Microsoft Dynamics GP ConsultantsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a longer track record than almost any other ERP platform made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active customers worldwide. Many organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades long enough that they are now running seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a recurring complaint we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time finding veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and get the maximum benefit out of the software.

The longer an organization tries to limp along with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure tends to be. When server hardware or disk systems fail, there may be no suitable hardware available to replace them. When versions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security patches stop being released. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools like Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an update of their Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the volume of components involved in the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for a migration may be astronomical.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have delivered high-level and affordable remote consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state across the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration talent, Progent is ideally suited to help your Appleton, Wisconsin business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.

We become partners with our customers and begin by understanding their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the IT situation and the areas needing improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations may include an upgrade to a newer and supported version of Dynamics GP, simple user education, full system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a broad range of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications used by company, custom report creation, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with every Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize business value and control cost.

Progent can assist your Appleton, Wisconsin company in each phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement initiative including:

  • System Assessment
    Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss additional features of GP that may be suitable for your business.

  • Upgrade Planning and Timing
    Develop a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and training. Identify customizations and add-on products. Predict and manage integration issues.

  • Testing
    Design and configure a test environment for proving the migration project.

  • System Updates
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current version to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all current features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and execute scripts to address known issues.

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

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

  • Support
    Provide a single point of contact for support to deliver consistent and cost-effective resolution of problems thanks to familiarity with your particular environment.
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent can provide the help of top-tier experts who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Recommendations
    Recommend the deployment of modules included with the core GP system but are not now being utilized. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons written exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Create special integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid redundant entry and increase consistency.

  • Customizations
    Create big and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle various business functions not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can assist you to upgrade your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services offered by Progent include:
  • Requirements assessment and site inventory
  • Network architecture planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Configuring firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
  • Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery preparedness
  • Performance optimization
Why Progent?
An optimized Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products combined into a seamless ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has provided remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent has 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 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and application development services.

Progent also has a long history of delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with core IT platforms saves time and costs when helping organizations through each aspect of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced security and compliance experts, disaster recovery preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and database administrators who can help you to design, implement, and maintain a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
For more about Progent's online and onsite support expertise in Appleton, Wisconsin for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, refer to:

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

Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Appleton, WI business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.