Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsDynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a lengthier track record than almost any other ERP platform made for Windows. Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich product and is one of the most popular ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers globally. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades and maintenance to the point that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is risky. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time locating experienced Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem affordably and get the maximum business value from the application.

The more an organization tries to limp along with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure becomes. If physical host servers or disk systems fail, there may be no suitable hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates are no longer released. Current editions of SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative products like Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the volume of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the price tag quoted for a migration may seem through the roof.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided high-level and affordable remote consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state across the U.S. By offering deep experience with all versions of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Cincinnati, Ohio business optimize the benefit of GP.

We partner with our clients and begin by understanding their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the situation and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services can include a migration to a more current and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products from a wide range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications used by organization, custom report writing, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize strategic value and minimize cost.

Progent can assist your Cincinnati, Ohio business in every phase of your Dynamics GP migration or customization project including:

  • Deployment Assessment
    Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and propose additional features of GP that might be helpful to your business.

  • Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
    Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage integration problems.

  • Testing
    Plan and configure a pilot environment for validating the upgrade project.

  • Environment Upgrades
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to assure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have 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 (pstl). Prep data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Create reports and or dashboards for private as well as external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from multiple on-premises and remote sources.

  • Training
    Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Act as a single point of contact for support to ensure consistent and affordable handling of problems thanks to close understanding of your particular environment.
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent offers the help of seasoned experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Suggest the use of modules that come with the basic GP system but are not now being used. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons written exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Build custom connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce duplicate data entry and increase consistency.

  • Customizations
    Create big and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform various functions not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can help your business to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services offered by Progent's consultants include:
  • Requirements analysis and site inventory
  • Network topology planning and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
  • Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability (HA) solutions
  • Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
  • Disaster recovery preparedness
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For more than two decades, 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 experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server integration experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial releases to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and application development services.

Progent also has extensive experience providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with strategic IT platforms saves time and expense when guiding businesses through every aspect of updating their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance experts, disaster recovery preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, implement, and maintain a well-tuned Dynamics GP ecosystem.

Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
For more information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting services in Cincinnati, Ohio for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, refer to:

Read/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 software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).

Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Cincinnati, OH business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.