Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a lengthier track record than virtually any other ERP solution made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades long enough that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a common theme we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time finding veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system affordably and extract the maximum benefit from the application.
The more a business tries to make do with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process tends to be. If physical host servers or storage systems break down, there may be no equivalent devices available to replace them. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security patches stop being developed. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the number of pieces involved in the project. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may be through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have delivered high-level and affordable remote consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By combining deep experience with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your St. Louis, Missouri business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and begin by listening to their needs. Once we have an understanding of the situation and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services can involve an upgrade to a more current and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user education, full system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules from a wide array of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software used by company, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with each Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize business value and control expense.
Progent's consultants can assist your St. Louis, Missouri company in each phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization process including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- System Assessment
Take a look at what features of Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss other capabilities of GP that might be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
Develop a complete upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, live deployment, and training. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and manage compatibility problems.
Design and implement a test system for validating the migration project.
- Environment Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and run scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for internal and external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from multiple local and external sources.
Provide individual or classroom style training for existing and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Act as a single point of contact for support to ensure consistent and cost-effective handling of issues made possible by familiarity with your specific situation.
Progent can provide the help of top-tier consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly rather than managing less knowledgeable consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
Suggest the deployment of software modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not now being used. Also, recommend third-party add-ons written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.
Build custom integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid duplicate entry and improve accuracy.
Create big and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can help your business to enhance your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise offered by Progent include:
- Requirements analysis and site inventory
- Network topology design and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance optimization
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products combined into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent's consultants have 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 migration and application development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with strategic technologies saves time and expense when guiding businesses through every aspect of upgrading their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of senior cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can help you to design, implement, and maintain a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Read/Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
For more about Progent's online and onsite support services in St. Louis, Missouri for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your St. Louis, MO business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.