Microsoft Dynamics GP ConsultantsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a longer history than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for Windows. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich product and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations globally. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves using legacy software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from prospective clients is that they have a hard time locating veteran Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment affordably and get the maximum business value out of the application.

The longer an organization tries to make do with outdated versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process tends to be. When server hardware or storage systems break down, there could be no suitable hardware available to replace them. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches are no longer developed. Current editions of SQL Server might not work with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Power BI may not be an option. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP environment are often intimidated by the number of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the cost quoted for a migration may seem astronomical.

Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested professionals have provided advanced and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all editions of Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration skills, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Chicago, Illinois business get the most out of GP.

We partner with our customers and start by understanding their needs. After gaining an understanding of the environment and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations can involve an upgrade to a newer and supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software within your company, custom report creation, and solution analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with every Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize strategic value and manage expense.

Progent can help your Chicago, Illinois company in every facet of your Dynamics GP migration or customization project including:

  • System Assessment
    Take a look at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and propose additional capabilities available on the product that might be helpful to your business.

  • Upgrade Design and Scheduling
    Develop a complete upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, live deployment, and training. Specify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and resolve compatibility issues.

  • Testing
    Plan and implement a test system for validating the migration project.

  • System Upgrades
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest release to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Prep data and run scripts to resolve known issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Develop reports and or custom dashboards for internal and public use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from multiple on-premises and external repositories.

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

  • Support Services
    Act as a single contact for expertise to ensure consistent and cost-effective handling of issues made possible by close understanding of your particular situation.
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
Progent can provide the support of top-tier experts who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you need directly instead of managing less experienced consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Recommendations
    Recommend the deployment of software modules included with the core GP system but are not now being utilized. Also, recommend third-party add-ons designed exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Build custom integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce duplicate entry and improve accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Build big and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various functions not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can assist you to enhance your network infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent's consultants include:
  • Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
  • Network topology planning and deployment (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up firewalls and remote connections and creating security policies
  • Managing Apple iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability environments
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
  • Performance tuning
Why Progent?
A modern Dynamics GP environment includes multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development experts. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their first versions to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and development services.

Progent also has a long history of delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with strategic technologies saves time and costs when helping businesses through each phase of updating their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of senior cybersecurity and information assurance engineers, business continuity preparedness experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to design, deploy, and maintain a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
To learn more information about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting expertise in Chicago, Illinois for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, visit:

Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To download a datasheet about the consulting services available from Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, click Download Datasheet: Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Software (PDF file).

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