Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a longer heritage than almost any other ERP solution 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 around 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades long enough that they are now running legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time finding veteran Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP environment affordably and derive the most business value out of the application.
The more an organization attempts to make do with outdated releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process tends to be. If server hardware or storage systems fail, there may be no equivalent devices available to use as substitutes. When versions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, critical security patches stop being released. The latest releases of SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the number of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the cost quoted for a migration may seem astronomical.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided high-level and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-based environments to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Chesapeake, Virginia business get the most out of GP.
We partner with our customers and start by listening to their needs. After gaining familiarity with the environment and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services can include an upgrade to a more current and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a broad array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications within your organization, custom report writing, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with every Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and control cost.
Progent's consultants can help your Chesapeake, Virginia company in each phase of your Dynamics GP migration or customization initiative including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose additional capabilities of GP that might be suitable for your organization.
- Migration Planning and Timing
Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business interruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and education. Specify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Design and configure a test system for validating the upgrade process.
- System Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to assure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to have all the latest features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and execute scripts to address known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal as well as external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from multiple local and remote sources.
Provide one-on-one or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
Provide a single point of contact for support to ensure consistent and cost-effective handling of issues thanks to close understanding of your specific situation.
Progent can provide the support of seasoned experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Recommend the deployment of modules that come with the core GP system but are not now being utilized. Also, suggest third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.
Build custom connections between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to reduce duplicate entry and increase consistency.
Create major and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can help your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs assessment and site inventory
- Network architecture design and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial releases to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.
Progent also has extensive experience providing help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with strategic technologies saves time and costs when helping businesses through every phase of upgrading their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and database administrators who can assist you to design, implement, and manage a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To learn more about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting expertise in Chesapeake, Virginia for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, visit:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Chesapeake, VA business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.