Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a longer track record than almost any other ERP platform made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich product and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they are now running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time finding veteran Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system affordably and extract the maximum benefit out of the software.
The longer an organization attempts to limp along with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process tends to be. If server hardware or disk systems break down, there could be no suitable devices on the market to use as substitutes. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security updates stop being distributed. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative products like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the number of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may seem through the roof.
Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided advanced and economical remote consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state in the U.S. By offering deep experience with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Rochester, New York business optimize the benefit of GP.
We partner with our clients and start by listening to their requirements. After gaining familiarity with the environment and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations may involve a migration to a more current and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a wide array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications used by company, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize business value and control expense.
Progent can assist your Rochester, New York company in each phase of your Dynamics GP migration or customization initiative including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now using and propose additional capabilities of GP that might be suitable for your business.
- Upgrade Design and Scheduling
Develop a complete upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage integration issues.
Plan and implement a pilot environment for proving the upgrade process.
- Environment Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and execute scripts to address documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal as well as external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from multiple on-premises and remote repositories.
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 ensure effective and affordable resolution of issues thanks to close understanding of your specific environment.
Progent offers the support of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
Suggest the deployment of modules included with the core GP platform but are not now being utilized. Also, recommend third-party add-ons written exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.
Build custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid duplicate data entry and increase consistency.
Create major and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform various functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can help your business to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud services combined into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have provided remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent's consultants have 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 integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and application development services.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with strategic IT platforms saves time and costs when helping businesses through every aspect of upgrading their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, implement, and manage a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
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To download a datasheet describing the consulting services offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Rochester, NY business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.