Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a lengthier track record than virtually any other ERP solution made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations globally. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they are now running legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have trouble locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP system affordably and derive the maximum benefit out of the software.

The more a business tries to make do with outdated releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure tends to be. When physical host servers or storage systems fail, there could be no suitable hardware available to use as substitutes. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches are no longer developed. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an update of their Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the volume of components there are to the project. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may seem astronomical.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have provided advanced and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all releases of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Oakland, California business optimize the benefit of GP.

We partner with our customers and start by understanding their needs. After gaining an understanding of the situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services can include a migration to a more current and supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a broad range of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications within your organization, custom report writing, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize business value and control expense.

Progent can assist your Oakland, California company in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or customization initiative including:

  • System Review
    Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose additional capabilities available on the product that may be suitable for your organization.

  • Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
    Develop a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and training. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and resolve integration problems.

  • Pilot Testing
    Plan and implement a test environment for validating the migration process.

  • Environment Upgrades
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and run scripts to address documented issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Create reports and or dashboards for internal and external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from diverse local and remote repositories.

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

  • Support
    Provide a single point of contact for support to deliver consistent and affordable handling of problems made possible by close understanding of your particular environment.
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
Progent offers the support of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Recommendations
    Suggest the deployment of software modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not now being used. In addition, suggest third-party products designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Build custom connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid redundant entry and increase consistency.

  • Customizations
    Create major and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party modules.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can assist your business to enhance your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services offered by Progent's consultants include:
  • Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
  • Network topology planning and implementation (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Setting up firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
  • Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Developing high-availability (HA) architectures
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Microsoft 365
  • business continuity planning
  • Performance tuning
The Progent Advantage
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud services combined into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For over two decades, Progent has provided remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial versions to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and development services.

Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with strategic technologies cuts time and expense when helping businesses through every aspect of updating their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior cybersecurity and compliance engineers, business continuity preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, deploy, and maintain a modern Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
For more information about Progent's online and onsite support services in Oakland, California for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, refer to:

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

Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Oakland, CA business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.