Microsoft Dynamics GP ConsultantsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a lengthier track record than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active customers worldwide. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades long enough that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a recurring complaint we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time finding veteran Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP system efficiently and derive the most benefit out of the application.

The more an organization attempts to make do with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure becomes. When server hardware or storage systems fail, there could be no equivalent hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, critical security patches are no longer released. Current editions of SQL Server may not work with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools like Power BI may not be an option. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the number of pieces involved in the project. And the cost suggested for a migration may seem astronomical.

Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered high-level and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-based environments 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 help your Akron, Ohio business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.

We partner with our customers and begin by understanding their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services may include a migration to a newer and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a wide range of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software within your organization, custom report writing, and solution analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize business value and minimize expense.

Progent can help your Akron, Ohio business in each phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization project including:

  • Deployment Assessment
    Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss other capabilities of GP that may be suitable for your organization.

  • Upgrade Planning and Timing
    Develop a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage integration issues.

  • Testing
    Plan and implement a pilot environment for proving the migration project.

  • System Updates
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to assure continuing support 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). Prep data and execute scripts to address documented issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Create reports and or dashboards for internal as well as external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from diverse on-premises and external sources.

  • Training
    Provide individual or classroom style training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

  • Support Services
    Provide a single point of contact for support to deliver effective and cost-effective handling of problems made possible by close understanding of your particular situation.
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent offers the support of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Recommendations
    Suggest the use of modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not currently being used. Also, recommend third-party products designed specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Create special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business applications to reduce duplicate entry and improve accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Create big and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or external modules.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can help you to upgrade your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services offered by Progent's consultants include:
  • Requirements analysis and IT asset inventory
  • Network topology design and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
  • Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability architectures
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
  • business continuity preparedness
  • Performance tuning
The Progent Advantage
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For over 20 years, Progent has provided online and onsite support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial versions to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.

Progent also has extensive experience providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with strategic technologies saves time and costs when guiding organizations through every phase of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of advanced security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and database administrators who can help you to plan, deploy, and manage a productive Dynamics GP ecosystem.

Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
To learn more information about Progent's online and onsite support services in Akron, Ohio for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, visit:

Read/Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise available from Progent for Microsoft 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 Akron, OH business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.