Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a lengthier history than virtually any other ERP platform written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. Many organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time locating experienced Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system affordably and get the most business value out of the application.

The longer an organization attempts to make do with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure becomes. When physical host servers or disk systems fail, there may be no suitable hardware available to use as substitutes. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches are no longer released. The latest releases of SQL Server might not work with your important GP customizations. Next-generation products such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the number of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the cost suggested for a migration may be astronomical.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have provided high-level and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state across the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all releases of Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Anchorage, Alaska business optimize the benefit of GP.

We partner with our customers and begin by listening to their needs. Once we have an understanding of the situation and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations may involve a migration to a more current and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products from a broad range of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software used by organization, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize business value and manage expense.

Progent can help your Anchorage, Alaska company in each phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement process including:

  • System Assessment
    Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and propose other features of the product that might be suitable for your organization.

  • Upgrade Design and Timing
    Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and manage integration issues.

  • Pilot Testing
    Design and configure a test system for validating the upgrade project.

  • System Updates
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current version to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all current features available to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal and external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from multiple on-premises and remote sources.

  • Education
    Deliver individual or group training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Act as a single point of contact for support to deliver consistent and cost-effective resolution of issues made possible by close understanding of your particular environment.
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent can provide the help of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly rather than managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Recommend the deployment of modules that come with the core GP system but are not currently being utilized. Also, suggest third-party add-ons written exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Build special integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce redundant entry and improve accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Create major and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle specific functions not handled by standard GP modules or third-party modules.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can assist you to upgrade your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise provided by Progent's consultants include:
  • Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
  • Network topology design and deployment (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
  • Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability solutions
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
  • Disaster recovery planning
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services integrated into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has delivered remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial versions to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud SaaS options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.

Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with core technologies cuts time and costs when helping organizations through each phase of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the support of senior security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, implement, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP ecosystem.

Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
To learn more information about Progent's online and on-premises support services in Anchorage, Alaska for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, refer to:

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

Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Anchorage, AK business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.