Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a lengthier track record than almost any other ERP platform made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations globally. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to postpone upgrades to the point that they now find themselves using legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a common theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have trouble finding veteran Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system efficiently and get the maximum business value out of the software.
The more a business tries to limp along with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure becomes. If server hardware or disk systems break down, there may be no equivalent hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security updates stop being developed. The latest editions of SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative products like Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the volume of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may be astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested experts have provided advanced and economical online integration consulting for Windows-based environments to organizations in every state in the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all releases of Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to help your Santa Cruz, California business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our customers and begin by listening to their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the environment and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services may include a migration to a newer and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, full platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a wide array of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications used by organization, custom report writing, and system evaluations to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with every Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize business value and manage cost.
Progent's consultants can help your Santa Cruz, California company in each facet of your Dynamics GP migration or customization project including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- System Assessment
Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are currently running and propose additional capabilities available on GP that might be suitable for your business.
- Migration Planning and Timing
Develop a complete migration plan and schedule that minimizes business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, live deployment, and training. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and manage integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Design and configure a pilot environment for proving the upgrade project.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and run scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private and public use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from diverse on-premises and remote repositories.
Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Act as a single contact for support to deliver consistent and cost-effective resolution of problems made possible by familiarity with your specific situation.
Progent can provide the help 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 work you require directly rather than managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
Recommend the deployment of modules included with the core GP platform but are not currently being utilized. Also, recommend third-party add-ons designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.
Create special connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce redundant data entry and increase consistency.
Build major and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or external modules.
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise offered by Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Integrating iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Microsoft 365
- business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
An optimized Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent has delivered online and onsite support from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their first releases to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, 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 integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with strategic technologies saves time and expense when helping businesses through every phase of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and database administrators who can help you to design, implement, and maintain a well-tuned Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
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To learn more information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting expertise in Santa Cruz, California for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, visit:
To download a datasheet about the consulting support available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your Santa Cruz, CA business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.