Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a longer track record than almost any other ERP platform written for Windows. Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers globally. A number of organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be risky. Meanwhile, a common theme we hear from new clients is that they have trouble locating experienced Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and extract the most business value from the application.

The longer an organization attempts to make do with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process tends to be. When physical host servers or storage systems break down, there may be no equivalent devices on the market to use as substitutes. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, critical security updates stop being developed. The latest editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Power BI may not be an option. Organizations considering an update of their Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the number of pieces there are to the project. And the cost quoted for a migration may seem astronomical.

Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided advanced and economical online consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration talent, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Dayton, Ohio business get the most out of GP.

We become partners with our customers and start by understanding their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the IT environment and the areas for improvement we make our suggestions. Proposed services can involve an upgrade to a more current and fully supported version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a broad array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business applications used by organization, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with each Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize business value and minimize cost.

Progent's consultants can assist your Dayton, Ohio business in every phase of your Dynamics GP migration or enhancement process including:

  • Deployment Review
    Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss other features of the product that may be suitable for your organization.

  • Migration Planning and Timing
    Create a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Specify custom development and add-on products. Predict and manage integration issues.

  • Pilot Testing
    Design and implement a pilot environment for validating the upgrade process.

  • System Upgrades
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager data. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and execute scripts to address documented issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal and external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from multiple on-premises and external repositories.

  • Education
    Provide one-on-one or group training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

  • Support Services
    Act as a single contact for expertise to deliver consistent and affordable handling of problems made possible by familiarity with your specific situation.
Other Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
Progent offers the support of seasoned experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent can do the work you need directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Recommend the use of software modules that come with the core GP system but are not currently being used. Also, recommend third-party products designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Build special integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid duplicate entry and increase accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Create big and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle specific functions not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party modules.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can help you to upgrade your infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure services available from Progent include:
  • Requirements analysis and site inventory
  • Network architecture design and implementation (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Configuring firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
  • Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Developing high-availability (HA) architectures
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
  • Disaster recovery preparedness
  • Performance tuning
The Progent Advantage
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem includes diverse software 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 support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange configuration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent has worked with these products from their initial versions to their latest versions, and Progent can help with cloud-based options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.

Progent also has a long history of delivering help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with strategic IT platforms saves time and costs when helping organizations through each phase of upgrading their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of senior security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to plan, implement, and manage a well-tuned Dynamics GP environment.

Progent's Support Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
To find out more information about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services in Dayton, Ohio for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, visit:

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

Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Dayton, OH business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.