Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a lengthier heritage than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers worldwide. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades long enough that they are now running legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time finding veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment affordably and get the maximum business value from the application.
The more a business tries to limp along with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure becomes. When server hardware or disk systems fail, there may be no equivalent hardware on the market to replace them. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security patches stop being released. Current editions of SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the volume of components involved in the project. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may seem astronomical.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have delivered high-level and economical online integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By offering in-depth experience with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to make sure your Seattle, Washington business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We become partners with our clients and start by understanding their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the environment and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services can include a migration to a newer and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a wide array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software within your company, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize business value and control expense.
Progent's consultants can help your Seattle, Washington business in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement project including:
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- System Assessment
Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose other features available on GP that might be helpful to your business.
- Migration Design and Timing
Develop a complete migration plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Plan for solution validation, live deployment, and education. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and resolve integration problems.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and implement a pilot environment for validating the migration process.
- Environment Updates
Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current version to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and run scripts to address known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from multiple local and remote repositories.
Deliver one-on-one or group training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Act as a single contact for expertise to deliver consistent and cost-effective resolution of issues made possible by close understanding of your specific environment.
Progent can provide the help of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Suggest the use of modules included with the basic GP platform but are not currently being used. In addition, suggest third-party products designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Build custom connections between Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid duplicate data entry and increase consistency.
Build major and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Progent can help you to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services provided by Progent include:
- Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network topology planning and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
- Creating high-availability solutions
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and cloud services integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have provided online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their first versions to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.
Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with strategic IT platforms cuts time and expense when guiding organizations through every aspect of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced security and compliance experts, business continuity planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can help you to plan, deploy, and manage a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.
Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To find out more about Progent's remote and onsite consulting services in Seattle, Washington for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, visit:
To download a datasheet about the consulting support offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Seattle, WA business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.