Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a lengthier heritage than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active customers globally. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades to the point that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system affordably and extract the most business value out of the software.
The more a business tries to make do with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process becomes. If server hardware or storage systems break down, there may be no equivalent hardware on the market to replace them. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches stop being distributed. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the number of pieces there are to the project. And the cost suggested for a migration may seem through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested experts have delivered advanced and economical remote consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state across the U.S. By offering deep experience with all versions of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Napa, California business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our clients and start by listening to their needs. After gaining familiarity with the environment and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Proposed services may involve an upgrade to a newer and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user training, full system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a wide array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software used by organization, custom report creation, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with each Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize business value and manage expense.
Progent's consultants can assist your Napa, California business in each facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization process including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose other capabilities of GP that may be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Design and Timing
Create a complete upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and manage compatibility issues.
- Pilot Testing
Design and configure a test system for proving the migration project.
- Environment Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current release to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal and public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from diverse on-premises and external repositories.
Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Act as a single contact for support to ensure effective and cost-effective handling of problems thanks to familiarity with your specific environment.
Progent offers the help of top-tier experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Recommend the use of software modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not currently being used. Also, recommend third-party add-ons written specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.
Build special integrations between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to reduce redundant data entry and increase accuracy.
Build big and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can help your business to enhance your network infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise provided by Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network topology design and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability environments
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance tuning
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products combined into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their first releases to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.
Progent also has extensive experience providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with core technologies saves time and expense when guiding businesses through each phase of upgrading their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of senior cybersecurity and compliance experts, business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, deploy, and manage a productive Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Read/Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
For more about Progent's remote and onsite support services in Napa, California for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, visit:
To download a datasheet about the consulting services available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Napa, CA business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.