Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a lengthier history than almost any other ERP solution made for the Windows OS. 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 customers worldwide. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades long enough that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble finding experienced Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and extract the most benefit out of the software.
The longer a business attempts to limp along with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process tends to be. If physical host servers or disk systems break down, there may be no equivalent hardware available to replace them. When editions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates stop being distributed. The latest editions of SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools like Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an update of their Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the volume of components there are to the project. And the price tag suggested for a migration may seem astronomical.
Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested experts have delivered high-level and affordable online consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state across the U.S. By combining deep experience with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Mobile, Alabama business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our clients and start by understanding their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the IT environment and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services may involve an upgrade to a more current and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software within your company, custom report creation, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with every Microsoft Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize business value and control expense.
Progent can help your Mobile, Alabama company in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or customization project including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose other features available on GP that may be suitable for your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Develop a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and manage compatibility problems.
Plan and implement a pilot system for proving the migration project.
- Environment Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and run scripts to address documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from diverse on-premises and external sources.
Provide one-on-one or group training for existing and new users of Dynamics GP.
Act as a single point of contact for expertise to ensure effective and affordable handling of problems made possible by familiarity with your particular situation.
Progent can provide the help of top-tier experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the deployment of software modules included with the basic GP system but are not now being used. Also, recommend third-party products designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.
Build custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce duplicate data entry and improve accuracy.
Create big and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform various business functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can assist your business to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services available from Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability environments
- Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
- business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have provided online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent has supported these products from their first versions to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.
Progent also has a long history of providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with core IT platforms saves time and costs when helping businesses through every phase of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, implement, and manage a productive Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Read/Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To find out more information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting expertise in Mobile, Alabama for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Mobile, AL business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.