Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a longer heritage than virtually any other ERP solution made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations globally. Many organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades long enough that they now find themselves running legacy software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have a hard time locating experienced Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and get the maximum benefit from the software.
The more a business tries to limp along with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process tends to be. When physical host servers or disk systems fail, there may be no equivalent hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security patches are no longer distributed. The latest releases of SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products like Power BI may not be an option. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the number of components involved in the project. And the price tag suggested for a migration may be through the roof.
Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered advanced and affordable online consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state across the U.S. By offering deep experience with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Scottsdale, Arizona business optimize the benefit of GP.
We partner with our customers and begin by understanding their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the environment and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations may involve an upgrade to a more current and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, full system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a wide range of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications within your organization, custom report creation, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and manage cost.
Progent's consultants can help your Scottsdale, Arizona business in each phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization initiative including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- System Review
Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss additional features of the product that might be suitable for your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Create a complete migration plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Specify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and resolve integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Design and configure a pilot environment for proving the upgrade process.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current version to assure continuing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and execute scripts to address documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal and external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from multiple local and remote repositories.
Provide individual or classroom style training for current and new users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single point of contact for support to ensure consistent and affordable resolution of problems thanks to close understanding of your particular situation.
Progent offers the help of seasoned experts who have been developing 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 can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the deployment of modules included with the core GP system but are not currently being utilized. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons designed specifically for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.
Build special integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce redundant data entry and improve accuracy.
Create major and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can help you to enhance your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise offered by Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture planning and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services integrated into a seamless enterprise resource management solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have provided online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial versions to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with core technologies cuts time and expense when guiding organizations through every phase of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced security and compliance experts, business continuity planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, implement, and maintain a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
For more about Progent's online and onsite consulting expertise in Scottsdale, Arizona for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, visit:
To download a datasheet about the consulting services available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Scottsdale, AZ business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.