Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a longer history than almost any other ERP solution made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations globally. A number of organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have been able to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now running seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a recurring complaint we hear from prospective clients is that they have a hard time finding veteran Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and derive the most business value from the application.
The more a business attempts to make do with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure becomes. If server hardware or disk systems fail, there could be no equivalent hardware available to use as substitutes. When editions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates are no longer developed. The latest releases of SQL Server might not work with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the volume of components there are to the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for a migration may seem through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered high-level and affordable remote integration consulting for Windows-based environments to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all releases of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to help your Oakland, California business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our customers and start by understanding their needs. After gaining familiarity with the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations may include an upgrade to a more current and supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user education, full platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide array of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software used by company, custom report creation, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with every Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize strategic value and manage cost.
Progent can assist your Oakland, California business in every facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement project including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Take a look at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss other capabilities available on the product that may be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and training. Specify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve integration problems.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and implement a test system for validating the upgrade process.
- System Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from diverse on-premises and external repositories.
Provide one-on-one or group training for existing and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single contact for expertise to ensure consistent and cost-effective resolution of issues thanks to familiarity with your specific situation.
Progent offers the help of seasoned experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
Suggest the use of software modules included with the basic GP system but are not now being utilized. Also, recommend third-party products designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.
Build special integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid duplicate data entry and increase accuracy.
Create big and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various business functions not handled by standard GP modules or external modules.
Progent can assist you to enhance your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise provided by Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements analysis and site inventory
- Network architecture planning and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud products integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have provided online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their initial versions to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and application development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with core IT platforms cuts time and costs when guiding businesses through every phase of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can help you to plan, deploy, and manage a well-tuned Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
Read/Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To find out more information about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting expertise in Oakland, California for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, refer to:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise offered by Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Oakland, CA business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.