Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a lengthier history than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers globally. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades long enough that they now find themselves running legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from new customers is that they have trouble finding veteran Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and get the maximum business value from the software.
The more a business attempts to limp along with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process becomes. If server hardware or disk systems break down, there could be no equivalent devices available to use as substitutes. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates stop being released. The latest releases of SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative products such as Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the number of components involved in the project. And the price tag quoted for a migration may be through the roof.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered high-level and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to businesses in every state in the U.S. By offering in-depth experience with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Fort Wayne, Indiana business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our clients and start by listening to their needs. Once we have an understanding of the environment and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a more current and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products from a broad range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software used by organization, custom report creation, and solution analysis to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and control expense.
Progent can help your Fort Wayne, Indiana business in each phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement initiative including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss additional features available on GP that might be suitable for your business.
- Migration Design and Timing
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, live deployment, and training. Specify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage compatibility problems.
Design and implement a pilot system for validating the migration project.
- Environment Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and run scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal and public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from multiple local and external sources.
Deliver individual or classroom style training for existing and new users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single contact for support to deliver dependable and affordable handling of issues thanks to close understanding of your specific situation.
Progent can provide the support of top-tier experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the use of modules that come with the core GP system but are not currently being used. In addition, suggest third-party products designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.
Build special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid redundant data entry and improve accuracy.
Create big and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle specific functions not handled by standard GP modules or external modules.
Progent can help your business to enhance your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services offered by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture planning and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability environments
- Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
- business continuity planning
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP environment includes multiple software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent has delivered remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial releases to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with strategic technologies cuts time and expense when helping businesses through each phase of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can help you to design, deploy, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To find out more about Progent's online and onsite consulting services in Fort Wayne, Indiana for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, visit:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Fort Wayne, IN business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.