Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a longer history than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to postpone upgrades long enough that they now find themselves using legacy software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a recurring theme we hear from new clients is that they have trouble finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP system affordably and derive the maximum benefit from the application.
The more an organization tries to limp along with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process becomes. If physical host servers or disk systems fail, there may be no equivalent devices on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security patches stop being developed. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the number of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may be through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested experts have provided high-level and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Irvine, California business get the most out of GP.
We partner with our customers and start by understanding their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the IT situation and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations may include a migration to a more current and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, full platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a wide array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software used by organization, custom report creation, and solution analysis to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize strategic value and minimize expense.
Progent can assist your Irvine, California company in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization project including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- System Review
Take a look at what features of Dynamics GP you are now using and propose other capabilities available on GP that might be helpful to your organization.
- Upgrade Design and Scheduling
Create a complete upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve integration problems.
Design and implement a test environment for validating the upgrade process.
- Environment Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to assure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and run scripts to address known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for private as well as external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from multiple local and external sources.
Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Provide a single contact for support to deliver consistent and affordable resolution of problems made possible by familiarity with your specific situation.
Progent offers the support of seasoned experts who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Suggest the deployment of modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not now being utilized. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons written exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Build custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid duplicate entry and improve accuracy.
Create major and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions not handled by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can assist your business to enhance your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services provided by Progent include:
- Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture planning and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability environments
- Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
- business continuity planning
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and cloud services combined into a seamless enterprise resource management solution. For more than two decades, Progent has delivered remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent has worked with these products from their first releases to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud SaaS options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with core IT platforms saves time and costs when helping businesses through every aspect of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior cybersecurity and compliance engineers, business continuity planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, deploy, and manage a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
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For more information about Progent's online and onsite consulting services in Irvine, California for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, visit:
To download a datasheet about the consulting services offered by Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Irvine, CA business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.