Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a longer heritage than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades to the point that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a common theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time locating veteran Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP system affordably and get the maximum business value out of the application.
The longer a business tries to limp along with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure becomes. When physical host servers or storage systems fail, there could be no equivalent hardware available to use as substitutes. When editions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security patches are no longer developed. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the volume of pieces involved in the project. And the price tag suggested for a migration may be through the roof.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered advanced and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state in the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Chatsworth, California business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our customers and begin by understanding their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Proposed services can involve an upgrade to a newer and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, full platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide range of suppliers that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software used by company, custom report creation, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize strategic value and minimize cost.
Progent's consultants can help your Chatsworth, California company in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement project including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- System Review
Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are now running and propose other capabilities of GP that might be suitable for your business.
- Upgrade Design and Scheduling
Develop a complete upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Identify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve integration problems.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and implement a test system for proving the migration process.
- System Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure continuing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and run scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for internal as well as public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from multiple local and remote sources.
Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
Act as a single point of contact for expertise to deliver effective and cost-effective handling of issues made possible by close understanding of your particular situation.
Progent offers the support of top-tier consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
Recommend the deployment of modules included with the basic GP system but are not now being utilized. Also, recommend third-party products designed specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.
Build custom integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid redundant entry and increase accuracy.
Build big and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Progent can assist you to upgrade your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise available from Progent's consultants include:
- Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- business continuity preparedness
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud services combined into a seamless ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent has worked with these products from their initial releases to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with core IT platforms saves time and costs when helping businesses through every aspect of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of senior security and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to design, deploy, and maintain a modern Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
Read/Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
For more about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services in Chatsworth, California for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, refer to:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise offered by Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Chatsworth, CA business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.