Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a lengthier history than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. Many organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades long enough that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a recurring complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time finding veteran Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and get the most business value from the application.
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 fail, there may be no suitable devices available to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates are no longer developed. The latest releases of SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative products such as Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the volume of components there are to the puzzle. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may be astronomical.
Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have delivered advanced and affordable remote consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state across the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration talent, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your Irving, Texas business get the most out of GP.
We partner with our customers and begin by listening to their needs. Once we have familiarity with the IT situation and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations can involve a migration to a more current and supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user training, full system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules from a wide range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications within your organization, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our goal with every Microsoft Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize business value and control cost.
Progent's consultants can assist your Irving, Texas business in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization process including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- System Review
Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss additional capabilities available on GP that may be helpful to your organization.
- Upgrade Design and Scheduling
Develop a complete migration plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and resolve compatibility problems.
Design and implement a pilot environment for validating the upgrade project.
- System Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current version to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and run scripts to address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal as well as external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from multiple on-premises and external repositories.
Deliver individual or classroom style training for existing and new users of Dynamics GP.
Act as a single contact for support to ensure dependable and affordable handling of issues made possible by familiarity with your specific environment.
Progent offers the help of top-tier consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal IT personnel. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the use of modules included with the core GP platform but are not now being utilized. Also, recommend third-party add-ons written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.
Build custom connections between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid duplicate entry and improve consistency.
Build major and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or external modules.
Progent can help you to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure services available from Progent include:
- Requirements analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture design and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and remote connections and creating security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability environments
- Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud services combined into a seamless ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent has delivered online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial releases to their latest versions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with strategic IT platforms saves time and costs when helping organizations through every aspect of updating their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the support of senior cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, deploy, and manage a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
For more about Progent's online and onsite consulting expertise in Irving, Texas for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting services available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Irving, TX business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.