Dynamics GP ExpertsDynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a longer track record than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is risky. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble locating experienced Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and derive the most business value from the application.

The longer an organization tries to make do with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process tends to be. When physical host servers or storage systems break down, there could be no suitable hardware on the market to replace them. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, critical security patches stop being released. The latest releases of SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Power BI may not be an option. Businesses considering an update of their Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the volume of components there are to the project. And the cost suggested for a migration may seem through the roof.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered high-level and economical remote consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all editions of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Alexandria, Virginia business optimize the benefit of GP.

We become partners with our clients and begin by understanding their requirements. After gaining familiarity with the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services can include a migration to a more current and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, full system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a wide array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications used by company, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize business value and control expense.

Progent's consultants can help your Alexandria, Virginia company in every phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization initiative including:

  • Deployment Assessment
    Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now using and propose other capabilities available on GP that might be suitable for your organization.

  • Migration Design and Timing
    Create a complete upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and training. Specify custom development and add-on products. Predict and resolve integration issues.

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

  • Environment Updates
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current version to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and execute scripts to address documented issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Develop reports and or dashboards for private as well as public use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from multiple on-premises and remote repositories.

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

  • Support
    Act as a single point of contact for support to ensure effective and cost-effective handling of problems made possible by familiarity with your particular situation.
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent offers the support of top-tier consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Recommendations
    Suggest the use of software modules that come with the core GP platform but are not now being utilized. Also, suggest third-party products written exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Create custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid redundant entry and increase accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Build big and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various functions not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party modules.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise offered by Progent's consultants include:
  • Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
  • Network architecture design and implementation (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Configuring security gateways and remote connections and creating security policies
  • Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Developing high-availability (HA) architectures
  • Integration with public cloud services such as Microsoft 365
  • business continuity preparedness
  • Performance tuning
The Progent Advantage
An optimized Dynamics GP environment includes diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud services integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their first versions to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud SaaS options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and application development expertise.

Progent also has a long history of delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with core technologies saves time and costs when guiding organizations through each phase of updating their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the support of senior security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, deploy, and manage a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.

Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
To find out more about Progent's online and onsite consulting expertise in Alexandria, Virginia for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, refer to:

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

Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Alexandria, VA business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.