Dynamics GP ExpertsDynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a longer track record than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations worldwide. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves using seriously out-of-date software and rickety IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a common complaint we hear from new customers is that they have trouble finding experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and extract the most benefit from the application.

The longer an organization attempts to make do with legacy releases of Dynamics GP, the more complex the migration process tends to be. When physical host servers or disk systems break down, there could be no equivalent hardware available to replace them. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP arrive at end-of-support status, vital security updates are no longer distributed. Current editions of Microsoft SQL Server might not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation products such as Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment can be overwhelmed by the volume of components there are to the project. And the cost suggested for an upgrade may seem through the roof.

Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has offered support for Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have delivered advanced and affordable remote integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to businesses in every state throughout the U.S. By offering deep experience with all releases of Dynamics GP as well as world-class system integration talent, Progent is ideally suited to help your Albany, New York business get the most out of GP.

We partner with our customers and start by understanding their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the environment and the areas needing improvement we make our recommendations. Proposed services may include a migration to a newer and supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete platform 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 applications used by organization, custom report creation, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP project big or small is to maximize business value and minimize cost.

Progent can help your Albany, New York company in each facet of your Dynamics GP upgrade or enhancement project including:

  • Deployment Assessment
    Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss additional features of GP that might be helpful to your organization.

  • Upgrade Design and Timing
    Create a complete upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, live deployment, and training. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Anticipate and resolve compatibility problems.

  • Pilot Testing
    Plan and configure a pilot environment for proving the upgrade process.

  • Environment Upgrades
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and Microsoft Integration Manager data. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the current release to assure ongoing support from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your organization. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all associated databases. Implement services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and execute scripts to address known issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Develop reports and or custom dashboards for private as well as public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating data from diverse local and external repositories.

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

  • Support
    Provide a single contact for support to ensure effective and affordable resolution of issues thanks to familiarity with your particular situation.
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
Progent can provide the help of top-tier experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you need directly instead of managing less knowledgeable consultants or in-house IT personnel. Important areas where Progent can provide Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Recommend the use of software modules that come with the basic GP platform but are not currently being used. Also, recommend third-party products designed exclusively for Dynamics GP to deliver capabilities that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Create special connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce redundant entry and increase consistency.

  • Customizations
    Build major and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle specific business functions that are not handled by out-of-the-box GP modules or third-party add-ons.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can help your business to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Dynamics GP for any deployment model including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure services provided by Progent include:
  • Requirements assessment and site inventory
  • Network topology design and implementation (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Configuring security gateways and remote connections and defining security policies
  • Managing Apple iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability environments
  • Integration with public cloud services such as Microsoft 365
  • Disaster recovery planning
  • Performance tuning
Why Progent?
An optimized Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes diverse software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services combined into a cohesive enterprise resource planning solution. For over 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered remote and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server integration experts, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint Server integration consultants. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first versions to their current versions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by providing Office and Microsoft 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.

Progent also has extensive experience providing support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network experts, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine consultants. This experience with strategic technologies saves time and expense when guiding businesses through each phase of upgrading their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced security and compliance engineers, disaster recovery and business continuity planning experts, application programmers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, 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 Solutions
For more information about Progent's online and onsite support services in Albany, New York for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, see:

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

Contact Progent for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Expertise
If your Albany, NY business needs a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or software developer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.