Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a longer track record than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active customers globally. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have a hard time finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and get the most business value out of the application.

The more a business tries to make do with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process becomes. When physical host servers or storage systems fail, there could be no equivalent 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 stop being developed. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the number of pieces involved in the project. 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 supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have delivered advanced and economical online integration consulting for Windows-powered networks to businesses in every state across the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Clearwater, Florida business optimize the benefit of GP.

We become partners with our customers and start by listening to their needs. Once we have an understanding of the IT environment and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations may include a migration to a newer and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a wide range of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications used by organization, custom report creation, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with every Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize strategic value and manage expense.

Progent can assist your Clearwater, Florida company in each facet of your Dynamics GP migration or customization process including:

  • Deployment Assessment
    Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss other features of the product that may be suitable for your organization.

  • Upgrade Planning and Timing
    Develop a complete upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and training. Specify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve compatibility problems.

  • Testing
    Design and implement a test environment for validating the upgrade process.

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

  • Management Reporting
    Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal as well as public use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from diverse local and remote repositories.

  • Education
    Provide individual or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Act as a single contact for support to deliver dependable and cost-effective resolution of issues thanks to close understanding of your specific situation.
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
Progent offers the help of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the work you need directly rather than managing less knowledgeable consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Guidance
    Recommend the deployment of software modules that come with the core GP system but are not now being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons written exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Create special integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business applications to reduce duplicate entry and improve accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Create major and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform various functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or external modules.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can help your business to enhance your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise offered by Progent's consultants include:
  • Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
  • Network architecture design and implementation (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
  • Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Developing high-availability (HA) solutions
  • Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
  • Disaster recovery preparedness
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
A modern Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products integrated into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For more than two decades, Progent has provided remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first releases to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, 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 background with strategic technologies cuts time and expense when helping businesses through each aspect of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the support of senior security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to design, deploy, and manage a well-tuned Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
To find out more information about Progent's remote and onsite consulting expertise in Clearwater, Florida for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, refer to:

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

Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Clearwater, FL business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.