Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a longer heritage than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, 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 long enough that they are now using legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is risky. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from new customers is that they have trouble locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and get the most benefit from the application.
The longer a business attempts to limp along with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure tends to be. If physical host servers or disk systems fail, there may be no suitable hardware on the market to replace them. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security patches are no longer developed. The latest releases of SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses considering an update of their Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the volume of pieces there are to the project. And the cost quoted for a migration may seem astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested professionals have provided high-level and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By offering in-depth experience with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Madison, Wisconsin business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our clients and begin by listening to their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations may include a migration to a newer and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products from a broad range of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications within your organization, custom report creation, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize business value and minimize expense.
Progent can help your Madison, Wisconsin business in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement initiative including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- System Assessment
Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss additional features available on the product that may be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Design and Timing
Develop a complete migration plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and training. Specify customizations and add-on products. Predict and resolve compatibility issues.
Plan and implement a test environment for validating the upgrade project.
- Environment Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current version to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and execute scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for private and external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from multiple on-premises and external repositories.
Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single contact for expertise to ensure dependable and cost-effective resolution of problems thanks to close understanding of your specific situation.
Progent offers the support of seasoned experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
Suggest the deployment of software modules included with the basic GP platform but are not currently being used. Also, recommend third-party products designed specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Build special connections between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid duplicate data entry and increase accuracy.
Create big and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can assist you to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent's consultants include:
- Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network topology design and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance optimization
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products combined into a seamless ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent has provided remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their first versions to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and development services.
Progent also has a long history of providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with strategic IT platforms saves time and costs when guiding organizations through each phase of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of advanced security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, implement, and maintain a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
Read/Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To find out more information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting expertise in Madison, Wisconsin for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, visit:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Madison, WI business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.