Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsDynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a longer history than virtually any other ERP platform written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. A number of organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades to the point that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a common theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have trouble finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and extract the most benefit out of the application.

The longer an organization tries to make do with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process becomes. When physical host servers or storage systems break down, there could be no equivalent hardware available to replace them. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates are no longer distributed. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative products like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an update of their Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the volume of components there are to the project. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may be astronomical.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested professionals have provided high-level and economical remote consulting for Windows-based environments to organizations in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration skills, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Chesapeake, Virginia business get the most out of GP.

We become partners with our customers and begin by understanding their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Proposed services can include a migration to a newer and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad range of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications within your organization, custom report writing, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and minimize expense.

Progent's consultants can assist your Chesapeake, Virginia business in each phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement process including:

  • Deployment Review
    Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss additional capabilities available on GP that might be suitable for your business.

  • Migration Design and Timing
    Create a complete migration plan and schedule that minimizes business disruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Specify customizations and add-on products. Predict and resolve compatibility issues.

  • Pilot Testing
    Design and implement a pilot environment for validating the upgrade project.

  • System Updates
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and execute scripts to address known issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Develop reports and or dashboards for internal and public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from multiple local and external repositories.

  • Education
    Provide individual or group training for existing and first-time users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support Services
    Provide a single contact for support to deliver dependable and cost-effective resolution of issues thanks to close understanding of your specific situation.
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
Progent offers the help of top-tier experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Guidance
    Suggest the use of software modules included with the core GP platform but are not now being used. Also, recommend third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Create special connections between Dynamics GP and other business applications to reduce redundant data entry and increase consistency.

  • Customizations
    Create big and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform various functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can help you to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise provided by Progent's consultants include:
  • Needs analysis and site inventory
  • Network topology planning and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Setting up security gateways and remote connections and creating security policies
  • Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products combined into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent has supported these products from their first releases to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.

Progent also has a long history of delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Windows Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This experience with core IT platforms saves time and expense when guiding organizations through each aspect of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior security and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and database administrators who can help you to plan, deploy, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
To find out more information about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting expertise in Chesapeake, Virginia for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, see:

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

Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Chesapeake, VA business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.