Dynamics GP ConsultantsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer track record than virtually any other ERP platform written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. A number of organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades long enough that they are now running seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble finding experienced Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP system affordably and extract the maximum benefit from the software.

The longer a business attempts to make do with outdated releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process becomes. When server hardware or storage systems fail, there may be no equivalent devices on the market to replace them. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates are no longer released. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the volume of pieces involved in the project. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may be through the roof.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided advanced and economical online consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By offering deep experience with all releases of Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Birmingham, Alabama business get the most out of GP.

We partner with our clients and start by understanding their requirements. After gaining familiarity with the environment and the areas needing improvement we make our recommendations. Proposed services can involve a migration to a newer and supported version of Dynamics GP, simple user training, full system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party modules from a wide array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business software within your organization, custom report writing, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and minimize cost.

Progent can assist your Birmingham, Alabama company in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or customization initiative including:

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

  • Migration Design and Scheduling
    Develop a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that avoids business interruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Specify custom development and add-on products. Predict and resolve compatibility problems.

  • Pilot Testing
    Plan and configure a pilot system for validating the upgrade process.

  • Environment Upgrades
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to assure continuing support services from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Create reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from multiple on-premises and external repositories.

  • Education
    Deliver individual or group training for existing and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Provide a single point of contact for expertise to deliver dependable and affordable handling of issues thanks to close understanding of your particular environment.
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
Progent offers the help of top-tier consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Guidance
    Suggest the deployment of modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not currently being used. Also, suggest third-party products written exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.

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

  • Customizations
    Build big and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can help your business to enhance your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services offered by Progent's consultants include:
  • Needs assessment and site inventory
  • Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Configuring firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
  • Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Developing high-availability (HA) architectures
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
  • business continuity planning
  • Performance tuning
Why Progent?
A modern Dynamics GP environment includes diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services combined into a seamless ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent has delivered remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial releases to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.

Progent also has extensive experience providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with strategic technologies cuts time and costs when helping organizations through each phase of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, deploy, and maintain a modern Dynamics GP ecosystem.

Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
To find out more information about Progent's remote and onsite support expertise in Birmingham, Alabama for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, see:

Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise available from Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).

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