Dynamics GP ExpertsDynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a lengthier heritage than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations globally. Many businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades long enough that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a recurring complaint we hear from new clients is that they have trouble locating veteran Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and extract the most business value out of the application.

The more a business attempts to make do with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure becomes. If physical host servers or disk systems fail, there may be no equivalent devices available to replace them. When releases of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security patches stop being developed. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative products like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the number of components there are to the project. And the cost quoted for a migration may seem through the roof.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered advanced and economical online consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state across the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all editions of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Chesapeake, Virginia business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.

We partner with our clients and start by listening to their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the IT environment and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services can include a migration to a more current and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, simple user education, full platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products from a broad range of suppliers that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software within your company, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and control cost.

Progent's consultants can assist your Chesapeake, Virginia business in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization project including:

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

  • Migration Design and Scheduling
    Create a complete migration plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Identify custom development and add-on products. Predict and resolve integration problems.

  • Pilot Testing
    Plan and configure a test environment for proving the migration project.

  • System Updates
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current version to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Develop reports and or dashboards for internal as well as public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from diverse on-premises and external sources.

  • Training
    Provide individual or group training for current and first-time 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 situation.
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
Progent can provide the support of top-tier experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the work you need directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Recommend the deployment of software modules included with the basic GP platform but are not now being utilized. Also, suggest third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Build custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business applications to reduce duplicate data entry and improve accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Build major and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions not addressed by standard GP modules or external modules.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can help you to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
  • Requirements analysis and site inventory
  • Network topology planning and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
  • Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
  • Integration with public cloud services such as Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
  • Performance tuning
Why Progent?
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services integrated into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent has supported these products from their initial releases to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and development services.

Progent also has a long history of delivering support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with strategic technologies saves time and expense when guiding organizations through every phase of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance experts, business continuity planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can assist you to design, deploy, and maintain a modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
To find out more information about Progent's remote and on-premises support expertise in Chesapeake, Virginia for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, see:

Read/Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To download a datasheet about the consulting support offered by Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Expertise for Microsoft 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 MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment consultant or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.