Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a longer track record than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations globally. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades to the point that they now find themselves using legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have a hard time locating veteran Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and extract the most business value from the application.
The more an organization attempts to limp along with outdated releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process becomes. When physical host servers or disk systems break down, there may be no suitable hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches are no longer distributed. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products like Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an update of their Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the volume of components there are to the puzzle. And the cost suggested for a migration may be through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered high-level and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By offering deep experience with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration skills, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Petaluma, California business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our customers and begin by listening to their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the IT situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Proposed services may include an upgrade to a newer and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications used by company, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with every Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize business value and minimize expense.
Progent can help your Petaluma, California business in every facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization initiative including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- System Review
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss other capabilities of GP that may be suitable for your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Identify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and manage integration issues.
Plan and implement a test environment for validating the migration project.
- System Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and run scripts to address documented issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for internal and external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from diverse local and external repositories.
Deliver one-on-one or group training for existing and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single point of contact for support to deliver consistent and cost-effective resolution of issues made possible by close understanding of your specific situation.
Progent can provide the help of seasoned experts who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the deployment of modules that come with the basic GP system but are not now being used. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons written specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Build special integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid duplicate data entry and increase accuracy.
Create major and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform various business functions not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Progent can help your business to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services available from Progent include:
- Requirements analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and deployment (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability architectures
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
- Performance optimization
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has delivered online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development experts. Progent has worked with these products from their initial versions to their latest editions, and Progent can help with cloud options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This experience with core technologies saves time and costs when guiding organizations through each aspect of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance experts, disaster recovery preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and database administrators who can help you to design, deploy, and maintain a modern Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To learn more about Progent's online and onsite consulting services in Petaluma, California for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting services offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Petaluma, CA business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.