Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a lengthier heritage than almost any other ERP platform made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations globally. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades to the point that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a common theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time locating veteran Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system efficiently and derive the maximum business value from the application.
The more a business tries to limp along with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure becomes. If server hardware or storage systems fail, there could be no suitable devices available to replace them. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates are no longer distributed. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative products such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the volume of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the cost suggested for a migration may seem through the roof.
Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have delivered high-level and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all versions of Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration skills, Progent is ideally qualified to make sure your Oakland, California business optimize the benefit of GP.
We become partners with our customers and start by understanding their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the situation and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations can include a migration to a newer and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, full system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide range of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications used by company, custom report creation, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize strategic value and control expense.
Progent can assist your Oakland, California business in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization initiative including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- Deployment Review
Take a look at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and propose additional features of the product that might be helpful to your organization.
- Migration Design and Timing
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and manage integration problems.
Plan and implement a pilot system for proving the migration process.
- Environment Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for private as well as public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from multiple on-premises and remote repositories.
Provide one-on-one or group training for current and new users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single contact for expertise to ensure dependable and cost-effective handling of problems made possible by close understanding of your particular situation.
Progent can provide the help of top-tier consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the deployment of software modules included with the core GP system but are not currently being used. Also, recommend third-party add-ons designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.
Build custom connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid duplicate data entry and increase accuracy.
Build big and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can assist you to enhance your network infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise offered by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture planning and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability architectures
- Integration with public cloud services such as Microsoft 365
- business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
A modern Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products integrated into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent has supported these products from their initial versions to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.
Progent also has a long history of providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with core IT platforms cuts time and expense when helping organizations through every aspect of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced security and information assurance engineers, business continuity preparedness experts, application developers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, deploy, and maintain a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
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Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Oakland, CA business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.