Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsDynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a lengthier track record than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers globally. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades to the point that they are now running seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time locating veteran Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and extract the most benefit out of the software.

The longer a business tries to make do with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure becomes. If server hardware or storage systems fail, there may be no equivalent hardware available to use as substitutes. When releases of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security updates stop being released. The latest editions of SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an update of their Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the volume of components involved in the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for a migration may seem astronomical.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's tested experts have provided high-level and affordable online consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state across the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration skills, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Birmingham, Alabama business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.

We partner with our customers and start by listening to their needs. After gaining familiarity with the environment and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations can involve a migration to a more current and supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user training, full system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide array of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software used by company, custom report writing, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with each Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and control cost.

Progent's consultants can assist your Birmingham, Alabama company in each facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization project including:

  • System Assessment
    Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose additional capabilities of the product that may be helpful to your organization.

  • Upgrade Planning and Timing
    Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage compatibility problems.

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

  • Environment Upgrades
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and run scripts to resolve documented issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from multiple on-premises and remote repositories.

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

  • Support
    Act as a single point of contact for expertise to ensure consistent and cost-effective handling of problems thanks to familiarity with your specific environment.
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent can provide the support of seasoned experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you need directly rather than managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Guidance
    Recommend the deployment of modules that come with the core GP platform but are not now being utilized. Also, suggest third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Create custom connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce redundant entry and improve consistency.

  • Customizations
    Create big and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various business functions not handled by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can assist your business to enhance your network infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise offered by Progent include:
  • Requirements assessment and site inventory
  • Network topology design and deployment (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Configuring firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
  • Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability (HA) solutions
  • Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud products combined into a seamless enterprise resource management solution. For more than two decades, Progent has delivered online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their first versions to their latest versions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.

Progent also has a long history of delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with strategic IT platforms cuts time and costs when helping businesses through every phase of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of senior security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, implement, and manage a modern Dynamics GP ecosystem.

Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
To find out more information about Progent's online and onsite support expertise in Birmingham, Alabama for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, see:

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

Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Birmingham, AL business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.