Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a longer heritage than virtually any other ERP platform written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers worldwide. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now running seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a recurring complaint we hear from new clients is that they have trouble finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and derive the maximum business value out of the application.
The longer an organization attempts to make do with outdated releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process becomes. If physical host servers or storage systems fail, there could be no equivalent devices on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security patches stop being released. The latest editions of SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative products such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an update of their Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the volume of components involved in the puzzle. And the cost quoted for a migration may be astronomical.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided high-level and affordable online consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all editions of Dynamics GP along with 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 customers and start by listening to their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Proposed services can involve an upgrade to a newer and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a broad range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software within your company, custom report writing, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with every Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and minimize expense.
Progent can assist your Waltham, Massachusetts company in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement process including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss other capabilities of the product that may be helpful to your business.
- Migration Design and Timing
Develop a complete upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and education. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and manage integration problems.
Plan and implement a test environment for validating the migration process.
- System Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private and external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from diverse local and remote sources.
Provide individual or group training for existing and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single contact for support to ensure consistent and affordable handling of problems made possible by close understanding of your specific situation.
Progent can provide the support of top-tier consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Suggest the use of modules that come with the core GP platform but are not currently being utilized. Also, suggest third-party products designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Build custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid duplicate entry and improve accuracy.
Build big and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle various business functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Progent can assist you to enhance your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services provided by Progent include:
- Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability architectures
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products combined into a seamless ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development consultants. 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 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with strategic technologies cuts time and costs when guiding businesses through each phase of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of advanced security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, deploy, and manage a productive Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
Read/Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To learn more about Progent's online and onsite support services in Waltham, Massachusetts for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Waltham, MA business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.