Dynamics GP ExpertsDynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, has a longer heritage than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers globally. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves using legacy software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a recurring complaint we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time locating experienced Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system affordably and extract the maximum business value out of the application.

The longer a business attempts to make do with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure becomes. When server hardware or disk systems break down, there may be no equivalent hardware on the market to replace them. When versions of Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security updates are no longer released. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations investigating an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment are often overwhelmed by the volume of components involved in the puzzle. And the cost quoted for an upgrade may be astronomical.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered advanced and economical online integration consulting for Windows-based networks to organizations in every state in the U.S. By offering deep experience with all editions of Dynamics GP as well as top-tier network integration skills, Progent is ideally suited to make sure your Chicago, Illinois business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.

We become partners with our customers and begin by understanding their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the IT situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations may involve a migration to a more current and supported version of Dynamics GP, simple user education, complete system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a wide array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software used by company, custom report creation, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being used optimally. Our objective with every Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize strategic value and minimize expense.

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

  • Deployment Review
    Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss additional capabilities of the product that might be suitable for your business.

  • Upgrade Planning and Timing
    Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and resolve compatibility problems.

  • Testing
    Plan and implement a pilot system for proving the upgrade process.

  • System Upgrades
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and execute scripts to address documented issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Develop reports and or dashboards for internal and external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating information from multiple on-premises and remote repositories.

  • Training
    Provide individual or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Provide a single contact for expertise to deliver effective and cost-effective resolution of issues made possible by familiarity with your specific situation.
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
Progent offers the support of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Suggest the use of modules included with the basic GP platform but are not currently being utilized. Also, recommend third-party products designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Create custom connections between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to reduce redundant data entry and increase consistency.

  • Customizations
    Build big and small customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various business functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party modules.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can help your business to enhance your network infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure services offered by Progent's consultants include:
  • Requirements analysis and IT asset inventory
  • Network architecture planning and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
  • Integrating iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Creating high-availability architectures
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
  • Performance optimization
Why Progent?
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services combined into a seamless enterprise resource planning solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent has supported these products from their first versions to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and application development expertise.

Progent also has a long history of delivering support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with strategic technologies cuts time and costs when helping organizations through each aspect of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of senior cybersecurity and information assurance experts, business continuity planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can assist you to plan, implement, and manage a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Solutions
To learn more about Progent's online and onsite consulting services in Chicago, Illinois for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, see:

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

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