Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer heritage than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active installations globally. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble locating veteran Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP environment affordably and derive the maximum benefit out of the software.

The more an organization attempts to limp along with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure tends to be. If physical host servers or storage systems fail, there may be no suitable devices on the market to use as substitutes. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, critical security patches are no longer distributed. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the number of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may seem through the roof.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided high-level and affordable remote integration consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By combining deep experience with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Charleston, South Carolina business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.

We become partners with our clients and start by understanding their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the situation and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Proposed services may involve an upgrade to a more current and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user education, full system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products from a wide range of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software within your company, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our goal with each Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize strategic value and minimize expense.

Progent's consultants can assist your Charleston, South Carolina company in each phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement project including:

  • Deployment Assessment
    Take a look at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss additional capabilities of the product that might be suitable for your organization.

  • Upgrade Planning and Timing
    Develop a complete upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Specify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve integration problems.

  • Testing
    Plan and configure a pilot system for proving the migration project.

  • System Upgrades
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and run scripts to resolve known issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from diverse local and remote repositories.

  • Training
    Provide individual or group training for current and new users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Provide a single contact for support to ensure dependable and affordable resolution of issues made possible by familiarity with your specific environment.
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent offers the help of seasoned experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Recommendations
    Recommend the use of modules included with the basic GP platform but are not now being used. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons written exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Build special integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to reduce redundant data entry and increase consistency.

  • Customizations
    Create big and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can help your business to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise offered by Progent include:
  • Requirements analysis and site inventory
  • Network topology design and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Configuring firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
  • Integrating iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Developing high-availability (HA) solutions
  • Integration with public cloud services such as Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent has provided remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their initial versions to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.

Progent also has extensive experience providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with core technologies cuts time and costs when guiding organizations through each phase of updating their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery preparedness experts, application developers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and database administrators who can help you to plan, implement, and manage a productive Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
To learn more about Progent's remote and onsite support services in Charleston, South Carolina for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, see:

Read/Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To download a datasheet about the consulting services available from Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).

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