Microsoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a lengthier heritage than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. A number of organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades long enough that they now find themselves running legacy software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from prospective clients is that they have a hard time finding veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment affordably and derive the maximum business value from the software.
The more an organization tries to limp along with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process tends to be. If server hardware or storage systems fail, there could be no suitable hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security patches stop being developed. The latest releases of SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative products such as Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the number of pieces involved in the project. And the cost quoted for a migration may seem astronomical.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered advanced and affordable remote consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration skills, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Seattle, Washington business get the most out of GP.
We become partners with our clients and start by listening to their needs. Once we have an understanding of the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations may involve an upgrade to a newer and supported version of Dynamics GP, simple user education, full platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications within your organization, custom report writing, and system evaluations to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize strategic value and manage cost.
Progent can help your Seattle, Washington company in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement initiative including:
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
- Deployment Review
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss other features of GP that may be helpful to your organization.
- Upgrade Design and Timing
Develop a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve integration issues.
- Pilot Testing
Plan and implement a test environment for validating the migration project.
- Environment Updates
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and execute scripts to address known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private and public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from diverse local and remote repositories.
Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.
- Support Services
Provide a single contact for support to ensure consistent and affordable resolution of problems made possible by familiarity with your particular situation.
Progent can provide the help of top-tier experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly rather than managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the deployment of software modules that come with the basic GP system but are not currently being utilized. Also, suggest third-party add-ons written specifically for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.
Build special integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid redundant entry and improve consistency.
Create big and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services provided by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs analysis and site inventory
- Network topology planning and deployment (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
- Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
- Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Creating high-availability (HA) environments
- Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
- business continuity planning
- Performance optimization
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud products combined into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has provided online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial versions to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.
Progent also has extensive experience providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with core IT platforms cuts time and expense when helping businesses through every aspect of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of advanced cybersecurity and compliance experts, disaster recovery planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, implement, and manage a productive Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To find out more about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting expertise in Seattle, Washington for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, see:
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Seattle, WA business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.