Dynamics GP ConsultantsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a lengthier heritage than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they have trouble finding experienced Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and derive the maximum business value from the software.

The longer an organization tries to make do with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure becomes. If server hardware or storage systems fail, there may be no suitable hardware on the market to replace them. When editions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates are no longer released. The latest editions of SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the number of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may be astronomical.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested experts have provided advanced and affordable remote consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all releases of Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to make sure your Santa Cruz, California business get the most out of GP.

We partner with our customers and begin by understanding their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the situation and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations may include a migration to a newer and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, full platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software used by company, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with every Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and minimize expense.

Progent can help your Santa Cruz, California business in each phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement project including:

  • Deployment Review
    Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss other features of GP that might be helpful to your organization.

  • Upgrade Planning and Timing
    Create a complete migration plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and resolve integration problems.

  • Testing
    Design and configure a pilot system for proving the migration process.

  • System Updates
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to have all current features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and run scripts to resolve known issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Create reports and or dashboards for internal and public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from multiple on-premises and external sources.

  • Education
    Deliver individual or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Provide a single contact for support to deliver dependable and cost-effective resolution of problems made possible by close understanding of your specific environment.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent offers the support of top-tier experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly rather than managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Suggest the use of software modules that come with the core GP platform but are not now being used. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons designed specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Create custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business applications to reduce redundant data entry and improve accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Create major and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform various functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can assist you to upgrade your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise available from Progent's consultants include:
  • Needs assessment and site inventory
  • Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Configuring firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
  • Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Developing high-availability environments
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
  • business continuity preparedness
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration experts. Progent has supported these products from their initial versions to their latest editions, and Progent can help with cloud options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.

Progent also has extensive experience providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with strategic IT platforms cuts time and expense when guiding organizations through every aspect of updating their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of senior security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, deploy, and maintain a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
To learn more about Progent's remote and onsite consulting expertise in Santa Cruz, California for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, refer to:

Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To download a datasheet describing 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 ERP Platform (PDF file).

Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Santa Cruz, CA business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.