Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a lengthier track record than almost any other ERP platform written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades long enough that they are now using legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from new clients is that they have trouble finding veteran Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP system efficiently and get the maximum business value out of the software.

The more a business tries to limp along with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure tends to be. If server hardware or storage systems fail, there may be no suitable hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security updates stop being developed. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative products such as Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the number of components there are to the project. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may be through the roof.

Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's seasoned experts have delivered high-level and affordable online consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state across the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all releases of Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your Downers Grove, Illinois business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.

We become partners with our clients and start by understanding their requirements. After gaining familiarity with the situation and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations can include a migration to a more current and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad range of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications within your organization, custom report creation, and system analysis to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with every Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize business value and manage cost.

Progent's consultants can assist your Downers Grove, Illinois company in each phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement project including:

  • Deployment Assessment
    Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss additional capabilities available on GP that may be suitable for your business.

  • Upgrade Planning and Timing
    Develop a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and manage compatibility problems.

  • Pilot Testing
    Plan and implement a pilot environment for proving the migration project.

  • Environment Updates
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and run scripts to resolve known issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal as well as external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from multiple on-premises and external sources.

  • Training
    Deliver individual or group training for existing and new users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Provide a single point of contact for support to deliver effective and affordable handling of issues made possible by familiarity with your specific environment.
Other 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 solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly rather than managing less knowledgeable consultants or internal IT personnel. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Recommend the deployment of software modules included with the basic GP platform but are not currently being used. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons written specifically for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Build special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce redundant entry and improve accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Build big and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform various functions not handled by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can help your business to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise available from Progent include:
  • Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
  • Network architecture design and deployment (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
  • Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Developing high-availability (HA) environments
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
  • Performance tuning
Why Progent?
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud products integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent has provided remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their first releases to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.

Progent also has a long history of providing help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This experience with core technologies cuts time and costs when guiding organizations through every aspect of updating their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced cybersecurity and compliance engineers, business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, deploy, and maintain a well-tuned Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Support Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
To find out more about Progent's remote and on-premises support services in Downers Grove, Illinois for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, visit:

Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To download a datasheet about the consulting support available from Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).

Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Downers Grove, IL business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.