Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsDynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a longer history than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades to the point that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a recurring complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time finding veteran Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP system affordably and derive the maximum benefit out of the application.

The longer a business attempts to limp along with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process becomes. When physical host servers or disk systems break down, there may be no equivalent devices available to use as substitutes. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, critical security patches are no longer developed. Current editions of SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an update of their Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the number of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may seem astronomical.

Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested professionals have provided advanced and economical online consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Charleston, South Carolina business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.

We become partners with our clients and start by understanding their needs. After gaining familiarity with the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations can include a migration to a more current and supported version of Dynamics GP, simple user training, full system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a broad range of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications used by company, custom report creation, and system evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize business value and control cost.

Progent can assist your Charleston, South Carolina business in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement process including:

  • Deployment Review
    Take a look at what features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss additional capabilities of the product that may be suitable for your business.

  • Upgrade Design and Scheduling
    Develop a complete upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Identify customizations and add-on products. Predict and manage compatibility problems.

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

  • Environment Updates
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and execute scripts to address known issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Create reports and or dashboards for private and public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from diverse local and external sources.

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

  • Support Services
    Act as a single point of contact for support to ensure consistent and affordable resolution of problems made possible by close understanding of your specific situation.
Additional 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 environments since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Suggest the use of software modules included with the basic GP platform but are not currently being used. Also, suggest third-party add-ons designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Create special connections between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid redundant data entry and improve accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Build big and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform various functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party modules.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can assist you to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure expertise available from Progent's consultants include:
  • Requirements assessment and site inventory
  • Network architecture planning and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
  • Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability environments
  • Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first versions to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud SaaS options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and application development expertise.

Progent also has a long history of providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with core IT platforms cuts time and expense when guiding organizations through each aspect of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced cybersecurity and compliance engineers, disaster recovery preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can assist you to design, implement, and manage a well-tuned Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
To learn more information about Progent's online and onsite consulting services in Charleston, South Carolina for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, visit:

Download Progent's Microsoft 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, click Download Datasheet: Consulting for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).

Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Charleston, SC business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.