Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, sports a lengthier heritage than almost any other ERP platform written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades long enough that they now find themselves using legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they have trouble finding veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to upgrade their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and get the maximum business value from the application.

The more an organization attempts to make do with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade procedure tends to be. If server hardware or disk systems fail, there could be no suitable hardware on the market to replace them. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security patches stop being released. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an update of their Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the volume of components there are to the puzzle. And the cost suggested for a migration may seem through the roof.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered advanced and economical online consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state across the U.S. By combining deep experience with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Cleveland, Ohio business get the most out of GP.

We become partners with our clients and begin by understanding their needs. Once we have an understanding of the IT environment and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a newer and supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user education, full platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a broad array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications within your organization, custom report writing, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with every Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize strategic value and control expense.

Progent's consultants can assist your Cleveland, Ohio business in each phase of your Dynamics GP migration or customization initiative including:

  • Deployment Review
    Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss additional features available on GP that may be helpful to your business.

  • Migration Planning and Timing
    Create a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and training. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Predict and manage compatibility issues.

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

  • System Updates
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current release to assure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features accessible to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prepare data and execute scripts to address documented issues.

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

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

  • Support Services
    Act as a single point of contact for expertise to ensure dependable and affordable resolution of problems made possible by close understanding of your specific environment.
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent can provide the support of seasoned experts who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you need directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Recommendations
    Recommend the use of software modules included with the basic GP platform but are not currently being utilized. Also, recommend third-party products written specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Create custom integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid redundant data entry and improve consistency.

  • Customizations
    Create big and simple customizations that work with Dynamics GP to perform various business functions not handled by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can assist your business to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise available from Progent's consultants include:
  • Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
  • Network architecture design and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Configuring firewalls and VPN connections and defining security policies
  • Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Developing high-availability (HA) architectures
  • Integration with public cloud services such as Microsoft 365
  • business continuity preparedness
  • Performance tuning
The Progent Advantage
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services integrated into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has provided remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their first versions to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by offering Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and application development services.

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

Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
To learn more about Progent's online and onsite support expertise in Cleveland, Ohio for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, refer to:

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

Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If your Cleveland, OH business needs a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.