Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a lengthier heritage than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active customers globally. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades long enough that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and derive the maximum benefit from the software.
The more an organization attempts to limp along with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure becomes. If server hardware or disk systems fail, there could be no equivalent hardware available to use as substitutes. When releases of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates are no longer developed. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation products like Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the number of components there are to the project. And the cost suggested for a migration may seem astronomical.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization 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 delivered advanced and affordable remote consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state across the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to help your Fort Collins, Colorado business get the most out of GP.
We become partners with our clients and begin by listening to their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the environment and the areas needing improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations may include a migration to a newer and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a broad range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software within your company, custom report creation, and system evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize strategic value and control cost.
Progent's consultants can assist your Fort Collins, Colorado company in every phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement process including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- System Assessment
Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose additional capabilities available on the product that might be helpful to your organization.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Develop a complete migration plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and resolve integration issues.
Design and implement a test system for proving the upgrade process.
- System Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and run scripts to address known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating information from multiple on-premises and remote repositories.
Provide one-on-one or group training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for expertise to ensure dependable and cost-effective resolution of problems thanks to close understanding of your particular situation.
Progent can provide the help of top-tier experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the deployment of modules included with the basic GP platform but are not now being used. In addition, recommend third-party products written exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.
Build special connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid duplicate entry and improve accuracy.
Create big and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform various functions not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can assist you to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise available from Progent's consultants include:
- Needs assessment and site inventory
- Network architecture design and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability environments
- Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
An optimized Dynamics GP environment includes diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products combined into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their first releases to their latest versions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and application development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with strategic IT platforms saves time and costs when helping organizations through each phase of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of senior cybersecurity and compliance engineers, business continuity preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can help you to plan, deploy, and manage a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Read/Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
For more about Progent's online and onsite support services in Fort Collins, Colorado for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, refer to:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Fort Collins, CO business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.