Dynamics GP ConsultantsDynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a longer track record than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for small and mid-size businesses, with around 50,000 active customers worldwide. A number of organizations who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a recurring complaint we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and get the most business value out of the application.

The longer an organization tries to limp along with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process tends to be. When server hardware or disk systems fail, there could be no suitable devices available to replace them. When editions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security updates are no longer released. The latest releases of SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative products such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the number of components there are to the puzzle. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may be astronomical.

Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has supported Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested professionals have delivered high-level and affordable online integration consulting for Windows-based networks to businesses in every state across the U.S. By combining in-depth familiarity with all releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration skills, Progent is uniquely qualified to make sure your Dayton, Ohio business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.

We partner with our clients and begin by understanding their needs. After gaining an understanding of the IT situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our recommendations. Recommendations may include an upgrade to a newer and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, full system and individual module configuration including 3rd-party products from a broad range of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software within your organization, custom report writing, and system evaluations to determine whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our objective with each Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize business value and minimize cost.

Progent's consultants can assist your Dayton, Ohio business in each phase of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement initiative including:

  • System Assessment
    Take a look at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently running and propose additional features of the product that may be helpful to your business.

  • Upgrade Design and Timing
    Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and schedule that minimizes business disruption. Plan for solution validation, live deployment, and training. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage compatibility issues.

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

  • Environment Updates
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure ongoing support from Microsoft and to have all the latest features available to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Prepare data and run scripts to resolve known issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Develop reports and or dashboards for private and public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from multiple local and remote repositories.

  • Training
    Deliver one-on-one or classroom style training for current and new users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support Services
    Provide a single point of contact for support to ensure effective and cost-effective handling of problems made possible by close understanding of your specific environment.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent can provide the support of top-tier consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent can do the jobs you require directly rather than supervising less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Guidance
    Suggest the deployment of modules included with the basic GP system but are not now being utilized. Also, recommend third-party add-ons designed specifically for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Build custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid redundant entry and improve consistency.

  • Customizations
    Create major and simple customizations that run with Microsoft Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions that are not addressed by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can help you to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure services available from Progent include:
  • Requirements assessment and IT asset inventory
  • Network architecture planning and implementation (on-premises, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
  • Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability architectures
  • Integration with public cloud services including Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
  • Performance tuning
Why Progent?
A modern Dynamics GP environment includes diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud services combined into a seamless ERP solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided remote and on-premises help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server development consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial releases to their current versions, and Progent can help with cloud SaaS options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.

Progent also has a long history of providing help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This background with core IT platforms cuts time and expense when helping organizations through each aspect of updating their older Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of senior security and compliance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration consultants, and SQL Server DBAs who can help you to design, deploy, and maintain a well-tuned Dynamics GP ecosystem.

Progent's Consulting Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
To learn more information about Progent's online and on-premises consulting expertise in Dayton, Ohio for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, see:

Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Datasheet
To download a datasheet about 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 Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Dayton, OH business is looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application developer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.