Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, sports a longer history 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 widely used ERP platforms for SMBs, with about 50,000 active customers globally. A number of businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years have been able to defer upgrades long enough that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This is dangerous. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time locating experienced Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and extract the maximum business value from the application.

The longer an organization attempts to limp along with legacy versions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process tends to be. When physical host servers or storage systems fail, there could be no suitable devices on the market to replace them. When releases of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, vital security updates stop being released. Current editions of SQL Server may not work with your special GP customizations. Next-generation tools like Power BI may not run. Businesses investigating an update of their Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the volume of components involved in the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may be through the roof.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Migration and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than 20 years, and Progent's tested experts have delivered high-level and economical remote integration consulting for Windows-based environments to businesses in every state across the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all releases of Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration talent, Progent is uniquely qualified to help your Albany, New York business optimize the benefit of GP.

We become partners with our clients and start by understanding their requirements. Once we have familiarity with the IT situation and the areas needing improvement we make our recommendations. Recommendations can include a migration to a newer and fully supported release of Microsoft Dynamics GP, basic user education, full system and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products from a wide range of vendors that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software within your company, custom report creation, and solution evaluations to determine whether GP is being utilized to its fullest. Our goal with every Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to maximize strategic value and manage expense.

Progent can help your Albany, New York business in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization initiative including:

  • Deployment Review
    Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss other features available on the product that may be helpful to your business.

  • Upgrade Design and Scheduling
    Develop a comprehensive upgrade plan and timetable that avoids business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage integration issues.

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

  • Environment Updates
    Create backup copies of databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to assure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features available to your business. Update 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
    Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal and external use. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and integrate Dynamics GP with Microsoft Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining information from multiple on-premises and external sources.

  • Education
    Provide individual or group training for current and first-time users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support Services
    Provide a single contact for expertise to ensure dependable and cost-effective handling of problems thanks to close understanding of your particular situation.
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Available from Progent
Progent can provide the support of top-tier consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly rather than managing less knowledgeable consultants or internal staff. Important areas where Progent's consultants can provide Dynamics GP support services include:
  • Guidance
    Suggest the deployment of modules that come with the basic GP system but are not currently being utilized. In addition, suggest third-party products designed exclusively for Microsoft Dynamics GP to deliver features that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Build custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to reduce duplicate entry and improve accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Build major and simple customizations that run with Dynamics GP to handle various functions not addressed by standard GP modules or third-party modules.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can help your business to upgrade your infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Infrastructure expertise available from Progent include:
  • Requirements analysis and site inventory
  • Network architecture design and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Setting up security gateways and VPN connections and creating security policies
  • Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Developing high-availability architectures
  • Integration with public cloud services such as Office 365
  • business continuity preparedness
  • Performance tuning
The Progent Advantage
An optimized Dynamics GP environment incorporates multiple software platforms, on-premises network infrastructure technologies, and public cloud products integrated into a seamless ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have provided online and onsite help from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server developers, Exchange Server configuration consultants, Microsoft Office consultants, and SharePoint integration experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial releases to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud SaaS options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development expertise.

Progent also has extensive experience providing support from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Windows Hyper-V planning and integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This background with core IT platforms cuts time and expense when guiding organizations through each aspect of upgrading their legacy Microsoft Dynamics GP environment. Progent also offers the skills of advanced security and compliance experts, business continuity preparedness consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud integration experts, and database administrators who can help you to plan, implement, and maintain a productive Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Deployments
For more about Progent's remote and onsite support expertise in Albany, New York for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, visit:

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

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