Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a longer heritage than virtually any other ERP solution made for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers globally. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades long enough that they now find themselves using legacy software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from new customers is that they have trouble finding veteran Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP environment affordably and extract the most benefit out of the application.
The more an organization attempts to limp along with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process tends to be. When physical host servers or disk 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, vital security patches are no longer released. Current releases of SQL Server might not work with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the number of pieces involved in the project. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may be astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided advanced and affordable remote consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state in the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all releases of Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration talent, Progent is ideally suited to help your Waltham, Massachusetts business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and begin by listening to their needs. After gaining familiarity with the environment and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations can include a migration to a newer and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad array of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software used by company, custom report creation, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and manage expense.
Progent's consultants can help your Waltham, Massachusetts company in each facet of your Dynamics GP migration or customization project including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and propose additional features available on the product that may be suitable for your organization.
- Upgrade Design and Timing
Develop a complete upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Identify customizations and add-on products. Predict and manage compatibility problems.
- Pilot Testing
Design and implement a test system for proving the migration process.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current version to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all current 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 documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal and public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from multiple local and external sources.
Deliver individual or classroom style training for existing and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Act as a single point of contact for support to ensure consistent and cost-effective handling of issues thanks to close understanding of your specific situation.
Progent can provide the support of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you need directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Suggest the use of software modules included with the core GP system but are not now being used. Also, recommend third-party products written exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.
Build special integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce duplicate entry and improve accuracy.
Create major and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform various functions not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can assist your business to enhance your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent's consultants include:
- Requirements assessment and site inventory
- Network architecture planning and implementation (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with public cloud services including Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance tuning
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services integrated into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their initial versions to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and application development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with strategic IT platforms cuts time and expense when helping businesses through each phase of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of senior security and information assurance engineers, business continuity preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, implement, and maintain a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To learn more information about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services in Waltham, Massachusetts for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Waltham, MA business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.