Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a longer history than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers worldwide. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades long enough that they now find themselves using legacy software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble locating veteran Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and get the maximum benefit from the application.
The longer a business tries to make do with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure tends to be. When physical host servers or disk systems fail, there may be no equivalent hardware on the market to replace them. When versions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches are no longer developed. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation products like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. 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 Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have delivered advanced and affordable remote consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state in the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to make sure your Lynnwood, Washington business get the most out of GP.
We partner with our clients and begin by listening to their needs. After gaining an understanding of the IT environment and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations may include an upgrade to a newer and supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user education, full system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications within your company, custom report creation, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with every Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize business value and control cost.
Progent's consultants can assist your Lynnwood, Washington company in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement process including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- System Review
Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss other capabilities available on GP that may be helpful to your business.
- Migration Design and Timing
Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Identify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve integration problems.
- Pilot Testing
Design and configure a test system for validating the migration project.
- Environment Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all current features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and run scripts to resolve known issues.
- Management Reporting
Develop reports and or dashboards for private as well as external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from diverse on-premises and remote sources.
Provide individual or group training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Provide a single point of contact for support to deliver effective and cost-effective handling of problems made possible by familiarity with your particular environment.
Progent can provide the help of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
Suggest the deployment of modules that come with the basic GP system but are not now being used. In addition, recommend third-party products designed exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.
Create custom integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce redundant entry and increase accuracy.
Build major and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can help your business to enhance your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network topology design and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
- Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Microsoft 365
- Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
A modern Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent has provided online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their initial releases to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.
Progent also has extensive experience providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This experience with strategic IT platforms cuts time and expense when helping organizations through each aspect of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced security and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, deploy, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
Read/Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
For more about Progent's remote and onsite support services in Lynnwood, Washington for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, visit:
To download a datasheet about the consulting support offered by Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Lynnwood, WA business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.