Dynamics GP ConsultantsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a longer track record than almost any other ERP platform written for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations globally. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they are now using seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from new customers is that they have trouble finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and get the most benefit from the application.

The longer an organization tries to limp along with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process tends to be. When server hardware or storage systems fail, there could be no equivalent devices available to use as substitutes. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security updates stop being released. Current editions of SQL Server might not work with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the volume of components there are to the puzzle. And the cost quoted for a migration may be through the roof.

Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's seasoned experts have delivered high-level and economical remote consulting for Windows-based environments to organizations in every state in the U.S. By offering in-depth experience with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration skills, Progent is ideally qualified to make sure your Downers Grove, Illinois business get the most out of GP.

We become partners with our customers and start by understanding their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the environment and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Proposed services may involve an upgrade to a newer and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a wide array of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications within your organization, custom report writing, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with every Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize business value and control expense.

Progent can help your Downers Grove, Illinois company in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement process including:

  • Deployment Review
    Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently running and propose other capabilities of the product that may be suitable for your business.

  • Upgrade Design and Scheduling
    Create a complete migration plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Specify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and resolve compatibility problems.

  • Testing
    Design and configure a test system for validating the upgrade process.

  • System Updates
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Develop reports and or dashboards for private and public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from diverse on-premises and remote repositories.

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

  • Support
    Act as a single point of contact for support to deliver consistent and affordable resolution of problems thanks to familiarity with your specific environment.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
Progent can provide the help of seasoned experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the work you need directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Recommendations
    Suggest the use of software modules included with the basic GP system but are not now being utilized. Also, recommend third-party add-ons designed specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Build special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid redundant entry and improve consistency.

  • Customizations
    Create big and simple customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific functions not handled by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can help you to upgrade your network infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services available from Progent's consultants include:
  • Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
  • Network architecture planning and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Setting up security gateways and remote connections and creating security policies
  • Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability solutions
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery planning
  • Performance tuning
Why Progent?
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products combined into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided online and onsite support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their first releases to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.

Progent also has a long history of providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with core IT platforms saves time and expense when guiding organizations through each aspect of updating their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the support of advanced security and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness experts, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, implement, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
To find out more information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting expertise in Downers Grove, Illinois for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, refer to:

Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To download a datasheet about the consulting expertise offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Platform (PDF file).

Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Downers Grove, IL business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.