Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a longer history than almost any other ERP solution made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active customers worldwide. 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 dangerous. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time finding experienced Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and get the maximum business value from the application.
The longer an organization tries to limp along with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process becomes. If server hardware or disk systems fail, there could be no equivalent hardware on the market to replace them. When releases of Microsoft 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 might not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products such as Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an update of their Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the number of components there are to the puzzle. And the cost suggested for an upgrade 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 provided high-level and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By combining deep experience with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration talent, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your Tacoma, Washington business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our clients and start by listening to their needs. Once we have an understanding of the situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services may include an upgrade to a more current and supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user training, full platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a broad range of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications used by organization, custom report creation, and solution analysis 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 manage cost.
Progent can assist your Tacoma, Washington company in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization process including:
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- System Assessment
Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now using and propose other features of GP that might be suitable for your business.
- Migration Design and Timing
Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Identify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and manage integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and configure a test environment for proving the upgrade process.
- Environment Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current version to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all current features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and execute scripts to address documented issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as public use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from diverse on-premises and remote sources.
Deliver individual or group training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
Act as a single point of contact for expertise to ensure dependable and cost-effective handling of issues thanks to familiarity with your particular situation.
Progent offers the support of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you require directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft 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, suggest third-party products designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.
Create custom connections between Dynamics GP and other business applications to reduce duplicate data entry and increase consistency.
Create major and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform various business functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Progent can help you to enhance your network infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture design and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
- Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
- Disaster recovery planning
- Performance tuning
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have provided remote 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 development consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial releases to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with core IT platforms saves time and costs when helping organizations through each phase of updating their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the support of senior security and compliance engineers, business continuity preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, deploy, and manage a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
Read/Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
For more about Progent's online and on-premises consulting expertise in Tacoma, Washington for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, see:
To download a datasheet about the consulting support available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Tacoma, WA business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.