Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a lengthier history than virtually any other ERP platform written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades to the point that they are now running seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a common theme we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time finding experienced Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment affordably and get the maximum benefit out of the software.
The more an organization attempts to limp along with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure becomes. When physical host servers or disk systems break down, there could be no equivalent devices available to use as substitutes. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security updates stop being released. The latest editions of SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools like Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the number of pieces involved in the project. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may be through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have provided advanced and economical online consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Shreveport, Louisiana business get the most out of GP.
We partner with our clients and start by listening to their needs. Once we have familiarity with the IT environment and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations may involve a migration to a newer and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user education, full platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications within your company, custom report writing, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize business value and manage expense.
Progent can help your Shreveport, Louisiana company in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement project including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- System Review
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose other capabilities of the product that may be helpful to your organization.
- Migration Design and Timing
Develop a complete migration plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, live deployment, and training. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage integration problems.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and configure a test environment for proving the upgrade project.
- System Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and run scripts to address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for private and external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from multiple local and remote repositories.
Provide one-on-one or group training for current and new users of Dynamics GP.
Provide a single point of contact for support to ensure dependable and cost-effective resolution of issues made possible by close understanding of your specific situation.
Progent offers the help of seasoned experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the deployment of software modules that come with the basic GP system but are not currently being utilized. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons written specifically for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.
Build custom connections between Dynamics GP and other business applications to reduce redundant data entry and increase accuracy.
Build big and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can help your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise offered by Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs analysis and site inventory
- Network topology planning and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products combined into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their first releases to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.
Progent also has extensive experience providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with strategic technologies saves time and costs when guiding businesses through every aspect of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, implement, and maintain a well-tuned Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Read/Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To learn more about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services in Shreveport, Louisiana for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, refer to:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services available from Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Shreveport, LA business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.