Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a longer heritage than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for Windows. 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 installations worldwide. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades to the point that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from new customers is that they have trouble locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment affordably and extract the most business value out of the application.
The more an organization tries to limp along with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure tends to be. When server hardware or storage systems break down, there may be no equivalent devices on the market to replace them. When versions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security patches are no longer released. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative products like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the volume of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for a migration may be through the roof.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided high-level and affordable online consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state across the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Santa Cruz, California business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and begin by listening to their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the environment and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations may include a migration to a newer and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, full system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a wide range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software used by organization, custom report creation, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with each Dynamics GP project big or small is to optimize strategic value and control cost.
Progent can help your Santa Cruz, California company in every phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement project including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- System Review
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss other capabilities available on the product that may be suitable for your organization.
- Migration Planning and Scheduling
Create a complete migration plan and timetable that avoids business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and manage compatibility issues.
Design and configure a pilot environment for proving the upgrade project.
- System Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all current features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and execute scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or dashboards for private as well as public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from diverse on-premises and remote repositories.
Deliver one-on-one or group training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Act as a single contact for support to ensure dependable and affordable handling of problems made possible by familiarity with your particular situation.
Progent offers the help of top-tier experts who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
Suggest the deployment of software modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not currently being used. Also, suggest third-party products written specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Build special integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce duplicate data entry and improve accuracy.
Build big and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can help you to enhance your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
- Requirements assessment and site inventory
- Network architecture design and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
- Integrating iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability solutions
- Integration with public cloud services such as Microsoft 365
- business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products combined into a seamless ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent has delivered online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent has supported these products from their first versions to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with core technologies cuts time and costs when helping businesses through each phase of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced security and information assurance experts, business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and database administrators who can assist you to design, implement, and manage a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To learn more information about Progent's remote and on-premises support expertise in Santa Cruz, California for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, refer to:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Santa Cruz, CA business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.