Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer heritage than virtually any other ERP solution written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich product and is one of the most popular ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers globally. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from new customers is that they have trouble finding veteran Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and derive the most business value from the software.
The longer an organization tries to limp along with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure tends to be. When server hardware or disk systems fail, there could be no equivalent hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When editions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates stop being developed. Current releases of SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an update of their Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the number of components involved in the puzzle. And the cost quoted for a migration may be through the roof.
Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided high-level and affordable remote consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all releases of Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Southfield, Michigan business optimize the benefit of GP.
We become partners with our clients and begin by understanding their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations can include a migration to a more current and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules from a wide range of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications used by company, custom report writing, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with each Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize business value and minimize expense.
Progent can help your Southfield, Michigan business in every facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization process including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss other features of the product that might be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Design and Scheduling
Create a complete upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Specify customizations and add-on products. Predict and resolve integration problems.
Design and implement a pilot environment for proving the migration process.
- System Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private and external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from diverse on-premises and remote repositories.
Provide one-on-one or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
Provide a single contact for expertise to ensure consistent and affordable resolution of problems thanks to familiarity with your specific environment.
Progent offers the support of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the use of modules included with the basic GP system but are not currently being utilized. Also, suggest third-party add-ons written specifically for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.
Build custom integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid duplicate entry and improve consistency.
Build big and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle specific functions not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external 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 environment. Infrastructure services provided by Progent include:
- Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
- Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability architectures
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services combined into a seamless enterprise resource management solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has delivered online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent has supported these products from their first versions to their latest editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by offering Office 365 integration services, 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, Windows Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with core IT platforms cuts time and expense when guiding organizations through each aspect of upgrading their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of senior security and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and database administrators who can help you to design, deploy, and maintain a modern Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
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For more information about Progent's remote and onsite consulting expertise in Southfield, Michigan for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, visit:
To download a datasheet about the consulting support offered by Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Southfield, MI business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.