Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a longer track record than virtually any other ERP platform written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have been able to postpone upgrades long enough that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This can be risky. At the same time, a recurring complaint we hear from new clients is that they have a hard time locating experienced Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to upgrade their Dynamics GP system efficiently and get the most business value from the application.

The longer an organization tries to limp along with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure tends to be. If server hardware or disk systems fail, there could be no suitable devices on the market to use as substitutes. When versions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security patches are no longer developed. The latest releases of Microsoft SQL Server might not be compatible with your special GP customizations. Innovative tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the volume of pieces there are to the puzzle. And the cost suggested for a migration may seem through the roof.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Expertise Available from Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested professionals have provided advanced and economical online consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state in the U.S. By combining deep experience with all versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to help your Fargo, North Dakota business get the most out of GP.

We become partners with our clients and start by understanding their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the situation and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Recommendations may include an upgrade to a more current and supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, simple user training, complete system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a broad range of vendors that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other critical business applications within your organization, custom report creation, and system evaluations to assess whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to maximize business value and minimize expense.

Progent's consultants can assist your Fargo, North Dakota business in every facet of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or enhancement project including:

  • System Assessment
    Review at what modules and features of Dynamics GP you are currently running and discuss additional features of GP that may be helpful to your organization.

  • Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
    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. Anticipate and resolve compatibility issues.

  • Pilot Testing
    Plan and implement a test system for validating the migration process.

  • Environment Upgrades
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current release to ensure continuing support from Microsoft and to have all current features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and run scripts to address documented issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Create reports and or dashboards for internal and public use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from diverse local and remote repositories.

  • Education
    Deliver individual or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Provide a single contact for expertise to deliver effective and affordable handling of problems made possible by familiarity with your particular situation.
Other Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent offers the support of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains solutions since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly rather than supervising less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Recommendations
    Suggest the deployment of modules included with the basic GP system but are not now being used. Also, recommend third-party add-ons designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Create custom integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic platforms to reduce duplicate entry and increase accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Build big and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various functions not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or external modules.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can assist your business to enhance your network infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, cloud-based, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure services offered by Progent's consultants include:
  • Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
  • Network architecture planning and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Configuring security gateways and VPN connections and defining security policies
  • Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability solutions
  • Integration with public cloud services such as Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness
  • Performance optimization
Why Progent?
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem incorporates diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products combined into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided remote and onsite support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent has supported these products from their initial versions to their current editions, and Progent can help with cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online deployment and development expertise.

Progent also has a long history of providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with core IT platforms saves time and expense when guiding businesses through each aspect of upgrading their older 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 planning and configuration consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, implement, and maintain a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.

Progent's Consulting Expertise for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
To learn more about Progent's remote and on-premises support services in Fargo, North Dakota for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, see:

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

Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Support
If your Fargo, ND business is looking for a MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.