Microsoft Dynamics GP ConsultantsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a longer heritage than almost any other ERP platform made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. Many organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves using legacy software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have a hard time finding experienced Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment affordably and get the most business value from the software.

The longer an organization tries to make do with legacy versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade process tends to be. If physical host servers or disk systems break down, there could be no suitable hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When editions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security patches stop being distributed. Current editions of SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an update of their Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the number of pieces involved in the project. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may seem through the roof.

Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have delivered high-level and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all versions of Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Chicago, Illinois business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.

We become partners with our clients and start by understanding their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the IT environment and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations can involve an upgrade to a more current and supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user education, full platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a wide array of vendors that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications within your organization, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize business value and manage cost.

Progent's consultants can assist your Chicago, Illinois business in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement initiative including:

  • System Review
    Take a look at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss other features available on the product that might be suitable for your organization.

  • Upgrade Planning and Timing
    Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and manage integration issues.

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

  • System Updates
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Create reports and or dashboards for internal and external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from diverse on-premises and remote sources.

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

  • Support Services
    Act as a single contact for support to ensure consistent and affordable handling of issues made possible by familiarity with your specific environment.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
Progent can provide the help of seasoned experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly rather than managing less knowledgeable consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Recommendations
    Suggest the use of modules included with the basic GP platform but are not now being used. Also, recommend third-party add-ons designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Build special connections between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid duplicate entry and improve accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Build big and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various functions not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can assist you to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services offered by Progent's consultants include:
  • Needs analysis and site inventory
  • Network architecture design and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Setting up security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
  • Integrating Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Developing high-availability (HA) architectures
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
  • Performance tuning
The Progent Advantage
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud products combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their first versions to their latest versions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and application development expertise.

Progent also has extensive experience providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with strategic IT platforms cuts time and costs when guiding organizations through each phase of updating their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the support of senior cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, deploy, and manage a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
For more about Progent's remote and onsite support services in Chicago, Illinois for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, visit:

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

Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Chicago, IL business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.