Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a longer heritage than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for Windows. 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 depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades long enough that they are now using legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble locating experienced Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and extract the most benefit out of the application.
The more an organization attempts to make do with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure becomes. When server hardware or storage systems break down, there may be no equivalent hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates are no longer developed. Current editions of SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Power BI may not be an option. Businesses considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the volume of components there are to the puzzle. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may be astronomical.
Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided advanced and economical remote consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state in the U.S. By offering in-depth experience with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to help your Tucson, Arizona business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our clients and start by understanding their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the situation and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations may include an upgrade to a more current and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user training, full platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a broad range of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications used by company, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our goal with every Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize business value and manage expense.
Progent can assist your Tucson, Arizona company in every phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement project including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- System Assessment
Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are now using and propose other capabilities of the product that might be suitable for your business.
- Upgrade Design and Timing
Create a complete upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and training. Identify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve integration problems.
Design and configure a pilot environment for proving the upgrade project.
- Environment Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to have all the latest features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and run scripts to address known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from multiple local and external repositories.
Provide individual or group training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Act as a single contact for support to deliver dependable and cost-effective resolution of problems made possible by close understanding of your particular situation.
Progent can provide the help of seasoned experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly rather than managing less knowledgeable consultants or internal IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the deployment of modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not now being utilized. Also, recommend third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.
Build custom connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid redundant data entry and increase accuracy.
Create major and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle specific functions not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise available from Progent's consultants include:
- Requirements analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP environment includes multiple software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services integrated into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For more than two decades, Progent has provided online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their first versions to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and application development services.
Progent also has a long history of delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with core IT platforms cuts time and expense when guiding organizations through every aspect of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, deploy, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To find out more about Progent's online and onsite support expertise in Tucson, Arizona for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, refer to:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Tucson, AZ business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.