Microsoft Dynamics GP ExpertsDynamics GP, previously branded Great Plains, sports a lengthier history than virtually any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a proven, full-featured product and is one of the most widely used ERP systems for SMBs, with about 50,000 active installations globally. Many organizations who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have been able to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. At the same time, a recurring theme we hear from new customers is that they have a hard time finding veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP consultants who can provide in-depth knowledge about how to update their Dynamics GP environment efficiently and extract the most benefit out of the application.

The more a business attempts to limp along with outdated versions of Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process becomes. If physical host servers or disk systems fail, there may be no equivalent devices available to use as substitutes. When versions of Microsoft Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support status, vital security patches stop being developed. The latest editions of SQL Server might not work with your important GP customizations. Next-generation tools such as Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Organizations considering an update of their Dynamics GP deployment are often intimidated by the volume of components involved in the project. And the price tag suggested for an upgrade may seem astronomical.

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 professionals have provided high-level and economical online integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state across the U.S. By offering in-depth familiarity with all editions of Dynamics GP along with world-class network integration talent, Progent is ideally qualified to make sure your Albany, New York business optimize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.

We become partners with our customers and start by listening to their needs. Once we have an understanding of the IT situation and the areas needing improvement we provide our suggestions. Proposed services can include an upgrade to a more current and supported version of Dynamics GP, basic user education, complete system and individual module implementation including 3rd-party products offered by a broad array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software within your company, custom report writing, and system analysis to assess whether GP is being used to its fullest. Our goal with each Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement of whatever size is to optimize business value and minimize expense.

Progent's consultants can assist your Albany, New York company in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP upgrade or customization process including:

  • Deployment Review
    Review at what features of Dynamics GP you are now using and discuss additional features of the product that might be helpful to your organization.

  • Upgrade Planning and Scheduling
    Create a complete upgrade plan and timetable that minimizes business disruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and education. Identify custom development and add-on modules. Anticipate and manage integration problems.

  • Testing
    Plan and configure a test system for proving the migration process.

  • Environment Upgrades
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and Microsoft Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to ensure continuing support services from Microsoft and to make all the latest features accessible to your business. Update SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the GP Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Prep data and run scripts to resolve known issues.

  • Management Reporting
    Create reports and or custom dashboards for internal and public consumption. Configure SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for combining data from diverse on-premises and remote repositories.

  • Training
    Provide individual or classroom style training for current and new users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

  • Support
    Act as a single contact for support to ensure consistent and affordable handling of problems thanks to familiarity with your specific situation.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Offered by Progent
Progent can provide the help of seasoned experts who have been creating working Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent can 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 expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Recommend the use of modules included with the basic GP platform but are not currently being utilized. Also, recommend third-party add-ons written specifically for Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP doesn't offer.

  • Integrations
    Create custom connections between Dynamics GP and other business platforms to avoid duplicate entry and increase accuracy.

  • Customizations
    Create major and small customizations that run with Dynamics GP to perform various business functions not handled by standard GP modules or external modules.
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Progent can help your business to upgrade your infrastructure to support Dynamics GP for any deployment model including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid environment. Network infrastructure services provided by Progent include:
  • Needs assessment and site inventory
  • Network architecture planning and deployment (local, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
  • Configuring firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
  • Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Creating high-availability (HA) solutions
  • Integration with PaaS and IaaS services such as Office 365
  • business continuity preparedness
  • Performance optimization
Why Progent?
An optimized Dynamics GP ecosystem includes multiple software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products integrated into a seamless enterprise resource management solution. For over 20 years, Progent has provided online and on-premises support from Microsoft-certified professionals including Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange configuration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint integration consultants. Progent's consultants have supported these products from their first releases to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud-based SaaS options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online support, and SharePoint Online migration and application development expertise.

Progent also has extensive experience delivering help from seasoned Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure experts, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization specialists. This background with core technologies saves time and costs when helping organizations through every phase of upgrading their legacy Dynamics GP environment. Progent also can provide the support of advanced security and compliance engineers, business continuity planning consultants, application programmers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, deploy, and maintain a productive Microsoft Dynamics GP solution.

Progent's Consulting Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
To learn more information about Progent's online and onsite consulting services in Albany, New York for Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning software, refer to:

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

Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Upgrade Services
If your Albany, NY business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or software programmer, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.