Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a longer track record than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers worldwide. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves using legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time finding veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment affordably and extract the maximum benefit from the application.
The more a business attempts to make do with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure becomes. If physical host servers or storage systems break down, there may be no suitable devices available to replace them. When versions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates are no longer developed. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the number of pieces there are to the project. And the cost quoted for an upgrade 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 provided high-level and economical online consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all editions of Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Napa, California business optimize the benefit of GP.
We become partners with our clients and start by listening to their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services may include an upgrade to a more current and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications used by company, custom report creation, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize business value and manage cost.
Progent can assist your Napa, California company in every phase of your Dynamics GP migration or customization initiative including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose additional features available on GP that might be suitable for your organization.
- Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
Develop a complete upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and education. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and implement a pilot system for proving the upgrade project.
- System Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and run scripts to resolve known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for internal and external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from diverse on-premises and remote repositories.
Deliver one-on-one or group training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Provide a single point of contact for expertise to ensure consistent and affordable resolution of problems made possible by familiarity with your particular situation.
Progent can provide the support of seasoned experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly rather than managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the deployment of modules that come with the core GP system but are not now being used. In addition, recommend third-party products written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.
Create custom integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid duplicate data entry and improve consistency.
Build major and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can assist you to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise offered by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements assessment and site inventory
- Network architecture design and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
- Integrating iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
An optimized Dynamics GP environment includes diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products integrated into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have provided remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server integration experts. Progent has worked with these products from their initial versions to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with strategic IT platforms saves time and expense when guiding businesses through each aspect of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the support of senior security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and database administrators who can help you to design, implement, and manage a well-tuned Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To learn more about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting expertise in Napa, California for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, refer to:
To download a datasheet about the consulting support offered by Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Napa, CA business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.