Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer track record than virtually any other ERP platform made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations globally. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they are now running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from new clients is that they have trouble finding veteran Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP system efficiently and extract the most benefit out of the software.

The more an organization attempts to limp along with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure tends to be. If physical host servers or storage systems break down, there may be no equivalent devices available to replace them. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security updates stop being released. The latest editions of SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative products like Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the number of pieces there are to the project. And the cost quoted for a migration may be astronomical.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered high-level and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-based environments to organizations in every state across the U.S. By offering deep experience with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Alexandria, Virginia business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.

We become partners with our clients and begin by listening to their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the IT environment and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Proposed services can include a migration to a newer and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user training, full system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad range of suppliers that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software within your company, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with every Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and manage expense.

Progent's consultants can help your Alexandria, Virginia business in every facet of your Dynamics GP migration or customization initiative including:

  • Deployment Assessment
    Take a look at what features of Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss additional capabilities of GP that may be suitable for your business.

  • Migration Design and Scheduling
    Create a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that avoids business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Specify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and manage compatibility issues.

  • Pilot Testing
    Design and implement a test environment for proving the migration process.

  • Environment Upgrades
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current version to assure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from diverse on-premises and remote repositories.

  • Education
    Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Provide a single contact for support to ensure consistent and affordable handling of problems made possible by close understanding of your specific environment.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent offers the help of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly rather than managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Recommendations
    Suggest the use of modules included with the core GP system but are not currently being used. Also, suggest third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Build special integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid redundant entry and improve consistency.

  • Customizations
    Create big and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform various functions not addressed by standard GP modules or external modules.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can help your business to upgrade your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure services offered by Progent's consultants include:
  • Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
  • Network topology planning and deployment (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Setting up security gateways and remote connections and creating security policies
  • Integrating iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability (HA) environments
  • Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
An optimized Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent has provided online and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their first releases to their latest versions, and Progent supports cloud options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.

Progent also has a long history of delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This experience with strategic technologies cuts time and costs when helping organizations through every phase of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of senior cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, deploy, and maintain a well-tuned Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
To learn more about Progent's online and onsite support services in Alexandria, Virginia for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, see:

Read/Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To download a datasheet about the consulting support offered by Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).

Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Alexandria, VA business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.