Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a lengthier heritage than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems 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years have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a common theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have a hard time finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP system efficiently and get the most benefit from the application.
The longer a business tries to limp along with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process tends to be. When server hardware or disk systems fail, there could be no suitable hardware on the market to replace them. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates are no longer developed. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools like Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the number of components involved in the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may seem astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have provided advanced and economical remote consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all versions of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Edmonton, Alberta business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our customers and start by listening to their needs. Once we have an understanding of the situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations can include a migration to a more current and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user training, full platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad range of suppliers that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software within your company, custom report creation, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize strategic value and control expense.
Progent can assist your Edmonton, Alberta business in each facet of your Dynamics GP migration or enhancement initiative including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- System Review
Take a look at what features of Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss other capabilities of GP that might be helpful to your organization.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Develop a complete upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Specify custom development and add-on products. Predict and resolve compatibility problems.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and configure a pilot system for validating the migration process.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal and external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from diverse local and remote sources.
Provide one-on-one or group training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single contact for support to deliver effective and affordable resolution of problems thanks to close understanding of your specific environment.
Progent can provide the support of top-tier 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 in-house staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the deployment of software modules that come with the core GP system but are not currently being used. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Create special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid redundant entry and increase accuracy.
Build major and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific functions not handled by standard GP modules or external modules.
Progent can help your business to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise offered by Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements assessment and site inventory
- Network architecture design and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability environments
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
An optimized Dynamics GP environment includes diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services combined into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development experts. Progent has worked with these products from their first releases to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.
Progent also has a long history of delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with strategic IT platforms saves time and costs when helping businesses through every phase of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and database administrators who can help you to plan, deploy, and maintain a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
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Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your Edmonton, AB business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.