Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a lengthier heritage than almost any other ERP solution made for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers globally. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they have trouble finding experienced Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP system efficiently and extract the most business value from the application.

The longer a business attempts to limp along with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process becomes. If physical host servers or disk systems break down, there could be no equivalent devices on the market to replace them. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates stop being distributed. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Power BI may not be an option. Businesses considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the number of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for a migration may be through the roof.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have delivered high-level and affordable remote consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state in the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all releases of Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration talent, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your Baton Rouge, Louisiana business optimize the benefit of GP.

We become partners with our clients and start by listening to their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the IT environment and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations may include a migration to a more current and supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user education, full platform and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a broad range of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software within your organization, custom report creation, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with every Dynamics GP project big or small is to optimize strategic value and control expense.

Progent can help your Baton Rouge, Louisiana company in every phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement initiative including:

  • System Review
    Take a look at what features of Dynamics GP you are now running and propose additional capabilities available on the product that might be helpful to your business.

  • Migration Design and Timing
    Develop a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Specify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and manage integration problems.

  • Pilot Testing
    Design and configure a pilot system for validating the migration process.

  • Environment Upgrades
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to address documented issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Create reports and or custom dashboards for private and external consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from multiple local and remote sources.

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

  • Support Services
    Act as a single point of contact for support to ensure effective and affordable resolution of problems thanks to close understanding of your particular situation.
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
Progent can provide the help of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you require directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Recommendations
    Recommend the use of software modules included with the core GP platform but are not currently being utilized. Also, recommend third-party products designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.

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

  • Customizations
    Build major and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can assist you to enhance your network infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure services available from Progent's consultants include:
  • Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
  • Network topology 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 mobile devices
  • Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
  • Performance tuning
Why Progent?
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent has delivered online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent has worked with these products from their initial releases to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.

Progent also has a long history of delivering support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with strategic technologies cuts time and expense when guiding organizations through each phase of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of senior cybersecurity and information assurance experts, business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, implement, and manage a productive Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
To learn more about Progent's online and onsite consulting services in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, see:

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

Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Baton Rouge, LA business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.