Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a lengthier history than virtually any other ERP solution made for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active customers globally. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades to the point that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a common theme we hear from new clients is that they have trouble locating experienced Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and get the maximum business value from the software.
The longer an organization attempts to limp along with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process tends to be. If physical host servers or storage systems break down, there may be no suitable devices on the market to replace them. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches are no longer developed. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools like Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the volume of components there are to the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may seem through the roof.
Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided advanced and affordable online consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration skills, Progent is ideally qualified to make sure your Shreveport, Louisiana business optimize the benefit of GP.
We become partners with our clients and start by understanding their needs. Once we have an understanding of the situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a newer and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, full system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide range of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications within your organization, custom report creation, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with each Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and control expense.
Progent can help your Shreveport, Louisiana company in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or customization initiative including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- System Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss other capabilities of GP that might be helpful to your business.
- Migration Planning and Scheduling
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Design and configure a test system for validating the migration project.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all current features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and execute scripts to address documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for private as well as external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from multiple on-premises and remote repositories.
Provide one-on-one or group training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single contact for expertise to deliver dependable and cost-effective handling of issues thanks to familiarity with your particular environment.
Progent can provide the support of seasoned experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
Recommend the use of software modules that come with the core GP platform but are not now being used. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.
Create custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid redundant entry and improve accuracy.
Build major and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various functions not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can help you to enhance your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise offered by Progent include:
- Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network topology design and implementation (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability environments
- Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and cloud services combined into a seamless enterprise resource management solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have provided online and onsite support from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial releases to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud options by offering Office 365 consulting, 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 planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with core IT platforms saves time and expense when helping businesses through every aspect of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can help you to plan, deploy, and manage a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
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Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Shreveport, LA business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.