Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a lengthier heritage than almost any other ERP platform made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers globally. Many organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have been able to postpone upgrades long enough that they now find themselves running legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a recurring complaint we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time finding veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system efficiently and derive the most business value out of the software.
The more a business tries to limp along with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure tends to be. When physical host servers or storage systems fail, there could be no equivalent hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security patches are no longer developed. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your important GP customizations. Innovative products like Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the volume of pieces there are to the project. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may be through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided advanced and economical online integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Chatsworth, California business get the most out of GP.
We partner with our clients and start by listening to their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the IT environment and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations may involve an upgrade to a more current and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a wide array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software within your organization, custom report writing, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with every Microsoft Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and minimize expense.
Progent's consultants can assist your Chatsworth, California business in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization project including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- System Review
Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently running and propose additional features of the product that may be suitable for your business.
- Migration Planning and Timing
Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Specify custom development and add-on products. Predict and resolve compatibility issues.
- Pilot Testing
Design and configure a pilot environment for validating the upgrade process.
- Environment Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and run scripts to resolve known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for private as well as public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from multiple local and external sources.
Deliver individual or classroom style training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Act as a single point of contact for expertise to deliver dependable and affordable handling of issues thanks to close understanding of your particular situation.
Progent can provide the help of top-tier experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you require directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
Suggest the deployment of modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not currently being utilized. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Create special integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid redundant data entry and improve consistency.
Build big and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific functions not handled by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can assist you to enhance your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise available from Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements assessment and site inventory
- Network architecture planning and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance optimization
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services combined into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided online and onsite support from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent has supported these products from their first versions to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This experience with strategic technologies saves time and expense when helping organizations through every aspect of updating their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of senior security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery preparedness experts, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and database administrators who can help you to plan, deploy, and maintain a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To find out more about Progent's online and onsite support services in Chatsworth, California for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Chatsworth, CA business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.