Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a longer heritage than almost any other ERP platform made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers globally. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades to the point that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from new clients is that they have trouble finding veteran Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment affordably and get the maximum business value out of the software.
The more a business attempts to limp along with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process becomes. When physical host servers 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 patches stop being developed. Current releases of SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative products such as Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the volume of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for a migration may be through the roof.
Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have delivered advanced and economical online integration consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state in the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Minnetonka, Minnesota business get the most out of GP.
We become partners with our clients and start by listening to their needs. Once we have an understanding of the environment and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services can involve an upgrade to a more current and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user education, full system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products from a wide range of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software within your organization, custom report creation, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize business value and control expense.
Progent can help your Minnetonka, Minnesota company in each facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement initiative including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss additional capabilities available on GP that may be helpful to your organization.
- Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
Develop a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and manage integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and implement a test system for validating the migration project.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and run scripts to address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from diverse on-premises and external repositories.
Provide individual or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single point of contact for support to ensure dependable and affordable resolution of issues made possible by familiarity with your particular environment.
Progent offers the support of seasoned experts who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the use of modules included with the basic GP platform but are not currently being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons written exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.
Create custom connections between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to reduce redundant entry and improve accuracy.
Create major and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can assist you to enhance your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure services offered by Progent include:
- Requirements analysis and site inventory
- Network architecture design and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and remote connections and creating security policies
- Managing iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP environment includes diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and cloud products combined into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For more than two decades, Progent has delivered online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first releases to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with core technologies cuts time and costs when guiding businesses through each phase of updating their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of senior security and information assurance experts, business continuity preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, deploy, and manage a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Read/Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To find out more information about Progent's remote and on-premises support services in Minnetonka, Minnesota for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, refer to:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise offered by Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Minnetonka, MN business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.