Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a lengthier heritage than almost any other ERP solution made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have a hard time finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system affordably and derive the maximum benefit from the application.

The more an organization tries to make do with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure becomes. When physical host servers or disk systems fail, there could be no equivalent hardware on the market to replace them. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, critical security patches are no longer developed. Current editions of SQL Server might not work with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the volume of components there are to the project. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may seem through the roof.

Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided high-level and economical remote consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all editions of Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Petaluma, California business get the most out of GP.

We partner with our customers and begin by listening to their needs. Once we have an understanding of the situation and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a newer and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products from a broad range of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software used by company, custom report writing, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with each Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and minimize expense.

Progent can assist your Petaluma, California business in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement process including:

  • System Assessment
    Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now using and propose additional features available on GP that may be suitable for your business.

  • Upgrade Design and Timing
    Develop a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that minimizes business disruption. Plan for solution validation, live deployment, and education. Identify custom development and add-on products. Predict and resolve integration issues.

  • Pilot Testing
    Plan and configure a test environment for validating the upgrade project.

  • Environment Updates
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and run scripts to resolve known issues.

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

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

  • Support
    Provide a single contact for support to ensure consistent and affordable handling of problems made possible by close understanding of your specific environment.
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent can provide the support of top-tier consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the work you need directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Guidance
    Suggest the use of modules that come with the basic GP system but are not now being utilized. In addition, suggest third-party products written exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Create special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to reduce duplicate data entry and increase consistency.

  • Customizations
    Build major and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform various business functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or external modules.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise available from Progent include:
  • Requirements analysis and IT asset inventory
  • Network architecture planning and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
  • Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability (HA) environments
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
  • Performance optimization
Why Progent?
An optimized Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud services combined into a seamless enterprise resource management solution. For over two decades, Progent has delivered remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial releases to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and 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 strategic technologies cuts time and costs when guiding businesses through every aspect of updating their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance experts, disaster recovery preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, implement, and maintain a modern Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
To find out more information about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services in Petaluma, California for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, see:

Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To download a datasheet about the consulting services offered by Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).

Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Petaluma, CA business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.