Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a longer track record than virtually any other ERP platform written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations globally. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and extract the maximum benefit out of the application.
The longer a business tries to limp along with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure becomes. When server hardware or storage systems fail, there may be no suitable hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates are no longer released. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the number of components there are to the puzzle. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may be astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have provided high-level and affordable remote integration consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all editions of Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Lincoln, Nebraska business get the most out of GP.
We partner with our customers and start by understanding their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services can involve an upgrade to a newer and supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party modules from a wide array of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications within your organization, custom report creation, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with each Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize business value and manage expense.
Progent can assist your Lincoln, Nebraska business in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement initiative including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss additional features of GP that may be suitable for your business.
- Migration Planning and Timing
Create a complete migration plan and schedule that minimizes business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage compatibility problems.
- Pilot Testing
Design and implement a test system for proving the upgrade process.
- Environment Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and execute scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for private as well as public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from diverse on-premises and remote sources.
Provide one-on-one or group training for existing and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single contact for expertise to ensure effective and cost-effective handling of problems made possible by familiarity with your particular situation.
Progent can provide the support of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
Suggest the use of modules that come with the core GP platform but are not currently being used. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons written exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.
Create custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid duplicate data entry and improve consistency.
Build big and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific functions not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can help your business to enhance your network infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements analysis and site inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability architectures
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance tuning
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products combined into a seamless ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent has delivered online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their first releases to their latest editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and application development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This experience with strategic IT platforms cuts time and expense when guiding businesses through every aspect of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of senior security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to design, deploy, and manage a modern Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To learn more about Progent's online and onsite support expertise in Lincoln, Nebraska for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Lincoln, NE business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.