Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a longer heritage than almost any other ERP platform made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and extract the most benefit out of the application.
The more an organization attempts to limp along with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure becomes. When server hardware or storage systems fail, there could be no equivalent hardware available to replace them. When editions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates stop being distributed. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the number of components involved in the project. And the price tag quoted for a migration may seem astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided advanced and affordable online consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state across the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your Mission Viejo, California business get the most out of GP.
We partner with our customers and begin by understanding their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the IT situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations can include a migration to a newer and supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad range of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications within your organization, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with every Microsoft Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize strategic value and manage cost.
Progent's consultants can help your Mission Viejo, California company in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement initiative including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Take a look at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose other features of the product that may be suitable for your organization.
- Upgrade Design and Timing
Develop a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and training. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve integration problems.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and configure a pilot environment for validating the upgrade process.
- System Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and run scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from multiple on-premises and remote sources.
Deliver individual or classroom style training for existing and new users of Dynamics GP.
Act as a single point of contact for expertise to deliver dependable and cost-effective resolution of problems made possible by close understanding of your specific environment.
Progent can provide the support of top-tier experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the deployment of software modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not currently being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.
Build custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid duplicate entry and improve consistency.
Build major and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform specific functions not handled by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can assist your business to enhance your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services available from Progent include:
- Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network topology design and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services integrated into a cohesive ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their first releases to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with strategic IT platforms saves time and costs when guiding businesses through each phase of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior security and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, deploy, and manage a modern Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
For more about Progent's online and on-premises consulting services in Mission Viejo, California for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise available from Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Mission Viejo, CA business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.