Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a lengthier heritage than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich product and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations globally. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades to the point that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time locating veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and derive the maximum benefit from the application.
The longer an organization tries to make do with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process tends to be. When server hardware or disk systems break down, there may be no suitable devices on the market to replace them. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security patches are no longer distributed. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative products such as Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an update of their Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the number of components involved in the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may be through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered high-level and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-based environments to organizations in every state in the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all editions of Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Rochester, New York business get the most out of GP.
We partner with our customers and begin by understanding their needs. Once we have an understanding of the situation and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations can involve an upgrade to a newer and supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products from a wide array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software within your company, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with each Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize business value and control cost.
Progent's consultants can assist your Rochester, New York company in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or customization process including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss other capabilities available on the product that may be suitable for your organization.
- Upgrade Design and Scheduling
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, live deployment, and training. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and manage integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Design and implement a pilot environment for validating the migration process.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and run scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private and public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from multiple local and external sources.
Deliver individual or group training for existing and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
Act as a single contact for support to deliver effective and cost-effective handling of issues made possible by familiarity with your particular environment.
Progent offers the help of seasoned experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal IT personnel. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Recommend the deployment of software modules that come with the basic GP system but are not now being utilized. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons written exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.
Create special integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid duplicate entry and improve accuracy.
Create big and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle various business 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 deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure services offered by Progent include:
- Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture design and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability solutions
- Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products combined into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For over 20 years, Progent has provided online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial versions to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with strategic IT platforms saves time and costs when helping organizations through each aspect of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and database administrators who can assist you to design, implement, and manage a modern Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
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To learn more about Progent's online and on-premises consulting expertise in Rochester, New York for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, visit:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Rochester, NY business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.