Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a longer heritage than almost any other ERP platform made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time finding experienced Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and derive the maximum business value out of the software.
The more an organization attempts to limp along with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure tends to be. If server hardware or disk systems fail, there could be no equivalent devices available to replace them. When releases of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates stop being distributed. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the volume of components involved in the project. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may seem astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered high-level and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-based environments to organizations in every state across the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Indianapolis, Indiana business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our clients and begin by understanding their requirements. After gaining familiarity with the situation and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services can include a migration to a newer and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, simple user training, full platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products from a wide array of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications within your company, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with every Dynamics GP project big or small is to optimize business value and manage cost.
Progent's consultants can help your Indianapolis, Indiana business in each facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement initiative including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- System Review
Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now running and propose additional features available on GP that may be suitable for your organization.
- Migration Planning and Scheduling
Develop a complete upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage integration problems.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and configure a pilot environment for validating the upgrade project.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for internal as well as public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from diverse on-premises and remote repositories.
Provide one-on-one or group training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Provide a single contact for expertise to ensure consistent and cost-effective handling of problems thanks to familiarity with your particular environment.
Progent can provide the help of top-tier experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you require directly rather than managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Recommend the use of software modules that come with the core GP system but are not now being used. Also, recommend third-party add-ons written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.
Build custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid duplicate entry and increase consistency.
Build major and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform various functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise available from Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network topology design and implementation (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance tuning
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services combined into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent has supported these products from their first versions to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with core IT platforms cuts time and costs when guiding organizations through each aspect of upgrading their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of senior cybersecurity and compliance experts, business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, deploy, and manage a modern Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To learn more about Progent's online and on-premises consulting services in Indianapolis, Indiana for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, visit:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Indianapolis, IN business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.