Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a lengthier heritage than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers globally. A number of organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades to the point that they now find themselves running legacy software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time finding veteran Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP environment affordably and get the maximum benefit from the application.
The longer an organization tries to limp along with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process tends to be. If physical host servers or disk systems break down, there may be no suitable hardware available to replace them. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security patches stop being developed. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an update of their Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the volume of components there are to the puzzle. And the cost quoted for a migration may be through the roof.
Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested experts have provided high-level and economical online consulting for Windows-powered networks to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By offering deep experience with all releases of Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Waltham, Massachusetts business optimize the benefit of GP.
We partner with our clients and begin by understanding their needs. Once we have familiarity with the situation and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services may include an upgrade to a more current and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user training, full platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a broad range of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software within your company, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize business value and control expense.
Progent's consultants can assist your Waltham, Massachusetts company in each phase of your Dynamics GP migration or enhancement project including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss other features of the product that may be helpful to your organization.
- Upgrade Design and Timing
Create a complete migration plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Specify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Design and implement a pilot environment for proving the upgrade project.
- System Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all the latest features accessible to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and run scripts to resolve known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for private as well as public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from diverse local and remote repositories.
Provide one-on-one or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for support to ensure dependable and affordable handling of issues made possible by close understanding of your specific situation.
Progent offers the help of seasoned experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the work you need directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
Suggest the deployment of software modules included with the basic GP system but are not now being utilized. Also, recommend third-party products written exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.
Build special connections between Dynamics GP and other business applications to reduce duplicate data entry and improve consistency.
Build major and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can assist you to enhance your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network topology design and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability architectures
- Integration with public cloud services such as Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance optimization
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud products integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent has provided remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent has worked with these products from their initial versions to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.
Progent also has a long history of providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Windows Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with strategic IT platforms saves time and expense when helping businesses through each aspect of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior security and compliance experts, disaster recovery preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to design, deploy, and manage a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
For more about Progent's online and onsite consulting expertise in Waltham, Massachusetts for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, refer to:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting for Microsoft 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 integration consultant or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.