Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a lengthier history than almost any other ERP platform written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich product and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with about 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on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades to the point that they are now running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from new customers is that they have trouble locating veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and get the maximum benefit from the software.
The more a business tries to make do with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure tends to be. When server hardware or storage systems fail, there could be no suitable devices available to replace them. When versions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security updates are no longer released. Current releases of SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the number of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may seem through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered high-level and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Raleigh, North Caroline business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and start by listening to their needs. Once we have an understanding of the IT situation and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Proposed services can involve a migration to a more current and supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a broad array of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications within your organization, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize business value and manage expense.
Progent's consultants can assist your Raleigh, North Caroline company in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization project including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- System Review
Take a look at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss additional capabilities of GP that might be helpful to your organization.
- Migration Planning and Scheduling
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Specify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and manage compatibility problems.
Plan and implement a pilot system for validating the upgrade project.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to assure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and execute scripts to address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for private and external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from diverse local and external repositories.
Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
Provide a single contact for expertise to deliver effective and affordable handling of issues thanks to close understanding of your specific situation.
Progent can provide the help of seasoned experts who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the deployment of modules included with the core GP system but are not now being used. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.
Build special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid redundant data entry and improve consistency.
Create major and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform various functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can assist you to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise available from Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network topology design and deployment (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance optimization
A modern Dynamics GP environment includes multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services combined into a seamless ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent has delivered remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent has supported these products from their first releases to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with strategic IT platforms saves time and expense when helping organizations through every phase of updating their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance experts, business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to design, deploy, and manage a well-tuned Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Read/Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
For more information about Progent's remote and onsite consulting services in Raleigh, North Caroline for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting services available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Raleigh, NC business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.