Dynamics GP ExpertsMicrosoft Dynamics GP, originally called Great Plains, has a longer track record than almost any other ERP solution made for the Windows OS. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured application and is one of the most popular ERP systems for SMBs, with around 50,000 active installations globally. A number of businesses who have relied on Dynamics GP for years have managed to postpone upgrades and maintenance to the point that they are using legacy software and outmoded IT infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Another common complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they just couldnít find veteran Microsoft Dynamics GP experts to partner with for guidance on how to derive the most business value from the software.

The longer an organization attempts to limp along with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more complex the upgrade procedure becomes. If physical host servers or disk systems break down, there could be no equivalent hardware on the market to replace them. When editions of Windows Server used to host Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches stop being released. The latest editions of SQL Server might not work with your important GP customizations. Innovative products like Microsoft's Power BI may not run. Businesses considering an upgrade of their Dynamics GP environment are often overwhelmed by the number of pieces involved in the project. And the price tag suggested for a migration may be through the roof.

Dynamics GP Migration and Enhancement Services Offered by Progent
Progent has supported Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's tested experts have delivered high-level and affordable online consulting for Windows-powered networks to businesses in every state across the U.S. By offering deep familiarity with all versions of Dynamics GP along with world-class system integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to make sure you maximize the benefit of GP/Great Plains.

We become partners with our clients and begin by understanding their requirements. After gaining an understanding of the situation and the areas for improvement we provide our suggestions. Proposed services can include a migration to a more current and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, simple user education, full platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party modules offered by a wide array of suppliers that have written add-ons to Microsoft Dynamics GP, integration with other critical business software within your company, custom report writing, 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 optimize strategic value and control cost.

Progent can help you in every facet of your upgrade or customization process including:

  • System Review
    Review at what features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are now using and propose other capabilities available on GP that may be helpful to your organization.

  • Migration Planning and Scheduling
    Develop a complete upgrade plan and schedule that avoids business interruption. Schedule solution validation, production upgrade, and education. Specify customizations and add-on products. Predict and resolve compatibility issues.

  • Pilot Testing
    Plan and implement a pilot environment for validating the migration project.

  • Environment Upgrades
    Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Microsoft Dynamics GP to the latest version to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all current features accessible to your organization. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Configure services from the Professional Services Tools Library (pstl). Condition data and execute scripts to address documented issues.

  • Custom Reporting
    Create reports and or dashboards for private as well as public consumption. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and combine Microsoft Dynamics GP with Power BI for on-demand reporting and for aggregating information from multiple local and external repositories.

  • Training
    Provide one-on-one or classroom style training for existing and first-time users of Dynamics GP.

  • Support Services
    Provide a single point of contact for expertise to deliver effective and cost-effective handling of issues thanks to close understanding of your particular environment.
Additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Consulting Expertise Available from Progent
Progent can provide the support of seasoned consultants who have been creating working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since version 1. Progent has the skills to do the work you require directly rather than managing less knowledgeable consultants or internal IT personnel. Important areas where Progent's consultants can deliver Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
  • Guidance
    Recommend the deployment of modules that come with the basic GP system but are not now being used. In addition, recommend third-party add-ons designed specifically for Dynamics GP to provide features that GP skips.

  • Integrations
    Build special integrations between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other strategic applications to avoid duplicate data entry and improve consistency.

  • Customizations
    Build big and small customizations that work with Microsoft Dynamics GP to handle various functions not handled by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Infrastructure Expertise
Progent can assist you to upgrade your network infrastructure to accommodate Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including local, private or public cloud, or a hybrid network model. Infrastructure expertise provided by Progent include:
  • Requirements assessment and site inventory
  • Network topology design and deployment (local, cloud-based, or hybrid)
  • Configuring firewalls and remote connections and defining security policies
  • Integrating iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices
  • Creating high-availability architectures
  • Integration with public cloud services including Office 365
  • business continuity planning
  • Performance optimization
Why Progent?
A modern Dynamics GP environment incorporates diverse application platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud products integrated into a cohesive ERP solution. For more than 20 years, Progent has delivered remote and onsite help from Microsoft-certified professionals including Dynamics GP/Great Plains consultants, Windows Server specialists, SQL Server consultants, Microsoft Exchange integration experts, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their initial releases to their current editions, and Progent supports cloud options by offering Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online expertise, and SharePoint Online deployment and application development services.

Progent also has a long history of delivering support from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network infrastructure consultants, Windows Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtual machine specialists. This background with core IT platforms cuts time and costs when guiding organizations through each aspect of updating their legacy Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the support of senior security and compliance engineers, business continuity preparedness consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud planning and configuration consultants, and database administrators who can assist you to plan, implement, and manage a well-tuned Microsoft Dynamics GP ecosystem.

Progent's Consulting Expertise for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
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Read/Download Progent's Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
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Contact Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Expertise
If you are looking for a Microsoft Dynamics GP/Great Plains integration expert or software programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.