Microsoft Dynamics GP ConsultantsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a longer history than virtually any other ERP solution made for Windows. Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations globally. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from new customers is that they have trouble locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP environment affordably and extract the maximum benefit out of the software.

The more an organization tries to make do with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure becomes. When physical host servers or storage systems break down, there could be no equivalent hardware on the market to replace them. When versions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security patches are no longer released. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the volume of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the cost suggested for a migration may be through the roof.

Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested experts have provided high-level and affordable remote integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all versions of Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Chicago, Illinois business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.

We partner with our customers and begin by listening to their requirements. After gaining familiarity with the IT situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations can include a migration to a more current and fully supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user education, full system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications used by company, custom report creation, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with each Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize business value and minimize cost.

Progent's consultants can assist your Chicago, Illinois business in each facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or customization process including:

  • System Assessment
    Take a look at what features of Dynamics GP you are now using and propose other capabilities of the product that might be helpful to your business.

  • Upgrade Design and Timing
    Develop a comprehensive migration plan and schedule that minimizes business interruption. Schedule solution validation, live deployment, and education. Specify customizations and add-on products. Predict and manage compatibility problems.

  • Testing
    Design and configure a test environment for validating the migration project.

  • Environment Upgrades
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to assure continuing support 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 GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and execute scripts to resolve known issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from multiple on-premises and external sources.

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

  • Support Services
    Act as a single contact for support to ensure effective and cost-effective handling of issues thanks to familiarity with your particular environment.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent offers the support of seasoned consultants who have been developing working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly instead of supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Recommendations
    Recommend the use of modules that come with the core GP system but are not now being used. In addition, suggest third-party products written specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Create custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid redundant entry and improve accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Build big and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform specific functions not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services available from Progent include:
  • Requirements assessment and site inventory
  • Network architecture design and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Configuring security gateways and remote connections and creating security policies
  • Integrating iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Creating high-availability (HA) architectures
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
  • business continuity preparedness
  • Performance tuning
The Progent Advantage
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates multiple software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products combined into a seamless ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server configuration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent has supported these products from their initial versions to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.

Progent also has a long history of providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with strategic technologies cuts time and expense when helping organizations through every phase of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, deploy, and manage a modern Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
To learn more information about Progent's online and onsite support services in Chicago, Illinois for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, refer to:

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

Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your Chicago, IL business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.