Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a lengthier track record than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations globally. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades to the point that they are now using legacy software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is risky. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have a hard time finding veteran Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system efficiently and extract the most business value from the software.
The longer an organization attempts to limp along with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure tends to be. If physical host servers or storage systems break down, there may be no suitable devices on the market to replace them. When editions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches are no longer developed. Current releases of SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative products like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the volume of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the cost suggested for a migration may be through the roof.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have delivered high-level and economical online integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all releases of Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to help your Edmonton, Alberta business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and begin by understanding their needs. After gaining an understanding of the environment and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a newer and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, full platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products from a broad array of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software within your organization, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with each Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize strategic value and control cost.
Progent's consultants can assist your Edmonton, Alberta company in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement process including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- System Review
Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are currently running and propose additional features available on GP that may be helpful to your organization.
- Upgrade Design and Timing
Create a complete migration plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Specify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and manage integration issues.
Plan and configure a test environment for validating the migration project.
- System Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and run scripts to resolve known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for internal as well as public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from multiple on-premises and remote repositories.
Provide individual or group training for existing and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single point of contact for support to ensure dependable and affordable resolution of issues made possible by familiarity with your particular situation.
Progent offers the help of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
Recommend the use of software modules included with the basic GP platform but are not now being used. Also, suggest third-party add-ons written exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.
Create custom connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid redundant entry and improve accuracy.
Create big and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific functions not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can assist you to upgrade your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise available from Progent's consultants include:
- Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
- Managing iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- business continuity planning
- Performance optimization
A modern Dynamics GP environment includes multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent has supported these products from their first releases to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and development services.
Progent also has a long history of delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with strategic IT platforms saves time and costs when guiding businesses through each aspect of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced security and compliance experts, business continuity preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, deploy, and manage a productive Dynamics GP solution.
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 about Progent's remote and onsite support services in Edmonton, Alberta for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, visit:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Edmonton, AB business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.