Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a lengthier track record than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for Windows. Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is risky. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble finding experienced Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and get the most business value out of the software.

The longer a business tries to make do with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process becomes. If server hardware or storage systems break down, there could be no suitable hardware on the market to replace them. When versions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches are no longer distributed. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the volume of pieces involved in the project. And the price tag quoted for a migration may be astronomical.

Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have provided high-level and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to businesses in every state across the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all releases of Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to make sure your Allen, Texas business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.

We become partners with our customers and start by listening to their needs. Once we have an understanding of the IT situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations may involve a migration to a more current and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, full platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a wide range of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software used by company, custom report creation, and system evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and minimize expense.

Progent can assist your Allen, Texas company in every phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement project including:

  • System Assessment
    Take a look at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and propose additional capabilities of GP that might be suitable for your business.

  • Upgrade Design and Timing
    Create a complete upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and resolve integration problems.

  • Testing
    Plan and configure a pilot system for proving the migration process.

  • Environment Updates
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current version to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your organization. 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 known 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 Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from diverse local and external sources.

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

  • Support
    Provide a single contact for support to deliver dependable and cost-effective handling of issues thanks to close understanding of your specific situation.
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
Progent can provide the support of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the work you need directly rather than managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Suggest the use of modules included with the basic GP system but are not currently being used. In addition, suggest third-party products designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Build special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to reduce redundant data entry and increase consistency.

  • Customizations
    Create big and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle various functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can help you to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise available from Progent's consultants include:
  • Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
  • Network architecture design and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
  • Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Creating high-availability (HA) environments
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
  • Performance tuning
Why Progent?
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products combined into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For over 20 years, Progent has provided remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development experts. Progent has supported these products from their initial releases to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.

Progent also has a long history of providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with strategic IT platforms cuts time and expense when guiding organizations through every phase of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can help you to plan, deploy, and maintain a well-tuned Dynamics GP solution.

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

Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your Allen, TX business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.