Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a lengthier history than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active customers globally. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades to the point that they now find themselves using legacy software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring theme we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time locating veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and get the most business value out of the software.
The more a business tries to make do with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process becomes. When server hardware or storage systems break down, there could be no equivalent hardware available to replace them. When releases of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates are no longer distributed. The latest editions of SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the number of pieces involved in the project. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may be through the roof.
Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided advanced and economical online integration consulting for Windows-based environments to organizations in every state in the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all releases of Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Lynnwood, Washington business optimize the benefit of GP.
We become partners with our customers and begin by listening to their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the IT environment and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations may involve a migration to a newer and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user training, full system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products from a broad range of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications used by organization, custom report creation, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with every Dynamics GP project big or small is to optimize business value and minimize expense.
Progent can assist your Lynnwood, Washington business in every phase of your Dynamics GP migration or customization process including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
- Deployment Review
Take a look at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and propose other capabilities available on the product that might be suitable for your organization.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and manage integration problems.
Design and configure a pilot system for proving the upgrade project.
- Environment Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.
- Management Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal as well as public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating information from diverse local and external repositories.
Deliver individual or classroom style training for existing and new users of Dynamics GP.
Act as a single point of contact for expertise to ensure consistent and cost-effective handling of issues thanks to familiarity with your particular situation.
Progent offers the support of seasoned experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
Suggest the deployment of software modules included with the basic GP system but are not now being utilized. Also, recommend third-party add-ons designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Build special integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid redundant data entry and increase accuracy.
Build major and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various business functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party modules.
Progent can assist you to enhance your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services available from Progent's consultants include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements assessment and site inventory
- Network topology planning and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Integrating iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Microsoft 365
- business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and cloud products combined into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For over 20 years, Progent has provided online and onsite support from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial releases to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, 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 consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with strategic IT platforms cuts time and costs when guiding organizations through each aspect of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of senior cybersecurity and compliance engineers, disaster recovery planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, deploy, and manage a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To learn more about Progent's remote and onsite support expertise in Lynnwood, Washington for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, refer to:
To download a datasheet about the consulting support available from Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Lynnwood, WA business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.