Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a lengthier track record than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations globally. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves running legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time finding veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and derive the maximum benefit from the software.
The longer a business tries to limp along with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure becomes. If server hardware or disk systems fail, there could be no equivalent devices available to replace them. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches are no longer released. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the volume of pieces involved in the project. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may be through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have provided high-level and economical remote consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to make sure your Rochester, New York business get the most out of GP.
We become partners with our customers and begin by listening to their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the IT situation and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations may involve an upgrade to a newer and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, full platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide range of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications used by company, custom report writing, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP project big or small is to optimize business value and manage expense.
Progent can assist your Rochester, New York company in each facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization project including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- System Review
Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss additional capabilities available on the product that may be helpful to your organization.
- Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
Develop a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, live deployment, and training. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and implement a pilot environment for validating the migration project.
- Environment Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to have all current features available to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and run scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for internal and external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from multiple on-premises and external repositories.
Provide individual or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for expertise to ensure effective and cost-effective resolution of issues thanks to familiarity with your particular environment.
Progent offers the help of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
Recommend the use of software modules included with the core GP system but are not currently being utilized. Also, suggest third-party add-ons written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.
Create special integrations between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid redundant entry and increase consistency.
Build big and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can help you to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure services available from Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs assessment and site inventory
- Network architecture planning and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration experts. Progent has supported these products from their initial releases to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.
Progent also has extensive experience providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with strategic IT platforms saves time and costs when guiding organizations through every phase of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of senior security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and database administrators who can help you to plan, deploy, and maintain a well-tuned Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Read/Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
For more about Progent's online and on-premises support expertise in Rochester, New York for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting support available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Rochester, NY business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.