Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a lengthier history than almost any other ERP platform written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. Many organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they have trouble locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and extract the maximum benefit out of the application.
The longer a business tries to limp along with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process becomes. If server hardware or storage systems break down, there may be no equivalent devices available to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates stop being distributed. The latest releases of SQL Server might not work with your important GP customizations. Innovative products like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the number of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may seem astronomical.
Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided high-level and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By offering in-depth experience with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Sarasota, Florida business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our clients and start by listening to their needs. After gaining familiarity with the situation and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services may involve an upgrade to a more current and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party modules from a broad array of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications used by organization, custom report writing, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with every Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize business value and minimize expense.
Progent's consultants can assist your Sarasota, Florida business in each facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization project including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss other features available on the product that may be suitable for your organization.
- Migration Design and Timing
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business disruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Specify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve compatibility issues.
Plan and configure a test environment for proving the upgrade project.
- Environment Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and run scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private and external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from diverse local and remote repositories.
Deliver one-on-one or group training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single contact for expertise to ensure consistent and cost-effective resolution of issues thanks to close understanding of your specific situation.
Progent can provide the help of top-tier experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the deployment of modules included with the basic GP system but are not currently being used. In addition, suggest third-party products designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.
Create special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid redundant data entry and improve consistency.
Create major and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle specific functions not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can help your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise offered by Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability architectures
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud services combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial versions to their latest editions, and Progent can help with cloud options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with core IT platforms cuts time and costs when helping organizations through each phase of updating their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to design, implement, and manage a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Read/Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To find out more information about Progent's online and on-premises support services in Sarasota, Florida for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, refer to:
To download a datasheet about the consulting support available from Progent for MS 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 MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Sarasota, FL business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.