Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a longer heritage than almost any other ERP platform written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich product and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers globally. A number of 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 legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a recurring complaint we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP environment affordably and get the most business value out of the software.
The more a business attempts to make do with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process tends to be. When physical host servers or disk systems break down, there could be no equivalent hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches are no longer developed. The latest editions of SQL Server may not work with your important GP customizations. Next-generation products like Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an update of their Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the number of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for a migration may be astronomical.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have delivered advanced and affordable remote consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By offering deep experience with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Jacksonville, Florida business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and begin by understanding their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the IT situation and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations can involve an upgrade to a newer and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products from a broad array of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications within your company, custom report writing, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with each Microsoft Dynamics GP project big or small is to optimize business value and manage expense.
Progent's consultants can help your Jacksonville, Florida company in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or customization project including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are now running and propose additional capabilities available on GP that might be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Design and Scheduling
Develop a complete upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage integration issues.
Plan and configure a test system for proving the migration project.
- Environment Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to assure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating information from diverse local and external repositories.
Provide one-on-one or group training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single contact for support to ensure consistent and affordable resolution of problems thanks to close understanding of your specific environment.
Progent offers the support of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the use of modules that come with the core GP platform but are not currently being utilized. In addition, suggest third-party products designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.
Build custom connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid redundant entry and increase consistency.
Create major and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle various business functions not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can assist you to enhance your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services available from Progent's consultants include:
- Needs analysis and site inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability solutions
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP environment includes multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have provided online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration experts. Progent has supported these products from their initial versions to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with strategic IT platforms cuts time and expense when helping businesses through each phase of updating their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, deploy, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
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To find out more about Progent's online and onsite support services in Jacksonville, Florida for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, see:
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Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your Jacksonville, FL business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.