Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a lengthier track record than virtually any other ERP solution made for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades to the point that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring theme we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time locating experienced Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system efficiently and get the maximum benefit out of the software.
The more an organization attempts to make do with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process becomes. If server hardware or disk systems fail, there may be no suitable hardware on the market to replace them. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates are no longer distributed. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an update of their Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the number of components there are to the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for a migration may be through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned experts have delivered advanced and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state across the U.S. By combining deep experience with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration skills, Progent is ideally qualified to make sure your Minnetonka, Minnesota business optimize the benefit of GP.
We become partners with our customers and start by understanding their needs. After gaining familiarity with the IT environment and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations may include a migration to a more current and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, simple user training, full system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide range of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications used by company, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize business value and manage cost.
Progent can assist your Minnetonka, Minnesota business in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement project including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- System Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and propose additional capabilities available on GP that might be helpful to your organization.
- Migration Design and Timing
Create a complete upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Specify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and manage compatibility issues.
Design and implement a test system for validating the migration process.
- Environment Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features accessible to your business. 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 resolve known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for private and external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from multiple local and external sources.
Provide one-on-one or group training for existing and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Provide a single contact for support to deliver dependable and cost-effective handling of problems thanks to familiarity with your particular situation.
Progent offers the support of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the use of software modules that come with the basic GP system but are not now being used. In addition, recommend third-party products designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.
Create special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid redundant entry and increase consistency.
Build major and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various business functions not handled by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can help your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services provided by Progent include:
- Requirements analysis and site inventory
- Network architecture planning and deployment (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services combined into a seamless ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their first releases to their latest versions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and development services.
Progent also has a long history of providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with core IT platforms cuts time and costs when helping organizations through each phase of updating their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced security and compliance experts, disaster recovery preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and database administrators who can help you to plan, deploy, and maintain a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To find out more information about Progent's remote and onsite consulting expertise in Minnetonka, Minnesota for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, refer to:
To download a datasheet about the consulting support available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Minnetonka, MN business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.