Microsoft Dynamics GP, formerly called Great Plains, is one of the original Windows-based business accounting and ERP solutions and over the course of 20 years has evolved into a full-featured platform for financials, web commerce, sales automation, distribution, supply chain and project management, manufacturing, HR, and business analytics. The latest releases of Dynamics GP include major improvements over earlier editions. These enhancements represent a major step up in features, flexibility, cloud readiness, cross-platform support, and performance.
Dynamics GP has double the number of features as QuickBooks Enterprise, seven times more pre-built reports, plus higher performance and greater scalability. Some of the capabilities included with Microsoft Dynamics GP but not available in QuickBooks include calculating allocations, tracking landed costs, support for LIFO and FIFO inventory, item-by-item application of sales tax rates, lot and serial number tracking, late fee calculation, and multiple ship-to from a single order. Progent's seasoned Dynamics GP experts can assist you to assess the benefits of the latest release of Dynamics GP for your environment and can help you migrate from an earlier version of Dynamics GP, from QuickBooks, or from other accounting platforms.
Dynamics GP's runtime engine was put together using the Dexterity programming language, which was developed using Visual Studio. Integration with Microsoft's .NET Framework gives Dynamics GP a familiar Windows user interface and allows software developers to utilize powerful .NET and VBA technologies. The data platform for Dynamics GP is SQL Server, which offers enterprise-class performance, security, transaction integrity, and scalability. With the Dynamics GP 2015 R2 release, Dynamics GP adopted a Service Based Architecture (SBA) offering a REST-based API instead of the previously supported SOAP protocol. For browser-based applications supported by Dynamic GP's Web Client, the Service Based Architecture offers more durable connectivity, full-cycle SSL encryption, seamless scale out, secure multi-tenancy, and support for HTML 5 https protocol to allow developers to build apps for Windows, iOS and Android handheld devices.
Progent's Consulting and Programming Support for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains
Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consulting services available from Progent include:
- Develop Custom Applications
Progent's application programmers have experience with a broad range of developer tools including Web services, XML, MSMQ, and COM and have expertise with Microsoft .NET Framework support and Microsoft SQL Server development. Progent can help you enhance Dynamics GP with custom features and integrate Dynamics GP with a rich variety of applications and databases to maximize your competitive advantage. Tools Progent can use to create user-interface and database integrations include Dexterity, Modifier with VBA, Visual Studio Tools for Microsoft Dynamics GP, Continuum, Extender, eConnect, Web Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP, Integration Manager, and ODBC.
- Create Advanced Management Reports
Progent's experts team can create customized Dynamics GP management reports by utilizing powerful tools from Microsoft as well as third parties. These reporting tools include Report Writer, Microsoft Dynamics GP Analysis Cubes for Excel, Refreshable Excel Reports, Power BI Desktop and Power BI cloud service, Microsoft Dynamics GP Analytical Accounting, Microsoft Enterprise Reporting, Management Reporter, Microsoft FRx Professional, Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) for Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS), SmartList, Microsoft SmartList Designer, SmartList Builder, Modifier with VBA, Microsoft Enterprise Reporting, Crystal Reports Professional and Microsoft Enterprise Reporting.
- Streamline Administration Processes
Progent can accelerate your return on investment for Dynamics GP by automating administrative processes, which represent the biggest expense associated with an accounting and management information system. Progent's Dynamics GP experts can help you automate key operations such as adding, moving, and removing user accounts and workstations, installing software fixes and revisions, monitoring security, tracking performance, plus creating and distributing reports.
- Build a Business Portal for Collaboration
Progent can help you create a web-based Business Portal for Dynamics GP that makes it easier for authorized managers, workers, partners, customers and other stakeholders to access and share information securely. Progent can help you define role-based criteria to determine what data is made available to various users.
- Evaluate and Enhance Security and Compliance
Progent's information security experts can perform remote security scans to check for external and internal vulnerabilities, assess your data management and operational processes to verify compliance with industry standards and governmental regulations, and recommend and implement remediation when required.
- Plan and Execute a Smooth Migration
If you are upgrading to a newer version of Dynamics GP or moving from a different accounting system such as QuickBooks, Progent can help make sure that your migration is efficient, within budget, and minimally disruptive to your business operations. Progent can help you plan and document your project, import and verify existing data, set up pilot systems with realistic workloads, confirm the proper operation of your new installation, and define backup and restore technology and procedures.
- Design and Configure a System for a New Business
For business startups, Progent's Dynamics GP experts can help you begin from scratch by planning and documenting your solution, defining an account framework, create user accounts, defining access policies, and installing and testing modules provided by Microsoft or third-party vendors. Progent can help you set up your network infrastructure to support your Dynamics GP environment by configuring physical or virtual servers, provisioning workstations, building databases, defining storage requirements, implementing data backup solutions, and proving seamless and secure access to authorized remote and mobile users.
- Provide Custom Webinar Classes
Progent offers cost-effective, customized Dynamic GP training through online webinars. Progent's virtual classrooms save the cost of travel and simplify scheduling logistics by allowing teachers and students to participate from anywhere that has web access. Progent offers specialized one-on-one classes or generalized classes for large groups, and Progent's remote training tools include shared screens, virtual hand raising, and electronic whiteboards.
Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
For a single-page datasheet summarizing the consulting services offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains, click Download Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet (PDF file).
Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting and Programming Support
If you are looking for a MS Great Plains application professional, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.