Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a longer track record than almost any other ERP platform written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. A number of organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades long enough that they are now running legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from new clients is that they have trouble locating veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and extract the maximum benefit out of the application.
The more a business tries to make do with outdated releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure tends to be. If physical host servers or storage systems fail, there may be no equivalent hardware available to replace them. When editions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security updates stop being developed. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Power BI may not be an option. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the number of components involved in the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may be through the roof.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization 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 advanced and affordable online consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all editions of Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Spartanburg, South Carolina 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 situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Proposed services may include a migration to a more current and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products from a broad array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software within your company, custom report writing, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize strategic value and minimize expense.
Progent can assist your Spartanburg, South Carolina company in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization initiative including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- System Review
Take a look at what features of Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss other features of the product that may be helpful to your business.
- Migration Design and Timing
Develop a complete migration plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Identify customizations and add-on products. Predict and resolve integration issues.
Plan and implement a test environment for validating the upgrade process.
- Environment Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to ensure continuing support 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 run scripts to resolve known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for private as well as public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from multiple on-premises and remote repositories.
Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for existing and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single contact for expertise to ensure consistent and cost-effective handling of issues thanks to close understanding of your particular situation.
Progent can provide the support of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Suggest the deployment of software modules that come with the core GP system but are not currently being used. Also, suggest third-party add-ons written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.
Create special connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid redundant data entry and increase consistency.
Create major and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can assist you to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services available from Progent's consultants include:
- Needs analysis and site inventory
- Network architecture planning and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have provided online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent has supported these products from their initial releases to their latest editions, and Progent can help with cloud SaaS options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Windows Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with strategic IT platforms saves time and expense when guiding businesses through each aspect of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of senior cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, business continuity planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can help you to design, implement, and manage a well-tuned Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Read/Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To find out more information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting services in Spartanburg, South Carolina 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: Expertise for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Spartanburg, SC business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.