Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a longer history than almost any other enterprise resource planning (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 about 50,000 active customers worldwide. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from new clients is that they have trouble locating veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and derive the most benefit from the application.
The more a business attempts to make do with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure tends to be. When server hardware or disk systems break down, there could be no equivalent devices on the market to use as substitutes. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches stop being developed. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative products like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an update of their Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the number of components involved in the puzzle. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may be astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have delivered advanced and economical remote consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state across the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all versions of Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Newark, New Jersey business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our clients and start by listening to their needs. Once we have familiarity with the situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations may include a migration to a newer and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user education, full system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a wide range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications within your organization, custom report writing, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with every Dynamics GP project big or small is to optimize strategic value and control expense.
Progent can help your Newark, New Jersey business in every phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement project including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- System Review
Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss other features available on GP that may be helpful to your organization.
- Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
Create a complete migration plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Plan for solution validation, live deployment, and education. Identify custom development and add-on products. Predict and manage compatibility issues.
Plan and implement a pilot system for validating the upgrade process.
- Environment Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to assure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and run scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for internal and public use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from multiple local and external sources.
Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Act as a single contact for expertise to ensure consistent and affordable handling of problems made possible by familiarity with your specific environment.
Progent can provide the support of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
Suggest the deployment of software modules included with the core GP system but are not now being used. Also, recommend third-party add-ons designed specifically for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.
Build special connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce duplicate data entry and increase consistency.
Create big and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform specific functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can assist you to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise available from Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs analysis and site inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance optimization
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and 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 Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server integration experts. Progent has worked with these products from their first releases to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.
Progent also has a long history of providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with core IT platforms saves time and expense when guiding organizations through each aspect of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior cybersecurity and compliance experts, business continuity preparedness experts, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and database administrators who can assist you to design, deploy, and maintain a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Read/Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
For more information about Progent's online and onsite consulting services in Newark, New Jersey for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Newark, NJ business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.