Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a longer history than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for Windows. Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades to the point that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from new clients is that they have trouble finding experienced Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and derive the maximum benefit out of the application.
The more an organization attempts to make do with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure becomes. If physical host servers or disk systems break down, there may be no equivalent hardware available to use as substitutes. When versions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security patches are no longer released. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the volume of components there are to the puzzle. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may be astronomical.
Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested experts have delivered high-level and economical online integration consulting for Windows-based environments to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By offering deep experience with all releases of Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration skills, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Schaumburg, Illinois business optimize the benefit of GP.
We partner with our customers and start by understanding their needs. After gaining an understanding of the environment and the areas needing improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations may involve an upgrade to a newer and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, full system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a broad range of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software within your company, custom report writing, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize strategic value and minimize cost.
Progent's consultants can help your Schaumburg, Illinois business in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement initiative including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- System Assessment
Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently running and propose additional features of the product that might be helpful to your organization.
- Upgrade Design and Scheduling
Develop a complete migration plan and schedule that minimizes business disruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and training. Specify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage compatibility problems.
Plan and implement a test environment for validating the upgrade project.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all current features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and run scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for private as well as public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from diverse on-premises and external repositories.
Provide one-on-one or group training for existing and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for support to deliver dependable and affordable handling of issues made possible by close understanding of your specific environment.
Progent can provide the help of seasoned experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly rather than managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the deployment of modules included with the core GP platform but are not now being used. In addition, suggest third-party products designed specifically for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.
Create special connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce duplicate entry and increase accuracy.
Create major and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various business functions not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can help you to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services offered by Progent's consultants include:
- Needs assessment and site inventory
- Network architecture design and implementation (local, private or public cloud, 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 public cloud services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance tuning
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products combined into a seamless ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent has delivered online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their first releases to their latest editions, and Progent can help with cloud options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with core IT platforms saves time and costs when guiding organizations through each aspect of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced security and compliance experts, disaster recovery planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can help you to design, deploy, and manage a modern Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
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Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Schaumburg, IL business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.