Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a lengthier history than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations globally. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves using legacy software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is risky. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from prospective clients is that they have a hard time finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment affordably and derive the maximum benefit out of the software.

The longer a business tries to limp along with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure becomes. If physical host servers or storage systems fail, there may be no suitable hardware available to use as substitutes. When versions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates stop being released. Current releases of SQL Server might not work with your important GP customizations. Innovative products such as Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the volume of pieces there are to the project. And the price tag quoted for a migration may be astronomical.

Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have delivered high-level and affordable remote integration consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration skills, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Columbus, Ohio business optimize the benefit of GP.

We partner with our clients and begin by understanding their needs. Once we have familiarity with the situation and the areas for improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a more current and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad range of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software within your organization, custom report writing, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with every Dynamics GP project big or small is to optimize business value and minimize expense.

Progent can help your Columbus, Ohio business in each phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization project including:

  • System Assessment
    Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and propose additional capabilities of GP that might be helpful to your organization.

  • Migration Planning and Timing
    Create a complete migration plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and resolve compatibility issues.

  • Pilot Testing
    Plan and configure a test system for proving the migration process.

  • System Upgrades
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and execute scripts to address known issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private and public use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from multiple on-premises and external repositories.

  • Training
    Deliver one-on-one or group training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

  • Support Services
    Provide a single point of contact for expertise to ensure effective and affordable resolution of problems thanks to familiarity with your specific situation.
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent can provide the help of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you need directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Recommend the use of modules included with the core GP system but are not now being utilized. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Build custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid duplicate data entry and improve consistency.

  • Customizations
    Build big and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party modules.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can help your business to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure services provided by Progent include:
  • Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
  • Network architecture planning and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
  • Managing iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Creating high-availability environments
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products combined into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has delivered remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent has supported these products from their first versions to their latest versions, and Progent supports cloud options by providing Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and development services.

Progent also has a long history of delivering support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with core IT platforms saves time and costs when guiding businesses through each aspect of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced security and information assurance engineers, business continuity preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, deploy, and manage a well-tuned Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
For more about Progent's online and on-premises consulting services in Columbus, Ohio for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, visit:

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

Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Columbus, OH business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.