Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a lengthier track record than almost any other ERP solution written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is risky. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from prospective clients is that they have a hard time finding veteran Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP system efficiently and get the most business value from the application.
The more a business tries to limp along with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure tends to be. When physical host servers or disk systems break down, there may be no suitable hardware on the market to replace them. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security updates are no longer distributed. Current editions of SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an update of their Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the number of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for a migration may be astronomical.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have delivered advanced and affordable remote integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration skills, Progent is ideally qualified to make sure your San Mateo, California business optimize the benefit of GP.
We become partners with our clients and start by understanding their needs. Once we have an understanding of the environment and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations can involve an upgrade to a newer and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, full system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a wide range of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications used by company, custom report writing, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with each Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize business value and control cost.
Progent can assist your San Mateo, California business in every facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement initiative including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- System Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss other capabilities of the product that may be suitable for your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business interruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and education. Identify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and manage integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and configure a pilot environment for proving the migration process.
- Environment Upgrades
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features accessible to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and execute scripts to address known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal as well as public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from multiple local and external sources.
Provide one-on-one or group training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
Provide a single contact for support to deliver consistent and cost-effective resolution of issues made possible by close understanding of your particular situation.
Progent offers the help of seasoned experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the work you need directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Recommend the deployment of software modules included with the core GP system but are not now being used. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons written exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.
Create custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid redundant entry and improve consistency.
Create major and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can help your business to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise available from Progent include:
- Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
- Network topology design and deployment (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Developing high-availability (HA) solutions
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- business continuity planning
- Performance optimization
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have provided remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent has supported these products from their initial releases to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.
Progent also has a long history of providing help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with strategic technologies saves time and expense when guiding organizations through every phase of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior security and compliance experts, business continuity preparedness experts, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, deploy, and manage a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
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For more about Progent's online and on-premises consulting expertise in San Mateo, California for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, refer to:
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise offered by Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your San Mateo, CA business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.