Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a longer heritage than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, feature-rich application and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active customers globally. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to defer upgrades and maintenance long enough that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a common theme we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time finding veteran Dynamics GP experts who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP ecosystem efficiently and extract the maximum business value from the software.

The more a business tries to limp along with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the migration process tends to be. If physical host servers or storage systems fail, there could be no equivalent hardware on the market to use as substitutes. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security updates stop being distributed. The latest releases of SQL Server may not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative products such as Power BI may not be an option. Businesses considering an update of their Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the number of pieces involved in the project. And the price tag suggested for a migration may be astronomical.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for over 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have provided high-level and economical online integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state throughout the U.S. By combining deep experience with all editions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier network integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Eugene, Oregon business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.

We become partners with our customers and start by understanding their needs. Once we have an understanding of the IT environment and the areas needing improvement we make our suggestions. Recommendations can include an upgrade to a newer and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete platform and individual module implementation including 3rd-party modules from a wide array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business applications within your organization, custom report writing, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP project big or small is to optimize business value and minimize expense.

Progent's consultants can assist your Eugene, Oregon company in each facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or customization process including:

  • System Review
    Take a look at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now running and propose additional capabilities of GP that might be helpful to your organization.

  • Migration Design and Scheduling
    Develop a complete migration plan and timetable that avoids business disruption. Plan for pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Identify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and resolve integration issues.

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

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

  • Custom Reporting
    Develop reports and or dashboards for private and public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and integrate Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for combining information from multiple local and remote sources.

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

  • Support
    Act as a single contact for support to deliver effective and cost-effective handling of issues thanks to close understanding of your particular situation.
Additional 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 environments since version 1. Progent can do the work you need directly rather than managing less experienced consultants or in-house IT personnel. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Suggest the deployment of modules included with the core GP platform but are not now being used. Also, recommend third-party add-ons designed specifically for Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Create special integrations between Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce redundant data entry and increase accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Build major and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform specific business functions not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external add-ons.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can help your business to enhance your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services provided by Progent include:
  • Requirements assessment and site inventory
  • Network topology design and implementation (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Configuring firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
  • Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Creating high-availability environments
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
  • Performance optimization
The Progent Advantage
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure resources, and public cloud products combined into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For over two decades, Progent's consultants have provided online and onsite support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Microsoft Exchange integration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint development consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their initial versions to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and development services.

Progent also has extensive experience delivering support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration experts, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This experience with core IT platforms cuts time and expense when helping businesses through each phase of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced cybersecurity and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration experts, and database administrators who can help you to plan, deploy, and manage a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.

Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
For more about Progent's remote and onsite consulting expertise in Eugene, Oregon 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 available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Software (PDF file).

Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Eugene, OR business is looking for a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration consultant or application developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.