Dynamics GP ExpertsDynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a lengthier track record than virtually any other ERP platform written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have been able to postpone upgrades long enough that they are now running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a common theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have a hard time finding experienced Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and get the most business value out of the software.

The longer a business attempts to make do with outdated releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure tends to be. If physical host servers or storage systems break down, there could be no suitable devices available to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security updates stop being released. Current releases of SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the number of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may seem astronomical.

Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested professionals have provided high-level and economical remote consulting for Windows-based environments to organizations in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all versions of Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Napa, California business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.

We partner with our clients and begin by understanding their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the IT environment and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations may involve a migration to a more current and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications used by company, custom report writing, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with each Microsoft Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and minimize cost.

Progent can help your Napa, California business in every phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization process including:

  • System Review
    Take a look at what features of Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss additional capabilities of the product that may be helpful to your business.

  • Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
    Create a complete migration plan and schedule that minimizes business disruption. Plan for solution validation, live deployment, and education. Specify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve compatibility issues.

  • Testing
    Design and configure a pilot system for proving the migration project.

  • Environment Updates
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating information from diverse on-premises and external sources.

  • Training
    Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for current and new users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support Services
    Provide a single contact for expertise to ensure consistent and affordable resolution of problems made possible by familiarity with your specific environment.
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent offers the support of top-tier experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 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 deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Guidance
    Suggest the deployment of modules included with the basic GP system but are not now being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party products designed exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Build custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid duplicate data entry and improve consistency.

  • Customizations
    Build big and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle specific functions not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can help you to enhance your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
  • Requirements assessment and site inventory
  • Network architecture planning and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
  • Managing iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability (HA) environments
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery planning
  • Performance tuning
Why Progent?
A modern Dynamics GP environment includes diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For more than two decades, Progent has delivered remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development experts. Progent has worked with these products from their first releases to their latest editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and development services.

Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with strategic technologies saves time and costs when guiding organizations through each phase of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of advanced security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, deploy, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
For more about Progent's online and onsite support expertise in Napa, California for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, see:

Read/Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support available from Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).

Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Napa, CA business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.