Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a lengthier history than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades to the point that they are now running legacy software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time locating experienced Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and get the most business value out of the application.
The more an organization attempts to limp along with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure tends to be. If physical host servers or disk systems break down, there may be no suitable hardware available to replace them. When editions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates are no longer distributed. The latest editions of SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative products such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the volume of pieces there are to the project. And the price tag suggested for a migration may seem through the roof.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered advanced and affordable remote integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to businesses in every state across the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all editions of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration talent, Progent is ideally suited to help your Bakersfield, California business get the most out of GP.
We partner with our customers and start by listening to their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations can involve an upgrade to a newer and supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad range of suppliers that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications used by organization, custom report creation, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize business value and minimize expense.
Progent can assist your Bakersfield, California company in each facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement process including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- System Review
Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now running and propose additional features of GP that might be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
Develop a complete migration plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve compatibility problems.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and implement a pilot environment for validating the upgrade project.
- System Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and run scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from multiple local and external repositories.
Provide individual or group training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single point of contact for support to deliver consistent and cost-effective handling of problems thanks to familiarity with your specific situation.
Progent can provide the help of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly rather than managing less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
Recommend the use of software modules that come with the basic GP system but are not currently being used. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.
Create custom integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to reduce duplicate data entry and increase accuracy.
Create big and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform various functions not handled by standard GP modules or external modules.
Progent can assist your business to enhance your network infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services provided by Progent include:
- Needs analysis and site inventory
- Network architecture planning and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Managing iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance optimization
A modern Dynamics GP environment includes multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products combined into a seamless ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent has worked with these products from their first versions to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with core IT platforms cuts time and costs when guiding organizations through each phase of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, deploy, and manage a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
Read/Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
For more about Progent's online and on-premises support expertise in Bakersfield, California for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, visit:
To download a datasheet about 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 Upgrade Support
If your Bakersfield, CA business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.