Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, has a longer track record than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers globally. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades long enough that they are now running legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is risky. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from new clients is that they have trouble finding veteran Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and derive the maximum benefit out of the application.

The longer a business attempts to limp along with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure tends to be. If physical host servers or storage systems fail, there may be no equivalent devices on the market to replace them. When editions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security updates are no longer distributed. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative products like Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the volume of components there are to the project. And the cost quoted for a migration may be astronomical.

Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have provided advanced and economical online consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By offering deep experience with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration talent, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your Downers Grove, Illinois business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.

We partner with our customers and begin by listening to their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the situation and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations may include an upgrade to a more current and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user training, full platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a broad range of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications used by company, custom report writing, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and control cost.

Progent can assist your Downers Grove, Illinois company in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or customization initiative including:

  • System Review
    Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently running and propose other capabilities of GP that may be helpful to your organization.

  • Migration Design and Timing
    Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Identify customizations and add-on products. Predict and manage compatibility problems.

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

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

  • Management Reporting
    Develop reports and or dashboards for internal as well as external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from diverse on-premises and remote repositories.

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

  • Support Services
    Act as a single contact for expertise to deliver consistent and cost-effective resolution of problems made possible by familiarity with your specific situation.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
Progent can provide the support of seasoned experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly rather than managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Recommend the deployment of software modules that come with the basic GP system but are not now being used. In addition, suggest third-party products written specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Create special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid redundant data entry and improve consistency.

  • Customizations
    Create major and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can help you to enhance your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure services available from Progent's consultants include:
  • Needs assessment and site inventory
  • Network topology planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
  • Managing iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Developing high-availability (HA) solutions
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
  • business continuity preparedness
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered remote 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 consultants, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial versions to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.

Progent also has a long history of delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with core IT platforms cuts time and costs when helping organizations through each phase of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of senior security and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, deploy, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
To find out more about Progent's remote and on-premises support expertise in Downers Grove, Illinois for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, see:

Read/Download Progent's Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To download a datasheet describing the consulting support offered by Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for Microsoft 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 Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.