Dynamics GP ConsultantsDynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a lengthier history than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers globally. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to defer upgrades to the point that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from new clients is that they have trouble finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system efficiently and extract the maximum benefit out of the application.

The longer an organization attempts to limp along with legacy releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process tends to be. If server hardware or disk systems fail, there could be no equivalent hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, critical security patches are no longer distributed. The latest editions of SQL Server might not work with your important GP customizations. Next-generation products such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an update of their Dynamics GP environment can be overwhelmed by the volume of components involved in the project. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may be astronomical.

Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered advanced and affordable remote consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By combining deep experience with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure your Chicago, Illinois business get the most out of GP.

We partner with our clients and start by listening to their needs. Once we have familiarity with the situation and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Proposed services can involve a migration to a newer and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products from a broad range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other key business software used by company, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our objective with every Dynamics GP project big or small is to optimize strategic value and manage expense.

Progent can help your Chicago, Illinois business in each facet of your Dynamics GP migration or enhancement initiative including:

  • Deployment Assessment
    Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and propose additional features available on GP that might be helpful to your organization.

  • Migration Design and Scheduling
    Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Identify custom development and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve compatibility problems.

  • Testing
    Design and configure a pilot environment for proving the migration process.

  • System Upgrades
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and execute scripts to address documented issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Develop reports and or dashboards for private and public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining data from multiple on-premises and external repositories.

  • Education
    Provide individual or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Provide a single contact for support to ensure dependable and cost-effective resolution of issues made possible by close understanding of your specific environment.
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent offers the help of seasoned experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the work you need directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Recommendations
    Suggest the deployment of software modules that come with the core GP platform but are not currently being used. In addition, suggest third-party add-ons written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Build special integrations between Dynamics GP and other business applications to reduce duplicate data entry and improve accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Build major and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform various functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party modules.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can assist you to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services available from Progent's consultants include:
  • Needs analysis and site inventory
  • Network architecture design and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Configuring security gateways and remote connections and creating security policies
  • Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability solutions
  • Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
  • Disaster recovery preparedness
  • Performance tuning
The Progent Advantage
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud services combined into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have provided remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified experts including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their first releases to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online migration and application development expertise.

Progent also has a long history of delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with strategic technologies saves time and expense when guiding organizations through each phase of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior cybersecurity and compliance engineers, business continuity preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, implement, and maintain a well-tuned Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
To find out more information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting expertise in Chicago, Illinois for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, visit:

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

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