the core system but are not currently being utilized. Also, recommend third-party products that work exclusively with Dynamics GP to fill functional gaps that GP doesn't address.
Build custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other business applications to reduce duplicate entry and improve accuracy.
Create big and small customizations that work with GP to address specific business functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can help you enhance your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private cloud, public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services provided by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs analysis and site inventory
- Network topology design and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability architectures
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services integrated into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent has provided online and onsite support from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server and Windows desktop consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their first releases to their latest versions, and offer support for cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and development.
Progent also has a long history of providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This extensive background with core technologies saves time and expense when guiding businesses through every aspect of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent can also marshal the skills of top-tier security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity experts, application developers, hybrid cloud network architects, and database administrators who can help you design, deploy, and manage a modern Dynamic GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
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Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade Support
If you are looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.