Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a lengthier history than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for Windows. Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations globally. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades to the point that they are now running seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring theme we hear from new customers is that they have trouble finding experienced Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment affordably and get the most benefit from the application.

The more a business attempts to limp along with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process tends to be. If server hardware or disk systems fail, there may be no suitable hardware on the market to replace them. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates are no longer distributed. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be intimidated by the number of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for a migration may seem astronomical.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have provided high-level and economical online consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration talent, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your Appleton, Wisconsin business get the most out of GP.

We partner with our clients and begin by listening to their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the IT environment and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations can involve a migration to a newer and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a broad range of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications used by organization, custom report writing, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize strategic value and minimize expense.

Progent can help your Appleton, Wisconsin company in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement project including:

  • System Assessment
    Take a look at what features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss other capabilities available on GP that may be helpful to your organization.

  • Upgrade Planning and Timing
    Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Specify customizations and add-on products. Predict and resolve integration problems.

  • Pilot Testing
    Plan and configure a test environment for proving the upgrade project.

  • System Updates
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to assure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to have all the latest features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and run scripts to address documented issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal as well as public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from multiple local and external sources.

  • Education
    Provide one-on-one or group training for existing and new users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Act as a single point of contact for support to ensure effective and affordable handling of problems made possible by familiarity with your particular environment.
Other 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 has the skills to do the work you require directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Recommendations
    Suggest the use of software modules included with the basic GP system but are not now being used. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons written specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Build special connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid duplicate entry and improve accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Build major and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can help you to upgrade your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise offered by Progent include:
  • Needs analysis and site inventory
  • Network architecture design and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
  • Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Developing high-availability solutions
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery planning
  • Performance tuning
The Progent Advantage
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud services combined into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has delivered online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial releases to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and development services.

Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with core IT platforms cuts time and costs when guiding businesses through each phase of upgrading their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of senior cybersecurity and compliance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, deploy, and manage a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
To find out more information about Progent's remote and onsite consulting services in Appleton, Wisconsin for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, see:

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

Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Appleton, WI business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.