Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a longer track record than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers globally. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have been able to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now using legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they have trouble finding veteran Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and extract the maximum benefit out of the application.
The longer an organization tries to make do with outdated releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure tends to be. If server hardware or disk systems fail, there may be no equivalent devices on the market to replace them. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates are no longer developed. Current editions of SQL Server might not work with your important GP customizations. Innovative products like Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the number of components involved in the project. And the cost suggested for a migration may be through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have delivered high-level and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-based environments to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration skills, Progent is ideally 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. Once we have an understanding of the IT situation and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Proposed services may involve a migration to a newer and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a broad array of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software within your organization, custom report writing, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with every Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and control cost.
Progent can help your Santa Cruz, California business in each facet of your Dynamics GP migration or customization initiative including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss additional features available on GP that might be helpful to your organization.
- Migration Design and Timing
Develop a complete migration plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and education. Specify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve compatibility issues.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and implement a pilot environment for proving the migration process.
- System Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to assure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated 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 private as well as external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from multiple on-premises and external sources.
Deliver individual or group training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for expertise to deliver consistent and cost-effective handling of issues thanks to close understanding of your specific situation.
Progent can provide the support of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
Suggest the deployment of software modules included with the core GP platform but are not currently being utilized. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons written exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.
Build special integrations between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to reduce redundant data entry and increase consistency.
Create big and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various business functions not handled by standard GP modules or external modules.
Progent can assist you to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services available from Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network topology design and deployment (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first releases to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and application development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with strategic IT platforms saves time and costs when helping businesses through each aspect of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced cybersecurity and compliance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, deploy, and maintain a modern Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Read/Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To find out more about Progent's remote and on-premises support expertise in Santa Cruz, California for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support available from Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Santa Cruz, CA business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.