Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a longer history than virtually any other ERP platform made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they are now using legacy software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from prospective clients is that they have a hard time finding experienced Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and extract the most benefit from the software.
The more a business tries to make do with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process tends to be. If server hardware or storage systems break down, there could be no equivalent hardware available to use as substitutes. When editions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates are no longer distributed. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your important GP customizations. Next-generation products like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the volume of pieces there are to the project. And the price tag quoted for a migration may seem through the roof.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested experts have delivered high-level and economical online consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state across the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all editions of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to make sure your Fort Wayne, Indiana business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our clients and start by listening to their needs. After gaining familiarity with the IT environment and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Proposed services can include an upgrade to a newer and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products from a wide array of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software used by organization, custom report creation, and solution analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with every Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and control cost.
Progent can assist your Fort Wayne, Indiana company in each facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization project including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- System Review
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss additional capabilities of the product that may be suitable for your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Develop a complete migration plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, live deployment, and training. Specify custom development and add-on products. Predict and resolve integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and configure a pilot system for proving the migration process.
- System Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and run scripts to address known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for internal as well as public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from multiple on-premises 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 contact for support to ensure consistent and affordable handling of problems made possible by familiarity with your specific situation.
Progent can provide the help of seasoned experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the deployment of software modules that come with the core GP system but are not currently being used. Also, recommend third-party add-ons designed specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Create special integrations between Dynamics GP and other business applications to reduce duplicate entry and increase accuracy.
Create big and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific functions not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can assist you to enhance your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise offered by Progent include:
- Needs analysis and site inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
- Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their first versions to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and application development services.
Progent also has a long history of delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with strategic IT platforms saves time and costs when guiding organizations through each phase of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior cybersecurity and compliance engineers, disaster recovery preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, deploy, and maintain a well-tuned Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To find out more about Progent's remote and onsite support services in Fort Wayne, Indiana for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, refer to:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Fort Wayne, IN business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.