Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsDynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a lengthier heritage than almost any other ERP platform made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers globally. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades long enough that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they have trouble finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and derive the most business value out of the application.

The longer an organization tries to make do with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process tends to be. When physical host servers or disk systems break down, there could be no suitable hardware available to replace them. When versions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates stop being released. Current releases of SQL Server may not work with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the number of components there are to the project. And the cost suggested for a migration may seem astronomical.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned experts have delivered advanced and affordable online consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state across the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all versions of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to make sure your Appleton, Wisconsin business get the most out of GP.

We partner with our customers and begin by understanding their requirements. After gaining familiarity with the IT environment and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a more current and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a broad array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software used by company, custom report writing, and system evaluations to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with every Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize business value and manage cost.

Progent's consultants can assist your Appleton, Wisconsin company in each facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization initiative including:

  • System Review
    Take a look at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss additional features of the product that might be suitable for your business.

  • Upgrade Design and Timing
    Create a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Identify customizations and add-on products. Predict and manage integration problems.

  • Pilot Testing
    Plan and implement a pilot environment for proving the upgrade project.

  • System Upgrades
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and run scripts to address known issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Create reports and or dashboards for internal and external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from diverse local and external repositories.

  • Education
    Provide individual or classroom style training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Act as a single contact for support to deliver effective and affordable resolution of issues thanks to close understanding of your specific situation.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
Progent offers the help of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Guidance
    Recommend the deployment of software modules included with the core GP platform but are not now being used. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons written specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Build special integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce duplicate entry and increase accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Build big and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can help you to enhance your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure services provided by Progent's consultants include:
  • Needs analysis and site inventory
  • Network topology design and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Configuring security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
  • Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability (HA) environments
  • Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
  • business continuity planning
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and cloud products integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For more than two decades, Progent has delivered remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server integration experts. Progent has worked with these products from their first versions to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.

Progent also has a long history of providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with strategic technologies saves time and costs when helping organizations through every phase of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of senior security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness experts, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can help you to design, deploy, and maintain a well-tuned Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
To find out more information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting expertise in Appleton, Wisconsin for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, see:

Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To download a datasheet about the consulting support available from Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).

Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Appleton, WI business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.