Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a longer heritage than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations globally. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from new clients is that they have trouble locating veteran Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system efficiently and derive the most benefit from the application.
The longer a business tries to make do with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process becomes. When server hardware or disk systems fail, there could be no suitable hardware on the market to replace them. When editions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security patches stop being distributed. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative products such as Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the number of components involved in the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may be astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have delivered high-level and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration skills, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Houston, Texas business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and start by listening to their needs. After gaining an understanding of the situation and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations may include an upgrade to a more current and supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user education, full system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products from a wide range of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software within your organization, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with each Dynamics GP project big or small is to optimize business value and control cost.
Progent's consultants can help your Houston, Texas business in every facet of your Dynamics GP migration or enhancement process including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently running and propose other features available on the product that may be suitable for your business.
- Upgrade Design and Scheduling
Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and manage integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and implement a pilot environment for validating the upgrade process.
- Environment Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and execute scripts to address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from multiple on-premises and external sources.
Provide individual or group training for current and new users of Dynamics GP.
Provide a single point of contact for support to ensure dependable and cost-effective resolution of issues thanks to familiarity with your specific situation.
Progent offers the support of top-tier consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you require directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the deployment of software modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not currently being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons written exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.
Build special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce duplicate data entry and increase consistency.
Create big and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle various functions not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can assist your business to enhance your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services offered by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network topology design and deployment (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
- Integrating iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability environments
- Integration with public cloud services including Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance optimization
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes multiple software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products combined into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial releases to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with core IT platforms cuts time and expense when guiding organizations through every phase of updating their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of senior security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, implement, and manage a modern Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Read/Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
For more information about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting expertise in Houston, Texas for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Houston, TX business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.