Dynamics GP ExpertsDynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a lengthier history than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers globally. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure.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. Meanwhile, a recurring theme we hear from new customers is that they have trouble locating experienced Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and extract the most benefit from the application.

The more a business tries to make do with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process becomes. When physical host servers or disk systems break down, there could be no equivalent hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches are no longer distributed. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the number of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may seem through the roof.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested experts have delivered high-level and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By offering deep experience with all editions of Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified 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 needs. Once we have familiarity with the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services may include an upgrade to a more current and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a wide range of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software used by company, custom report creation, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize business value and manage expense.

Progent's consultants can assist your Santa Cruz, California business in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement initiative including:

  • Deployment Review
    Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss additional capabilities of GP that may be helpful to your organization.

  • Migration Planning and Scheduling
    Create a complete upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Identify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and manage compatibility issues.

  • Testing
    Plan and configure a test system for proving the migration process.

  • System Updates
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal 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 combining information from multiple local and external sources.

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

  • Support Services
    Provide a single point of contact for expertise to ensure effective and affordable handling of issues thanks to close understanding of your particular environment.
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent offers the support of seasoned 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 internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Recommend the use of software modules included with the core GP system but are not now being used. Also, recommend third-party products written exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Create special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid redundant data entry and increase consistency.

  • Customizations
    Build big and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions not addressed by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can help your business to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services provided by Progent include:
  • Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
  • Network topology design and implementation (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Setting up security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
  • Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Developing high-availability solutions
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their first versions to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and application development services.

Progent also has a long history of delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with core IT platforms saves time and costs when guiding businesses through each aspect of upgrading their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the support of senior security and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can assist you to design, deploy, and manage a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.

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

Read/Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).

Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Santa Cruz, CA business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.