Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a longer track record than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations globally. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves running legacy software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have trouble finding veteran Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment affordably and get the most benefit out of the application.
The longer an organization tries to limp along with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process tends to be. If server hardware or disk systems break down, there could be no suitable hardware available to replace them. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches stop being released. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools like Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an update of their Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the volume of components involved in the project. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may seem through the roof.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have delivered advanced and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state in the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Bellevue, Washington business optimize the benefit of GP.
We partner with our clients and begin by listening to their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the IT environment and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services may involve an upgrade to a more current and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications within your organization, custom report creation, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and control cost.
Progent can help your Bellevue, Washington company in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization process including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- System Assessment
Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss additional capabilities of GP that might be suitable for your organization.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Create a complete migration plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and training. Specify customizations and add-on products. Predict and manage integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Design and configure a pilot system for validating the migration project.
- Environment Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and run scripts to resolve documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for internal and external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from multiple on-premises and external sources.
Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single point of contact for support to ensure consistent and cost-effective handling of problems thanks to familiarity with your particular environment.
Progent offers the help of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Suggest the deployment of modules that come with the core GP platform but are not currently being utilized. Also, suggest third-party add-ons designed specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.
Create special integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid duplicate data entry and improve accuracy.
Create major and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle various functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can assist you to enhance your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements analysis and site inventory
- Network architecture design and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- Disaster recovery preparedness
- Performance optimization
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products combined into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has provided remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first releases to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with core technologies cuts time and expense when helping organizations through every aspect of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior cybersecurity and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, deploy, and manage a modern Dynamics GP solution.
Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To learn more information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting services in Bellevue, Washington for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, visit:
To download a datasheet about the consulting services available from Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Bellevue, WA business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.