Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a longer track record than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers globally. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they are now using legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This is risky. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have trouble finding experienced Dynamics GP experts to partner with for in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and derive the maximum business value from the software.

The more a business attempts to make do with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration procedure tends to be. If physical host servers or storage systems break down, there could be no equivalent devices on the market to use as substitutes. When editions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches stop being released. Current releases of SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative products such as Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the volume of pieces involved in the project. And the price tag quoted for an upgrade may be through the roof.

Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested professionals have provided high-level and economical online integration consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration skills, Progent is ideally qualified to make sure your Chicago, Illinois business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.

We partner with our clients and begin by listening to their needs. After gaining an understanding of the environment and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a newer and supported version of Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a broad range of vendors that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications used by company, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our objective with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize strategic value and manage cost.

Progent can assist your Chicago, Illinois company in every facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement project including:

  • Deployment Review
    Take a look at what features of Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss additional features available on GP that may be helpful to your organization.

  • Upgrade Planning and Timing
    Create a complete migration plan and schedule that avoids business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Specify customizations and add-on products. Anticipate and resolve integration issues.

  • Testing
    Plan and configure a test system for proving the upgrade project.

  • System Updates
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to assure continuing support services from Microsoft and to have all current features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and execute scripts to resolve documented issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Create reports and or dashboards for private as well as external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating information from multiple local and external sources.

  • Training
    Provide individual or classroom style training for current and new users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support Services
    Act as a single point of contact for expertise to deliver dependable and cost-effective resolution of issues made possible by close understanding of your specific situation.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent can provide the support of top-tier consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you need directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Guidance
    Suggest the deployment of modules that come with the core GP system but are not now being utilized. Also, recommend third-party add-ons designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Build custom integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to avoid redundant data entry and improve accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Create big and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform various business functions that are not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party modules.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can help your business to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services available from Progent's consultants include:
  • Requirements analysis and site inventory
  • Network architecture design and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
  • Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Developing high-availability solutions
  • Integration with public cloud services including Microsoft 365
  • business continuity preparedness
  • Performance tuning
The Progent Advantage
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products combined into a seamless ERP solution. For more than two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial releases to their latest versions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.

Progent also has extensive experience providing help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with core IT platforms saves time and costs when guiding organizations through each phase of updating their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of senior cybersecurity and compliance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, implement, and manage a productive Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
To learn more information about Progent's remote and onsite consulting expertise in Chicago, Illinois for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP product family, visit:

Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
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Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Chicago, IL business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.