Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a longer heritage than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations globally. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades long enough that they now find themselves running legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP system affordably and get the most benefit from the application.
The more a business tries to limp along with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure becomes. When server hardware or disk systems break down, there could be no equivalent devices available to replace them. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, critical security updates are no longer developed. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your important GP customizations. Innovative products like Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an update of their Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the number of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for a migration may be through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have provided advanced and economical online consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state in the U.S. By combining deep experience with all editions of Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Oakland, California business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our customers and start by listening to their needs. After gaining an understanding of the IT environment and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Proposed services can involve an upgrade to a newer and supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user training, full platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a wide range of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications used by company, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize strategic value and manage cost.
Progent's consultants can assist your Oakland, California company in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement initiative including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- System Review
Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss additional features of the product that may be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Design and Timing
Create a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Specify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and manage integration issues.
Plan and configure a pilot system for validating the migration project.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and run scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for private as well as external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from multiple on-premises and external repositories.
Deliver one-on-one or group training for current and new users of Dynamics GP.
Act as a single contact for support to ensure effective and cost-effective handling of issues made possible by close understanding of your particular situation.
Progent can provide the help of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the use of software modules included with the basic GP platform but are not currently being used. Also, recommend third-party products written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Create special integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to reduce duplicate data entry and increase accuracy.
Build major and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Progent can help your business to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise available from Progent include:
- Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture planning and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and remote connections and creating security policies
- Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance tuning
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their first releases to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with strategic technologies saves time and costs when guiding businesses through each phase of updating their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of advanced security and information assurance experts, business continuity preparedness experts, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, deploy, and maintain a modern Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To find out more about Progent's remote and onsite support services in Oakland, California for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Oakland, CA business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.