Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a longer history than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades to the point that they are now running legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time finding experienced Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment affordably and get the maximum business value out of the application.
The longer an organization tries to make do with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process becomes. If server hardware or disk systems break down, there could be no equivalent devices available to replace them. When versions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, critical security updates stop being released. The latest releases of SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the volume of components there are to the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may be through the roof.
Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered high-level and economical online consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Hayward, California business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our clients and start by understanding their requirements. After gaining familiarity with the environment and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations may include a migration to a newer and supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user training, full system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a wide array of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software used by company, custom report creation, and system evaluations to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and minimize expense.
Progent can help your Hayward, California company in every phase of your Dynamics GP migration or enhancement process including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- System Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now running and propose additional features of the product that might be suitable for your organization.
- Migration Design and Timing
Create a complete migration plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Specify customizations and add-on products. Predict and resolve compatibility issues.
Plan and implement a pilot environment for validating the migration project.
- Environment Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and run scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private and public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from diverse on-premises and external repositories.
Provide one-on-one or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Act as a single point of contact for support to ensure effective and cost-effective resolution of problems thanks to close understanding of your specific environment.
Progent offers the support of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the use of software modules included with the basic GP system but are not currently being used. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons written specifically for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.
Build special integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid duplicate data entry and increase accuracy.
Build big and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform specific functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise available from Progent include:
- Needs assessment and site inventory
- Network topology planning and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and remote connections and creating security policies
- Integrating iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance optimization
A modern Dynamics GP environment includes diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products combined into a seamless enterprise resource management solution. For over two decades, Progent has provided remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent has supported these products from their initial releases to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud SaaS options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with strategic technologies cuts time and costs when helping organizations through every phase of updating their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of senior cybersecurity and compliance engineers, disaster recovery planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, implement, and manage a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
For more about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services in Hayward, California for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, visit:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Hayward, CA business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.