Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a lengthier history than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active customers worldwide. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades long enough that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time finding veteran Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system efficiently and get the maximum benefit out of the software.
The more a business attempts to make do with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process tends to be. When server hardware or storage systems fail, there could be no suitable devices on the market to replace them. When versions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security updates are no longer released. The latest editions of SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment 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 Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's seasoned experts have delivered high-level 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 Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to help your Orlando, Florida business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and start by understanding their requirements. After gaining familiarity with the environment and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations may involve an upgrade to a newer and supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user training, full platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a wide array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications used by company, custom report creation, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize business value and manage cost.
Progent can assist your Orlando, Florida company in each phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement project including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Take a look at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss other capabilities available on GP that may be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
Create a complete migration plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage integration issues.
Design and implement a test system for proving the migration project.
- System Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current version to assure ongoing 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. Condition data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private and public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from multiple on-premises and external repositories.
Provide individual or classroom style training for existing and new users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for support to ensure consistent and cost-effective handling of issues thanks to close understanding of your specific environment.
Progent offers the support of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you require directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the use of software modules that come with the core GP system but are not currently being used. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Build custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid redundant entry and improve accuracy.
Build big and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can help you to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise offered by Progent include:
- Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability solutions
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- business continuity planning
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud products integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have provided online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent has supported these products from their first releases to their latest versions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with strategic technologies saves time and costs when helping organizations through every phase of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior security and information assurance engineers, business continuity preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and database administrators who can help you to plan, deploy, and maintain a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
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To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Orlando, FL business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.