Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a longer track record than virtually any other ERP platform made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers globally. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades to the point that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble locating experienced Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and get the maximum business value out of the application.
The more an organization tries to limp along with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process tends to be. If physical host servers or disk systems fail, there could be no equivalent hardware on the market to replace them. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security patches stop being released. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your important GP customizations. Innovative products such as Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the number of pieces involved in the project. And the cost quoted for a migration may seem through the roof.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided high-level and affordable remote consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state in the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration skills, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Providence, Rhode Island business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and start by understanding their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the situation and the areas needing improvement we make our recommendations. Proposed services can involve an upgrade to a newer and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a broad range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications used by company, custom report creation, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize business value and minimize cost.
Progent can help your Providence, Rhode Island business in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization initiative including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- Deployment Review
Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and propose other features available on GP that may be helpful to your organization.
- Migration Planning and Timing
Develop a complete upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage compatibility issues.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and configure a test system for validating the upgrade process.
- System Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all current features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and run scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private and external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from diverse local and remote sources.
Provide one-on-one or group training for existing and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single contact for expertise to deliver effective and cost-effective resolution of problems thanks to familiarity with your particular environment.
Progent offers the support of top-tier experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
Recommend the deployment of modules included with the basic GP system but are not now being utilized. In addition, suggest third-party products written specifically for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.
Build custom connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid redundant data entry and increase accuracy.
Create big and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can assist you to upgrade your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise available from Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture design and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products integrated into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent has supported these products from their first releases to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with core technologies saves time and expense when helping organizations through every phase of updating their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced security and compliance engineers, business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and database administrators who can help you to design, implement, and manage a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
Read/Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To learn more information about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting expertise in Providence, Rhode Island for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, refer to:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Providence, RI business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.