Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a lengthier heritage than almost any other ERP solution written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich product and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations globally. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have been able to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves using legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and derive the most business value out of the software.
The longer an organization attempts to limp along with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure becomes. If server hardware or disk systems fail, there could be no equivalent devices on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security patches stop being distributed. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the number of components there are to the project. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may be astronomical.
Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided advanced and economical online consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By offering deep experience with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your Fresno, California business get the most out of GP.
We become partners with our customers and start by understanding their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations may include a migration to a newer and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide range of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications within your company, custom report creation, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with each Dynamics GP project big or small is to optimize business value and manage cost.
Progent can assist your Fresno, California company in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement project including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- System Assessment
Take a look at what features of Dynamics GP you are currently running and propose other capabilities available on GP that might be suitable for your organization.
- Upgrade Design and Timing
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and resolve integration problems.
- Pilot Testing
Design and implement a test system for validating the migration process.
- System Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal and public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from multiple local and external sources.
Provide individual or group training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Provide a single contact for expertise to deliver consistent and affordable resolution of problems thanks to close understanding of your specific environment.
Progent offers the help of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
Recommend the use of modules that come with the core GP system but are not currently being used. Also, recommend third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.
Create custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce duplicate data entry and increase consistency.
Build big and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can assist you to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise provided by Progent's consultants include:
- Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture design and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance optimization
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent has provided online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial versions to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with core IT platforms saves time and expense when helping organizations through each phase of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of senior cybersecurity and information assurance experts, business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, deploy, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
For more information about Progent's remote and onsite support expertise in Fresno, California for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, refer to:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Fresno, CA business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.