Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a lengthier history than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers globally. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a recurring complaint we hear from new customers is that they have trouble finding veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system efficiently and derive the maximum business value out of the software.

The longer a business tries to make do with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure becomes. If physical host servers or disk systems fail, there could be no equivalent hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When releases of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches are no longer released. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation products like Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the volume of pieces involved in the project. And the cost quoted for a migration may be through the roof.

Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have delivered high-level and affordable online consulting for Windows-powered networks to organizations in every state in the U.S. By offering in-depth experience with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration talent, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your Downers Grove, Illinois business get the most out of GP.

We become partners with our customers and begin by understanding their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a newer and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a wide array of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software within your organization, custom report writing, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with each Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize business value and minimize expense.

Progent can help your Downers Grove, Illinois business in every facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization process including:

  • System Assessment
    Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss other capabilities available on the product that may be suitable for your business.

  • Upgrade Design and Timing
    Develop a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Plan for solution validation, production upgrade, and training. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve compatibility issues.

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

  • Environment Updates
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Develop reports and or dashboards for private as well as external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from multiple local and external sources.

  • Training
    Provide individual or group training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Provide a single contact for expertise to ensure consistent and affordable handling of issues made possible by close understanding of your particular situation.
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
Progent offers the support of top-tier experts who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Recommendations
    Suggest the deployment of software modules included with the basic GP system but are not currently being used. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Build special connections between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid redundant entry and increase consistency.

  • Customizations
    Create big and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or external modules.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can help you to upgrade your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise available from Progent include:
  • Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
  • Network topology planning and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Configuring security gateways and remote connections and creating security policies
  • Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Developing high-availability (HA) environments
  • Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
  • Disaster recovery preparedness
  • Performance tuning
Why Progent?
A modern Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial releases to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.

Progent also has a long history of providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with core technologies cuts time and expense when guiding organizations through each aspect of updating their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of senior cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and database administrators who can help you to design, implement, and maintain a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
To find out more information about Progent's remote and onsite consulting expertise in Downers Grove, Illinois for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, refer to:

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

Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Services
If your Downers Grove, IL business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.