Dynamics GP ConsultantsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a longer history than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations globally. 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 legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system affordably and get the maximum business value out of the application.

The longer an organization attempts to limp along with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure tends to be. When server hardware or disk systems fail, there could be no suitable devices 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 updates stop being released. The latest releases of SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an update of their Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the number of components involved in the project. And the cost quoted for a migration may seem through the roof.

Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested experts have provided high-level and economical remote consulting for Windows-powered networks to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By combining deep experience with all releases of Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Akron, Ohio business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.

We become partners with our clients and begin by understanding their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the IT situation and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations may involve an upgrade to a more current and supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user education, full system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide array of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software used by organization, custom report creation, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize strategic value and minimize cost.

Progent's consultants can assist your Akron, Ohio business in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization process including:

  • Deployment Review
    Take a look at what features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss additional capabilities of GP that might be suitable for your organization.

  • Migration Design and Timing
    Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve integration issues.

  • Pilot Testing
    Plan and implement a pilot system for proving the upgrade process.

  • Environment Upgrades
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Create reports and or custom dashboards for private and external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from multiple on-premises and remote repositories.

  • Training
    Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Act as a single contact for expertise to ensure consistent and affordable handling of problems made possible by close understanding of your specific environment.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent offers the support of top-tier experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Recommend the deployment of software modules included with the basic GP platform but are not currently being used. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons designed specifically for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Create special connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce duplicate data entry and improve consistency.

  • Customizations
    Build big and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform various business functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can help your business to upgrade your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure services offered by Progent include:
  • Requirements assessment and site inventory
  • Network architecture planning and deployment (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
  • Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Creating high-availability (HA) solutions
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Microsoft 365
  • business continuity planning
  • Performance tuning
Why Progent?
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial releases to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and application development services.

Progent also has extensive experience providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with core IT platforms saves time and costs when helping businesses through each aspect of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can assist you to design, deploy, and manage a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.

Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
To find out more information about Progent's online and onsite consulting expertise in Akron, Ohio for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, refer to:

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

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