Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a longer history than virtually any other ERP platform written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades to the point that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a recurring theme we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time locating veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system affordably and derive the maximum business value out of the application.

The more an organization attempts to make do with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure becomes. When server hardware or disk systems break down, there could be no equivalent hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security updates are no longer distributed. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the volume of pieces there are to the project. And the cost quoted for a migration may seem astronomical.

Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered high-level and economical remote consulting for Windows-based environments to organizations in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Alpharetta, Georgia business get the most out of GP.

We become partners with our customers and start by understanding their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the environment and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations may include a migration to a newer and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products from a wide range of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software used by company, custom report writing, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with every Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and control cost.

Progent's consultants can assist your Alpharetta, Georgia company in each phase of your Dynamics GP migration or customization initiative including:

  • Deployment Assessment
    Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss additional features of the product that may be helpful to your organization.

  • Upgrade Planning and Timing
    Create a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and resolve compatibility problems.

  • Pilot Testing
    Design and implement a test environment for validating the upgrade project.

  • System Updates
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to assure continuing support services from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to address documented issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Develop reports and or dashboards for internal as well as public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from diverse on-premises and external repositories.

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

  • Support Services
    Provide a single contact for support to ensure dependable and affordable handling of problems made possible by close understanding of your particular environment.
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
Progent can provide the help of top-tier experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Recommendations
    Recommend the use of modules that come with the core GP system but are not now being used. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons written exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.

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

  • Customizations
    Create major and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform various functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or external modules.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can assist you to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure services offered by Progent's consultants include:
  • Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
  • Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up security gateways and remote connections and creating security policies
  • Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Developing high-availability (HA) solutions
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
  • business continuity preparedness
  • Performance optimization
Why Progent?
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services integrated into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For more than two decades, Progent has provided remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first versions to their latest editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.

Progent also has a long history of delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This experience with strategic IT platforms cuts time and costs when guiding organizations through every phase of upgrading their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior security and information assurance experts, disaster recovery planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, implement, and maintain a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
To find out more about Progent's online and onsite support expertise in Alpharetta, Georgia for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, see:

Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).

Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Alpharetta, GA business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.