Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a longer heritage than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for Windows. 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. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades long enough that they now find themselves running legacy software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and derive the maximum business value out of the application.
The longer an organization tries to make do with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure tends to be. When server hardware or disk systems break down, there could be no equivalent devices on the market to replace them. When releases of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security updates stop being developed. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the number of components involved in the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for a migration may seem through the roof.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided advanced and economical online integration consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state across the U.S. By offering in-depth experience with all versions of Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Southfield, Michigan business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our clients and begin by understanding their needs. After gaining familiarity with the situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations may include a migration to a newer and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide array of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications used by company, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our goal with every Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize business value and control expense.
Progent's consultants can assist your Southfield, Michigan company in each phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement process including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose other features available on the product that might be suitable for your organization.
- Migration Design and Timing
Develop a complete migration plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Specify custom development and add-on products. Predict and manage integration issues.
Design and configure a pilot system for proving the migration process.
- Environment Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and run scripts to resolve known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for internal and public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from multiple local and remote repositories.
Provide individual or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single point of contact for support to ensure effective and affordable handling of problems made possible by close understanding of your particular situation.
Progent can provide the help of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Suggest the deployment of software modules that come with the basic GP system but are not currently being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party products designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.
Build special integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to reduce duplicate data entry and improve accuracy.
Build big and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform various business functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise offered by Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network topology design and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud services combined into a seamless enterprise resource management solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have provided remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial releases to their latest editions, and Progent can help with cloud options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with strategic IT platforms cuts time and costs when helping organizations through each phase of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior cybersecurity and compliance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, deploy, 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
To find out more information about Progent's online and onsite support services in Southfield, Michigan for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, refer to:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Southfield, MI business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.