Dynamics GP ConsultantsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer history than virtually any other ERP platform made for Windows. Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers globally. Many organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades long enough that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a common theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time locating veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP system efficiently and get the maximum business value out of the software.

The longer a business tries to limp along with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process tends to be. When physical host servers or disk systems break down, there may be no suitable hardware available to use as substitutes. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates are no longer distributed. The latest releases of SQL Server may not work with your important GP customizations. Next-generation products such as Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an update of their Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the volume of components there are to the puzzle. And the cost quoted for a migration may be astronomical.

Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned professionals have provided high-level and affordable remote integration consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining deep experience with all editions of Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Appleton, Wisconsin business optimize the benefit of GP.

We become partners with our customers and begin by listening to their needs. After gaining familiarity with the environment and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services can include an upgrade to a more current and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, full system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide array of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software within your organization, custom report creation, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with each Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize business value and control expense.

Progent's consultants can assist your Appleton, Wisconsin business in every facet of your Dynamics GP migration or customization process including:

  • Deployment Assessment
    Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose additional capabilities available on GP that might be helpful to your organization.

  • Upgrade Planning and Timing
    Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and manage compatibility problems.

  • Pilot Testing
    Plan and configure a pilot system for validating the upgrade project.

  • Environment Upgrades
    Create backup copies of 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 available to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and run scripts to resolve documented issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Develop reports and or dashboards for private and public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from diverse local and remote repositories.

  • Training
    Deliver individual or group training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

  • Support Services
    Provide a single point of contact for support to deliver effective and affordable resolution of issues made possible by familiarity with your particular situation.
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
Progent can provide the support of seasoned experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Recommendations
    Suggest the deployment of software modules that come with the core GP system but are not now being used. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons written exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Build special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid redundant data entry and improve accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Build big and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party modules.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can assist you to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise offered by Progent's consultants include:
  • Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
  • Network topology planning and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up security gateways and remote connections and defining 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
  • Disaster recovery preparedness
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services combined into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have provided remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first versions to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and application development services.

Progent also has a long history of providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with core IT platforms cuts time and costs when helping businesses through each aspect of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of senior cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, business continuity preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and database administrators who can help you to plan, deploy, and manage a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
To learn more information about Progent's remote and on-premises support expertise in Appleton, Wisconsin for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, refer to:

Read/Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To download a datasheet describing the consulting expertise offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).

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