Dynamics GP ConsultantsDynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a lengthier track record than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they are now using legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring theme we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time locating experienced Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and get the most business value out of the software.

The more a business attempts to make do with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure becomes. When server hardware or storage systems fail, there may be no suitable hardware available to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches are no longer developed. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation products like Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an update of their Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the volume of components there are to the project. And the price tag quoted for a migration may be astronomical.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered advanced and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state across the U.S. By combining deep experience with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Irvine, California business get the most out of GP.

We become partners with our clients and start by understanding their needs. After gaining familiarity with the IT situation and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services may include a migration to a newer and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, full system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad range of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications within your company, custom report creation, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with each Microsoft Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize business value and control cost.

Progent's consultants can help your Irvine, California business in each facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement process including:

  • System Review
    Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss other capabilities available on the product that may be helpful to your organization.

  • Upgrade Planning and Timing
    Create a complete migration plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Identify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve integration issues.

  • Testing
    Plan and implement a pilot system for validating the upgrade process.

  • Environment Updates
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and run scripts to address known issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Develop reports and or dashboards for internal as well as external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from multiple local and remote repositories.

  • Education
    Provide one-on-one or group training for current and new users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support Services
    Act as a single contact for support to deliver effective and affordable resolution of problems thanks to close understanding of your specific situation.
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
Progent can provide the help of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Recommendations
    Suggest the use of modules included with the basic GP platform but are not currently being used. Also, suggest third-party add-ons written specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Create custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid redundant data entry and improve consistency.

  • Customizations
    Create major and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle various business functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can assist you to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services available from Progent's consultants include:
  • Requirements assessment and site inventory
  • Network architecture planning and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Setting up firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
  • Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Developing high-availability (HA) solutions
  • Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
  • business continuity planning
  • Performance tuning
The Progent Advantage
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services integrated into a seamless enterprise resource management solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent has supported these products from their initial releases to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.

Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This experience with strategic technologies saves time and expense when guiding organizations through each aspect of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior cybersecurity and compliance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, implement, and manage a well-tuned Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
To find out more information about Progent's online and onsite consulting services in Irvine, California for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, refer to:

Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise available from Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).

Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Irvine, CA business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.