Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a longer history than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now running legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from new customers is that they have trouble finding veteran Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and extract the maximum business value from the application.
The longer an organization attempts to limp along with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure tends to be. If server hardware or storage systems break down, there may be no equivalent devices on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security updates stop being released. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative products such as Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the volume of components there are to the project. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may seem through the roof.
Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered advanced and economical online consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state in the U.S. By offering in-depth experience with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Minnetonka, Minnesota business get the most out of GP.
We become partners with our clients and start by understanding their requirements. After gaining familiarity with the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Proposed services may involve an upgrade to a more current and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, full platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a wide array of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications within your company, custom report creation, and solution analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize strategic value and minimize cost.
Progent can assist your Minnetonka, Minnesota company in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization process including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently running and propose additional capabilities of GP that might be helpful to your organization.
- Migration Design and Timing
Develop a complete migration plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Identify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve integration issues.
Design and implement a pilot environment for proving the upgrade project.
- System Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current release to assure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all the latest features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and execute scripts to resolve documented 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 self-service reporting and for combining information from multiple on-premises and external sources.
Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Provide a single point of contact for expertise to deliver effective and cost-effective resolution of issues made possible by close understanding of your specific environment.
Progent can provide the help of top-tier consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you require directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal IT personnel. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the use of software modules included with the basic GP platform but are not currently being utilized. Also, suggest third-party add-ons written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.
Create special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce redundant data entry and improve accuracy.
Create major and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or external modules.
Progent can assist your business to enhance your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise provided by Progent's consultants include:
- Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture design and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and remote connections and creating security policies
- Integrating iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- business continuity preparedness
- Performance optimization
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud products integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their first releases to their latest editions, and Progent can help with cloud SaaS options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with core IT platforms saves time and expense when guiding organizations through each phase of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of senior security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery preparedness experts, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, implement, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
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For more about Progent's online and on-premises consulting expertise in Minnetonka, Minnesota for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise offered by Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Minnetonka, MN business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.