Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a lengthier history than almost any other ERP solution written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they are now running legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time finding experienced Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and derive the most business value from the application.
The longer a business tries to make do with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process tends to be. If server hardware or storage systems break down, there may be no suitable devices available to use as substitutes. When versions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches are no longer released. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the volume of components involved in the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may seem astronomical.
Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for 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 across the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all releases of Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Waltham, Massachusetts business get the most out of GP.
We become partners with our clients and begin by listening to their needs. Once we have familiarity with the situation and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services can include an upgrade to a more current and supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user training, full system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products from a broad range of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications used by organization, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with every Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize business value and control expense.
Progent can assist your Waltham, Massachusetts business in every phase of your Dynamics GP migration or enhancement initiative including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- Deployment Review
Take a look at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss other capabilities of GP that might be helpful to your organization.
- Migration Planning and Timing
Develop a complete migration plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and training. Specify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve integration problems.
Design and configure a test environment for proving the migration process.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and run scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private and public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from multiple local and external sources.
Provide individual or classroom style training for existing and new users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single contact for support to deliver effective and cost-effective handling of issues made possible by close understanding of your specific situation.
Progent can provide the help of top-tier experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you need directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the deployment of software modules that come with the core GP platform but are not currently being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.
Build custom integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid redundant entry and improve consistency.
Create big and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform various functions not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Progent can help you to enhance your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
- Requirements analysis and site inventory
- Network topology design and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud services integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent has delivered remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their first releases to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud SaaS options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with strategic technologies saves time and expense when helping organizations through every phase of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of senior cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, business continuity preparedness experts, application developers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, deploy, and maintain a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
For more about Progent's remote and onsite consulting services in Waltham, Massachusetts for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, refer to:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Waltham, MA business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.