Dynamics GP ConsultantsDynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a lengthier heritage 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 systems for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations globally. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades to the point that they are now running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is risky. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time finding experienced Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and derive the most benefit out of the software.

The more an organization tries to limp along with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure becomes. When server hardware or storage systems break down, there may be no suitable devices available to replace them. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security patches are no longer developed. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative products like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the volume of pieces there are to the project. And the price tag quoted for a migration may seem astronomical.

Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have provided advanced and economical online consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state in the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all editions of Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Akron, Ohio business optimize the benefit of GP.

We partner with our customers and start by understanding their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the IT situation and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations can involve a migration to a newer and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, full system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad range of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications used by company, custom report writing, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize business value and manage cost.

Progent's consultants can help your Akron, Ohio company in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement project including:

  • Deployment Assessment
    Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are now using and propose additional features of the product that may be suitable for your organization.

  • Upgrade Design and Scheduling
    Develop a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that avoids business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Specify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and manage compatibility problems.

  • Pilot Testing
    Design and configure a pilot environment for proving the upgrade project.

  • System Upgrades
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal and public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from diverse on-premises and external repositories.

  • Education
    Provide one-on-one or group training for existing and new users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Provide a single point of contact for expertise to deliver consistent and cost-effective resolution of issues thanks to familiarity with your particular environment.
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent offers the help of top-tier experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Recommendations
    Suggest the use of modules that come with the core GP system but are not now being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party products designed exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Build custom connections between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to reduce redundant entry and increase accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Create major and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can assist you to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure services available from Progent's consultants include:
  • Requirements analysis and IT asset inventory
  • Network topology design and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Configuring firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
  • Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Developing high-availability solutions
  • Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
A modern Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services integrated into a seamless enterprise resource management solution. For over 20 years, Progent has delivered online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration experts. Progent has supported these products from their initial releases to their latest versions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.

Progent also has a long history of delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with core IT platforms cuts time and expense when helping businesses through every aspect of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of senior security and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can assist you to design, implement, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
To learn more information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting services in Akron, Ohio for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, visit:

Read/Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).

Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Akron, OH business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.