Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a lengthier heritage than almost any other ERP solution written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from prospective clients is that they have a hard time finding veteran Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system efficiently and get the maximum benefit from the application.
The longer a business tries to make do with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure becomes. If physical host servers or storage systems break down, there may be no suitable devices available to replace them. When editions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates are no longer developed. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the number of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the cost quoted for a migration may seem astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided high-level and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all versions of Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Waltham, Massachusetts business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our clients and begin by understanding their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the situation and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations can involve a migration to a more current and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, full platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products from a broad range of suppliers that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software within your organization, custom report writing, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with each Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and minimize cost.
Progent can help your Waltham, Massachusetts company in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement initiative including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- System Review
Take a look at what features of Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss additional features available on the product that may be suitable for your organization.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Develop a complete migration plan and schedule that minimizes business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Identify customizations and add-on products. Predict and resolve compatibility problems.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and implement a pilot system for validating the migration process.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and run scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal as well as public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from diverse local and remote sources.
Deliver individual or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Provide a single contact for expertise to ensure effective and cost-effective resolution of problems thanks to close understanding of your particular environment.
Progent offers the help of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the use of software modules that come with the core GP platform but are not currently being used. In addition, recommend third-party products written exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Build special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid duplicate entry and increase consistency.
Create major and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can help your business to enhance your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise offered by Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs assessment and site inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance optimization
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server integration experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their first releases to their latest versions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with strategic technologies cuts time and costs when guiding organizations through every phase of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of senior cybersecurity and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can help you to design, implement, and manage a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
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To find out more information about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services in Waltham, Massachusetts for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, visit:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your Waltham, MA business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.