Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a longer heritage than virtually any other ERP solution written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers globally. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a common theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time locating veteran Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and derive the most business value out of the software.
The longer a business tries to limp along with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process tends to be. When physical host servers or disk systems break down, there may be no equivalent hardware available to replace them. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches are no longer distributed. The latest releases of SQL Server might not work with your important GP customizations. Innovative products like Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the number of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may seem astronomical.
Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered advanced and affordable online consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining deep experience with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration skills, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Santa Cruz, California business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our customers and begin by understanding their requirements. After gaining familiarity with the IT environment and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services may include a migration to a newer and supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user education, full system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a wide range of suppliers that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software used by company, custom report writing, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with every Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize business value and manage cost.
Progent's consultants can assist your Santa Cruz, California business in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization initiative including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- System Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss other capabilities of the product that may be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Design and Scheduling
Develop a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage compatibility problems.
- Pilot Testing
Design and configure a pilot system for validating the migration process.
- Environment Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to assure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and execute scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal as well as external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from diverse local and external sources.
Deliver individual or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single contact for support to ensure consistent and cost-effective handling of problems thanks to close understanding of your particular environment.
Progent offers the support of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the deployment of modules that come with the core GP system but are not now being utilized. Also, suggest third-party products written specifically for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.
Build custom connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid duplicate entry and improve consistency.
Build major and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform various functions not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can help your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent's consultants include:
- Needs analysis and site inventory
- Network topology design and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
- Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability environments
- Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance optimization
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent has supported these products from their first versions to their latest versions, and Progent supports cloud options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and application development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with strategic IT platforms saves time and expense when helping organizations through every aspect of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of senior cybersecurity and information assurance experts, disaster recovery preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and database administrators who can assist you to design, deploy, and maintain a well-tuned Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
For more information about Progent's online and on-premises support services in Santa Cruz, California for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Santa Cruz, CA business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.