Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a longer heritage than almost any other ERP platform written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations globally. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves using legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have trouble finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP environment affordably and get the maximum business value from the application.
The more a business tries to make do with outdated releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure becomes. If server hardware or disk systems break down, there may be no equivalent hardware available to replace them. When editions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches stop being released. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your important GP customizations. Innovative products such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the volume of components there are to the puzzle. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may be through the roof.
Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided high-level and affordable remote consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all versions of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Bellevue, Washington business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our customers and begin by listening to their needs. After gaining an understanding of the IT situation and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services can include an upgrade to a more current and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products from a wide range of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications within your company, custom report writing, and system evaluations to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with each Dynamics GP project big or small is to optimize business value and minimize cost.
Progent's consultants can assist your Bellevue, Washington business in every phase of your Dynamics GP migration or enhancement project including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
- System Review
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss other capabilities available on GP that may be suitable for your business.
- Migration Planning and Timing
Create a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, live deployment, and training. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve integration problems.
Design and implement a test system for validating the migration process.
- System Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and execute scripts to address known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for private as well as public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from diverse on-premises and external repositories.
Deliver individual or classroom style training for current and new users of Dynamics GP.
Provide a single point of contact for support to ensure effective and affordable resolution of problems made possible by close understanding of your particular situation.
Progent can provide the support of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the use of software modules included with the core GP system but are not now being utilized. Also, recommend third-party add-ons written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.
Create special connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce redundant data entry and increase accuracy.
Create big and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform various functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can help your business to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure services offered by Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture design and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and remote connections and creating security policies
- Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with public cloud services including Microsoft 365
- business continuity preparedness
- Performance tuning
An optimized Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products integrated into a cohesive ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered online and onsite support from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent has supported these products from their initial versions to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with core IT platforms saves time and costs when helping businesses through each aspect of updating their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance experts, business continuity planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, implement, and manage a productive Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To find out more information about Progent's online and onsite consulting expertise in Bellevue, Washington for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your Bellevue, WA business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.