Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a lengthier track record 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 popular 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GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have a hard time finding veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system affordably and extract the most business value from the application.
The longer an organization tries to make do with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process tends to be. If physical host servers or disk systems break down, there could be no equivalent hardware on the market to replace them. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches stop being released. Current releases of SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the number of components there are to the project. And the price tag quoted for a migration may seem astronomical.
Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered advanced and affordable online consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state across the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Kansas City, Missouri business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our customers and start by understanding their needs. After gaining familiarity with the IT environment and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations can involve a migration to a more current and supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad range of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software within your company, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize strategic value and manage expense.
Progent's consultants can assist your Kansas City, Missouri company in every facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization project including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss additional features of GP that may be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Design and Timing
Develop a complete migration plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Plan for solution validation, live deployment, and education. Specify custom development and add-on products. Predict and manage integration problems.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and implement a test environment for validating the upgrade process.
- System Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to assure continuing support services from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to address known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for internal and public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating information from diverse on-premises and remote sources.
Provide individual or classroom style training for current and new users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single contact for support to deliver dependable and affordable resolution of problems thanks to familiarity with your specific situation.
Progent offers the help of top-tier consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the deployment of modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not currently being utilized. Also, recommend third-party products written exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Build custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business applications to reduce duplicate data entry and improve consistency.
Build major and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various functions not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can help your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise available from Progent's consultants include:
- Requirements analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP environment includes diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud services combined into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have provided remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first releases to their latest editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with strategic IT platforms saves time and costs when helping organizations through every phase of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of senior cybersecurity and information assurance experts, business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can assist you to design, implement, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
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Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Kansas City, MO business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.