Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a longer heritage than almost any other ERP platform made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. A number of organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades long enough that they now find themselves running legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring theme we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and derive the most business value from the software.
The more a business tries to limp along with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process becomes. If physical host servers or storage systems fail, there may be no equivalent devices available to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, critical security patches are no longer developed. Current editions of SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an update of their Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the volume of components there are to the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may seem astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided advanced and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By offering deep experience with all editions of Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Bakersfield, California business get the most out of GP.
We become partners with our customers and start by understanding their needs. Once we have familiarity with the IT situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations can involve a migration to a newer and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, full platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products from a broad range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications within your company, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize business value and manage cost.
Progent's consultants can help your Bakersfield, California company in each facet of your Dynamics GP migration or customization project including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- System Review
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss additional capabilities of GP that might be helpful to your business.
- Migration Design and Scheduling
Create a complete upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Specify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve compatibility issues.
- Pilot Testing
Design and implement a test environment for proving the migration process.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and run scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for private and external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from diverse on-premises and external repositories.
Provide individual or group training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Act as a single point of contact for support to deliver dependable and cost-effective handling of issues thanks to familiarity with your specific environment.
Progent can provide the help of seasoned experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Suggest the use of modules included with the core GP platform but are not now being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons written specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.
Build special connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce duplicate data entry and increase accuracy.
Create major and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle specific functions not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Progent can help you to enhance your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise offered by Progent include:
- Requirements analysis and site inventory
- Network topology planning and deployment (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
- Managing iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) 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 application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and cloud products integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first versions to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with core technologies cuts time and expense when guiding organizations through each phase of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of senior security and information assurance experts, business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, deploy, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To find out more information about Progent's online and onsite consulting expertise in Bakersfield, California for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting services available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your Bakersfield, CA business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.