Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a lengthier history than almost any other ERP solution written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades long enough that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a common theme we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and get the most benefit out of the software.
The more a business tries to limp along with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure becomes. When server hardware or storage systems break down, there may be no suitable devices on the market to use as substitutes. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches stop being developed. Current releases of SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an update of their Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the volume of components involved in the project. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may be through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered advanced and economical remote consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state across the U.S. By combining deep experience with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your Schaumburg, Illinois business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and begin by understanding their needs. Once we have an understanding of the IT situation and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a newer and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, full platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a broad array of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications within your company, custom report writing, and system evaluations to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize business value and control expense.
Progent's consultants can help your Schaumburg, Illinois company in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement project including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and propose other capabilities available on GP that might be suitable for your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Develop a complete upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Specify customizations and add-on products. Predict and manage integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Design and implement a test environment for validating the migration process.
- System Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal as well as public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from diverse on-premises and remote repositories.
Provide individual or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single contact for support to ensure dependable and affordable resolution of issues made possible by familiarity with your particular environment.
Progent offers the support of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you require directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the deployment of modules included with the core GP platform but are not currently being utilized. Also, suggest third-party products designed exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.
Create special integrations between Dynamics GP and other business applications to reduce redundant data entry and improve consistency.
Create major and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform specific functions not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can assist you to enhance your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise offered by Progent include:
- Requirements analysis and site inventory
- Network topology design and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Dynamics GP environment includes diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services combined into a seamless enterprise resource management solution. For over 20 years, Progent has provided online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their initial releases to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with core IT platforms cuts time and expense when helping organizations through every phase of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of senior cybersecurity and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to design, implement, and manage a well-tuned Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Read/Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
For more about Progent's remote and onsite consulting expertise in Schaumburg, Illinois for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, visit:
To download a datasheet about the consulting support offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Schaumburg, IL business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.