Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a lengthier track record than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations globally. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves running legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a common theme we hear from new customers is that they have trouble locating experienced Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and get the most benefit from the application.
The longer an organization attempts to make do with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure tends to be. When server hardware or disk systems fail, there may be no equivalent devices on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security updates are no longer developed. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative products like Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the number of components there are to the project. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may seem astronomical.
Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered advanced and affordable online consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state across the U.S. By offering in-depth experience with all editions of Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Norfolk, Virginia business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our clients and start by listening to their needs. Once we have an understanding of the IT environment and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Proposed services may include an upgrade to a more current and supported version of Dynamics GP, simple user training, full platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad array of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software within your organization, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our goal with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and minimize expense.
Progent's consultants can help your Norfolk, Virginia company in each phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization project including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Take a look at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and propose additional features of GP that might be suitable for your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Create a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Identify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve compatibility problems.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and implement a test system for proving the migration process.
- Environment Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private and external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from multiple on-premises and remote repositories.
Deliver one-on-one or group training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Act as a single point of contact for expertise to ensure dependable and affordable resolution of problems thanks to close understanding of your specific environment.
Progent offers the help of seasoned experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
Suggest the deployment of software modules included with the basic GP system but are not now being utilized. Also, suggest third-party products designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Create special integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business applications to reduce duplicate entry and improve consistency.
Build big and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure services available from Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- business continuity planning
- Performance optimization
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud products integrated into a cohesive ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent has provided remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent has 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 integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with strategic IT platforms saves time and costs when guiding organizations through every aspect of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of senior cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, business continuity preparedness experts, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, implement, and maintain a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
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For more about Progent's remote and on-premises support expertise in Norfolk, Virginia for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, visit:
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Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Norfolk, VA business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.