Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a longer history than virtually 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 small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active customers worldwide. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades long enough that they are now using legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a common theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have trouble finding veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP environment affordably and extract the maximum benefit out of the software.
The longer an organization attempts to limp along with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure tends to be. When physical host servers or storage systems fail, there could be no equivalent devices on the market to use as substitutes. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, critical security updates stop being released. The latest editions of SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the volume of components involved in the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for a migration may be through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have provided advanced and affordable remote consulting for Windows-based environments to organizations in every state across the U.S. By offering deep experience with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration talent, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your Napa, California business get the most out of GP.
We partner with our clients and begin by listening to their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the situation and the areas needing improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations may include a migration to a more current and supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user education, full system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products from a wide range of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications used by company, custom report writing, and solution analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize business value and manage cost.
Progent can assist your Napa, California business in each phase of your Dynamics GP migration or enhancement process including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose other capabilities available on GP that might be suitable for your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and manage integration problems.
Plan and configure a pilot environment for validating the migration process.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to assure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and run scripts to address documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal as well as external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from multiple on-premises and external repositories.
Provide one-on-one or classroom style training for existing and new users of Dynamics GP.
Act as a single point of contact for expertise to ensure dependable and affordable handling of problems thanks to close understanding of your particular environment.
Progent offers the support of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Recommend the use of software modules included with the core GP system but are not currently being used. Also, recommend third-party products designed exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.
Build special connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce duplicate data entry and improve accuracy.
Create major and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can help your business to upgrade your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise provided by Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements assessment and site inventory
- Network architecture design and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and remote connections and creating security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance optimization
A modern Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent has delivered online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their initial releases to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with strategic IT platforms saves time and costs when guiding organizations through each aspect of upgrading their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and database administrators who can help you to design, implement, and maintain a well-tuned Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
For more about Progent's online and onsite support services in Napa, California for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, refer to:
To download a datasheet about the consulting services offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your Napa, CA business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.