Dynamics GP ConsultantsDynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a lengthier heritage than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, feature-rich product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers globally. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now using legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP system affordably and get the most business value from the application.

The longer a business tries to make do with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration procedure tends to be. When physical host servers or storage systems break down, there could be no equivalent hardware on the market to replace them. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security patches are no longer developed. The latest editions of SQL Server might not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Next-generation products like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the number of components involved in the project. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may seem astronomical.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided advanced and affordable remote integration consulting for Windows-based environments to organizations in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as world-class network integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to help your Chicago, Illinois business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.

We become partners with our clients and start by listening to their needs. After gaining familiarity with the environment and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services may involve an upgrade to a newer and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user education, full system and specific module configuration including 3rd-party modules from a wide array of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications within your company, custom report writing, and system evaluations to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with each Dynamics GP project of whatever size is to optimize business value and manage expense.

Progent can assist your Chicago, Illinois business in each phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization process including:

  • Deployment Assessment
    Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss additional features available on GP that might be helpful to your business.

  • Upgrade Design and Timing
    Develop a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Identify custom development and add-on products. Predict and resolve integration issues.

  • Pilot Testing
    Design and implement a test system for proving the migration process.

  • System Upgrades
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and run scripts to resolve known issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Develop reports and or dashboards for internal as well as public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from multiple on-premises and external sources.

  • Education
    Provide one-on-one or classroom style training for existing and new users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Provide a single point of contact for expertise to ensure consistent and cost-effective handling of issues thanks to close understanding of your particular situation.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent can provide the help of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Suggest the use of software modules that come with the core GP system but are not now being utilized. In addition, suggest third-party products written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Create special integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid duplicate entry and improve consistency.

  • Customizations
    Create major and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle specific functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise offered by Progent's consultants include:
  • Needs assessment and site inventory
  • Network architecture planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Configuring firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
  • Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
  • Integration with public cloud services such as Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
  • Performance tuning
The Progent Advantage
A modern Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products combined into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For over 20 years, Progent has provided remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first releases to their latest versions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.

Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This experience with strategic IT platforms cuts time and costs when guiding organizations through each phase of upgrading their older Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the support of senior security and compliance experts, business continuity preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, implement, and maintain a well-tuned Dynamics GP ecosystem.

Progent's Support Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
To learn more information about Progent's remote and on-premises support expertise in Chicago, Illinois for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, see:

Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To download a datasheet describing the consulting services offered by Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Consulting for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).

Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Chicago, IL business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.