Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsDynamics GP, originally branded Great Plains, has a longer track record than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. Many organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades long enough that they now find themselves running legacy software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time finding veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP environment affordably and derive the most benefit from the software.

The more a business attempts to limp along with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process tends to be. When physical host servers or storage systems break down, there may be no suitable hardware available to replace them. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches stop being distributed. Current releases of Microsoft SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses investigating an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the volume of components there are to the project. And the price tag quoted for a migration may seem through the roof.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Enhancement Services Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over two decades, and Progent's seasoned experts have provided advanced and economical remote consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By combining deep familiarity with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP as well as top-tier system integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Dayton, Ohio business optimize the benefit of GP.

We partner with our customers and begin by listening to their needs. After gaining familiarity with the environment and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations can include a migration to a more current and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete platform and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products offered by a broad range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other key business applications within your organization, custom report writing, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with every Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize business value and control cost.

Progent's consultants can assist your Dayton, Ohio company in every facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization process including:

  • System Review
    Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and discuss additional capabilities available on GP that might be helpful to your business.

  • Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
    Create a complete migration plan and timetable that avoids business interruption. Plan for pilot testing, live deployment, and education. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and resolve compatibility issues.

  • Testing
    Plan and configure a test environment for validating the upgrade project.

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

  • Custom Reporting
    Create reports and or custom dashboards for private and external consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from multiple local and remote sources.

  • Training
    Deliver individual or group training for existing and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Provide a single point of contact for support to deliver dependable and affordable handling of issues made possible by close understanding of your specific environment.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
Progent can provide the support of top-tier experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the work you require directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Recommend the deployment of software modules that come with the core GP platform but are not currently being utilized. Also, recommend third-party add-ons designed specifically for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Create custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business applications to avoid duplicate data entry and increase consistency.

  • Customizations
    Build major and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can assist 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 network model. Network infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
  • Needs analysis and IT asset inventory
  • Network topology design and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Setting up firewalls and VPN connections and creating security policies
  • Integrating Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Creating high-availability (HA) solutions
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
  • Performance tuning
Why Progent?
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes diverse application platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and cloud services integrated into a cohesive ERP solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have provided remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first versions to their latest editions, and Progent can help with cloud SaaS options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 integration services, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.

Progent also has a long history of providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V planning and integration experts, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with core IT platforms cuts time and costs when guiding organizations through every aspect of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced cybersecurity and compliance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can help you to plan, deploy, and maintain a well-tuned Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
For more about Progent's online and on-premises support expertise in Dayton, Ohio for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, see:

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

Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Dayton, OH business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.