Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a lengthier history than almost any other ERP solution made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich product and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers globally. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades long enough that they are now running seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they have trouble locating veteran Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP system efficiently and derive the most benefit out of the software.
The longer an organization tries to make do with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process becomes. If physical host servers or storage systems fail, there may be no suitable hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates are no longer released. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the number of components involved in the project. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may be through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have delivered advanced and economical online consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state across the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Stamford, Connecticut 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 environment and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations may involve a migration to a more current and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a broad array of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software used by company, custom report writing, and solution analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize strategic value and minimize cost.
Progent's consultants can help your Stamford, Connecticut business in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement initiative including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- System Assessment
Take a look at what features of Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss additional features of GP that may be helpful to your organization.
- Migration Design and Scheduling
Develop a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that avoids business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Specify customizations and add-on products. Predict and manage compatibility problems.
- Pilot Testing
Design and implement a pilot system for validating the upgrade process.
- Environment Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current 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. Condition data and execute scripts to address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for private and public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating information from multiple local and remote sources.
Provide individual or group training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for support to ensure consistent and cost-effective resolution of issues thanks to familiarity with your specific environment.
Progent can provide the support of seasoned experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the work you need directly rather than managing less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the use of modules that come with the basic GP system but are not currently being used. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons written specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.
Create special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid duplicate data entry and increase accuracy.
Build big and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions not handled by standard GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can assist you to enhance your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services available from Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements analysis and site inventory
- Network topology planning and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability architectures
- Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance optimization
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud services integrated into a cohesive ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial versions to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and application development services.
Progent also has a long history of delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with strategic IT platforms saves time and expense when helping businesses through each aspect of updating their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of senior security and compliance experts, disaster recovery planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, deploy, and manage a well-tuned Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
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For more about Progent's online and on-premises support services in Stamford, Connecticut for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, visit:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Stamford, CT business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.