Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a longer heritage than virtually any other ERP solution written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades to the point that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from new clients is that they have trouble finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP system efficiently and get the maximum benefit out of the application.
The longer a business tries to limp along with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process becomes. If server hardware or disk systems fail, there may be no suitable devices on the market to use as substitutes. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security patches stop being released. The latest releases of SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products like Power BI may not be an option. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the number of components involved in the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may seem astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided advanced and affordable remote consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state in the U.S. By combining deep experience with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Santa Cruz, California business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our clients and start by understanding their needs. Once we have familiarity with the IT situation and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations may involve an upgrade to a newer and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a wide array of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications within your company, custom report creation, and system evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with every Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize strategic value and manage expense.
Progent can help your Santa Cruz, California company in every facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement project including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- Deployment Review
Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and propose additional features of GP that might be helpful to your business.
- Migration Design and Timing
Develop a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Specify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and manage compatibility problems.
Plan and implement a pilot system for validating the migration project.
- System Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make 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. Prepare data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from multiple local and external sources.
Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Act as a single point of contact for expertise to deliver effective and affordable resolution of issues made possible by close understanding of your specific environment.
Progent offers the help of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the deployment of modules included with the core GP platform but are not now being used. In addition, recommend third-party products written exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.
Create special integrations between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid redundant entry and increase consistency.
Build big and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various functions not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise available from Progent's consultants include:
- Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and deployment (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with public cloud services including Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance optimization
A modern Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products combined into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have provided remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial versions to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud SaaS options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with strategic technologies cuts time and expense when guiding businesses through every aspect of updating their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, deploy, and manage a modern Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
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To find out more about Progent's remote and on-premises support services in Santa Cruz, California for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, visit:
To download a datasheet about the consulting services offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Santa Cruz, CA business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.