Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a longer heritage than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers worldwide. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades to the point that they now find themselves running legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from new customers is that they have trouble finding experienced Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and get the most business value from the software.
The more an organization tries to make do with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process becomes. If physical host servers or disk systems break down, there could be no equivalent hardware available to use as substitutes. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches stop being developed. Current editions of SQL Server might not work with your important GP customizations. Innovative products like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the number of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the cost suggested for a migration may be astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered advanced and affordable remote consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all releases of Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Mission Viejo, California business optimize the benefit of GP.
We partner with our customers and begin by listening to their needs. Once we have familiarity with the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations can involve a migration to a more current and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products from a broad range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software within your company, custom report creation, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with each Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and minimize expense.
Progent can help your Mission Viejo, California business in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement initiative including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- System Review
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss additional features available on GP that may be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and manage integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and implement a test system for proving the upgrade process.
- System Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and run scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for private and public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating information from diverse local and remote repositories.
Provide one-on-one or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single point of contact for expertise to ensure dependable and affordable resolution of issues thanks to familiarity with your particular situation.
Progent offers the help of top-tier consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the use of software modules included with the core GP platform but are not currently being used. In addition, recommend third-party products designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.
Build special integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid duplicate data entry and increase accuracy.
Build big and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle various business functions not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party modules.
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 environment. Network infrastructure expertise offered by Progent include:
- Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture design and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
- Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability environments
- Integration with public cloud services such as Microsoft 365
- business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and cloud services integrated into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their first releases to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud SaaS options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with core technologies cuts time and expense when guiding organizations through every aspect of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of advanced security and compliance experts, business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, deploy, and manage a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
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To learn more about Progent's online and onsite consulting expertise in Mission Viejo, California for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting services offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Mission Viejo, CA business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.