Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a longer track record than virtually any other ERP platform made for Windows. 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 globally. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now running legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time finding veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP system efficiently and get the maximum benefit from the application.
The longer a business tries to limp along with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process tends to be. If server hardware or storage systems break down, there may be no suitable hardware on the market to replace them. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches are no longer released. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the volume of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for a migration may seem through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have provided advanced and economical remote consulting for Windows-powered networks to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Fresno, California business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our clients and start by understanding their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations may include a migration to a newer and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, full platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products from a wide array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software within your organization, custom report writing, and system evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with each Microsoft Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize strategic value and minimize cost.
Progent's consultants can help your Fresno, California company in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or customization initiative including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- Deployment Review
Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss additional features of GP that might be suitable for your organization.
- Upgrade Design and Scheduling
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Specify customizations and add-on products. Predict and resolve integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Design and configure a pilot system for validating the migration project.
- System Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and execute scripts to address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for private and external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating information from multiple on-premises and remote sources.
Deliver individual or group training for existing and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single point of contact for support to ensure effective and affordable resolution of issues thanks to familiarity with your specific situation.
Progent can provide the support of top-tier experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the deployment of software modules included with the core GP system but are not now being used. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons written exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.
Create custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce redundant data entry and increase consistency.
Build big and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various business functions not addressed by standard GP modules or external modules.
Progent can help you to enhance your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise provided by Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs assessment and site inventory
- Network architecture design and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products integrated into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first versions to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.
Progent also has extensive experience providing help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with core IT platforms saves time and costs when guiding businesses through every aspect of upgrading their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, business continuity planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, implement, and manage a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To learn more about Progent's remote and on-premises support services in Fresno, California for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting support offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your Fresno, CA business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.