Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer history than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers globally. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble finding veteran Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system affordably and derive the maximum business value from the software.
The more a business tries to limp along with outdated releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process tends to be. If server hardware or storage systems break down, there may be no suitable hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, critical security patches are no longer released. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your important GP customizations. Innovative products such as Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an update of their Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the number of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for a migration may seem through the roof.
Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered high-level and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state across the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all versions of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Bakersfield, California business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our clients and begin by understanding their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the situation and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a newer and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party modules from a broad array of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software within your company, custom report writing, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with every Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize business value and manage cost.
Progent can assist your Bakersfield, California business in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement project including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- System Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss other capabilities available on the product that may be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Design and Timing
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and training. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and resolve integration problems.
- Pilot Testing
Design and configure a pilot system for validating the migration process.
- Environment Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current version to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and execute scripts to address documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal and public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from diverse local and external repositories.
Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Act as a single point of contact for expertise to ensure dependable and cost-effective resolution of issues made possible by familiarity with your particular situation.
Progent offers the support of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you require directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the deployment of software modules included with the basic GP system but are not currently being utilized. Also, recommend third-party add-ons designed specifically for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.
Create custom connections between Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid redundant entry and improve accuracy.
Build big and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform various functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can help your business to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure services provided by Progent include:
- Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network topology design and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability architectures
- Integration with public cloud services such as Microsoft 365
- business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services combined into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first releases to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud SaaS options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with core technologies cuts time and costs when guiding organizations through every phase of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, deploy, and maintain a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Read/Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
For more information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting services in Bakersfield, California for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, visit:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Bakersfield, CA 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.