Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a longer history than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they are now running legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is risky. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from new customers is that they have trouble locating veteran Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and get the maximum benefit from the software.
The more a business tries to make do with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process becomes. If server hardware or disk systems break down, there could be no equivalent devices available to use as substitutes. When releases of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches stop being developed. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative products like Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the number of components involved in the project. And the cost quoted for a migration may be astronomical.
Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided high-level and economical online integration consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all releases of Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to help your San Rafael, California business optimize the benefit of GP.
We become partners with our customers and start by understanding their requirements. After gaining familiarity with the environment and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Proposed services can involve a migration to a more current and supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user training, full platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide range of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications within your organization, custom report writing, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with each Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize business value and control cost.
Progent's consultants can help your San Rafael, California company in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization process including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- System Assessment
Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss other features of the product that may be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Create a complete migration plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Specify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and resolve compatibility issues.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and configure a pilot environment for validating the upgrade process.
- System Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and run scripts to address known issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for internal and public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating information from diverse local and external repositories.
Provide individual or group training for existing and new users of Dynamics GP.
Act as a single contact for expertise to ensure effective and cost-effective resolution of issues thanks to familiarity with your particular situation.
Progent offers the help of seasoned experts who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the deployment of software modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not currently being utilized. Also, recommend third-party add-ons written specifically for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.
Build custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce redundant entry and increase consistency.
Create major and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform various business functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can help you to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure services offered by Progent's consultants include:
- Requirements analysis and site inventory
- Network topology planning and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Managing iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability environments
- Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent has delivered remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server integration experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first releases to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with strategic IT platforms cuts time and expense when helping organizations through each aspect of updating their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior security and compliance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can help you to plan, deploy, and maintain a modern Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
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To learn more information about Progent's remote and on-premises support services in San Rafael, California for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting services offered by Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your San Rafael, CA business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.