Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a lengthier heritage than virtually any other ERP platform made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich product and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. A number of organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a common theme we hear from new clients is that they have trouble finding experienced Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and get the most business value from the application.
The longer an organization attempts to limp along with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process becomes. If server hardware or storage systems break down, there may be no equivalent hardware on the market to replace them. When versions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates stop being released. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an update of their Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the number of pieces involved in the project. And the price tag quoted for a migration may seem astronomical.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided advanced and affordable remote consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By offering in-depth experience with all versions of Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Parsippany, New Jersey business get the most out of GP.
We become partners with our customers and start by listening to their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the IT situation and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services can include a migration to a more current and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products from a broad range of suppliers that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications used by organization, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with every Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize business value and manage cost.
Progent's consultants can assist your Parsippany, New Jersey business in every phase of your Dynamics GP migration or customization process including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss other capabilities available on the product that might be helpful to your organization.
- Upgrade Design and Timing
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Specify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and manage compatibility issues.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and implement a pilot environment for validating the migration project.
- System Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and execute scripts to address known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for private and external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from diverse local and remote sources.
Deliver individual or classroom style training for current and new users of Dynamics GP.
Provide a single point of contact for expertise to ensure dependable and cost-effective handling of problems thanks to familiarity with your particular situation.
Progent offers the help of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Suggest the deployment of modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not currently being used. Also, recommend third-party add-ons written exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Create special integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce duplicate entry and improve consistency.
Create big and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform various functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can help you to enhance your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services available from Progent include:
- Requirements assessment and site inventory
- Network architecture planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability architectures
- Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance optimization
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For more than two decades, Progent has provided remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent has supported these products from their initial releases to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud SaaS options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and application development services.
Progent also has a long history of providing help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with strategic technologies cuts time and expense when helping organizations through each aspect of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced security and compliance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and database administrators who can help you to plan, implement, and manage a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To find out more about Progent's online and onsite consulting services in Parsippany, New Jersey for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Parsippany, NJ business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.