Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a longer heritage than almost any other ERP platform made for Windows. Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations globally. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades long enough that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a recurring complaint we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and get the maximum business value from the software.
The longer a business attempts to limp along with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process becomes. If physical host servers or disk systems break down, there may be no suitable devices on the market to replace them. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, critical security patches stop being distributed. Current releases of SQL Server may not work with your important GP customizations. Next-generation products such as Power BI may not be an option. Businesses considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the number of components involved in the project. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may seem astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have provided high-level and affordable online consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state in the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all versions of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to help your Waltham, Massachusetts business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and start by understanding their needs. Once we have an understanding of the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we make our recommendations. Proposed services may include an upgrade to a newer and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user education, full platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products from a wide range of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software used by company, custom report writing, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with every Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize strategic value and control cost.
Progent can help your Waltham, Massachusetts company in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or customization initiative including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- System Review
Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and propose additional capabilities available on the product that might be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Develop a complete upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business disruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and training. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve integration issues.
Design and implement a pilot system for validating the migration process.
- System Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private and public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from diverse on-premises and external sources.
Deliver individual or classroom style training for existing and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Act as a single contact for expertise to deliver dependable and cost-effective resolution of problems thanks to close understanding of your particular environment.
Progent offers the support of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
Recommend the deployment of modules included with the core GP system but are not now being utilized. In addition, suggest third-party products designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Build custom connections between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid redundant data entry and improve accuracy.
Build big and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle various functions not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can assist your business to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure services offered by Progent include:
- Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and deployment (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance tuning
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud services integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has provided remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first releases to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and development services.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with strategic technologies cuts time and expense when guiding businesses through every phase of updating their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of senior security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, deploy, and manage a well-tuned Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To learn more about Progent's remote and onsite consulting expertise in Waltham, Massachusetts for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, refer to:
To download a datasheet about the consulting support available from Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Waltham, MA business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.