Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a longer track record than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations globally. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves running legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from prospective clients is that they have a hard time locating veteran Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and extract the most business value out of the software.
The longer an organization attempts to make do with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process tends to be. When server hardware or storage systems break down, there may be no suitable devices on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates stop being distributed. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an update of their Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the number of pieces involved in the project. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may be astronomical.
Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested experts have provided advanced and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state in the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all releases of Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your Waltham, Massachusetts business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our clients and begin by listening to their needs. After gaining familiarity with the IT environment and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a newer and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a wide array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications within your company, custom report creation, and system evaluations to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize strategic value and control expense.
Progent's consultants can assist your Waltham, Massachusetts business in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement initiative including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss additional features available on the product that might be suitable for your organization.
- Upgrade Design and Scheduling
Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Identify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and manage compatibility issues.
- Pilot Testing
Design and configure a test system for proving the migration process.
- Environment Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all current 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 execute scripts to address documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from multiple local and external sources.
Provide one-on-one or group training for existing and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Provide a single point of contact for support to deliver consistent and affordable handling of problems thanks to close understanding of your particular situation.
Progent can provide the support of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the deployment of software modules included with the basic GP platform but are not now being utilized. Also, recommend third-party products written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.
Create custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid duplicate entry and increase accuracy.
Build big and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle various business functions not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can assist you to enhance your network infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure services provided by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture design and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance optimization
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and cloud services integrated into a seamless enterprise resource management solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial versions to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud SaaS options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with strategic IT platforms saves time and expense when guiding businesses through every phase of updating their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of senior cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, implement, and maintain a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Read/Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To learn more about Progent's online and onsite support expertise in Waltham, Massachusetts for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting support offered by Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Waltham, MA business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.