Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a lengthier heritage than virtually any other ERP solution written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades to the point that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from new customers is that they have trouble locating experienced Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system efficiently and extract the most benefit out of the software.
The longer an organization tries to limp along with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure becomes. If physical host servers or storage systems break down, there may be no equivalent devices on the market to replace them. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security patches stop being distributed. Current releases of SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the volume of components there are to the puzzle. And the cost suggested for a migration may be through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided high-level and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state across the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Reston, Virginia business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our customers and begin by understanding their needs. After gaining familiarity with the situation and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Proposed services can include an upgrade to a newer and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a wide range of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software within your organization, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with each Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and manage cost.
Progent can assist your Reston, Virginia business in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization project including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose other features available on the product that might be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Design and Timing
Develop a complete upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and manage compatibility issues.
Plan and implement a test environment for validating the upgrade project.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to assure continuing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and execute scripts to address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for private as well as external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating information from multiple local and remote repositories.
Deliver individual or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Act as a single point of contact for support to ensure effective and cost-effective resolution of issues thanks to close understanding of your specific situation.
Progent offers the help of seasoned experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the work you require directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
Recommend the deployment of modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not currently being utilized. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons designed specifically for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.
Build custom integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid duplicate data entry and improve consistency.
Create major and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can help your business to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure services available from Progent include:
- Requirements analysis and site inventory
- Network topology design and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability (HA) environments
- 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 resources, and cloud services combined into a seamless ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial releases to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with strategic IT platforms cuts time and costs when helping businesses through each aspect of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced cybersecurity and compliance experts, disaster recovery preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, implement, and manage a well-tuned Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To find out more about Progent's online and on-premises consulting services in Reston, Virginia for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, refer to:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Reston, VA business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.