Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a longer track record than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich product and is one of the most popular ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations globally. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves using legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from new customers is that they have trouble finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment affordably and extract the most benefit from the software.
The longer a business tries to limp along with outdated releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure becomes. When server hardware or disk systems break down, there may be no suitable devices on the market to use as substitutes. When editions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security patches stop being distributed. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an update of their Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the volume of components there are to the project. And the price tag suggested for a migration may seem through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have provided advanced and economical online integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration talent, Progent is ideally suited to help your Fremont, 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 an understanding of the IT environment and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations can involve a migration to a newer and supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user training, 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 critical business applications used by company, custom report creation, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with each Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and control cost.
Progent's consultants can help your Fremont, California company in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement project including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- System Review
Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss additional features available on GP that may be suitable for your business.
- Upgrade Design and Scheduling
Create a complete migration plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Specify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage 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, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to assure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and run scripts to address known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as public use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from multiple on-premises and remote repositories.
Deliver individual or group training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single contact for support to deliver consistent and cost-effective handling of issues thanks to close understanding of your specific situation.
Progent offers the help of top-tier consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the use of modules that come with the basic GP system but are not currently being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party products designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.
Create special connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid duplicate entry and improve accuracy.
Build big and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform various 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 on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise available from Progent's consultants include:
- Needs analysis and site inventory
- Network topology planning and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
An optimized Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products combined into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have provided online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their first releases to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.
Progent also has a long history of delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with core technologies cuts time and costs when helping organizations through every aspect of updating their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, implement, and maintain a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To learn more information about Progent's online and onsite support services in Fremont, California for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Fremont, CA business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.