Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer history than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations globally. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades to the point that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from new clients is that they have trouble finding veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system efficiently and get the maximum benefit from the application.
The more an organization attempts to limp along with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process becomes. When server hardware or disk systems fail, there may be no suitable devices on the market to use as substitutes. When releases of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches stop being distributed. Current releases of SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products like Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the volume of pieces involved in the project. And the price tag quoted for a migration may be astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided high-level and economical remote consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state across the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Huntington Beach, California business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our clients and start by understanding their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services can involve an upgrade to a more current and supported version of Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a broad range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications within your organization, custom report writing, and solution analysis to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with each Microsoft Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize business value and minimize cost.
Progent's consultants can help your Huntington Beach, California company in every facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization initiative including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss additional features of GP that might be suitable for your organization.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Create a complete upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Design and configure a pilot system for validating the upgrade project.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your business. Update 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 and external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from diverse local and remote sources.
Provide one-on-one or group training for existing and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
Act as a single point of contact for support to ensure effective and cost-effective resolution of issues made possible by familiarity with your specific situation.
Progent offers the support of seasoned experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the use of software modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not now being used. In addition, suggest third-party products written specifically for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.
Build special integrations between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid redundant entry and improve consistency.
Build big and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle various functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can assist your business to enhance your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise offered by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture design and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance tuning
An optimized Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent has worked with these products from their initial releases to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud options by providing Office 365 consulting, 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 experts, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with strategic IT platforms cuts time and expense when helping organizations through each aspect of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, implement, and maintain a modern Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To find out more information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting services in Huntington Beach, California for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, visit:
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 Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your Huntington Beach, CA business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.