Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a longer track record than virtually any other ERP platform written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades long enough that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a recurring complaint we hear from new clients is that they have trouble finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP system affordably and extract the maximum business value from the software.
The more an organization attempts to limp along with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process becomes. If server hardware or disk systems fail, there could be no suitable hardware available to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security patches stop being distributed. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation products such as Power BI may not be an option. Businesses considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the volume of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may be astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have delivered high-level and affordable remote integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state across the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your St. Louis, Missouri business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our clients and start by understanding their requirements. After gaining familiarity with the situation and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations can include a migration to a more current and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products from a broad array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software used by company, custom report writing, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with each Microsoft Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize business value and control cost.
Progent can assist your St. Louis, Missouri company in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement process including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss other capabilities available on GP that may be helpful to your business.
- Migration Planning and Scheduling
Develop a complete upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and training. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and resolve integration problems.
Plan and implement a test system for validating the upgrade project.
- Environment Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all current features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and execute scripts to address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for internal and public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from diverse local and remote sources.
Provide individual or group training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single point of contact for support to ensure dependable and affordable handling of issues made possible by familiarity with your specific environment.
Progent offers the help of seasoned experts who have been creating 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 in-house staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the deployment of modules that come with the core GP system but are not now being utilized. In addition, suggest third-party products designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.
Create custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce redundant entry and increase accuracy.
Build big and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform various business functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can help you to enhance your network infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise available from Progent include:
- Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability architectures
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products combined into a seamless ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent has supported these products from their initial versions to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with strategic technologies saves time and costs when helping organizations through each aspect of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of advanced security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery preparedness experts, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to design, deploy, and manage a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To learn more information about Progent's remote and on-premises support services in St. Louis, Missouri for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your St. Louis, MO business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.