Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a lengthier heritage than virtually any other ERP solution written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves using legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a common theme we hear from new clients is that they have trouble locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP system efficiently and extract the most benefit from the application.
The more an organization attempts to make do with outdated releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure becomes. When server hardware or storage systems break down, there may be no suitable devices available to use as substitutes. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security updates are no longer distributed. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative products such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an update of their Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the number of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may be astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided advanced and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By offering in-depth experience with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Grand Rapids, Michigan business optimize the benefit of GP.
We partner with our customers and start by understanding their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services can include an upgrade to a more current and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user training, full system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a broad range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications within your company, custom report writing, and solution analysis to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with each Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize business value and minimize expense.
Progent can help your Grand Rapids, Michigan company in every phase of your Dynamics GP migration or customization project including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- Deployment Review
Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss other features available on the product that may be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Plan for solution validation, live deployment, and education. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and resolve compatibility problems.
- Pilot Testing
Design and configure a pilot system for proving the migration process.
- Environment Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from multiple local and external sources.
Provide one-on-one or classroom style training for existing and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Provide a single point of contact for expertise to ensure consistent and affordable handling of problems made possible by familiarity with your specific 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 managing less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Suggest the use of software modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not now being used. In addition, recommend third-party products designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.
Create custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce duplicate data entry and increase consistency.
Create major and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can help your business to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise offered by Progent's consultants include:
- Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network topology design and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- business continuity preparedness
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial releases to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with strategic technologies cuts time and costs when guiding businesses through each phase of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, business continuity planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, deploy, and manage a productive Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Read/Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To learn more about Progent's online and onsite support expertise in Grand Rapids, Michigan for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, visit:
To download a datasheet about the consulting support available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Grand Rapids, MI business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.