Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a lengthier heritage than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active customers worldwide. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades long enough that they now find themselves running legacy software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is risky. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from new customers is that they have trouble finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system affordably and get the maximum benefit from the application.

The longer a business tries to make do with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure tends to be. If physical host servers or storage systems fail, there could be no equivalent devices available to replace them. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security updates are no longer released. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an update of their Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the number of components there are to the project. And the cost suggested for a migration may be astronomical.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided high-level and economical remote consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all releases of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your San Jose, California business get the most out of GP.

We partner with our clients and start by listening to their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the environment and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations can include a migration to a newer and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products from a wide range of suppliers that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software used by company, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and minimize expense.

Progent's consultants can help your San Jose, California business in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement initiative including:

  • System Assessment
    Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss other features available on the product that may be suitable for your business.

  • Upgrade Design and Timing
    Create a complete upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and education. Specify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and manage compatibility issues.

  • Testing
    Design and implement a pilot system for validating the migration process.

  • System Upgrades
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and execute scripts to address documented issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Develop reports and or dashboards for private and public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from diverse on-premises and external repositories.

  • Training
    Deliver individual or group training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Provide a single point of contact for support to deliver dependable and cost-effective resolution of issues thanks to close understanding of your specific environment.
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent offers the support of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the work you need directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Guidance
    Recommend the deployment of modules included with the basic GP platform but are not now being used. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons designed specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Create custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid redundant data entry and improve accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Create major and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform various business functions not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can help your business to enhance your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure services available from Progent include:
  • Requirements analysis and site inventory
  • Network architecture planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
  • Integrating iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability environments
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products combined into a seamless enterprise resource management solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided online and onsite support from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent has supported these products from their first versions to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.

Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with strategic IT platforms saves time and expense when helping organizations through every phase of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the support of senior cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, implement, and maintain a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
To learn more about Progent's online and on-premises support expertise in San Jose, California for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, see:

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

Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your San Jose, CA business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.