Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer track record than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves using legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and derive the most business value out of the software.
The longer an organization tries to limp along with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process tends to be. If physical host servers or storage systems break down, there could be no suitable hardware on the market to replace them. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates stop being distributed. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the number of components involved in the project. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may be astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered high-level and affordable online consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state in the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to help your Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania business get the most out of GP.
We partner with our customers and begin by understanding their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the IT situation and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services can include a migration to a newer and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, full platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications used by organization, custom report writing, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with every Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize strategic value and minimize expense.
Progent's consultants can help your Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania business in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement process including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- Deployment Review
Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose additional capabilities available on the product that might be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Specify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve integration issues.
Design and implement a test environment for validating the upgrade process.
- System Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current version to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and run scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private and public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from multiple local and external sources.
Deliver individual or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single point of contact for support to deliver consistent and cost-effective handling of problems made possible by familiarity with your particular environment.
Progent can provide the help of seasoned experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you require directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the deployment of software modules included with the basic GP platform but are not currently being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Build special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business applications to reduce redundant entry and increase accuracy.
Create major and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can assist you to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services available from Progent include:
- Requirements assessment and site inventory
- Network topology planning and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
- business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products combined into a seamless ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent has delivered remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent has worked with these products from their first releases to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and development services.
Progent also has a long history of providing help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with core IT platforms saves time and costs when helping organizations through every phase of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of senior cybersecurity and information assurance experts, business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, deploy, and maintain a modern Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
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Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Pittsburgh, PA business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.